Where to stay in India
I have always been curious about this fascinating country. India has – in my humble opinion – one of the best in the cuisines in the world, beautiful nature and breath-taking cultural heritage sites. It ticks all my boxes!
In the fall of 2016, a dear friend moved to Delhi for 18 months. If ever there was a time to go to India, this was the time. The next three weeks, were absolutely amazing! Indian lived up to it’s reputation – the good and the bad.
The places to see and where to eat will be subject to another blogpost. I was privileged to stay in some breath taking hotels, they merit a dedicated blogpost. Please note, the prices were accurate in 2016 and might be different at the time you are reading this post.
Jodhpur: Ranbanka Palace
A heritage hotel – The hotel was built in 1927 for a Maharajadhiraj and is a splendid example of the imperial architecture at that time. The former palace echoes a bygone era with fire places, intricate marble inlays and a luscious a courtyard.
The sandstone palace has been beautifully restored and gives its client the royal treatment. The staff was exceptionally friendly. We got lucky and were allowed to partake in a wedding that was being held in the spacious courtyard!
Price: 94 euro a night for a double delux room
Agra: The Grand Imperial
A boutique heritage hotel- unlike many heritage hotels, this hotel was actually built to be a hotel, just not for the local population. It was built in the 1900 for the British elite. When you walk into the hotel you feel the old-world European charm. The style of the room was not entirely to my personal taste but it was comfortable and gave you a glimpse into the lives of the elite of the 1900.
Price: 59 euro for a dubbel room
Allepey: A houseboat
No trip to Kerala is complete without a stay on a houseboat. Relax for 2 days on your own boat while you explore the beautiful backwaters of Allepey.
Be careful when booking a houseboat they do not always look like the pictures. We got lucky and booked a very nice houseboat through booking.com. Make sure to read the reviews and do your research before booking. We had a captain and personal cook on board and let me tell you that man could cook.
Despite the many houseboats and tourists, I still loved this experience and found it highly relaxing to chill out and watch the world go by. Also very good for some quality people watching, kids biking to school, women doing their washing up in the river, men having a bath with their dottis, you will see it all.
Price: 103 euro a night for a double room
Kerala: Greenwoods Resort (located in Kumily – a small town in Kerala)
What first attracted me to this hotel was that it positions itself as a socially responsible and eco-friendly hotel. It is surrounded by a luscious green forest and has a very large domain for you to roam around in.
In addition, the meals in the restaurant are delicious and the hotel has some quirks like a coffee bar in a tree house! The beds in this place are wonderfully soft with fluffy pillows which will make getting out of bed a real struggle.
The hotel also offer a room within a treehouse, and let me tell you it looks fantastic. Unfortunately, this was not available when I stayed here.
Price: 102 euro a night for a delux double room
Munnar: Tea Country Resort
Located in the misty hills of Kerala, this premium hotel is well worth the hairy drive up through the tea plantations. It boasts spectacular views and has a very decent spa. I really liked the fact that your room is in fact a cottage, it means you have a lot of privacy. In addition, at the time we visited the hotel organised a tea plantation walk with a local guide who was very knowledgeable on local fauna and flora.
Price: 94 euro a night for a delux double room with balcony
Udaipur: Udai Kothi
A boutique hotel located in the heart of Udaipur. This hotel has 60 rooms which are wonderfully decorated in the traditional Udaipur design (think many mirrors, wood, colourful paintings and fragrant flowers). The beds were spacious and very comfortable and the bathtub in the bathroom was absolutely lovely.
Breakfast (included) and dinner (not included) are served on the rooftop terrace which offers panoramic views of the stunning Udaipur lake. In addition, the rooftop also has a big pool you can lounge around if you are in need of a day off.
Price: 93euro a night for a super delux double room