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8 Destinations you Need to Visit to Soak in some Royalty!

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Always dreamt about how it would be to a king? Visit these 8 destinations for a spectacular peek into the extravagant palaces of erstwhile kings and feel like one yourself!

1. Jaipur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sukhvinder Kaur shares, “The City palace is the main tourist spot of Jaipur. There are 3 galleries in the palace - the garments gallery, weapons gallery and Jaipur Darbar gallery. At the entry of the museum, we find the garments gallery, spread out in having several rooms. ” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Sukhvinder Kaur says, “Foundation of Amber palace was laid by king Man Singh and was completed during the regime of King Jai Singh II. It took 137 years for its completion. Entry is through Chand Pol, which was the general public entry point. For royal Family, the entry point used to be through the Suraj Pol.” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Grishma Pant shares, “one more thing about Jaipur – its architecture. I found it very interesting. All buildings have lovely arches on the windows. The buildings are all in a reddish pink colour – hence, the moniker of ‘Pink City’ and all the buildings have an old-world feel which is unique to this city. I felt like I had entered the world of maharajahs and maharanis, palaces and dungeons when I entered the city.” Read Full Review

2. Mysore

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Chaurasia shares, “A masterpiece indeed, let the royal inside you ignite....It was crowed as we were on weekend. After entering the main gate, there was a temple on the right and the majestic Mysore palace (Amba Vilas) in front. First thing that strikes you is the British and Indian architecture.” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Lokesh Nagaraj adds, “A must visit in Mysore It was a good decision to go early (by 9. 45 AM as tourists are allowed from 10 AM) on a weekday as it was less crowded than expected and I was able to look around the palace in detail and in peace without much noise. A truly mesmerizing palace which depicts the rich history of the Wadiyars of Mysore and also the rich heritage and cultural history of the city Mysore via the beautiful wall paintings, portraits and photographs. The palace itself is a treat to the eyes as one can see rich marbles, granite stones and European style flooring tiles/stones on the floors and walls of the building which was built under the supervision of an European Architect as the history says. The huge decorative party halls, public halls and darbars with royal chairs made of Gold and Steel will really make one jealous for not being born as a King at that palace. ” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Samarth Raj adds, “masterpiece of craftsmanship! I have been to Mysore palace thrice in my life, the last visit being as recent as last month, yet every time it holds me in awe as to what has gone into making it. I am not talking of statistics displayed around the palace. It's the craftsmanship, its the keen eye to detail, its the sense of belongingness of each craftsman that has built this amazing piece of architecture.” Read Full Review

3. Udaipur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Anudhi Jain shares, “Feel the Magic and Pride of the royal palace As one enters in the royal palace through "Bara Pole" one can feel the magic and sense of pride which must have gushed through the veins of Maharana Pratap and other Kings. Built by Maharaja Udai Singh, after he moved from Chittor, on the advice of a hermit, this magnificent aureate structure speaks of its own history and renaissance through unique paintings, antique furniture, lavish hanging gardens and exquisite glass mirror and ornamental tiles work on its walls. Built entirely in granite and marble, it congeries a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. To add to the ambiance of heritage, the palace has marvellous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms, towers, domes and arches.Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq says, “This is a largest palace In Rajasthan, built at the Eastern face of Lake Pichola, by Maharana Udai Singh II, in 1553 when the Mewar Capital was Shifted from Chittor to Udaipur. An intelligent fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding. This is largest royal Complex on the slope of Aravalli hill. After Maharana Udai Singh, Maharana Pratap his son was the successor of the Sisodia Dynasty. This complex has many palaces and the facing towards east signifies the Sun Dynasty. Successors have extensively contributed to this structure, which comprises a lot of structures, including 11 small separate palaces. The unique aspect of this set is that the unique architectural design where Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture is distinctly homogeneous and eye catching. The palace complex has been built entirely in granite and marble. The interiors of the palace complex with its balconies, towers and cupolas exhibit delicate mirror-work, marble-work, murals, wall paintings, silver-work, inlay-work and leftover of colored glass. The complex provides a fine view of the lake and the Udaipur city from its upper terraces. It has many impressive Gates including Great Gate and Triple Arched GateRead Full Review

4. Hyderabad

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HolidayIQ Reviewer S.M.Bega Raaj says, “Marvellous Mahal Brilliant Beauty!! Huge and Handsome palace located in the heart of the city. 4 palaces in one compound, so it's called Chowmahalla palace, 100% paisa vasool place. But we have to walk a lot to enjoy the beauty of this wonderful palace. ...Must visit for all age groups when you are in Hyderabad. Please experience this experience for the experience sake. Please walk up to the end of the palace where you can see classical old cars.Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Md SultanNawaz KhanKhattak says, “Majestic Nizam Asaf Jahi Spot Salar Jung Museum takes you directly to a trip into the royal Nizam Asaf Jahi Era. It's a place every Hyderabadi is proud of. This museum travels back in time giving you the taste of the royal luxuries of Nizam Era. I have been visiting this place since childhood, and even today when I step in this place a Princely feeling automatically comes into me. Apart from the Nizam royalties it's also filled with exquisite collections from around the world. NOT TO MISS THE EVER ENJOYABLE CLOCK, WHICH GONGS EVERY HOUR. And I remember waiting for the toy soldier to play the gong.. Nostalgic!!Read Full Review

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5. Jodhpur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta says, “Royal experience of Beautiful palace Umaid Bhawan palace is world famous palace. This beautiful palace is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh. This is also known as Chittar palace, It was built to provide employment to thousands of people during famine in 1929. It is a huge and magnificent palace that can be seen from many places of Jodhpur city. It is constructed on a highly elevated place, which makes it visible even from far off place. The major attraction is the palace external view. If one is fond of visiting palaces this is a place one must visit. palace is an amalgamation of modern European and traditional Rajput architecture, the palace is still home to the members of the ex-rulers family. The entire bhavan is divided 3 parts a luxury Taj palace Hotel that part is managed by the Taj hotels the next is the Private Residence of owner's family and the last part is covered by the Museum which adds to the ancient history.Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Jaidev Lohia says, “Heritage place filled with royalty Also called as Jodhpur City palace, has been divided into 3 parts. 1st portion is the current owner or should I say THE royal FAMILY's accommodation, which is also the prohibited area. 2nd portion is the accessible area. And finally the 3rd portion is being used as a hotel, run by "TAJ" group of hotels. The accessible portion includes all of the history of the royal family, right from the first proposed miniature of the palace to the miniatures of the last airplanes flown by them. The heritage kitchenware, polo trophies, furniture etc. And lastly the vintage Cars. The garage filled with 12 vintage Cars is just at the entrance of the palace. Cars including Rolls Royce having a No. Plate saying Jodhpur-1 to the Mercedes of the early 90's. Overall a delight to the eyes.” Read Full Review

6. Jaisalmer

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Vineet Jhaveri says, “Site built by erstwhile King of Jaisalmer as only garden within the desert area. The site is used as remembering the royal family after leaving for their heavenly abode. Entry charges are basis per person (Rs. 50) and camera fees (Rs. 100). Presently the spot remains attractive as many Indian films/ songs have been shot at the location. Good place for photography.Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Vineet Jhaveri shares, “Peek into royal living Haveli provides a peek into the living of the 5 brothers. Historical items displayed for public view. Also famous for locale and for various bollywood movies. Nice view of the fort and the town of Jaisalmer. Camera must. ” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Karnail Singh adds, “One of the oldest and most visited havelis here. Though not very attractive from outside, but once you enter, you learn strange stories about the man and the haveli. This haveli is made without water and cement during olden times, and only the interlocking process has been used to make big and thick walls. The staircase has been designed in such a way, that if attacked by enemy he cannot sense the length or breadth of the steps, all the steps have been designed to deceive the enemy. The haveli displays the old lifestyle of the debris of the palace, the bathing style, though limited water was available, water was thrown from top of the roof, and preserved in big buckets to wash clothes and utensils, acute water shortage during that time prevented water wastage. The carvings on top of the terrace are full of design and portray the imagination of the carvers. Worth a visit.” Read Full Review

7. Murshidabad

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Javed Ali says, “This palace was built with 1000 doors that's why called as Hazar Duari (means palace with thousand doors). Built under the supervision of the British architects now consists of a museum maintained by Archaeological Survey of india. You will see different kind of antique material over here. Beside this there is also Imambara and Bhagirathi River (Ganges).Best place to spend a quality time with family.Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer hiru pal shares, “Besides the sides of the place there was a garden. This was the first time we visited a historical city Murshidabad where we went to Hazarduari palace. There we saw the arms used by the Nawabs of Bengal in their battles against the British. We also saw different valuable printings sculptures and others relics of period. The place was very beautiful. We enjoyed most in this place.Read Full Review

8. Bikaner

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Ranganath PR adds, “Bikaner is a ancient city ruled by Maharaja's and has many palaces built by them still intact. One of the major palaces is Junagad palace which also has a museum near by the same. This is a desert but well established city with all facilities for tourists and visitors. the hotels are well maintained and cleanRead Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer Ashwini Dabbe adds, “Forts are royal structures which makes Rajasthan a unique and a majestic place in India. Bikaner Fort is one such fort which makes you dumbfounded at its very sight. It's one of the well built and maintained forts in India. Every stone in the fort tells you a unique story of valour, life and culture of the royal families who once lived there. A must visit place for history geeks!!Read Full Review

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