Magnificent Palaces in India to Redefine Royality

Best Palaces in India

India is a land of culture and tradition, of values and a deep-rooted rich history. Boasting of a rich and royal past replete with Maharajas, fortresses, forts, kings, queens, nizams, sultans and all that princely jazz and grandeur, these opulent palaces in India offer a mesmerizing peek into the bygone era. Some of these heritage homes and splendid palaces in India have been converted into luxury stays for you to get a taste of the regalia and royalty.

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Here is the list of 34 Magnificent Palaces in India to Redefine Royality

1. Bangalore Palace, Bangalore

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The majestic Bangalore palace, enclosed by beautiful gardens, is a famous tourist attraction in Bangalore. It is now owned by the Mysore Royal family.

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2. City Palace, Udaipur

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One of the best architectural marvels in the state of Rajasthan, the City Palace in Udaipur is located on the banks of Lake Pichola. The grand white City Palace is a heritage building, almost like a fairy-tale, and it showcases the best elements of Rajput Culture and arts.

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3. Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad

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Once the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, the Chowmahalla Palace was built in Hyderabad. It is located near the famous monument, Charminar and Laad Bazar. The palace is designed very intricately and holds that Nawabi Charm in itself.

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4. Amber Palace, Jaipur

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Amber Fort or the Amber Palace, situated 11 kms from Jaipur, is a fort built with great artistic taste. Cradled on the top of a hill forming a beautiful reflection in Maotha Lake, it is popularly known as Amer Fort.

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5. Jal Mahal, Jaipur

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Amidst the chaos of the city of Jaipur, lies the splendid Jal Mahal, or Water Palace. Floating in the centre of the Sagar Lake, this low rise symmetrical Palace was once a shooting lodge for the Maharajas. This unique palace fascinates a large number of visitors from all over the world.

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6. Mysore Palace, Mysore

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The former residence of the royal family of Mysore, the Mysore Palace is an extremely breath-taking example of the Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture. It was built in the year 1912 for the 24th Ruler of the Wodeyar Dynasty, and is till date one of the biggest palaces in the country. It's one of the most popular and well known tourist attractions in India.

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7. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Taj Falaknuma Palace is perched around 2000 metres above the city of Hyderabad. Once the royal residence of Nizam- probably the richest man in the world, the palace has now been converted into a five star luxury heritage hotel.

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8. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

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The Hawa Mahal stands at the intersection of the main road in Jaipur, Badi Chaupad. It is regarded as the signature building of Jaipur and was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.

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9. Jag Mandir palace, Udaipur

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An exquisite palace placed in an estuary Island in Pichola Lake, Jag Mandir Palace offer a blissful view of sunset and the spacious courtyard with black and white marble tiles Is a striking feature of this architectural marvel.

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10. Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bangalore

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This monument is located inside the Tipu Sultan Fort. Built between 1781 and 1791, the Emperor referred to it as the 'Rash-e-Jannat' which means the abode of happiness and envy of heaven.

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11. City Palace, Jaipur

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Located in Jaipur, The City Palace is the main palace from where the Maharaja reigned from. The palace includes the Chandra Mahan and Mubarak Mahal along with various other buildings within the complex. It is located towards the north-eastern side of Jaipur.

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12. Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

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A city, predominantly made of red sand stone, Fatehpur Sikri was once the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site and a famous tourist attraction. The city offers a fine example of Akbar's architectural finesse.

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13. Shaniwar Wada, Pune

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Standing tall in its full glory, Shaniwar Wada was once a stately mansion. Built as a dwelling for Peshwas, its foundation was laid by Bajirao I in year 1730 AD. Today it gives a chance to peak into its great past.

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14. Neemrana Fort Palace, Neemrana

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Neemrana fort palace is the most famous attraction in Neemrana. Known for its beautiful construction and its magnificence, this fort has now been converted into a luxury heritage hotel.

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15. Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara

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The term Maharaja Palace actually refers to a series of palaces in Vadodara, Gujarat, India, constructed since the Gaekwad a prominent Maratha family started ruling the Baroda State. The first one was a building known as the Sarkar Wada. This building, not really a palace, was given up for the Nazarbaug Palace built in old classical style. (br) After this the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, an extravagant building of the Indo-Saracenic school, was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the year 1890.

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16. Ujjayanta Palace, Agartala

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Built in 1901, it has magnificent tiled floors, curved wooden ceilings and lovely doors. The name 'Ujjayanta Palace' was given by Rabindranath Tagore, a regular visitor of Tripura. The State has owns a lineage of an independent royal state. The palace includes the Public halls, Throned room, Durbar Hall, Library, The Chinese Room and The Reception Hall.

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17. Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior

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The Jai Vilas Palace also known as the Jai Vilas Mahal, is a nineteenth-century palace placed in Gwalior Madhya Pradesh, India. It was established in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior and is still the residence of his descendants, the former royal Maratha Scindia dynasty. The European architecture of the palace was designed and built by Sir Michael Filose under the guidance of Jayajirao to welcome Edward VII.

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18. Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner

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This palace was built between 1902 and 1926 for Maharaja of Bikaner. Being greatly influenced by the Britishers at that time, the architecture reflects Rajput, Mughal and European styles.

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19. Gajner Palace, Bikaner

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Gajner Palace is a lakeside palace-complex adjacent to a sanctuary, in the middle of Thar Desert. It is a heritage property which features a lush green garden. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. (br) The well-lit air-conditioned rooms of Gajner Palace offer a minibar, sofa and satellite TV. Tea/coffee making facilities are available. The en suite bathrooms include a bathtub, hairdryer and shower.

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20. Man Mandir Palace, Gwalior

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Located at the North-east end of the fort, Man mandir palace was built between 1486 and 1516 by the Tomar ruler, Man Singh Tomar. The palace couldn't survive with time, however the remains of the palace still showcases the beautiful carvings and designs of that era.

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21. Prag Mahal, Bhuj

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Prag Mahal is a palace which was built in 19th century. It is located next to the popular Aina Mahal in Bhuj of Gujarat. Situated in the heart of the city, Prag Mahal is easily accessible. The entry fee is also nominal. Visitors are accompanied by one of the staff members as a guide to show them the intricate work at the mahal.

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22. Khetri Palace, Jhunjhunu

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Popularly known as the Wind Palace, the foundation bricks of this palace were laid by Bhopal Singh, the founder of Khetri in 1770. Made of marble, this palace is another beautiful work of architecture.

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23. Chettinad Palace, Chettinad

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Located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, the majestic architecture of Chettinad Palace is a beautiful example of the indigenous Chettinad architecture. Adorned with embellishments from all over the world, this mighty edifice dates back to the year 1912.

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24. Kishore Sagar and Jagmandir Palace, Kota

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Kishore Sagar is an artificial picturesque lake dating back to 1346 constructed by the Bundi Prince Dehra Deh. It located by the side of attractive Brij Vilas palace museum.

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25. Mubarak Mandi Palace, Jammu

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The architecture of the palace is an elaborate blend of Rajasthani, Mughal and European influences.

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26. Jeypore palace, Jeypore

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This Raj mahal is located in Sardar Patel road and is an architectural admiration. Due to Govt. ignorance and common people reluctance, this place need urgent attention to be re-developed.

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27. Bara Imambara, Lucknow

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The Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments of the city. Also known as Asfi Imambara, after the name of the Nawab of Lucknow who got it constructed, it is an important place of worship for the Muslims who come here every year to celebrate the religious festival of Muharram. The Imambara is specially known for its incredible maze, known as Bhul Bhulaiya locally, which is located in the upper floor of the monument.

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28. Sariska Palace, Alwar

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Sariska Palace was the poaching lodge of the Maharaja of Alwar. The palace is much admired for its architectural grandeur and natural surroundings.

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29. Taragarh Palace, Kangra

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Roughly 2 km south of Tashijong and around 50 km from Kangra, Taragarh is famous for the Taragarh Palace which earlier was the summer palace of the Maharaja of Kashmir and has now been converted to a heritage hotel.

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30. Stok Palace, Ladakh

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Located close to the Indus river, it was built in 1825 AD by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. Well known for its architecture and design, beautiful gardens and amazing views, the palace presents a collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials.

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31. Leh Palace, Ladakh

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Modelled on the basis of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Leh Palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. The palace is nine storeys high, where the upper floors used to accommodate the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms. The roof provides panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas, as the mountain of Stok Kangri in the Zangskar mountain range is visible across the Indus valley to the south, with the Ladakh mountain range rising behind the palace is visible in the north.

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32. Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kanyakumari

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Padmanabhapuram Palace is one of the most exquisite palaces of India that symbolize the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India that has been around for many centuries aptly.

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33. Bolgatty Palace, Kochi

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One of the oldest Dutch Palaces outside Holland, the Bolgatty Palace is situated on the Bolgatty Island. It was built in the year 1744 and was the official residence of the then Governor of Kochi.

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34. Talatal Ghar, Sibsagar

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This is one of the most popular attraction of Sibsagar. Just 6km from the town, this is a three storey structure including and underground level. People come here for the lovely architecture, design and the great upkeep.

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