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Like the country itself, accommodations in India evince a knack for melding the ancient with the modern. From majestic converted palaces to sumptuous, spacious tents, the resorts and hotels in India number amongst the world's most luxurious.

Here are several of our favorite India hotels:

Devigarh, Udaipur

This spectacular heritage property hosts an eclectic mix of modern and traditional elements. Marble and semi-precious stones complement contemporary designs to elegant effect at this recently restored fortress-palace. An all-suite, 5-star luxury hotel, it features personalized and intimate service. View their web site

Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

This regal 5-star gem was voted the third best hotel in the world by Travel and Leisure in 2006. It embodies the romance and splendor of India's royal era, with a grand setting, palatial architecture and a beautiful spa combining to create a world-class hotel. View their web site

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

The world-renowned Taj Lake Palace is in fact a converted white marble palace that seems to float miraculously on the still waters of Lake Pichola. Perhaps the world's most romantic hotel, this 250-year-old palace blends serenity and opulence. View their web site

Imperial Hotel, New Delhi

First among the legendary "Four Maidens of the East," the Imperial is reckoned among the finest hotels in Asia. A mixture of Victorian, old colonial, and playful art-deco touches define this luxurious property. It is set in eight acres of landscaped gardens, in the heart of the premium shopping district of New Delhi. Its restaurant, the Spice Route, was recognized as one of the world's top ten by Conde Nast Traveler. View their web site

Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

The epitome of the majestic Mughal palace, this opulent former royal residence gazes out onto the Taj Mahal. This is Agra's premier address, redefining luxury in the heart of India. View their web site

Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

This fabulous palace hotel was formerly the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. It is an architectural masterpiece, presenting a sublime blend of Rajput and Mughal elements, sensitively restored to its former glory. View their web site

Samode Palace

This truly exquisite palace hotel was recently voted the world's 5th best hotel by the London Times. It integrates stunning architecture, the highest international standards of hospitality, and traditional designs and materials.

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Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Perched high above the desert, this magnificent palace is the current residence of Jodhpur's royal family: while staying, one is literally their guest. It is one of a handful of truly great palace hotels in India, conceived on the grandest possible scale. View their web site

Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore National Park

This is India's leading luxury jungle resort, set on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Richly detailed interiors exude the ambience of a royal hunting lodge. Luxurious tents with finely embroidered canopies and private walled gardens create a lovely contrast to the ruggedness of the surrounding jungle. View their web site

Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai

Situated on the waterfront overlooking Mumbai's bays and islands, this historic property is an imposing yet gracious landmark facing the Gateway of India. It exudes a grand royal air, and is a member of the select "Leading Hotels of the World." View their web site

Brunton Boatyard, Kochi

This colonial classic features Portuguese architecture and a tradition of luxurious hospitality. Situated at the harbor mouth overlooking the busy ship channel, all rooms boast of a magnificent view of the sea and delta. View their web site

Coconut Lagoon Resort, Kumarakom

An immersion in tranquility awaits travelers at this idyllic resort, accessible only by boat. Individual cottages reflect the traditional lines of Kerala's wooden houses. Rooms retain the charm of a family home, while ultramodern open-air bathrooms located in an inner courtyard boast their own banana tree. The restaurant is noted for its superb Kerala cuisine.View their web site