Have you ever been tempted to leave the modern world behind and immerse yourself in a completely different era? After reading the likes of Jane Austen or watching a particularly riveting period drama on screen, it can be tempting to start romanticizing what living in another time might have been like: fancy dresses, horse-drawn carriages, lavish parties and servants who wait on you hand and foot. Imagine being surrounded by the glamor, luxury and excess of a different time, in dreamlike, far-off places such as Ireland, Italy and India.
Fortunately, there is a way to satisfy this curiosity and live like you’re a part of the privileged class in a different time. While visiting parts of the world that are rich in culture, history, architecture and naturally beautiful landscapes, visitors can opt to stay in luxurious historical locations that have managed to maintain the aura of another era. Pack that historical romance and turn off your cell phone, and spend a week in a castle in Ireland, tour a ranch in the Western U.S. or live like absolute royalty in a decadent palace in India. These sojourns will give you that much-needed taste of living like royalty from another time without the dangers of actually having to travel back in time. It’s like playing an incredible game of make-believe!
6 Stay in a castle in Ireland
5 Explore a ranch in the Western U.S.
4 Unwind at a Renaissance villa in the Veneto region near Venice
3 Experience an Estancia in Argentina
2 Relax in a manor house in England
1 Be pampered at a palace in India
India is home to one of the most famous palaces in the world, the Taj Mahal. But there are many other lavish palaces throughout the country that can be enjoyed. Alsisar Mahal is a hotel in the picturesque village of Shekhawat with huge rooms. It was originally built as a fortress palace in the 18th century. The hotel rooms are furnished in styles that respect the time period of the building, while providing all modern amenities to guests. It is surprisingly affordable at around $125 per night.
Another option for living like a royal prince or princess in India is by staying in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, built between 1928 and 1943 and designed in a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. Nowadays, it is frequented by Hollywood and Indian celebrities. Located near Jodhpur, it has huge suites: a historical palace room will cost around $300-400. Finally, a palace demonstrating both French and Indian style of architecture is Sariska Palace in Rajasthan, which was built by the Maharaja of Alwar as a royal hunting lodge. Rooms and suites are designed to look regal and are where the real Maharaja used to relax. Visitors can explore the grounds and gardens and relax in a pool and spa.
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