Devi Garh by lebua: an enchanting palace hotel in Rajasthan

Whilst exploring Rajasthan, a stay in one of the regions magnificent palace hotels is a highlight of any India trip and a unique way to experience the country’s rich culture and heritage. Arguably one of Rajasthan’s most enchanting palace hotels is Devi Garh by lebua, perched on a hill in the outskirts of Udaipur.

Devi Garh

Nestled amongst the foothills of the magnificent Aravali Mountains, this historic seven-storey palace can only be described as a work of art, immersing its guests into a princely atmosphere of a bygone era. Authentic 18th Century features are perfectly complemented with a fresh and modern interior. Carefully and lovingly resorted over years of meticulous hard work, Devigarh is a seamless fusion of contemporary minimalism and traditional Rajasthani flair.

Devi Garh was previously named as one of India’s leading luxury hotels by the New York Times, who also called it the “best hotel on the subcontinent… Devi Garh is more than beautiful, it is inspiring”. In 2008 it was featured by the Lifestyle Channel as a “Dream Hotel” with the likes of Udaipur’s Taj Lake Palace and Jaipur’s Rambagh Palace.

Devi Garh

The palace rests an hour outside of Udaipur, in a small town known as Delwara. The principality was bestowed to Raja Sajja Sing by the legendary Maharana Pratap Singh, following the epic battle of Haldighati which took place between Moghul Emperor Akbar and Maharana Pratap in the 16th Century. A rudimentary palace was first built in the 16th Century, later revamped in the following century for a royal visit of the Maharani of Udaipur. The seven-story hilltop palace that stands today was built in the 1760s. Two centuries later, the palace stood in ruins, desolate and decrepit, before it was purchased and renovated in 1984. The restoration of the crumbling palace took a staggering 750 labourers and 15 years. Rajiv Saini, a Mumbai based architect and designer, is widely accredited with transforming Devigarh into a modern work of art, fusing contemporary designs with a royal Rajasthani flair.

Devi Garh proudly showcases a bygone era of Rajput splendour, with locally sourced marbles and semi-precious stone inlay work, along with traditional motifs and hand painted frescos. The palace boasts 39 suites, including Garden Suites, Palace Suites, Aravali Suites and the grand Devi Garh Suite.

The presidential suite, aka Devi Garh Suite, offers state of the art amenities and extravagant semi-precious stone designs, along with a private black marble pool. Spanning over 1200 sq. ft., the Devi Garh Suite is drenched in a royal ambience and will ensure a truly dignified stay.

The Aravali Suites, Palace Suites and Garden Suites spread over 810 sq. ft., 721 sq. ft. and 510 sq. ft. respectively. Each suite has a unique personality, embellished with a distinct motif and ornate semi-precious stone inlay work. Jasper, malachite and lapis lazuli create a truly elegant interior.

Dining at Devi Garh is an experience to cherish, and a highlight of the stay. Aside from the multi-cuisine restaurant and in-room dining options, Devi Garh offers a range of private dining experiences in the many nooks and crannies of this enchanting resort. Guests seeking an exclusive dinner may choose a table for two under the stars or an intimate dinner in one of the original Rajasthani jharokas (a type of overhanging enclosed balcony, typical of Indian architecture).

The Lebua Spa by L’Occitane offers an array of traditional Ayurvedic treatments and therapies, inviting you to relax in the royal ambience of Devi Garh. The invigorating spa houses five treatment rooms, a cabana, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym.

Devi Garh

Devi Garh is known to have hosted royalty and celebrities, such as Arun Nayar, Liz Hurley and the Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bacchan.

Garden Suites start from £170 per night, inclusive of breakfast and taxes.

Madeleine Hann is CEO and Co-Founder of Indian Excursions Co.

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