12 exotic hotels in India that you must absolutely visit!

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Our lives are not meant to be lived at relentless pace doing whatever we seem to to be doing. Sometimes, we need to take a pause and just unwind. And what’s better than to do it at some of the finest hotel chains in India, The Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.

While these are not only my favourites, most of these are pretty spectacular and will make you want to go back there, and sometimes (read often) to not even leave!

The top 12 on my list are not just hotels at beautiful locales offering royal indulgences (well, they are), but also brilliantly unique by themselves. They offer a potpourri of experiences in styles and experiences curated to deliver unparalleled luxury rooted in India’s rich heritage. Without much ado, I present you the twelve brightest stars in Taj’s constellations.

The Vivanta by Taj - Dal View, Srinagar

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Photo of Vivanta by Taj - Dal View Srinagar, Srinagar by Abhijit

Nestled in the idyllic city of Srinagar, with resplendent views of the Dal, this Taj property offers you stunning views wherever your head turns.

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Photo of Vivanta by Taj - Dal View Srinagar, Srinagar by Abhijit
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The resort welcomes you with radically different views in every season - from the warm earthy feels in summer to the serene blues and snow-tipped mountains in winter. If you’re up for a visit to the paradise on earth, this resort is the place to be.

The Gateway Resort Corbett

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Photo of The Gateway Resort Corbett, Mailani Range, Uttarakhand, India by Abhijit

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Photo of The Gateway Resort Corbett, Mailani Range, Uttarakhand, India by Abhijit

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Photo of The Gateway Resort Corbett, Mailani Range, Uttarakhand, India by Abhijit

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Photo of The Gateway Resort Corbett, Mailani Range, Uttarakhand, India by Abhijit

Experience India’s oldest national park at a scale of luxury that can only be offered by a Taj Resort. Living amidst such close proximity to lush greenery and the ecotourism haven that is the Jim Corbett National Park, is the perfect foil to your fast paced urban life. And when you couple that with the exquisite luxury that this resort offers, there’s truly no better place to be.

Vivanta by Taj - Guwahati

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Photo of Vivanta by Taj - Guwahati, Assam, Guwahati, Assam, India by Abhijit

At the centre of all that is good, the seven sisters, the potpourri of cultures and at one of the finest hotel chains there is, Vivanta by Taj offers you the best of everything. The land of jubilant hills and plains alike, with fauna and flora so exotic, some even unseen, and a motley of effervescent cultures, it is truly an adventure for the soul

Taj Nadesar Palace, Banaras

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Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Abhijit

Banaras is one of the most prolific religious cities on the banks of the Ganga, is the proverbial heart of the Indian mainland. Add to it a palatial hotel that has housed royalty and other luminaries for around 2 centuries, and you’ve got a treat on your hands. The suites embellished with pieces of art that, once upon a time, were a part of the Maharaja’s personal collection and the cuisine carefully curated to enthrall each of your culinary senses, await you.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

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Photo of Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Abhijit

Who hasn’t dreamed of staying on an island? And when that island is in the middle of Lake Pichola in the city that is better known as the Venice of the East and one of the most majestic and luxurious palatial hotels in the world, you’ll definitely not want to miss it. Formerly known as the Jag Niwas Palace, every room and suite extends amazing views of the lake and the magnificent Aravallis. One of the most beautiful locations for any hotel, it gleams in a fairytale fashion on full moon nights.

Taj Safari Lodge - Pench National Park

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Photo of Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India by Abhijit

Taj hotels have always been on the forefront of luxury styled in a quintessentially Indian way. And when you get to experience that kind of luxury amidst the backdrop of a national park on which the legendary collection of stories, The Jungle Book, is based on, you really shouldn't have to think twice about a vacation here.

The Gateway Hotel - Gir Forest

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Photo of The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, Sasan Gir, Gujarat, India by Abhijit

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Photo of The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, Sasan Gir, Gujarat, India by Abhijit

An adventure of a lifetime and one of the best business hotels, The Gateway, awaits you. Spread across 1400 acres, it is the only protected area in India where you can actually sight the majestic Asiatic lion in all its glory. Accentuated by the creature comforts only a Taj Hotel can provide, this promises to be the most luxurious adventure in India.

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

Commissioned over a century back next to the Gateway of India, it is one of the most widely recognised hotels in India and an epitome of luxury being the flagship of the hotel chain. It is an icon in itself and recently has acquired an image trademarked for its architectural design. You know which hotel I am talking about, right? If not, just Google it.

Taj Falaknuma Palace

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Photo of Taj Falaknuma Palace, Falaknuma, Hyderabad, Telangana, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Taj Falaknuma Palace, Falaknuma, Hyderabad, Telangana, India by Abhijit

Imagine a lavish dream sequence. You arrive at the hotel in a horse drawn carriage, walk the red carpet into your suite that once upon a time was the bedroom of the Nizam. Basically, a life for the royalty. That’s what the Taj Falaknuma palace Hotel offers you and more. The sheer opulence that you get to experience is only matched by the gastronomic feast that’s on offer. Its wow. Just wow!

Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village, Goa

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Photo of Vivanta By Taj - Holiday Village, Goa, Candolim, Goa, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Vivanta By Taj - Holiday Village, Goa, Candolim, Goa, India by Abhijit

Any collection of exquisites, especially when we speak of hotels, exotic locales, cultures, food, basically fun, HAS to include Goa. And what’s better than to enjoy it in luxury, albeit differently in one of the best and yet unique 5 star hotels in Goa. And, wait for it, in North Goa. If that’s doesn’t do it for you, they spectacular views from their seafront decks definitely will.

Vivanta by Taj - Coorg/Madikeri

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Photo of Vivanta By Taj - Madikeri, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Vivanta By Taj - Madikeri, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Vivanta By Taj - Madikeri, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Abhijit

Amidst the hills that line the southernmost tip of Karnataka, lies this enchantingly beautiful place, often called the Scotland of the East - Coorg. A traveller’s delight and the perfect place to rediscover your soul, Vivanta by Taj offers you one of the best luxury resorts in an amazing setup of hills, rainforests and basically an uncharted natural heaven.

Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, Kerela

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Photo of Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala, India by Abhijit

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Photo of Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala, India by Abhijit

God’s own country has so much to offer and yet most people get stuck at the popular destinations. A hidden delight, on the banks of Lake Vembanad, lies one of the best lakeside resorts in the south - the Vivanta by Taj, Kumarakom. The cottages and villas by the edge of the water will take you on a boat ride of serenity from which you’ll never feel like returning.

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