India has a rich history filled with many different rulers.
These rulers had their palaces built in distinctive styles and overwhelming lavishness.
Luckily, many of these majestic palaces have been well-maintained and are still as regal as they were centuries ago.
Here are some of the most beautiful Indian palaces you need to see to believe!
Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur
The architecture of the Umaid Bhawan Palace is a fusion of both eastern and western styles. While part of the palace has been converted into a hotel and another part into a museum, the Jodhpur royal family still resides here. The palace was named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather to the present-day owner. It is one of the largest private residences in the world and has a grand total of 347 rooms!
Marble Palace in Kolkata
Located in Kolkata, this palace is a sight to behold. It derives its name from the slabs of marble used for the walls, pillars, floors and decorations. It has been immensely well preserved since it was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick. His descendants still reside in the palace, so while tours are allowed, the path is limited and photography is banned.
Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad
The name translates to "Mirror of the Sky" in Urdu. The palace covers just over a million square feet of land! The Prime Minister of Hyderabad had it built, and brought in foreign influences from his many travels. It is designed in the shape of a scorpion, with the wings depicting stingers. While abandoned for several years in the 1900s, it was soon restored and turned into a hotel.
Amer Fort in Rajasthan
The palace overlooks the tranquil Maota Lake and is surrounded by a lush courtyard and cobbled trails. It was mainly built with sandstone and marble, giving it a beautiful burnt red shade. The fort receives millions of visitors a year and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.
Laxmi Vilas Palace in Gujarat
This is the largest private residence in the entire world! It is a whopping four times larger than Buckingham Palace and houses the royal family. When it was built in 1890, it was even equipped with elevators. A golf course was also built by the Maharaja for European visitors, but recently it has been renovated and is open to the public.
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