India’s palace hotels are living links to the era of the maharajahs, the 200 years prior to independence when semi-autonomous princes ruled much of the country. The newly restored Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad is now perhaps the most opulent palace hotel of all. -A.H.
Southern India, with its lush and tropical beauty, feels like a different country from the northern region. Long known as the “Spice Coast” for its valuable harvest of cloves, cinnamon and pepper, the southwestern coast enjoyed a strong trade with the Middle East and Mediterranean, fostering a unique local culture. Thanks to the demands of [...]