Rajasthan is a major tourist location, and thousands of tourists from India and all over the world visit this beautiful, colorful desert state. The accommodation for tourists ranges from luxurious heritage hotels to budget hotels. The hotels are classified as one star, two star (budget), three- and four star (deluxe), and the posh five star hotels. Moreover, the tourism department of Rajasthan also provides accommodation like tourist lodges, dak bungalows and the Circuit House.
The heritage hotels in Rajasthan are former palaces and havelis, or mansions, of Rajasthan's ruling classes and rich merchants. The owners of the havelis and mansions still live in a part of the palace while another part is let out to guests. This gives a visitor a chance to interact with the local people, and get a taste of Rajasthani hospitality. The Shekhawati region has many havelis that have been converted to hotels. The Mandawa Palace is the chief among these.
The Narayan Niwas Palace in Jaipur, constructed in the 19th century, has period furniture and rich interiors that take you back to the days of the Rajasthani merchants and thakurs (landlords).
The Rajmahal Palace hotel, also in Jaipur, is a luxurious heritage hotel complete with peacocks strutting about the lawns and pools.
The Udaivilas Palace in Udaipur, another luxury resort, overlooks the picturesque Lake Pichola.
The Hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur was built in the early 20th century, and later converted to a heritage hotel. Run by the Welcome Group hotel chain, Umaid Bhawan still houses the present royal family in one wing of the Palace.
The Neemrana Fort Hotel, close to Delhi, is a good option for the tourist who wishes to have sightseeing trips to Delhi as well as Rajasthan. It has 40 centrally air-conditioned rooms. Each room is unique in itself, with unique interiors and decorations.
The Taj Group runs the Ram Bagh hotel in Udaipur. The Taj Ram Bagh, Jaipur is one of the first palace in India to be converted to a heritage hotel. Guests can choose from the luxury rooms, deluxe rooms and suites. Like all heritage hotels, no two rooms of the Ram Bagh are the same, affording a visitor a vast choice depending on his tastes.
The Oberoi Rajvilas Hotel in Jaipur sprawls over 30 acres. The Rajvilas has 70 rooms and suites to choose from, with facilities like in room bars, satellite television, spa, poolside rooms, and restaurants serving a range of cuisines from all over the world.
The Sariska Palace Hotel, once the hunting palace of the Maharaja of Sariska, lies close to the Sariska Tiger Sanctuary. All the 40 rooms and suites are exquisitely furnished.
The above list of Rajasthan's best hotels is by no means exhaustive. In every district, there are numerous palaces and havelis converted into heritage hotels that offer a harmonious blend of traditional Rajasthani architecture, blended flawlessly with modern amenities and impeccable service.