This former royal palace is a stunning monument to Rajput and Mughal architecture, situated near Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the world's finest water-bird sanctuaries.
Laxmi Villas Palace Hotel was originaly built for the younger brother of the Maharajah Ram Singh. Today most of the palace has been converted into 30 air-conditioned rooms and suites, each with en suite facilities, divided between two wings offering standard and deluxe rooms. The spacious and airy public areas include a bar, restaurant and reading room, which all open onto a pretty central courtyard, and there is a large swimming pool in the grounds.
In cooler months a rooftop terrace is used for dinner. The palace retains all the quirky charm of an ancient Rajput palace and makes an excellent alternative to staying in Agra. It is also the perfect place from which to explore the famed bird sanctuary of Keoladeo Ghana National Park nearby.
This heritage property lies six kilometres from Bharatpur and 190 kilometres west of Agra on the road to Jaipur.
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Bharatpur consists of scrub, grassland and shallow wetland. A former duck-shooting reserve of the Maharajas, it became a national park in 1982 and is now recognised as one of the finest waterbird sanctuaries in the world, home to more than 300 species, including the highly endangered Siberian cranes.