Taragarh Palace

Heritage hotel in Palampur

Set amid lawns and camphor trees 12km southeast of Palampur, this 1930s summer palace was built for the Nawab of Bahawalpur then used by the Dogra royals of Jammu & Kashmir. Packed with period furniture and sepia photos, its Heritage Wing remains little changed so is very redolent of the era, albeit lacking a little in modern gloss.

Rooms in the 2004 Palace Wing are designed to mimic the style but with a little more comfort. There's a small outdoor pool (March to September), badminton court and even a mini polo ground, though the ponies have long gone. In the evening relax in the Blue Salon or in the wood-panelled Safari Bar watched by a framed print of tiger eyes.