Rajasthan means the “land of the kings” where “Raja” means ‘king’ and “sthan” means ‘land’. The state totally stands for what it name means. Rajasthan was earlier called as Rajputana because it was the land of the royal Rajput kings who ruled the entire kingdom. The Rajputs have been known for the lavish and the outrageous lifestyle that they lived. Even today, the entire lifestyle of the Rajputs can be relieved and experienced through the magnificent palaces. Here is the list of some gorgeous and royal palaces of the state to experience royal luxury.
Ram Bagh Palace: Starting with one of the most astounding places to explore royalty in the capital city of Rajasthan? To have true experience of regal ambience and royal hospitality, do stay put in Ram Bagh Palace. Ram Bagh Palace, now turned into a premium heritage hotel, was abode of royal family of Jaipur. The Taj Hotels have re-established this gorgeous property as a luxurious hotel. It is built in Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. This palace cum hotel is filled with marvelous art inside and is super gorgeous.
Umaid Bhawan Palace: Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is not as ancient as most of royal palaces in Rajasthan are. The palace was built in late nineteenth century to help people during famine. The gargantuan palace is now segregated into four different sections – one part has been turned into a luxury heritage hotel, run by Taj Hotels. In another section of Umaid Bhawan Palace still resides the Royal family of Jodhpur. Some parts of the palace are open for the visitors to explore. Even movie shooting has been done here. The palace is built in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style. The whole look of the palace is a beautiful backdrop for sure.
Jai Mahal Palace: Historically, Jai Mahal Palace was residence of one of the nobles, belonging to royal clan. Its location & landscape are remarkable. The palace has been converted into an up-market luxury hotel, keeping its heritage intact. The Taj Hotels looks after and runs the hotel. Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur is one of the most royal places to stay in & to explore. The rooms of the hotel are designed in traditional Rajasthani style with all the modern amenities. There is no place like this to experience royalty at the given price.
Laxmi Niwas Palace: Bikaner is a historical city. It is famous for its desert and dessert. The kings of Bikaner built several palaces, temples, forts etc. Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bikaner is one of the most beautiful palaces in Rajasthan. The king of Bikaner, Maharaja Ganga Singh lived in this palace, built by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, a British architect. It is one of the biggest luxury hotels in India presently with a museum inside to explore. It looks explicitly royal and makes for a perfect holiday spent in the royalty. Every penny spent here is worth it.
Samode Palace: Another beautiful palace in Jaipur is the Samode Palace that is famous for the exquisite decor. It is amidst the Aravalli hills. The entire palace is filled with stunning paintings and artwork. The noble feudatory is known for its construction that traces its history back to 475 years. Currently, it has been converted into a boutique heritage hotel signifying contemporary luxury. Samode Palace Hotel has been host to several dignitaries from across the globe. The hotel is known for its signature hospitality services and luxury wedding bookings.
Monsoon Palace: As the name says, this palace was built initially in 1884 AD by Maharana Sajjan Singh as nine storey observatory at Bansdara Peak to study and gauge monsoon. But, owing to the demise of Sajjan Singh before completion of the observatory, the successor king Maharana Fateh Singh converted it into a palace. Hence, the Sajjangarh Palace came to be called as Monsoon Palace to fantasize the monsoon clouds. The monsoon in Udaipur is just mind blowing and Monsoon Palace was built in a style where the monsoon clouds could be enjoyed to the fullest. Also, the Sajjangarh wildlife sanctuary is right here to explore.
Jag Niwas – Lake Palace: Jag Niwas, popularly called Lake Palace, was built by Maharana Jagat Singh-II as pleasure palace amidst famous Lake Pichola. The ownership of the Lake Palace lies with the Royal Dynasty of Mewar but it has been turned into a world-class luxury heritage palace. The Jag Niwas / Lake Palace hotel is being run and managed by Taj hotels. The hotel is known for its fine architecture, all-around panoramic view, highly refined services, modern luxury and an in-house museum
Jag Mandir Palace: Another masterpiece palace belonging to Mewar royal family is Jag Mandir Palace. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful palace in Udaipur amidst the Lake Pichola. Located in the sparkling lake, it looks like a piece of shining art. Its view after sunset is even more gorgeous with all the lights on. The palace was built for the purpose of summer retreats for the kings.
Bal Samand Lake Palace: The ‘Blue City of Rajasthan’ has many tourist attractions. One of them is Bal Samand Lake and a palace on its banks. This gorgeous palace, called Bal Samand Palace, was the former vacation spot for the royal families of Jodhpur. Owned by Jodhpur royal family, the Bal Samand Lake Palace has been converted into a premium heritage hotel to monetize the asset and let the visitors have a feel of royal luxury of past with modern amenities in place. The views from and ambiance of Bal Samand Lake Palace Hotel is just fabulous. It offers the eminent guests heart-warming hospitality. The most beautiful thing about this palace is that it is decorated in a traditional way taking the visitors back to the Rajput era. It has huge dining space and also jacuzzi for the modern visitors.
Khimsar Fort Palace: To experience the truly maharaja-like royalty amidst between the great Thar Desert, one must head out to the Khimsar Fort Palace in Nagaur. Considered as an oasis in the desert, the Khimsar Fort has been turned into a palace hotel. It is a well preserved fort spread in an area of 11 acres. The modern facilities with insanely heritage vibe make the Khimsar Fort Palace a preferred destination to experience the best of the bygone-era royalty.
Mandir Palace: The Mandir Palace in Jaisalmer is known worldwide for its stunning architecture and pleasing beauty. It is a two-century old palatial architecture with a historical museum inside. Now, it is also converted into a heritage hotel that Dr Jitendra Singh owns. He is the grandson of Maharawal Jawahir Singh Ji who built this palace in Golden City of Rajasthan. The hotel is being run by Welcome Group of Hotels.
Castle Mandawa: Experience royalty in the royal suites like never before at Castle Mandawa. All of their suites are equipped with the modern amenities. The castle is also famous for royal weddings. It is an extremely lavish place with world class services and exotic views for sure.
Junagarh Palace: To experience the legacy of the royal and warrior Rajputs, one must visit the Junagarh Palace in Bikaner and spend few days here. It is one of the oldest places of Rajasthan whose initial name was Chintamani. It is built in the foothill region instead of the hill top and that makes it more unique. The palace has been converted into a heritage hotel which fulfills all expectations related to experience king-size royal life.
Gajner Palace: One of the most charming retreats in Rajasthan is the Gajner Palace in Bikaner. It has a beautiful lakeside view along with the view of the Gajner wildlife sanctuary. One can go for camel safari, boat rides, ‘panghat’ space when staying here.
Gorbandh Palace: Jaisalmer, one of the most visited tourist destinations, is home to several tourist attractions and palaces. Gorbandh Palace is one of the historical palaces converted into hotels. This palace gives the world class amenities to its visitors as it is a heritage hotel now. The hotel has 83 rooms with all the luxurious facilities one could think of. There is a beautiful garden, pool area, and amazing decor & architecture to explore. One can trust this place as a regal retreat.
Fateh Prakash Palace: One of the four palaces belonging to royal family of Mewar, the Fateh Prakash Palace is the next best place to visit in the city of Udaipur. This was Maharana Pratap Singh’s own residence. The inside of the palace is even more beautiful than the exteriors. The palace shows the Rajasthani culture to the fullest. Fateh Prakash Palace is managed and run by Taj hotels.