India has been a land of kings, queens, warriors, royal palaces and buildings. Carved in intrinsic architectural design and incredible craftsmanship, the palaces signify the brilliance of the designers, architects and workers. Their immense hard work and dedication in creating such amazing structures have been appreciated worldwide. I had the privilege of visiting many of them. In this article, I want to share my memories – the 6 breathtaking palaces in India. Please share your similar experiences as well.
Mysore Palace – Mysore
Mysore Palace is the epitome of Indian architecture and is one of the stunning palaces in India. Located at Mysore in the state of Karnataka, it is the official residence of the King of Mysore. The construction of the palace was completed in the year 1912. Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV of the Wodeyar Dynasty was instrumental in pioneering this marvellous palace. The view around the palace is fascinating, adorned by the Chamundi Hills at the eastern side of the palace. It is built following the architectural pattern of the Indo-Saracenic architecture – a combo of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture. Each and every part of the palace is curated with either exquisite glasswork or astonishing woodwork. You will be dazed to watch the Ambavilasa or private hall, Diwan-I-Am or the Darbar Hall, the royal throne covered with gold, and the Kalyan Mandapa or the wedding hall. You must also not miss the Light and Sound show hosted at the palace grounds.
Umaid Bhawan Palace – Jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan Palace is another one of the magnificent palaces in India, located at Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan. The best part of it its ancient glory and the luxurious resort it is now at the present times. The construction of the palace started in 1929 and was finally established in 1943 atop the majestic Chittar Hill. The entire area comprises the residence of the royal family, a museum and a five-star hotel with lavish arrangements for the guests. Courtyards, banquet halls, private meeting hall, private dining halls, a ballroom, library, sports areas and long elegant passages embellish the palace premises. The woodwork in the interiors is mindblowing, sculptured with Burmese teak. Makrana marble and golden yellow sandstone have been used both in the exteriors and interiors of the palace. Several weddings of celebrities and royal families have been hosted by the palace.
Chowmahalla Palace – Hyderabad
Chowmahalla Palace is located in Hyderabad, the capital city of the states Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the splendid palaces in India, established between the years 1857 and 1869. It had served as the official residence of the royal Nizams of Hyderabad. The architecture adorning the palace is noteworthy with artistic arcades, magnificent arches, astounding domes and beautifully carved walls. It follows the combination of different styles and patterns – Rajasthani, Persian, European and Indo-Saracenic. The palace premises are embellished by curated gardens, sprinkling fountains, wide courtyards and a Clock Tower. Elegant and exquisite parties are held in the royal centre courtyard.
Jai Vilas Palace – Gwalior
Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior, the state of Madhya Pradesh, is one of the oldest palaces in India. The awesome palace was constructed under the guardianship of Jayaji Rao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior, in 1874. Till today it serves as the residence of the royal family. The rooms in the palace consist of an antique collection of swords and several other weapons of ancient times. Spreading over an area of about 75 acres, the palace consists of a grand Durbar Hall. The hall is decorated with beautiful carpets, dazzling chandeliers, royal furniture and much more. Currently, the palace serves as a museum, an art gallery and a library.
City Palace – Jaipur
The city palace in Jaipur, the capital city of the state of Rajasthan, is one of the largest palaces in India. It was constructed in 1559 and an administrative centre for the Maharanas of Rajasthan. Maharana Uday Singh was the man behind this amazing architectural extravaganza. The architectural style is a combination of European, Chinese and medieval culture. Gardens, courtyards and pavilions enhance the beauty of the palace premises. The palace itself is beautified by towers, domes and arches; artistically designed to attract visitors from India and abroad. Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, the view at night is awesome sparkling with the reflection of the palace on the lake waters.
Hawa Mahal – Jaipur
Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is another masterpiece of architectural brilliance. The structure of the palace is unique to ensure good circulation of air. There is a mesh of small windows, creating an air-conditioning effect during the hot summers. Another reason was to ensure the ladies of the royal family watch the festivals and celebrations in the streets whilst not being visible to the outside world as per the royal customs and traditions. It is said that there are about 953 small windows with gorgeous designs. Fountains and gardens adorn the palace premises. You can also visit a museum where you can observe some beautiful paintings and relics.
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