Once upon a time, India had a number of princely states which were ruled by royal families living in the respective states.And these princely states lost their existence after India’s independence as they had to merge together to form the largest democracy of the world. Although princely states became states and many new developments took place, the royal palaces were preserved and maintained as a heritage. Many of such palaces were also converted into heritage hotels for tourists. These royal palaces in India are so beautiful that they attract visitors not just from nearby places but also foreign countries. Here is a list of some of the most prominent royal palaces that still exist in India. Find out-
- Laxmi Vilas Palace, situated in Vadodara, Gujarat, is an important and large palace in India. This palace is fourfold bigger than England’s Buckingham Palace. Its architectural beauty and breathtaking interiors are what attract tourists from near and far. The Gaekwad family, the royal family of Vadodara, is believed to hold this palace as its official residence. It is also considered to be one of the most important tourist destinations of Gujarat.
- Umaid Bhawan Palace, that stands proud in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur is considered to be one of the biggest residences in the world under private possession. Jodhpur’s royal family owns the possession of this palace. On the 18th of November, 1929, the construction of the palace started, and after around 14 years the construction got over. A portion of the palace is now a hotel maintained and managed by the Taj. This definitely is one of the most attractive palaces in India.
- Talking about the beautiful palaces in Rajasthan, one simply can’t forget the Lake Palace located in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. The 62ndMewar king, Maharana Jagat Singh II, got it constructed. It was constructed on the natural base of the lake Pichola which sprawled over some four acres. Due to its architecture, world-class facilities and breathtaking location, it is considered to be one of the most exotic and romantic hotels in India. Yes, this palace is now a high-end hotel.
- Mysore Royal Palace, also called the Amba Vilas Palace happens to be one of the most spectacular Indian palaces, situated in Karnataka’s Mysore. It is considered to be the residence of the Wodeyars dynasty, which is the royal family of Mysore. And it’s not this palace alone; Mysore is dotted with many other palaces of great splendour. And that is the reason why it is also known as the City of Palaces.The construction of this palace started in 1897 and by 1912, it got completed. Later,British architect Henry Irwin was hired by the royal family to extend the palace.
Palaces have an aura to them. When you enter one, you step back in time and become oblivious of current realities. This is an experience that holds true for almost anyone who visits a palace. The grandeur and the splendour palaces ooze out are simply unmatched. So, if you haven’t visited a palace yet, make sure you visit one soon!