Raj Mahal Palace

Heritage hotel in Mandi

The Raj Mahal occupies part of the palace of Mandi's ex-royal family, who are still in residence. It has a degree of olde-worlde charm, though maintenance is lagging. 'Standard' rooms are nothing fancy, but the large deluxes and super-deluxes still have an aristocratic touch.

The Copacabana Bar & Restaurant here, with the option of eating out on a large, tree-shaded lawn, is part of the appeal – peaceful for breakfast, animated for dinner.