A royal history of Kings, Queens, Nizams and Maharajas, make India the home to a number of majestic palaces. These palaces redefine the word luxury, royalty, and grandeur and provide a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the country. Let’s take a look at top 10 royal palaces in India.
1. Mysore Palace, Mysore
The beauty of this palace is beyond what words could describe. Build in 1912 by the royal family of Mysore, this breath-taking palace is one of the most beautiful buildings and one of the most visited tourist places in India. It has beautiful architecture all around and is a sight to behold when it’s decorated by thousands of lights.
2. UdaiVilas Palace, Udaipur
In a city of majestic palaces and beautiful lakes lies Udaipur’s Udaivilas, a place where those who believe there is no such thing as too much luxury will feel right at home. It was also voted as the best hotel in 2015 in a readers survey.
3. Laxmi Vilas Palace, Varodara
Constructed in 1890, by Maharaja Sayyajirao Gaekwad III, it is one of the biggest palaces in the world with size of 4 times that of Buckingham palace. Read More
4. Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur
With 347-rooms, this spectacular palace is one of the largest private residences in the world. It was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1943 to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine.
5. City Palace, Jaipur
Built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II, this palace complex consists of many buildings like Chandra Mahal & Mubarak Mahal. A part of it, is converted into a museum but the largest part is still the royal residence.
6. Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lying on a 4 acre natural island on Lake Pichola, this exquisite palace is like a pearl that emerges from the placid waters of the lake. It was built between 1743 and 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II and is regarded as the most romantic hotel in India!
7. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
This beautiful palace was constructed in 1799 by the Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. True to it’s name which means palace of winds it has 953 windows. The main intention behind the construction of the Mahal was to provide royal women a view of everyday life through the windows, as they never appeared in public.
8. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions. The palace retains its elaborate splendour, extravagant decor and elaborate Mughal Gardens. Within this most glorious of palaces showcasing the best of Rajasthan’s royal heritage, you also experience the best fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur
9. Falaknuma palace, Hyderabad
Also known as the Mirror of the sky, was once the home of the famous Kohinoor and Jacob Diamonds. It was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, in 1893. The Falaknuma palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture
10. Bangalore Palace
Built by the Wodeyar Dynasty in 1887, the Tudor style architecture and magnificent wood carvings are second to none. The beautiful architecture of this palace is believed to have been inspired by Windsor Castle of London .