Listing 5 Most Beautiful Royal Palaces In India
With a vast and rich heritage, architectural marvels dot the geographical expanse of India. The country houses a large number of palaces and forts which are standing tall even today, with many of them having being preserved as heritage sites.
MakaanIQ lists five architecture marvels which have stood the test of time.
Amba Vilas Palace or the Mysore Palace, Mysuru
Amba Vilas Palace or the Mysore Palace is one of the most beautiful royal palaces in India. The official residence of the Wodeyars dynasty, the royal family of Mysore, the palace is a marvellous combination of Dravidian, Oriental, Indo-Saracenic and Roman styles of architecture. A three-storey stone structure dotted with square towers and arches covered with domes, the construction of the palace was completed in 1912. Later, the extension of the palace was undertaken by British architect Henry Irwin. The palace is illuminated by 97,000 bulbs on Sunday nights or on special occasions.
Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior
Built by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia in 1874, the Jai Vilas Palace was designed by the famous architect Sir Michael Filose. The palace is an example of splendid European architecture with the first floor in Tuscan style, the second floor in Italian-Doric style and the third floor in Corinthian style. Housing 400 rooms, 40 rooms in the palace have been converted into Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum.
Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara
A magnificent residence of the royal family of Baroda, the Gaekwads, Laxmi Vilas Palace was built in 1890 by Maharaja Sayyajirao Gaekwad III. Designed by famous architect, Major Charles Mant, in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, the palace is four times the size of the Buckingham Palace of England. The palace interiors are done up using multi-coloured marble, mosaic tiles and various works of art. Presently, the palace has a golf course and a museum which is also open for the public.
Ujjayanta Palace, Agartala
Situated in Tripura, the Ujjaayanta Palace stands on the banks of a lake and is surrounded by gardens. Built by the then Tripura king, Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya, the palace was named Ujjayanta by a frequent-visitor, poet Rabindranath Tagore. The white grandeur building was built in 1901 and has been home to many rulers of the state. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, the interiors of the palace have beautiful tile floors and carved wooden ceilings and doors. Till 2011, the palace was a meeting place for the Tripura Legislative Assembly, but now has been converted into a museum.
Bangalore Palace, Bengaluru
The Bangalore Palace was initially built by Rev J Garrett, the first principal of the Central High School (now the Central College). However, the ownership of the palace transferred from several hands, including the Wodeyar dynasty and the British Empire. The architecture of the palace is believed to be inspired from the Windsor Castle of London. It has an eminent Tudor-style architecture and the furniture has a touch of Victorian, neo-classical and Edwardian styles. Now, the palace ground has an amusement park, Fun World, and the grounds are also used for organising several sports events and musical concerts.