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WTF! There Are Families Who Actually Live Here? Spectacular Palaces That Are Royal Residences Too

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HolidayIQ Travellers list 7 royal families that still live in uber-luxurious homes you can visit.

WTF! There Are Families Who Actually Live Here? Spectacular Palaces That Are Royal Residences Too:

  1. Fortune JP Palace, Mysore (Karnataka)
  2. Royal Orchid Central, Baroda(Vadodara) (Gujarat)
  3. Ramada Udaipur Resort, Udaipur (Rajasthan)
  4. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
  5. Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)
  6. City Palace , Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  7. The Atara, Gurgaon (Haryana)

1. The Mysore Palace aka Amba Vilas Palace

The Mysore Palace aka Amba Vilas Palacesource: wikimedia.org

The Palace of Mysore is a historical palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, southern India. It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the Maharajas of Mysore, the royal family of Mysore, who ruled the princely state from 1350 to 1950.

Mid-range stay : Fortune JP Palace, Mysore
Budgest stay : Ruchi The Prince Hotel, Mysore

2. Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodarasource: wikimedia.org

Laxmi Vilas Palace is a huge building of the Indo-Saracenic school that was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. Designed by Major Charles Mant, this building is said to have been the largest private dwelling built till date. 

Mid-range stay : Royal Orchid Central, Baroda(Vadodara)
Budgest stay: Hotel Sarvottam, Baroda(Vadodara)

3. Lake Palace, Udaipur

Lake Palace, Udaipursource: wikimedia.org

The Lake Palace was built between 1743 and 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur, Rajasthan as a winter palace. It was initially called Jag Niwas or Jan Niwas after its founder.


Mid-range stay : Ramada Udaipur Resort, Udaipur
Budgest stay : Bhanwar Vilas Paying Guest House, Udaipur

4. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpursource: wikimedia.org

Umaid Bhawan Palace, located at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is one of the world's largest private residences. This edifice has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace also houses a museum.

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5. Jai Vilas Mahal, Gwalior

Jai Vilas Mahal, Gwaliorsource: wikimedia.org

The Jai Vilas Mahal is a nineteenth-century palace in Gwalior, 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.

Mid-range stay : Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior
Budgest stay : Grace Hotel, Gwalior

6. City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace, Jaipursource: wikimedia.org

City Palace, Jaipur, which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, is a palace complex in Jaipur, the capital of the Rajasthan state, India. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan.

Mid-range stay : Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur
Budgest stay : Treebo The Woodsvilla Suites, Jaipur

7. Pataudi Palace, Gurgaon

Pataudi Palace, Gurgaonsource: bookindianhotels.com

The Pataudi Palace, also called Ibrahim Kothi, is a former palace of the Nawabs of Pataudi, in Haryana, India. The building was designed in the style of the colonial mansions of Imperial Delhi by Robert Tor Russell Formerly a Neemrana Hotel, it was repossessed by actor Saif Ali Khan.

Mid-range stay : The Atara, Gurgaon
Budgest stay : Heritage Village Resort & Spa, Gurgaon

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