At least once in our life, we dream about getting into the luxurious palaces of royal families. Tourists love all the exotic places of the Rajasthan – the land of kings. You might be surprised to know that there are a couple of royal palaces open for the public in this Indian state.
If you want to experience the imperial atmosphere of luxurious and historical palaces of Rajasthan, this is your chance to do so. Since the palaces of Rajasthan have become a prime attraction for tourist visits, various mansions and royal residences are now open to guests. Here’s a list of a few royal palaces and mansions in Rajasthan that you can visit on your next trip –
1. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
The Umaid Bhawan Palace, located in the heart of Jodhpur, is the major landmark for tourists in the city. The foundation of building this majestic palace began by Maharaja Umaid Singh in the year 1929 and was completed in 1943. The palace today is home to the Jodhpur royal family and consists of 347 rooms in total. The palm court marble used for the construction of this palace makes its architecture a remarkable one.
Part of the palace has been converted to a museum known as ‘The Grand Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum’ which displays vintage cars of the royals, antique vases, and stuffed leopards among other exhibits.
Umaid Bhavan Palace – Indians: INR 25, Foreigners: INR 50.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum – Indians: INR 30, Foreigners: INR 100.
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2. Patwon Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
Guman Chand Patwa built the Patwon ki Haveli in the year 1805 by . It is the largest in Jaisalmer. Not to mention that this magical haveli will take you to the past with its imposing architecture and layout. If you have a dire love for history, then this is your must-visit spot in Jaisalmer. Taking care of such a huge palace is equally important. The state government is responsible for the same. The haveli houses an office of the Archeological Survey of India where visitors can view the historic artwork, paintings, and also many artefacts. The authorities have neatly preserved the artefacts. If you want to absorb the beauty of this place, visiting between September and February is the best time.
Visiting Charges: Indians: INR 30, Foreigners: INR 50
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3. Amber Palace, Jaipur
Amber Palace or Amber Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in 1599. Just like others, Amber Palace is equally one of the most remarkable palaces of Rajasthan. Located 11 kilometres from Jaipur. Moreover, this palace rests on a hill and comprises four levels which gets the palace a ravishing look. The main glamours of this palace are Diwani Aam, Diwani Khaas, and Sheesh Mahal. Of course, the language luxury and magnificence echoes in every hall of Amber Palace.
Visiting Charges: Indians: INR 100, Foreigners: INR 500
4. Junagarh Palace, Bikaner
The Junagarh Palace is among the oldest palaces in the state of Rajasthan. Maharaja Rao Bika built this majestic mansion in the year 1589. The architecture of Junagarh Palace is a quintessential combination of Rajasthani and Mughal style blended together with the British style. It has yield a symbolic result. The museum within the palace displays exhibits like armours, attires, paintings, antiques, and other items of the royal era.
Visiting Charges: Indians: INR 50, Foreigners: INR 300
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5. Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Man Sagar Lake surrounds the paradigmatic Jal Mahal and is among the royal palaces open for the public. Not to mention that this 5 storied palace is the epitome of elegance and class. Raja Jai Singh II renovated the historical palace and recreated its glory. The beautifully decorated rooms of the palace are uniquely luxurious with a royal essence. Boating through the Man Sagar Lake in the charming boats is the best way to get to the palace.
Visiting Charges: Indians: INR 10, Foreigners: INR 50
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6. City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur is yet another architectural wonder that attracts visitors to the spot every year. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II established the palace in 1727. Nonetheless, City Palace is open to visits for viewers to indulge not only in the ancient antiques, artwork but also in the glory of the bygone era. Visitors also get a chance to see the polo trophies as well as the attires of the royals. Major attractions of the palace are the Udai Pol, Virendra Pol, Mubarak Mahal, and Chandra Mahal.
Visiting Charges: Indians: INR 130, Foreigners: INR 500
7. Bundi Palace, Bundi
As a matter of fact, Bundi Palace is located close to the Taragarh Fort. Hence it is a landmark for tourists who are admirers of frescoes and murals. The palace has uniquely designed attractive wall art. Rao Raja Ratan Singh Hada built Bundi Palace around 1631 AD. The distinct architecture and step wells makes the perfect for anyone who wants to witness the royal charm.
Visiting Charges: Free
Although the royal era has passed by, you can still experience the royal splendour and glory by visiting these palaces in Rajasthan. These royal palaces open for the public offer a great opportunity not only for history enthusiasts and travellers but also for archaeologists. Furthermore, you can also indulge in royal sports like polo and golf around these palaces in Rajasthan. So why wait? Plan your itinerary for the Land of Kings today!
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