India 14.02.2019 David Abram
From roof-top love nests in fairy-tale Rajput castles to luxury suites with views of the Taj Mahal, India's Golden Triangle is filled with incredibly romantic hotels perfect for honeymoons or those looking to inject some fresh spice into their relationships. Here we spill the beans on four of our favourite romantic hotels in the Golden Triangle, some of which are recent discoveries . . .
Dharampura Haveli in the Heart of Old Delhi
In the heart of Old Delhi and steeped in history, Dharampura Haveli is unique for being the only bona fide luxury heritage hotel in the former Mughal capital, Old Delhi. Six years of work were required to bring the 200-year-old building back from the brink of dereliction. It now offers a wonderfully romantic hideaway for travellers starting or finishing in India's capital located in the heart of the city. Screened from the brouhaha of the surrounding streets by thick stone walls, the mansion is surprisingly quiet once you are inside its cusp-arched gateway. Its rooms are decorated in Indian boutique style. Outside, pillared galleries enfolding a central courtyard lead to an airy roof terrace where you can enjoy a romantic sundowner with a glorious view of the Jama Masjid’s domes and minarets.
Find out more about Dharampura Haveli here.
Enjoy Raj-era Romance at The Grand Imperial, Agra
The home of the Taj Mahal, Agra is normally enjoyed for one or two nights by first time travellers and what better place to stay than in the heart of the city, close to the tourist attractions at The Grand Imperial. As its name implies, the Grand Imperial served as Agra’s top hotel in colonial times, accommodating heads of state and visiting dignitaries. We love it for the old-world atmosphere of its whitewashed arcaded verandahs and lawned garden, where you can relax ‘à deux’ over a pot of ‘masala chai’ in the afternoon. Retaining their original Arthangudi tiled floors (a real treat for lovers of heritage interiors), the rooms are large and comfortable, with repro antique furniture to accentuate the intimate period feel. Service is excellent, after a morning exploring the Taj Mahal, you can relax by the pool or in the spa and there are nightly performances of puppetry and music in the garden - perfect to be enjoyed with your romantic partner.
To find out more about the Grand Imperial Hotel in Agra, click here.
Total Privacy in the Aravalli Hills
At some stage in your Golden Triangle tour, you may well wish to cut loose for a few days of R&R&R (rest, relaxation & romance), relaxing by a pool somewhere tranquil, in the depths of nature. Frankly, we can think of nowhere lovelier for a romantic break in India's Golden Triangle than this Mediterranean-style bolthole in the Aravalli hills, to the north of Jaipur. For absolute privacy, you have an entire villa to yourself, each with its own private balcony and access to the most heavenly, sparkling, slate-lined pool swathed in frangipani trees and drifts of flowers. Beat the heat of the day sprawled on a luxurious sofa under your own gazebo, with delightful views of the surrounding countryside. The interiors are rustic and simple, but super-stylish, and hold plenty of nooks to curl up in – with a book, or a loved one!
Bishangarh Fort outside of Jaipur
Nothing says romance more than Bishangarh Fort. Rising like a vision from Gormenghast, Bishangarh epitomizes the grandeur and extravagance of princely Rajasthan. The fort presides over a tract of unspoilt farmland and scrub-covered hills north of Jaipur – a world away from the city, though close enough to use as a base for sightseeing. It was recently acquired by the luxury Alila chain and has been sumptuously renovated, complete with huge pool, indulgent ayurvedic spa and über-stylish interiors. The suites are honeymoon-friendly, with vast tubs. Go for one in the corner towers, where you can lounge inside the turrets – perfect for sunset views.
To find out more about Bishangarh Fort, Jaipur, click here.
Suggested Itinerary to visit Romantic Hotels
You can stay at any of the above romantic hotels in the Golden Triangle on one of our tailor-made tours. Click on the image below for a suggested itinerary:
Our India specialists all know the Golden Triangle region inside out and can help you devise the perfect romantic holiday, whether you’re looking for an indulgent honeymoon or more restrained tour of the highlights!
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