The pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II has, since 1963, been a stunning five-star hotel in the heart of Udaipur. Greetings align with Rajasthani custom: a shower of rose petals and refreshments await as you leave the boat at Sadar Ghat. Guards then escort guests under a sequinned, embroidered umbrella – the only thing missing is a princely elephant ride. Views of the City Palace, the Jag Mandir which inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal, and the Machla Magra hills are divine. The Grand Presidential Suite revels in its British Raj-era grandeur, mixing contemporary architecture with Rajasthani luxury. Make sure you curate a personalised fine dining plan with hotel staff, and lose yourself in the palatial Jiva Spa.