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7 Places to Relive India's Royal Past

7 Places to Relive India's Royal Past HolidayIQ

HolidayIQ reviewers take you to sites that tell stories about dynasties that ruled this ancient land. 

1. Jaipur

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Fort | Palace | Heritage | History

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sukhvinder Kaur shares, “Amazing Palace ...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....Beautiful colourful art work is done on the entire wall with organic colors which is still as wonderful, as it was in the year of inception, ie 1621. There are two gardens around the palace. One is called Mohan Garden, having an artificial lake, also called Saffron Garden. Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amit Kumar Das shares, “The fort has a historical connection to the legendary Jodha Bai, the hindu wife of Maugham emperor Akbar. The fort is a combination of Maugham and Rajputana architecture. The fort was built by three generations of the kings of Jaipur and Marwar. maharaja Sawai Man Singh was the last powerful king to have added his influence to the fort by building a palace of his own. The fort has thousands of rooms and hundreds of secret corridors to connect these rooms. The huge fort was originally built to accommodate the entire army of Rajput warriors across all the ranks and their families in case of an enemy invasion. From the corridors of the Mansingh palace, the Nahargarh fort and the Bijaygarh fort are visible right in front of your eyes. ” Read Full Review

2. Mysore

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Palace | Heritage | Museum | Historical Place

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Chaurasia shares, “A masterpiece indeed, let the royal inside you ignite....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....With its innate wood carvings and splendid paintings with majestic layouts, Mysore Palace is a Master Piece. ...After walking now you enter the DIWAN-E-KHAS, a hall used by the king for private audience, is one of the most spectacular rooms of the palace. Entry to this opulent hall is through an elegantly carved rosewood doorway. Eye Catching pillars, stained glass ceilings, decorative steel grills, and chandeliers with fine floral motifs.” 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....it congeries a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture.” Read Full Review

4. Mahabalipuram

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Temple | Beach | Sea | Heritage

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vipul Jain says, “The tiger cave is most likely to have served as an assembly hall where kings heard their audience and which might have doubled as a hall for temple rituals and festivals were held. The central chamber of the cave doubled up as the king's throne and the it is covered with tiger faces from left to right. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer hn says, “Sunken treasures at Mahabalipuram...A port city of the Pallava dynasty, the monuments of Mahabalipuram provide a fascinating glimpse into ancient south Indian history....Southern India was a maritime power with a sphere of influence across south east asia and mahabalipuram reflects this grandeur. ” Read Full Review

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5. Gwalior

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Traveler InMe says, “A sculptural treasure trove: Gujari Mahal ...Gujari Mahal, is a palace built by Raja Man Singh of Gwalior for his beloved queen Mrignayani....There are a few folklore attached to making of this beautiful palace. As per one, the palace was built away from the massive Gwalior Fort as the queen belonged to a lower caste (gujar, a pastoral community) and there were protests from the other queens and people from his court & kingdom.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Gopi Kiran says, “It's a quite attractive and beautiful Khilla. It's having a great structure and look. It's the ruling area for so many kings. There are different parts like Vikram Mahal, Karan Mahal, Shajahsn Mahal, Jhanghir Mahal, was built by different kings in different ages. ” Read Full Review

6. Chittorgarh

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq shares, “Fort epitomizes in its Tragic History...The great battle-scarred Chittorgarh Fort epitomizes in its tragic history the valour, romance, chivalry and strict death-before-dishonour code glorified in Rajput myths and legends....As Rajasthan's mightiest fort, it was the target of successive invaders. The first siege, in 1303, was by Sultan Alauddin Khilji whose goal was to capture not only the fort but also the Queen, Rani Padmini, whose legendary beauty the Sultan had glimpsed reflected in a mirror. ... It is said that 50, 000 Rajput warriors died in ensuing battle. Alauddin's army then proceeded to sack the fort and destroyed many of its buildings. Within a few years, however the ruler's grandson had regained it for the Sisodia dynasty....The third and final assault on Chittorgarh was led by the Mughal emperor Akbar, who was able to capture it in 1567. Chittorgarh was abandoned thereafter, and the Sisodias moved their capital to Udaipur.” Read Full Review

7. Rewa

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Lakshmi Sharath shares, “Don't miss Govindgarh Fort if you love ruins ...This is my favourite among all the sights in Rewa. Completely shrouded in undergrowth, the ruins here speak of the erstwhile glory of the maharajas of Rewa. There is a beautiful lake here and it looks absolutely pretty. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Mahesh Suthar adds, “The fabled home of the world's first white tiger ...Any wildlife lover will be able to tell you about Mohan, the world's first white tiger that was captured by maharaja of Rewa but very few people in the world know of Govindgarh which is the majestic fort where he was bred. As of today Govindgarh fort lies in tatters with half of its construction covered in weeds. ” Read Full Review

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