Taj Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior
A visit to Gwalior is incomplete without a stay at the regal Taj Usha Kiran Palace the once royal residency, which sits adjacent to the opulent Jai Vilas Palace. This 120-year-old palace, once played host to the King of England, and is now an elegant heritage hotel ensconced in nine acres of picturesque gardens landscaped with flowering trees, arched bridges and shimmering fountains. The hotel is an important part of the city’s rich history, having been established since 1880. The exquisite detail of the craftsmanship found in the hotel is quite beautiful, with fine tapestries, ancient stone carvings and the famous filigree work that adorns the palace throughout. The the royal suites display wonderful antiques, with ornate accessories and each room has a unique finish.
Dine like a king at the Silver Saloon overlooking the sculpted gardens and courtyards, feasting on local and European Raj dishes. The Bada Bar has large billiard tables to while away an afternoon and the Court provides the perfect location for dining alfresco. To fully unwind head to the signature Taj Jiva Spa to rejuvenate your mind body and soul. For those seeking something a little more active, keep fit with the in house badminton and table tennis facilities, along with the outdoor pool.
The hotel is situated in the historic city of Gawlior, not far from the more popular, neighboring cities of Agra and Jaipur, this is a rewarding destination, away from the crowds. The city is considered the second largest city in Madhya Pradesh and is dominated by one of India’s most imposing hilltop forts, the Gwalior Fort which was built in the 8th century and is a mighty citadel that has been beautifully maintained throughout the years. Here you will find the iconic towers of the Man Singh Palace still ringed with colourful turquoise tiles.