At the mention of Rajasthan, the first thing that comes to mind is the rich heritage, authentic delicacies and most importantly, the beautiful palaces. Rightly termed as the ‘Land of the Kings', Rajasthan is a state which has proven to be a must-visit tourist destination in India.
To experience the true essence of Rajasthan, the tourists must not miss out on paying a visit to some of the most beautiful fort palaces found here. While many of these palaces are now converted into luxury hotels, the others are open to the public to have a look, offering them magnificent views.
Read on and learn more about some of the majestic fort palaces of Rajasthan here!
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Popularly known as Jag Niwas, the Lake Palace of Udaipur in Rajasthan is located on an island on the banks of Lake Pichola. This palace is now a luxury hotel owned by the Taj Group. The white marbel hotel has an astoundingly beautiful ambiance which is why it has been a place where many Bollywood and Hollywood movies have been shot, the famous one being James Bond - Octopussy. It has also been voted as the most romantic hotel in India.
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Located at Jaipur, India's ‘Pink City', the Hawa Mahal Palace is considered as one of the most visited palaces in India. Apart from being a major tourist attraction, Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds' is a fine blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture, making it a beautiful sight. Built from red and pink sandstone, the Hawa Mahal was built in 1798 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Renowned as one of the world's largest private residences, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh. Located on the Chittar Hill in Rajasthan, the Umaid Palace is known to have 347 rooms and is also the main residence of the present royal family of Jodhpur. While a part of the palace is a luxury hotel owned by the Taj group, another part of it is a museum which exhibits royal antiques and automobiles.
Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
As a former residential palace of Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner, the Laxmi Niwas Palace is another fort palace of Rajasthan which was designed in an Indo-Saracenic style by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, who was a British architect. Laxmi Niwas Palace currently operates as a luxury hotel and has been a favorite place of many famous people from around the world.
Sariska Palace, Sariska
Established by the Maharaja of Alwar, the Sariska Palace is located at the edge of the famous royal hunting Lodge - Sariska National Park, at Rajasthan. The main feature of this palace is the vast courtyard and the attractive lawns. The interior designing of the Sariska Palace is a combination of French and Regal architecture. The Palace now operates as a luxury hotel with top-notch facilities, where even weddings take place.