Listen to the name of Taj Mahal and remind everyone who has a vision of the world the true and romantic story of the construction of this fairytale palace which is now considered one of the seven wonders of the world. Globe-trotters looking for luxury travel in unique and fascinating places should consider travelling to India to discover the wonders of a stay in an Indian palace, a mini Taj Mahal, so to speak. The lush palaces of the Indian aristocrats are among the best accommodations in the world, with unparalleled splendour and unique architectural achievement.
For example, at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, at Gaj Singh, the Maharaja of Jodhpur. While most of the palace is dedicated to serving affluent guests, the Maharaja has a private wing. A stay in Umaid Bhawan is truly a visit to a truly modern palace, one of the largest residences in the world with 26 acres of French gardens that create a lush, royalty-free atmosphere
1. Amba Vilas Palace
My first favourite palace is the Amba Vilas of Mysore (Mysore), certainly one of the most beautiful and magical palaces in India. Located in Karnataka, in southwestern India, this Indo-Islamic structure was commissioned in 1897 by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV to British architect Lord Henry Irwin. The “Durable Room” dressed in blue and gold is simply majestic and the illumination of the palace on Sundays and holidays is worth a thousand and one nights
2. Chettinad Palaces
Chettinad is certainly the most surprising region of Tamil Nadu. It is located in the Sivagangai district and consists of 73 villages, Karaikudi is the capital. In the 19th century, the rich merchants Chettiars built sumptuous royal houses here in a daring and harmonious mix of Eastern and Western styles. It is a unique architecture with its own charm and invites travellers to stop for a touch of culture.
3. Shekhawati Palaces
Shekhawati Palaces, located in Rajasthan, is also home to sumptuous palaces (called Havelis) of great beauty: the Shekhawati. It was one of the most important areas of Rajasthan in the 18th and 19th centuries. The wealthy Marwari merchants built huge houses decorated with sumptuous frescoes in which Hindu mythology mingled with scenes from everyday life. These masterpieces have earned the region a reputation as an open-air art gallery of Rajasthan.
4. Cooch Behar Palace
Cooch Behar Palace is found within the town of constant name, in West Bengal (north-east India).
Buckingham Palace was one of the sources of inspiration for this palace built during the reign of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan.
The entire structure is a hundred and twenty m long and ninety m wide and covers a part of over 5000 M2.
The “climax of the show” is the Durbar Hall, with a metal dome.
5. Hawa-Mahal Palace
Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds, is perhaps one of the most unique palaces in India and one of Jaipur’s main attractions.
Legend has it that royal women would not be seen by the public. The reason they have so many windows is that they should be able to see festival celebrations and other events taking place on the street without the public seeing the royal women.