Taj seeks to manage RHS properties in Udaipur

NEW DELHI: Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) of Tata Group, popularly known as Taj Hotels, is in talks with Arvind Singh Mewar's Historic Resort Hotels (HRH) to take over the operations of the latter's luxury heritage properties in Udaipur and its surroundings, the sources said.

The measure occurs when Accor Hotels in France is opening two hotels under the Raffles brand in Rajasthan , including a lake property in Udaipur in the middle of Udaisagar Lake . Similarly, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), based in the United Kingdom, is turning the 14th-century Fort Barwara into a luxury hotel.

“The conversations between both parties have been ongoing for some time. The royal dynasty of Mewar and the Tata Group recede a lot when Taj Hotels took over the Lake palace Hotel in the middle of Lake Pichola as managing partner in the seventies. Arvind Singh Mewar, too, had worked with the Taj Hotels for some time before establishing the HRH Group of Hotels, ”said a person familiar with the development.

The IHCL and HRH spokespersons did not answer the questions of TOI which were sent by email on November 27.

Last year, however, IHCL renewed its lease agreement for Taj Lake palace , Udaipur for around 30 years. The Taj Lake palace , Udaipur is one of the four palaces of the royal dynasty of Mewar . HRH, which operates around 10 luxury and boutique properties, including former family palaces and hunting lodges in and around Udaipur, is India’s only chain of heritage palace hotels and resorts under private ownership.