Thursday, May 31, 2012

Day 8: A Night in a Palace? Don’t Mind if I Do

We had a single night in Kota. It’s a pretty little riverfront town, but the highlight of this stop was actually our hotel, the Umed Bhawan Palace. Throughout India, they have what are called “heritage hotels.” Each state still has a Maharaja, although they are merely figureheads now. The Maharajas still own the family palaces and properties. Many properties have been converted into museums, and some are now hotels and restaurants.

Our suite at the Palace was definitely the largest of any we’ve stayed at, ever. It was bigger than the first apartment John and I shared, nearly as big as our house. It was easy to imagine decades of Maharaja guests having the identical experience we were.
As we arrived, we were greeted with marigold garlands. 

At this point in the trip we were so exhausted and these beds were so comfy I slept for  about 10 hours straight. It was the best night's sleep I got the whole time. 

The flatscreen and AC unit were a little out of place, but everything else was quite authentic. 

View from our interior porch. 

The upper floor was closed because the royal family still lived there, but we were free to roam the first floor, courtyard and grounds. 

2 comments:

sanuska33 said...

Great place for vacations. I enjoyed a lot here and have spent really good time here. Amazingly an excellent place to go. Thanks for sharing this picture. It reminds me of my beautiful time spent there. Marvelous spot for everybody, one must visit here.


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anuska sharma said...

Great place for vacations. I enjoyed a lot here and have spent really good time here. Amazingly an excellent place to go. Thanks for sharing this picture. It reminds me of my beautiful time spent there. Marvelous spot for everybody, one must visit here.



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