The Dholpur Palace in Rajasthan, which became the focus of controversy this week after the Congress alleged that it belonged to the government but had been usurped by Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje and Lalit Modi through a private firm, is a luxury palace turned into a heritage hotel.
The 19th century palace, in eastern Rajasthan and around 50km away from Agra, in located in the small heritage town of Dholpur which is replete with ancient temples and a historical a step well.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has alleged that several revenue department documents between 1954 and 2010 showed that the palace was government property, but Raje and Lalit Modi's company Niyant Heritage Hotels has turned it into a "high-end luxury hotel" and invested Rs 100 crore in it.
According to the
, it has 8 Royal Palace rooms and 18 luxury villas.
When HT contacted the hotel's office in Dholpur, officials said reservations were not possible at the moment because the hotel is temporarily closed for renovation. Sales officials in Delhi (as per the contacts given on the website) could not be reached even after repeated phone calls.
Rooms in the Dholpur Palace, sources say, cost between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 and the pool villas (which are not inside the palace) cost between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000
Rooms at luxury hotels in Jaipur and Udaipur are quite costly -- for instant, Luxury rooms at the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur starts at Rs 17,000 stretches to Rs 67,500 for a Grand Royal Suite in the current season.