If you’re looking for your very own “room with a view”, then look no further than Bespoke India’s collection of the best hotel views in India. From one of the eight wonders of the modern world, to the country’s magnificent mountains, a city of lakes to magnificent fortresses, our choice of hotels provides you with far more than just room service.
A sight synonymous with India, the majestic Taj Mahal is an ode to love itself. Oberoi Amarvilas, the second best reason to visit Agra, is located just 600m from her ramparts, in a protected area, and is the closest hotel by a long way. Why you needn’t even get dressed to admire her change from ghostly white to dusky pink under the morning sun, you can witness it all right from the comfort of you own bed. Every inch of this hotel is designed to celebrate this famous vision: from the guestrooms, to the entrance hallway, the dining areas, to the spa. Though nothing quite compares to seeing her in person, Oberoi Amarvilas affords the best views that money can buy. Unsurprisingly, it’s popular with couples and honeymooners wanting to pay homage to this romantic’s pilgrimage. A haven in the midst of the madness of Agra.
The Chamba Camp, Thiksey
Up in “The Land of High Passes” this part of the country barely has a bad angle, but, located on an estate belonging to the Thiksey monastery, The Chamba Camp provides unobstructed views of one of Ladakh’s most famous monasteries. Unzip your tent in the morning to reveal a most bewitching sight: the 15th century Thiksey Monastery. Breakfast with the monks at their early morning prayers, a practice that remains almost unchanged for centuries, is a hypnotic experience. Each of The Chamba Camp’s sixteen tents has its own private terrace, with hand carved Raj-era table and chairs, to recline on whilst taking in the vista. Those that don’t face the monastery, look out across the Stok mountain range, or the monastery’s 500-year-old stupas. You’ll feel every bit the explorer, like some early player of The Great Game, all be it with your very own private butler, rather than a dedicated coolie.
One of India’s best design hotels, every inch of RAAS Jodhpur is designed to make the most of those unparalleled views of Mehrangarh Fort. Whether dining at the rooftop restaurant, wallowing by the pool, or soaking in the tub, where customised jaali screens fold back to reveal the medieval masterpiece in all its glory. What’s more remarkable than this modern abode being tucked away in the heart of the old city, is the fact that it started off life as a humble haveli. Ambrish Arora has created an architectural triumph and RAAS’ flagship hotel leads the way on the design front throughout Rajasthan, nay India. At night, as the nearby mosque sounds its sonorous evening adhans, the property takes on an entirely different character. Mehrangarh Fort, lit up and visible from across the city, appears even closer, and more grandiose. Witness this marvel over dinner and drinks on the rooftop restaurant.
Taj Mahal Palace
Not only one of Mumbai’s most iconic buildings, and certainly its most famous hotel, the city’s grand dame hosts some of the best views of the Arabian Sea, and the Gateway to India. The Taj Mahal Palace’s close proximity to the Bombay Yacht Club means you’ll likely see plenty of bobbing boats headed out to sea. A bracing sight. The best vistas can be found amongst the lavish interiors of The Sea Lounge. Take them in whilst dining on Bombay street food and an afternoon chai. Marine Drive is right on your doorstep, and a stroll along here will take you to Colaba and beyond. A sunset stroll along its promenade is to pass Mumbaiker’s young and old, families, gaggles of college kids, and hopeless romantics. An archetypal Mumbai experience.
The Leela Palace, Udaipur
In a city as beautiful as Udaipur, commanding the best view is an accolade indeed; and in our opinion the Leela Palace beats some strong competition to the number one spot. With views of Lake Pichola, City Palace, and the Aravalli mountains in the distance, ensconcing the entire property, the only thing more magical would be experiencing it from your own private pool. So why not do just that? Soak up the grandeur of the Mewars from your elaborate suite, all polished wood, shining silks, and marble bathrooms. The Leela Palace is also home to some of the most indulgent facilities in town. The Dining Room, headed by chef Kayzad Sadri, is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Rajasthan whilst the spa by Espa is an induction into a world pampering. An utterly romantic and indulgent stay in the City of Lakes.