New Delhi's Taj Mahal Hotel
lives up to its magnificent namesake indeed. Many rooms come with impressive city views, and the property is all about constant pampering with thoughtful details throughout (think in-room pillow menus with aromatherapy and goose down options). It's an ideal hub from which to explore India's capital before venturing to Agra and Jaipur.
After viewing the property up-close, it's understandable why Umaid Bhawan Palace
, in Rajasthan, remains the official home to Jodhpur's royal family: the architecture and views will take anyone's breath away. The Art Deco-nspired limestone palace mirrors the color of the desert it overlooks; and guests can explore it in one of the property's vintage cars.
Guests checking into Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace
revel in India's essence thanks to the property's stunning views of the Arabian Sea and the monumental Gateway to India. One of the world's most famous-and beloved-hotels, the Taj Mahal Palace boasts sumptuous rooms, a restaurant conceived by star chef Morimoto, and a legendary swimming pool (the perfect spot for relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing).
The Taj Falaknuma Palace
, 2,000 feet above Hyderabad, has played host to European and Indian royalty over the years (it's the former home of the Nizam, Hyderabad's monarch). The library is awe-inspiring and filled with books and decorations collected by the Nizam himself. Afternoon tea is available in the Jade Room, where Tsar Nicholas II, Queen Mary and King George already sipped chai while enjoying the sweeping views.
Thanks to the award-winning service at Chennai's Taj Coromandel
, guests are assisted with day trips to such famous nearby sites as Kapaleeshwar Temple and Fort St. George. Back on-property, rooms offer a great mix of Indian finery and modern technology, ensuring a seamless stay. An in-house astrologer is on hand to predict guests' futures-many foresee a return to this radiant city.