The Indian subcontinent was one of the richest places on earth until British happened. But despite the latter’s presence, the Kings and Queens across the subcontinent flourished and so did their lavish style of living.
A huge and well-maintained part of this lavish lifestyle were the palaces (some now converted into hotels) they owned that still make some of the most beautiful attractions in India.
Over the years, the Raja, Rani, Nizams and Lord may have succumbed down to history books but what they have left behind are some of the most beautiful palaces in India that we would take a peek into.
So with that being the plot, here are 10 of the most famous palaces in India and what they look like from inside.
1. Udaivilas Palace, Udaipur
Nestled in the city of palaces, Udaipur, against the backdrops of Arvallis range, the Udaivilas Palace gives you a sense of royalty with amenities that complement the present culture.
2. Wildflower Hall, Shimla
The home to Lord Kitchener during the British raj, the hall celebrates British architecture and gives a glorious view of snow-capped mountains’ amidst silence that is treat to the ears.
3. Fernhills Royal Palace, Ooty
The Burmese teak finish and the old essence that reeks out of this 1844-built palace is a delight for anyone seeking calm amidst the woods.
4. Mysore Palace, Mysore
This beauty is also a beast in size build for the 24th Ruler of the Wodeyar Dynasty in 1912. The palace is an adobe to secularism for it entertains architecture styles from different cultures including Gothic, Hindu, Rajput as well as Muslim.
5. Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara
Those big square blocks of the Lakshmi Vilas Palace reflects the rich Indo Saracenic style of architecture in what we know was the home to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwas III. The palace is open for tourists and is one of the glorious riches of Gujarat.
6. Amber Palace, Jaipur
The Amber fort sits on the Aravali Hills and has been a Bollywood favourite as several movies like Veer, Jodha Akbar, and Bajirao Mastani were shot here due to the extravagant halls of the palace.
7. Leh Palace, Leh
One of the most popular attractions in Leh, the palace offers magnificent views of Ladakh mountains and Stok Kangri from the top of the palace. It was built in 1553 during the Namgyal dynasty rule in the Ladakh region.
8. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Smeared with Indo-Saracenic, Western Art Deco and Classical revival architectural styles, Umaid Bhawan is now a hotel for your royalty craving. Owned by Maharaja Gaj Singh, the place also has a museum that features, classic cars, watches animals skins and a lot more.
9. Lake Palace, Udaipur
The hotel stands in the middle of Lake Pichola and is made of white marbles, semi-precious stones and ornamented niches. The palace is operated by Taj and also entertains the famous Jag Mandir within.
10. Kuthiramalika Palace, Thiruvananthapuram
Built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, the ruler of the Kingdom of Travancore, the Kuthiramalika Palace resembles Kerala architecture at its best. It, once abounded, has been restored as a museum is a home to historic furniture, statues, paintings and more.
Let us know which among these are you planning to visit soon?