India was always known for its heritage and culture. 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 most beautiful palaces of India…
Amba Vilas, Mysore
The Amba Vilas Palace, also known as Mysore palace, is a gorgeous palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka. Currently also it is the second most visited palace in India. 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 blends 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. Dasara Festival is the main festival of Mysore. They celebrate it with great pomp and show
The visitors are allowed in palace between 10:00-5:30 pm
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. It is constructed in Maratha and Indo-Saracenic.
The visitors are allowed in palace between 9:00-5:00 pm
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. It has 347 rooms in it. The Palace is divided into three functional parts – a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, the residence of the owner’s royal family, and a Museum focusing on the 20th century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family. The opening hours of this museum are 9 am to 5 pm. It is one of the most beautiful royal palaces in India.
The visitors are allowed in palace between 9:00-6:00 pm
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 an 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.
The visitors are allowed in palace between 9:30-5:00 PM
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Previously the residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace sits on a hill 2,000 feet above overlooking Hyderabad and is lauded as one of the most beautiful palaces in India. Entirely built of Italian marble, the incomparable Palace boasts of large Venetian chandeliers, rare furniture, grand marble staircases, priceless statues and art works, a world-class collection of crystals and Mughal, Rajasthani and Japanese gardens personally conceived by the Nizam. The palace has 60 rooms and 22 halls.
The Correspondent Bureau