India’s rich history is best highlighted by the wide range of palaces scattered all over the country. Showcasing a wide range of architectural styles, India’s gorgeous palaces are gateways to the times when the Maharajas ruled over this land.
Some of them have been converted into Heritage and Luxury hotels now, offering an unmatchable experience to their guests.
Here are the six most beautiful palaces of Indi:
1. Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur
The Umaid Bhawan Palace, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the world’s largest private residences. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owners of the palace, this monument has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family.
2. Amba Vilas Palace, Mysore
The Amba Vilas Palace, also known as Mysore Palace, is a gorgeous palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka. It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the Maharajas of Mysore, the former royal family of Mysore, who ruled the princely state of Mysore from 1350 to 1950.
The architectural style domes of the palace are commonly described as Indo-Saracenic and blend Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles. It is a three-stone structure with marble domes and a 145 ft five-story tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden.
3. Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior
The Jai Vilas Palace (or The Jai Vilas Mahal), located in Gwalior, was built in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior, and is still the residence of his descendants the former royal Maratha Scindia dynasty.
The palace has a European architecture and was designed and built by Sir Michael Filose. Two Belgian chandeliers at Durbar Hall weighing 7 tonnes each are believed to be most gigantic in the world.
4. Lakshmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
Lakshmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Maharaja Ganga Singh, in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
It was designed in 1896 in an Indo-Saracenic style by the British architect, Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, and built between 1898 and 1902. It is now a luxury heritage hotel.
5. Udaivilas Palace, Udaipur
The Udaivilas Palace is now a heritage hotel run by the Oberoi group. Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, The Oberoi, Udaivilas stands on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar.
Spread over a luxurious fifty acres, which includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar, The Oberoi Udaivilas affords spectacular views across the verdant gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola.
6. Ranjit Vilas Palace, Wankaner
Wankaner Palace is a beautiful historical Indian palace built by the Maharaja of Wankaner H.H. Amarsinhji in the 20th century. The palace has lots of historical items like decorative doors, windows, antique chairs, mirrors, and other such antique items.
Royal Oasis Wankaner is one of the finest heritage hotels in India. Actually, it was the vacation palace of Maharaja of Wankaner during his rule in the state. Now, Royal Oasis converted into a heritage hotel of Wankaner.