PALACES IN INDIA ARE STILL HOME TO ROYALS

It’s been more than half a century now since India gained independence from the British rule. It is today one of the largest democracies in the world, progressing at the speed of light. There used to be scores of royals who reigned over parts of India centuries ago. With Indian independence, many (or most) of them lost their titles, valuable treasures and even their beloved palaces. But years after the independence, some of them have managed to hold on to their royal legacy, continuing to inhabit some of the most beautiful palaces in the country. Book cheap flights and come visit some of these awesome monumental structures home to Indian royals.

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Gujarat

Laxmi Vilas Palace

The Gaekwads were a Maratha family that used to rule much (or all) of Vadodara, formerly called Baroda, since the 18th century and right until Indian independence. The Laxmi Vilas Palace is their majestic mansion spread over an amazing 500 acres and was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. Apart from several massive buildings and the Motibaug Palace, there is also a golf course built in the 1930s within the complex. The Gaekwad family still continues to reside in this splendid mansion and is held in very high regard still by the people of Vadodara.

Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur

umaid bhavan palace jodhpur

One of the largest private residences in the world, it took nearly 15 years for the Umaid Bhavan Palace to be completed since it first began in 1929 under the watchful reign of Maharaja Umaid Singh. There were hundreds of royal family members present to witness the Palace opening in 1943. Today, a part of the Palace has been turned into a hotel and is managed by Taj, while another part is a museum. The royal family under Gaj Singh still continues to reside in this magnificent palace.

Mysore Palace, Mysuru

mysore palace mysuru

The Royal Palace of Mysore in Karnataka has always been and still continues to be home to the Wodeyar family, rulers of Mysore kingdom in the past. Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar had in 1947 ceded his kingdom but the Wodeyars still continued to rule most of Mysore even after the independence. When India became a republic officially in 1950, it was then that Mysore officially became a part of the country. The Royal family still continues to reside here and have also opened parts of the Palace as a tourist attraction.

The City Palace, Udaipur

city palace udaipur

The construction of the massive City Palace began in 1553 when Maharana Udai Singh shifted the capital of Mewar kingdom to Udaipur from Chittoor. Arguably the most impressive of all royal palaces in India, this is actually a sprawling complex consisting of several small but stunning palaces. The palace was built under several Mewar kings over the course of almost 400 years and is home to splendid monuments such as the Monsoon Palace and Jag Mandir. Still home to the Royals, the palace exhibits stunning Rajasthani and Mughal artwork and architecture.

Lalgarh Mahal, Bikaner

lalgarh mahal bikaner

After the Junagarh Palace was deemed unsuitable, the Lalgarh Palace was built for Maharaja Ganga Singh during 1902-1926 period. The Palace’s first ruler Ganga Singh’s successor Sadul Singh would be the last king to rule Bikaner and also among the first Princes to accede to India prior to her independence. Presently, the palace is an incredible mix of a museum and two heritage hotels. It is also the residence of the royal family who operates one of the two stunning heritage hotels. Like the others, this palace is definitely worth visiting on cheap business class flights.

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