India is popular for its rich culture, history and heritage. There are numerous magnificent palaces across the country that stand testament to this fact.
These awe-inspiring and majestic palaces tell stories of the lavish and elegant lifestyles the royal families had in the past.
Many of these royal palaces have now been converted into luxury hotels and museums. They are made accessible to locals and tourists alike.
These amazing architectural wonders never fail to mesmerise anybody who visits them. Here is a look at some of the marvellous palaces of India.
Located in the heart of the city, the Bangalore Palace is said to have been inspired from the Windsor Castle in London. Built by the Wadeyar Dynasty in the year 1887, the palace attracts tourists for its beauty.
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The Bolgatty Palace is the only such palace that was not built by an Indian ruler. It was constructed by the Dutch in the year 1974 and is said to have housed a rich landlord. Today, this palace has a garden, swimming pool and Ayurveda centres surrounding it. It is a perfect place to head to with your loved one to get yourselves pampered.
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The Chowmahalla Palace was the pride of the Nizams of Hyderabad, and they used this palace for various functions. Tourists coming here can tour the structure and be awed by the elegance it exudes.
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Cooch Behar Palace
The Cooch Behar Palace is inspired from the stunning Buckingham Palace in London and is one of the major landmarks of West Bengal. The palace was used by the British officials as their headquarters. Today, it has been converted into a museum where you can see some of the relics of the British era and also know more about the history of this place.
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One of the oldest palaces ever built, the Jaganmohan Palace is an architectural wonder. Legend has it that when the palace was being constructed it was set on fire by the neighbouring king who was jealous of its design. The palace was again rebuilt from scratch in the year 1861 and stands strong to this day, showcasing its grandeur.
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Jai Vilas Mahal
Constructed by Jayajirao Scindia in the 19th century, the Jai Vilas Mahal boasts of a mix of Italian, Corinthian and Tuscan design. A part of the palace is still inhabited by the heirs of the royal family while the remaining has been converted into a museum that showcases the splendour of the bygone days.
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Built by Sree Moolam Thirunal in 1915, the Kowdiar Palace showcases the rich history of Trivandrum.The palace is said to have 150 royal rooms with each room having a unique design. Tourists coming to this palace can marvel at its intricate architecture.
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The Lake Palace built by Maharana Jagat Singh at the center of the Pichola Lakes is a major tourist destination. It provides for picturesque views, and you are sure to be completely mesmerised by it.
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Laxmi Vilas Palace
The Laxmi Vilas Palace was constructed by Maharaja Sayajirao in 1890 and boasts of a fusion of Indian, Islamic and European design. Tourists can explore this majestic palace and be amazed by the beauty and splendour of it.
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Built by Raja Rajendra Mullick, the Marble Palace in Kolkata is a structure that showcased Bengali architecture. The palace is built from white marbles and has a beautiful garden up front. Tourists coming here are taken on a tour by the heirs of the royal family who continue to reside at the palace.
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The Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace is the pride of Mysore and boasts of a fusion of Indo-Saracenic, Dravidian, Roman and Oriental design of architecture. This palace is entirely lit up during the festival of Dasara and attracts tourists from all over the world on the occasion.
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The Padmanabhapuram Palace was built in 1601 by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal, who was the king of Travancore. It is located on the foot of the Veli Hills and also in order to ensure that no enemies attack it the king has a fortress built around it. Tourists travelling to Tamil Nadu certainly must visit this majestic palace and explore it.
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The Rambagh Palace was once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and is known for its scenic beauty. Today this palace has been converted into a heritage hotel and tourists coming here can enjoy the lavish grandeur that only kings knew in the past!
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The Ujjayanta Palace at Agartala was constructed by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya and is said to be one of the grandest palaces to be ever built in these regions. It is said that the great poet Rabindranath Tagore was left awe-struck by its beauty that he named it Ujjayanta. Today this palace serves as a museum and tourists visiting it can learn more about the culture, traditions and history of this place.
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