Given its size, it’s not surprising that India’s accommodation options are extensive and varied. From opulent palaces and centuries old forts to authentic homestays and scenic jungle lodges, it’s not a case of wondering what India has, it’s wondering what it doesn’t.

Palaces, Forts and Historic Buildings

If you plan on injecting a shot of chic into your holiday, accommodation in India couldn’t be more obliging. Stay in floating 18th century palaces in Udaipur, relish in Indian Art Deco at Jaipur’s Rajmahal Palace and get a taste for the royal way of life at Nizam of Hyderabad’s former home, Taj Falaknuma Palace. If you prefer your hotels to come with a slice of history, The Imperial New Delhi feels almost like a colonial cocoon with its palatial pools, grand bedrooms and an esoteric art collection of more than 5,000 pieces. India’s not short on forts either – 1,000 plus to be precise. So of course some now double as hotels, like Six Senses Fort Barwara. Constructed in the 14th century by the Chauhans, it is now a Six Senses sanctuary, incorporating two palaces, two temples and a wealth of dining and spa options.

Glamping, Treehouses and Jungle Lodges

India is wild – in all senses of the word – and it doesn’t apologise for it. Whether it be chaotic cities filled to the brim with scuttling scooters, or national parks home to some of the natural world’s biggest players, India is awash with accommodation options that place you right at their centre. And there is nowhere better than Jamtara’s Star Bed in rural Pench. Following in the footsteps of local farmers, you will get to see what it’s like to spend a night under the stars, keeping an eye on local crops. Snuggle up under blankets and drift off to the choral sounds of crickets, owls and frogs.

If you prefer your accommodation in India to be a little more removed from India’s underbelly, jungle lodges and treehouses are the solution. Tucked away, sometimes up high, they offer unique views of India’s breath-taking landscapes. At Kerala’s Tranquil Resort in Waynad, which also doubles as a 126 year old coffee and spices plantation, you get the best of both worlds with freshly brewed coffee and amazing treescapes from the moment you open your eyes.

Tea Estates

Speaking of freshly brewed drinks, if you’re a tea lover, a stay at a tea estate is a must. At Glenburn Tea Estate, you’ll take a quantum leap into India's colonial past. Sip cups of house-grown Darjeeling against emerald hill backdrops, treat yourself to green-tea-infused spa treatments and head into the hills to see the leaf to cup process up close and personal.

Trains and Boats

Accommodation in India is more than just static hotels. Experience backwater life on a traditional Kettuvalam in Kerala (the only way to see Kerala in our opinion). Rest easy knowing that the boat is completely sustainable, powered by solar energy and vegetable oils, and made from traditional handspun coir products. Take time to get to know the locals that live along Vembanad’s backwaters during your stay. If, however, time is of the essence, a train journey from Delhi to Jaipur and then onto Agra and Varanasi is a superb way to see the country’s hidden riches. Sleep in style onboard the Maharaja Express in tasteful cabins adorned with rich tapestries, antiques and intricate linens. Choose between its two comfortable restaurants and while away evenings in its lounge bar. For it’s here that you’ll realise it’s all about the journey.


At a homestay you’ll witness Indian hospitality first hand. Enjoy homecooked meals made from homegrown produce and get involved in village life (especially around festival season), by trying your hand at cow farming and learning how to make Idiyappam. Dewalokam Homestay is the perfect opportunity to exercise philantourism (the act of choosing a holiday or experience in order to support a destination in need of tourism), which shouldn’t be too much of a hardship.  

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