Once, India has a large number of princely states ruled by royal families of the respective state. After India’s independence, all princely states joined the union of India to form world’s largest democracy. However, most of royal families keep their royal palaces as it as to preserve the heritage. A few royal palaces converted into heritage hotels for tourists. In this article, Traveljee has compiled a list of the most beautiful royal palaces in India.
10 Most Beautiful Royal Palaces in India To Know The Real Luxury of Indian Royals
1. Amba Vilas Palace OR The Royal Palace of Mysore – Mysore, Karnataka
Mysore Royal Palace or Amba Vilas Palace is one of the most beautiful royal palaces in India. It is the official residence of the Royal Family of Mysore i.e. Wodeyars dynasty. Mysore is also widely popular as the ‘City of Palaces’ for having a good number of royal palaces.
The Mysore Royal Palace is also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, the main palace of the royal family. Its construction was started in 1897 and completed in 1912. Later on, the royal family has commissioned the British architect Henry Irwin to extend the palace.
- Built: 1912
- Architect: Henry Irwin
- Visitor Fees: Rs. 40 for Indian tourists, Rs. 200 for foreign tourists
- Address: Amba Vilas Palace, Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysore, Karnataka – 570 001
- Telephone: +91 0821 242 1051
- Sunday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm, 7:00–8:00 pm
- Monday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
- Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
- Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
- Thursday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
- Friday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
- Saturday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
2. Laxmi Vilas Palace – Baroda (Vadodara), Gujarat
Laxmi Vilas Palace, Baroda is one of the biggest palaces in the world. The royal palace is four times larger than the Buckingham Palace, England. It has a rich interior design as well as beautiful architecture. It is the official residence of the Baroda Royal Family i.e. Gaekwad dynasty. It is considered as one of the most beautiful and largest royal palaces in Gujarat.
- Construction Completed: 1890
- Architectural Style: Maratha, Indo-Saracenic
- Total Cost: 1,80,000 GBP
- Built by: Maharaja Sayyajirao Gaekwad III
- Architect: Major Charles Mant
- Address: Laxmi Vilas Palace, Rajmahal Road, Baroda – 390 001
- Telephone: +91 265 2411022
- Visiting Hours: 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM (Lunch time 1 PM to 1.30 PM)
- Entry Fee for Palace: Rs. 150 per person. There is no entry fee for kids below 10
years. Closed on Monday
3. The Lake Palace – Udaipur (Rajasthan)
The Lake Palace, Udaipur is one of the most beautiful palaces in Rajasthan. It was built by the Maharana Jagat Singh II, who was the 62th king of the Mewar dynasty. The palace was built on the Lake Pichola’s natural foundation of 4 acres which is the natural island in the Udaipur. It is one of the most romantic hotels in India due to its attractive location, best facilities and architecture.
- Built: 1746
- Area: 4 Acres
- Address: Lake Pichola, Udaipur – 313001 Rajasthan, India
- Telephone: 91 294 2428800
- Facsimile: (0294) 2428700
4. Umaid Bhawan Palace – Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the largest private residents in the world. The palace is owned by the Royal Family of Jodhpur. The construction of palace started on 18th November, 1929 and completed in 1943. Some portion of the royal palace is now converted into the heritage hotel, managed by the Taj Group. It is one of the most beautiful royal palaces in India.
- Current Owner: Maharaja Gaj Singh ji
- Three Parts: 1. Taj Palace Hotel 2. Residence of Royal Family and 3. Museum
- Timings for Visitors: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
5. Hawa Mahal – Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Hawa Mahal is a widely popular royal palace, thanks to its construction style. Hawa Mahal literally means ‘Palace of Winds’. The palace is located in the beautiful city Jaipur. The palace was built in 1799 by the Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh ji. It is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaipur.
- Architect: Lal Chand Ustad
- Construction Completed: 1799
- Address: Johari Bazar Road, Badi Choupad, Pink City, Jaipur – 302002 Rajasthan
- Telephone: 0141 261 8862
- Height of the Palace: 15 m
- Architectural style: Mughal architecture
- Timings for Visitors: 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM Open All Days
6. Jai Vilas Palace – Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)
Once, Gwalior was one of the largest princely states in India. Jai Vilas Palace was the official residence of the ruling king in the princely era. Now, it is one of the most popular royal palaces in India. The palace was built in 1874 by the Maharaja Jayajirao Scindia of Gwalior. Right now, palace is the official residence of the Royal Family of Gwalior.
- Completed: 1874
- Architectural Style: Italian, Tuscan and Corinthian style
- Cost: Rs. 1 Crore in 1874
- Total Size: 12,40,771 Square Feet
7. City Palace – Jaipur (Rajasthan)
The City Palace of Jaipur includes not only a single palace, but two main palaces which are Chandra Mahal (Palace) and Mubarak Mahal including other buildings as well. The City Palace is also known as complex of historical buildings and palaces. The palaces were built by the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II initially. Later on, successive Maharaja extended the palaces with decoration, interior design and luxury.
- Construction Started: 1729
- Construction Completed: 1732
- Archi. Style: Mughal, European, Fusion of Shilpa Shastra of Indian Architecture
8. Rambagh Palace Hotel – Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Rambagh Palace Hotel is one of the most popular and beautiful royal palaces in India. The palace hotel is rated one of the finest heritage hotels in the world. The palace hotel is managed by the Taj Hotels Group, which is a part of Tata Enterprises. The heritage hotel is also considered as one of the most expensive hotels in India.
- Address: Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur – 302 005 Rajasthan, India
- Telephone: +91 141 2211919
9. Udai Vilas Palace – Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Udai Vilas Palace is one of the prestigious heritage hotels in Udaipur, managed by the Oberoi Hotels Group. It is situated in the heart of Udaipur i.e. Haridasji Ki Magri. It is also one of the most beautiful royal heritage hotels in Rajasthan. It is also one of the most luxurious hotels in the country.
- Address: Haridasji Ki Magri, Udaipur – 313001 Rajasthan
- Telephone: 0294 243 3300
10. Ranjit Vilas Palace – Wankaner (Gujarat)
Ranjit Vilas Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in Gujarat. The palace was built by the Maharaja Amarsinhji and named after (Jamnagar) Navanagar’s Maharaja Jam Ranjitsinhji. The palace used Italian marble, and European architecture to make one of the finest palaces in the world.
Article last re-published on October 31, 2015.