Want to feel royalty and live like a royal for some days? Must go these places.
1. Umaid Bhawan Palace
It is believed that Ummed Singh, the then Maharaja of Jodhpur, started the construction of this palace in the 1920s to provide employment to the famine-stricken people. Now Umaid Singh’s grandson, Gaj Singh, still lives here. Parts of the palace have now been converted into a hotel and museum for visitors.
2. Taj Lake Palace
This Palace was built in 1946 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, the then Prince of Udaipur. When India gained independence, its royal family converted this magnificent palace into a luxury hotel. After that, the Taj Management took the backdoor in their hand and added more rooms. You can enjoy the magnificent views of Pichola Lake by visiting this palace.
3. Taj Falaknuma Palace
It is said that when Mehboob Ali Khan (the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad) was invited by the Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra (the Prime Minister of Hyderabad) to visit Falaknuma Palace. Mehboob Ali liked the palace, then Nawab Vikram wanted to give this palace as a gift to Ali Khan, but Ali Khan refused to take it as a gift and paid some amount in exchange for the palace. After some time the Palace was losing its charm due to poor care. It was then renovated by the Taj Group and in 2010 it became a luxury hotel.
4. Kowdiar Palace
Kowdiar Palace was built by Maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal in 1934 on the occasion of her sister’s wedding. The royal family still lives in this palace. This palace has 150 rooms and its structure is also very impressive.
5. Laxmi Vilas Palace
The Luxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara, Gujarat, India, was built by the Gaekwad family. According to the stories, it is also said that the main architect of this palace, Major Charles Mant, hung himself before the palace was built as he believed that this palace will collapse soon. But even after so many years, the strength of the palace remains intact and the Gaekwad family of Baroda still lives in it. In 1930, Maharaja Pratapsinh built a golf course in this palace which was opened for the Visitor after his grandson renovated it in 1990.
6. City Palace
The City Palace of jaipur was built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. This palace is nothing short of a dream for common people. Only a part of the palace is open for the visitors, in the other part the Royal Family still lives.
7. Leh Palace
Located in the Leh district, The Leh Palace was constructed in 1553 by King Sengge Namgyal. The palace was abandoned by the royal family during an invasion in the 19th century. This nine-story palace is now maintained under the Archaeological Survey of India.