Saturday - Feb 23, 2019

World’s Best Hotel Is In India – You Can Book With Points aswell

Tripadvisor has released a list top 25 hotels across the world and the best hotel is in India per the 2016 travelers choice award.  Rajasthan is known for its palaces and forts representing the ancient culture and kingdoms.


Umaid Bhavan 2

Per the Tripadvisor’s 2016 traveler’s choice award – the no.1 hotel in the world is Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur.  I have heard good things about Jodhpur, but did not expect that world’s best hotel is located in Jodhpur.

The palace was built, between 1928 and 1943, for H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singh ji, Grand Father of present Maharaja. This hotel is built in 26 acres with 347 rooms and suites.


For Points Enthusiasts..

The big question you may  have is,

Can you book a reward night at this hotel?

What is the loyalty program?

How to earn the points?

How many points are needed?


This hotel is part of “Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces” and the loyalty program is “Taj Inner Circle Plus“.  Here is a glimpse of how you can earn and redeem points.


Earn and burn

Unlike other hotel loyalty programs, the redemption rates are dynamic (linked to the room type and price on the day) and hence there are no black out days for any day and

For a reward night at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, you need a minimum of 4,619 Taj Inner Circle points, and the low season seems to be July.





Credit card options?

There are no afflicated credit cards, however you can  transfer your rewards earned from India based Citi credit cards Citibank Premier Miles and Citi Prestige card. However, the conversion rate is not great. so, you would be better of booking directly with cash and redeem your Citi points as cash

I am checking out a few options (hacking) to earn easy Taj Inner circle points, I will post an update as soon as i have the results.



Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur is named as the best hotel in the world per the Tripadvisor’s 2016 traveler’s choice awards.

This hotel is part of “Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces” and the loyalty program is “Taj Inner Circle Plus


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