The Past Revisted
For decades, if not centuries, the Rajput fortress, the defensive castle, the composite havel iwas the abode of nobility- where hospitality was a way of life. Visitors, guests, even strangers were welcomed in a tradition that was a part of the life styles. Even enemies, should they have come calling , were treated with utmost respect. And an extensive network of matrimonial alliances amongst the warring clans ensured that all battles ended on the field.
The chivalry and gallantry of the warrior clans was reflected in the architecture of the feudal homes. A grand entrance was reserved for state guests. There were separate viewing galleries for woman, and the ladies of the 'zenana' conducted their own durbars and wielded considerable power from behind the 'purdah'
Post independence democratic India witnessed the merger of the Princely States, aboition of 'Jagirs' land reforms and finally the withdrawal of the special privileges and privy purse from the royal families a few decades later consequently the noble families lost their traditional means of livelihood and even the wealthy merchants left their homes for more lucrative pastures.
Heritage Hotels in India
Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan
Their large castles and mansions lay almost abandoned or unattended till a few enterprising pioneers realised that perhaps the only way to maintain these historic homes was their appropriate reuse. The large Palaces of the Maharajas set the trend by becoming five star hotels. Now, some of the ancestral homes too find sustenance in this new lease of life - as Heritage Hotels, in different parts of India.
of the charm of these heritage hotels, united under a
common banner, is the individual attention and personalisation;
the very meals, for example that were cooked for generations
are still served at your table.
Families in residence for centuries now welcome you to their homes as guests. And each ancestral home is different, uniquely so, reflecting its own, exceptional history, tradition and period.
ambience is perfectly reflected through sepia photographs
and family memorabilia. Even the retainers may have been in
the service of the families for generations.
While history is always at hand, there have been changes too, so that the home are modernised to meet the needs of Today's international traveller, with adjoining bathrooms, running hot and cold water, modern plumbing, even perhaps a swimming pool.
These help to enhance the experience, making your visit to India's Heritage hotels in memorable one.