104 Palaces to explore in India
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Aaina Mahal Palace is an 18th-century palace that is located next to the Prag Mahal in Darbargadh, Bhuj, Gujarat, India. The palace was built by Rao Lakhpatji of Cutch State around 1750. Lakhpatji's master craftsman Ram Singh Malam designed the palace in the local style and decorated it in the European style with glass, mirrors, and tiles.
The mighty edifice of Aga Khan Palace is situated in Pune and was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in the year 1892. It is one of the most important landmarks in Indian history and has been instrumental in many defining moments of India's independence. It was once the site where Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, as well as Sarojini Naidu and Mahadev Desai were held prisoners.
Ahilya Fort, in the central Indian town of Maheshwar, sits high above the sacred river Narmada. Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar ruled here from 1765 to 1796 and built Ahilya Wada, her personal residences, offices, and darbaar audience hall, within the fort. In the year 2000, Prince Richard Holkar, her descendant and son of the last Maharaja of Indore, converted his home in Ahilya Wada into a guest residence, today known around the world as the Ahilya Fort Hotel.
Constructed by King Raja Amar of Dogra in 1890s, this museum was planned by a French architect and looks like a French chateau with Indian artisans. It was home to the royal family for many years. Made of red sand stone, the palace was turned into a museum with rich collections of paintings, books, inscriptions and sculptures. The Durbar hall of the museum is adorned with family portraits of rulers of Jammu and Kashmir along with magnificent Pahari paintings.
The Arki palace was built between 1695 - 1700 by Rana Prithvi Singh a descendant of Rana Sabha Chand. The Diwan Khana of the palace has very nice paintings in Kangra style . The paintings depict incidents from mythology, religion, history, and culture. They include Kamdev's arrows on Shiva, Kalia-Mardan which represent mythology whereas the paintings of Sikh-Mughal battles represent events of history.
Built in 1891, the Maharaja’s palace is set in approximately 75 acres and has a truly regal setting with spectacular views. A wide variety of cottages, suites and rooms with different tariffs can accommodate every visitor who wish to savor this majestic hill station.
Chandra Mahal is situated inside the main City Palace, which occupies around one-seventh area of the city. This mahal was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II and later on renovations were done by his descendants. It is presently the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and has a seven-storeyed citadel
The former centre of the ‘City of Nizams’, Hyderabad, the splendid Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of the rulers of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. This palace became the venue where the Nizams used to entertain their important guests and special visitors and organize ceremonial ceremonies. Erected around 200 years ago, Chowmahalla Palace boasts of exquisite architecture and magnificence.
The City Palace, Jaipur was established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. After the Maharaja moved his court to Jaipur from Amber, in 1727, the City Palace not only became the ceremonial and administrative seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur but was also the location of religious and cultural events, as well as a patron of arts, commerce, and industry.
This is the royal palace protected by the Archeological Survey of India in Cooch Behar which boasts of remarkable architecture similar to that of Buckingham Palace. It has graceful interiors and exteriors and it is a must-visit place for historians and those who want to go back to the royal ancient era.
Darbargadh Palace, arranged in Jamnagar city, was at first inherent 1540 AD, the development went on irregularly prompting a last artful culmination of history and engineering having both Rajput and European impacts. It is situated toward the east of Chandi Chowk in Jamnagar city. Jamnagar was established by Jam Shri Rawalji in 1540 and Darbargadh came to end up their in front of the rest of the competition of home. Rawalji initially had a place with Kutch.
Bir Singh Palace also called as Datia Palace. The speciality of this palace is that it is of 7 floors. However, neither member from the royal family did ever live here. The founder of the Datia State in Bundelkhand - Maharaj Birsingh Deo Build many such 52 monuments all around the country. It is the biggest and most famous of all the 52 palaces build by Raja Bir Singh Deo and it can be seen easily from a long distance.