11 best heritage hotels in Madhya Pradesh for a grand experience!

Though the state of Madhya Pradesh is pretty popular for its vast natural reserves, ancient temples and the pre-historic caves of Bhimbetka, there is also a side of this great state that is sometimes overshadowed by peers like Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh has a long, royal history and some fabulous forts and palaces that will delight the history enthusiast within you! Many of these regal structures have been converted into wonderful heritage hotels that allow anyone who wishes to, to emulate the lives of kings and queens who once roamed these grand corridors. Here is a list of some of the best heritage hotels in Madhya Pradesh that you should definitely check out upon!

1. Sheesh Mahal Hotel - Orchha

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Built to serve as the grand residence of the Maharajas of Orchha in the 16th and 17th century, the Sheesh Mahal has still retained its grandeur and royal feel. The property has a very rustic charm, and the interiors are so lavish that they would be fit for any king or queen! The surrounding view is also simply stunning with the Jehangir Mahal and Raja Mahal on the flanks, especially during sunset. The rooms are furnished keeping in mind the heritage tone of the hotel, and yet lack of no modern amenities will be felt during your visit here. Heck, even the toilets are shaped like a throne for an extra royal feel!
Near-by Attractions: Jahangir Mahal, Raja Mahal, Betwa River

2. Usha Kiran Palace - Gwalior

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The Usha Kiran Palace was built by the Scindia royal dynasty of Gwalior in the late 19th early 20th century to act as a guest house for the royal family and their visitors. For decorating and furnishing the property, no expenses were spared. The palace boasts of fine craftsmanship, stone carvings, expensive showpieces, Venetian mirrors and even a rosewood elevator, that is still in use! The palace has been converted into a 5-star hotel and is now managed by the Taj Group, and in its glorious history as a heritage hotel has served a number of dignitaries and celebrities.
Near-by attractions: Jaivilas Palace, Rani Mahal Palace, HH Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia Museum
 
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3. Amar Mahal - Orchha

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Everyone is very well aware of the Rajput nobility and their fondness of grand palaces and forts. The Amar Mahal in Orchha is one such palace that was built by the Bundelkhand Rajputs in the 18th century and their traditional architectural style can be seen clearly in the palatial structure. The Amar Mahal is particularly famous for its beautiful Bundela paintings and antique showpieces that adorn the walls. Enjoy a regal stay in Orchha, combined with wonderful views of the city, sumptuous local dishes at the in-house restaurants and refreshing walks in the extravagant lawns of the property!
Near-by attractions: Chhatris, Saket Museum, Orchha Sanctuary
 
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4. Ahilya Fort - Maheshwar

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The grand and imposing Ahilya Fort was built by one of the finest rulers of the state Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar. Not only was she a great warrior herself, but was also a great patron of art and architecture. The Ahilya Fort is one such fine example of her love for opulent structures. The fort is built high on a hill and offers magnificent views of the lovely clean ghats and River Narmada down below accompanied by the staccato sound of the looms. Boasting of an astounding architecture, glorious furnishings and an awesome location, the fort was converted into a heritage hotel by the last ruler of Indore Prince Shivaji Rao (Richard) Holkar. It can’t get any more royal than this!
Near-by attractions: Narmada River, Ahilyabai Temple, Narmada Mandir

5. The Jhira Bagh Palace - Dhar

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Built expressly to serve as a guest house for visiting British dignitaries and other royal guests, the Jhira Bagh Palace was completed in 1865 on the behest of the Maharaja of Dhar Anand Rao Puar III. As it was built for hospitality reasons, no stone was left unturned to furnish the palace with all possible luxuries. The whole property is surrounded by lush green lawns, and the lack of city traffic and skyscrapers make it a perfect retreat. The rooms are huge, extremely comfortable and equipped with all modern amenities.
Near-by attractions: Mandu, Bagh Caves

6. Deo Bagh - Gwalior

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Possibly one of the most interesting and best heritage hotels in India, Deo Bagh has some great historical moments and terrific architectural beauty that justify the reputation of this property. Originally occupied by Mughals and later on by Maratha rulers, the heritage hotel has several interesting attractions around it. Maratha temples built in the 17th-18th century, stunning cenotaphs, heavenly gardens and a huge pavilion surround the property. It is also said that many leaders met and held talks at Deo Bagh before the mutiny of 1857. With its wonderful hospitality, worldly comforts and history, Deo Bagh is the perfect heritage hotel you can stay at!
Near-by attractions: Tomb of Tansen, Gwalior Fort
 
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7. Jehan Numa Palace - Bhopal

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Constructed in the 19th century, the Jehan Numa Palace is a perfect blend of classic European colonial architecture with touches of Indian stylings. You can enjoy the famed Nawabi hospitality during your stay here, and combine it with mouth-watering meals at the restaurant, luxuriously furnished rooms and splendid views to make the most of your trip to Bhopal! No wonder a visitor once very famously said that ‘Jehan Numa is too intimate to be called a Palace and too friendly to be called a Hotel’.
Near-by attractions: Museum of Man, Vallabh Bhawan, Van Vihar National Park
 
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8. Noor-Us-Sabah - Bhopal

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Perched on the top of a hill, the Noor-Us-Subah enjoys a splendid sight of the glorious Vindhya Hills along with a panoramic view of Bhopal city. The name translates into ‘Light of Dawn’, and indeed the morning are the time when the property looks its best, basking in the glory of the rising sun! The Nawab of Bhopal H.H. Hamid Ullah Khan built Noor-Us-Subah for his eldest daughter Begum Abida Sultan, and naturally left nothing lacking in its beauty and architecture. Rooms are lavish and beautiful beyond imagination, gardens are well-kept and the service superb. It is, without a doubt, one of the best heritage hotels of Madhya Pradesh, and even India perhaps.
Near-by attractions: Upper Lake, Van Vihar National Park
 
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9. Bundelkhand Riverside - Orchha

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The most royal, magnificent and stupendous rooms await you at the Bundelkhand Riverside in Orchha. The property serves as a personal retreat for the Maharaja of Orchha and his esteemed guests, and tales of its luxuries are still popular in the hospitality world. There are Mughal stylized terrace gardens around the hotel, important monuments dating back to hundreds of years and the hotel building itself, that is famed for its brilliant architecture. Words can’t simply do justice to the sheer brilliance of Bundelkhand Riverside, and one has to spend a night here to take in all of its beauty.
Near-by attractions: Jahangir Mahal, Raj Parveen Mahal
 
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10. Hammeer Garhi Heritage Resort - Khajuraho

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Dating back to more than 350 splendid years, the Hammeer Garhi Heritage Resort is a paradise of sorts for people looking out to get some respite from the tedious strain of metro life. The property is a small fortress, which was built by Hammeer Dev, who was a commander under King of Bundelkhand Raja Chhatrasaal. Unlike other famous heritage hotels, Hammeer Garhi is a village resort, that offers guests to the rustic life of a village. Patrons can relax, unwind and participate in enjoyable activities while enjoying the regal comforts of their fabulously furnished rooms.
Near-by attractions: Jungle Safari, Khajuraho Temples
 
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11. Raj Vilas (Pilikothi) - Rewa

Fondly called Pilikothi, which translates into Yellow Bungalow in English, because of its yellow coloured texture, the Raj Haveli was built on the behest of Dhiraj Bandhvesh Sir Gulab Singh the Maharaja of Rewa. The structure is quite grand and stands out for its wonderful architecture and splendid design. Currently, the property has been turned into a heritage hotel that attracts a lot of visitors for a royal time in Rewa.

If you loved these heritage hotels in Madhya Pradesh, then just visit the ‘Hindustan Ka Dil’ for some even more fantastic attractions that will make you swoon with pure wonder! It’s a surely a treat that you can’t and should not resist!
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