Taj Hotel seeks to manage HRH properties in Udaipur

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

The move comes as France’s Accor Hotels is opening two Raffles-branded hotels in Rajasthan, including a lake property in Udaipur amid Udaisagar Lake. Similarly, UK-headquartered Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) is converting 14th century Barwara Fort into a luxury hotel.

“Talks between both parties have been on for some time. The royal dynasty of Mewar and the Tata Group go back a long way 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.

Spokespersons for both IHCL and HRH did not reply to queries from that were emailed 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.