When people think of India, first and foremost forts and palaces come to mind because they form the core part of India’s rich history and heritage. When traveling to India, it’s not surprising to see that these beautiful architects are high on people’s must-see lists. Many of India’s palaces have been converted into hotels by their royal owners in order to generate income. The majority of India’s forts and palaces are located in Rajasthan and Jaipur (The Pink City) has particularly large number of them.
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Leh Palace is a former royal palace modeled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet. This nine-storey dun-colored palace took shape under 17th-century king Sengge Namgyal and it has been unoccupied since the Ladakhi Royals were stripped of power. Currently, the palace is under Archaeological Survey of India and continues to lure tourists from far and wide. The palace overlooks the Namgyal Hill and is nestled amidst breath taking sceneries of the Himalayas.
Falaknuma Palace is one of the finest palaces located in Hyderabad India owned by the Nizams. Built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Amra on a 32 acre area in Falaknuma this palace is one of the prominent feature in the city of Nawabs. The palace was designed by an English Architect in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings in North. The Falaknuma Palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture and its stained glass windows throw a spectrum of color into the rooms. The highlight of the palace is the state reception room whose ceiling is decorated with frescoes and glided reliefs.
The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan is one of the most famous palace in Jaipur. This palace is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and now it has become the luxury Taj Palace hotel, located 5 miles, 8 km outside of the walls of the city of Jaipur on Bhawani Singh Road. This Palace is famous all over the world and is considered to be one of the best hotels around the World. The Rambagh Palace hotel is the preferred choice of celebrities and sports stars across the globe.
The renowned “Palace of the Winds” or Hawa Mahal is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur city. It is located in the heart of Jaipur and was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The palace is believed to have been constructed in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god and the architect is Lal Chand Ustad. There are in total 953 windows or “Jharokhas” which are decorated with intricate designs.
City Palace is located in the heart of the Jaipur. This palace includes the famous ‘Chandra Mahal’ and ‘Mubarak Mahal’. The palace is located towards the northeast side of central Jaipur and has many courtyards and buildings. This palace was built in 1729 and 1732 AD by Sawai Jai Singh II. He ruled in Amer and planned and built the outer walls of the Palace and later rulers added to the architecture of this palace. The architectural styles are largely based on a fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European styles. Tourists love to visit this place and is always filled with tourists from all around the World.
You talk about exploring Royal Palaces India and here come the name of Mysore. The city is famous for its royal heritage and Mysore Palace is no strange place in Royal Heritage of Mysore. It’s a Rajput Palace with element of Muslim Architecture situated in the middle of the city and is a remainder of grandeur of a bygone era. The Maharaja’s Palace is a beautiful three storied stone buildings of fine gray granite and rich pink marble domes. There are 12 temples inside the palace complex dating way back from 14th to 20th century.
Laxmi Vilas Palace, built by Sayajirao Gaekwad in the 1890, is the magnificent residence of the royal family of Baroda. It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace. The most impressive Raj-era palace in Gujarat, its elaborate interiors boast well-maintained mosaics, chandeliers and artworks. It’s set in expansive park like grounds which includes a golf course, sculptures and armory in bronze and many more attractive things. The palace is open to public and an audio tour is available.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, located in Jodhpur, is one of the World’s largest private residences. During its construction, the palace was called as Chittar Palace and was built to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine. There are in all 347 rooms in this palace which serves as the principle residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur Royal Family. The palace has three spaces: the private residence, a museum and the heritage hotel managed by the Taj Group.
Lake Palace is one of the most romantic places on the earth situated amidst the scenic Pichola Lake imposing Aravali hills on one side and soaring palaces on the other. It was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh II in 1746 across a four-acre island creating a dream line impression. The wonderful architecture of the Lake Palace will send shivers down your spine along with some beautifully designed rooms that add to the beauty of graceful palace. In last few years, this wonderful palace has been transformed into a 5-star hotel managed by the Taj Group.
Udai Vilas Palace, conceived as a traditional Indian Palace, captures the romance and splendor of a royal era. The palace showcases the rich heritage of Mewar region of Rajasthan with its gentle rippling fountains, rambling courtyards and verdant gardens. Interiors are decorated with attractive domes, hand painted frescoes and beautifully crafted artifacts coating an ambiance of regal splendor. Nowadays, this wonderful palace has been transformed into a 5-star hotel managed by the Oberoi Group.
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