India is the land of erstwhile royalty, which is marked by the presence of numerous royal palaces in the country, which relive the glory and grandeur of the bygone era. These palaces are visited by a large number of tourists every year, who are attracted by the charm and elegance they continue to hold, even after passage of long time.
Listed below are the top 10 popular royal palaces of India:
1. Amba Vilas Palace, Mysore
One of the most magnificent royal palaces in the counry is the Amba Vilas Palace, which is the official abold of the royal family of the princely state of Mysore, the Wodeyars. The palace was completed in 1912, after a longe time, starting in 1897 and was designed by the British architect, Henry Irwin.
2. Laxmi Vilas Palace, Baroda/Vadodara
The next name on the list of top 10 royal palaces of India is that of the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Baroda, Gujarat. It is one of the biggest palaces in the world, nearly four times the great Buckingham Palace. The royal residence of the family of Gaekwads, it was constructed in 1890 and is known for its glorious design. The palace was constructed by an architect called, Major Charles Mant.
3. The Lake Palace, Udaipur
The Lake Palace in Udaipur, which lies in a 4 acre natural island on Lake Pichola in Udaipur, is considered as one of the most beautiful palaces in Rajasthan. It was built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh and is considered one of the best tourist locations in the country.
4. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Another Rajasthan palace to feature on the list of best royal palaces in India is the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. The construction of the palace began in 1929 and was completed in 1943 and the result was one of the largest residential buildings in the world. Presently, the palace is owned by Maharaja Gaj Singh Ji and a part of it has been converted into a heritage hotel by the Taj Palace.
5. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Rajasthan has rightly earned the title of the State of Palaces and another popular royal palace in the state is the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. Literally meaning the Palace of Winds, the name comes from its style of construction, with excellent natural ventilation facilities. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh had the palace built in 1799.
6. City Palace, Jaipur