27 Palaces to explore in Rajasthan
The Indian state having innumerable royal palaces and forts. It is also known for its Thar desert, royal culture and historical monuments, such as the Hawa Mahal, and the numerous baoris.
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 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.
Built on the bank of Gajner Lake, this quaint palace was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Located amidst thick forest, it is an ideal place to indulge in bird watching. This palace is a perfect example of architectural splendour and is spread over 6000 acres. It is made of red sand-stone.
Located in the center of town. Maharaja Rana Madan Singh built the fort during 1840-1845. The Zenana Khas or the Women’s Palace has frescoes on both mirrors and walls, which are considered the finest examples of the Hadoti School of Art. Presently, Jhalawar Fort is home to the Collectorate and other offices.
Hawa Mahal( "The Palace of Breeze") is a palace in Jaipur, India. Made with the red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, Jaipur. The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The original intent of the lattice design was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen since they had to obey the strict rules of "purdah", which forbade them from appearing in public without face coverings
The initial structure of this seven-storeyed edifice was built in the 13th century, while the additional rooms, wings, floors, courtyards, and fortifications were added through the years by the successive rulers. Current status of the Juna Mahal's architecture is completely in ruins due to lack of consistency maintenance.
Haveli Nadine is a haveli purchased by a French artist Nadine Le Prince and restored all the haveli and its frescos. Nadine Le Prince Cultural Centre came into existence with the efforts of French artist Nadine Le Prince. The art centre displays the works of French and Indian artists in traditional and contemporary art.
This is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan built in around 1459 by Rao Jodha. The fort is situated 410 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries, there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below.
Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the most popular spots in Jaisalmer, which is not just a single building, but a combination of five different Havelis, each with a distinct quality of its own. With its unique architecture, Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the most significant Havelis in Jaisalmer and Rajasthan.
Padmini Palace was once the palatial abode of the exquisitely beautiful Rajput queen, Rani Padmini, the wife of King Rawal Ratan Singh. Revered as an epitome of beauty, Rani Padmini was the daughter of a Sinhala ruler Gandharvasen and plays a crucial role in the history of the gallant Rajput warriors. This queen was mentioned in the epic poem of 'Padmavati', which had been composed during 1540 CE, by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.