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.
Go to see a wild tiger while it is still possible. This may sound a little melodramatic, but the survival of the planet’s top predator is in serious doubt. There are probably around 1,500 wild tigers in India today, and perhaps as many as 100 are being killed annually by poachers. (One of the [...]
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. Not only was Hyderabad the largest of the princely states, it [...]
The Banyan Tree group, which operates more than 20 resorts, including the Harper-recommended Banyan Tree Lijiang and Banyan Tree Ringha, recently announced the opening of its first property in India, in the southern state of Kerala. Located on the private island of Nediyathuruthu in the Alleppey district of Kerala, Banyan Tree Kerala is [...]
The May 2012 Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report profiles a remarkable new palace hotel in India, the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. Mr. Harper also offers his definitive tour of India’s finest palace hotels and highlights from an accompanying sojourn through Sri Lanka. A coastal Maine update features a sparkling new property in Kennebunkport, Hidden Pond, as [...]
Until recently, India’s wildlife reserves could not boast lodges or camps that approached the sophistication of those found in Africa. Things began to change when Amanresorts and Oberoi Hotels both opened luxury camps adjacent to Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Now, Taj Hotels has entered into partnership with &Beyond, a Johannesburg-based safari company, [...]
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 [...]
A rush hour scene in Udaipur, India, which is also known for its magnificent Rajput-era palaces. Devi Gahr, a remarkable fortress palace nestled in the Aravali Hills just outside of the city, is currently offering a three-night stay valued at $3,126 for $470 in Harper Auctions. More details can be found here.