Top 10 Palaces to Visit in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is a hot desert state of India situated in the northern western side and is visited by several tourists from all over the globe. There are several destinations, picturesque hill station and jungles, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, sand deserts, monuments and forts.
There are also interesting activities in Rajasthan like hot balloon ride, camel ride, painting elephants, etc. in various regions. The ancient Maharajahs and rulers founded majestic palaces that show the grandeur of luxury of Rajputana.
Here are the Top 10 Palaces in Rajasthan constructed in brilliant architecture.
1. City Palace, Udaipur
If you would like to see the beautiful city of lakes – Udaipur from a bird’s eye view then this is the best place as it is built on a very high hilltop. This magnificent structure is also Rajasthan’s largest royal structure. There are main entrances that lead to many smaller palaces within this structure constructed in granite and marble.
Built by Maharana Udai Singh and successors the City Palace features mix of Rajput, Mughal, European and Chinese architecture. Once inside you will find various hanging gardens, terrace gardens, vast courtyards, corridors, towers and arches. The heritage site is built on the banks of Lake Pichola Udaipur and with an exotic view.
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2. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
This ‘floating palace’ on Lake Pichola of Udaipur dates back to the mid 1700’s when Maharana Jagat Singh founded this summer resort home for the royals. It is also popularly called Jag Mandir and is built on an island so you can get a boat ride on Lake Pichola when you reach the Taj Lake Palace.
This later turned into a luxury hotel managed by Taj Resorts Hotels and Palaces with more rooms. The interiors have everything royal inside from private butlers to silk upholstery and carved furniture inside. It looks best when illumined amidst the marble walls at evening. View the amazing Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur by travelling through the Palace on Wheels. On Day 4, the luxury train reaches the City of Lakes where you also do the local sightseeing.
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3. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
This golden looking iconic royal palace is made from yellow sandstone or Chittar sandstone that gives the glittering view of the structure. This sprawling complex situated in the heart of Jodhpur city features luxurious Rajasthani suites, lavish rooms, a museum, and luxury hotel. The descendants of the royal family still reside in a portion of this exotic palace that has views of a combination of Western and Eastern architecture.
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4. Amber Palace, Jaipur
Dating back to the sixteenth century this massive fortress near Jaipur is a combination of pink and yellow sandstone with white marble. It is high and far from the main gate where you generally get dropped off by cab or the car parking. So, it is an exciting ride on the back of an elephant to reach the Amber palace to see it.
There are other options too such as a four wheel ride with return and up to one hour wait time. That time is not enough to visit this sprawling fort as there are four massive entrances, vast courtyards and various halls for various purposes. Take the assistance of a hired guide or audio guide as there are some blink alleys.
Other than the halls and gates, there are temples, the Zenana, the amazing Maota Lake and the Amber Fort Sound and Lights Show. There are amazing works and brilliant architecture such as sandalwood doorway with ivory, carved marble panels of designs, etc.
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5. Sheesh Mahal, Amer Fort Jaipur
The meaning of this palace is the Mirror Palace which can be seen when you visit the Amer Fort in Jaipur. When visiting the fourth courtyard of the queens and wives of the king, you can see this amazing structure that is featured in several regional films.
There are intrinsic curvature of marble in the panels, ceilings and walls depicting various scenes of flowers or funny looking insects. The palace is made of pieces of mirror glass and this makes this the must see and top place to visit in Amer Fort. The finest architects from around the globe were called to design the Sheesh Mahal. One light reflects in all the mirrors that illumines the palace giving a splendid view.
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6. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
The meaning of this palace is the Palace of Breeze. There is always some light breeze even on a hot and humid day. It was a summer place built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh especially for the royal women to enjoy the outside view and also have their respective privacy.
Constructed from pink and red sandstone this is another building within the pink city of Jaipur featuring splendid Rajput architecture with 953 arched window balconies. The five story building resembles the shape of Lord Krishna crown. The shape of structure was a kind of honor to the God. You can reach the palace by walk from the City Palace Jaipur as a majestic doorway leads to the Palace of Breeze.
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7. Sajjan Garh Palace, Udaipur
This is one of the latest additions to the top tourist destinations in Rajasthan. It stands on top of a huge hill overlooking the city of Udaipur with the amazing Fateh Sagar Lake built near it. Constructed with white marble with towers, pillars and domes carved in Rajputana architectural style it was also used as a home during hunting activities of the rulers.
The Monsoon Palace is situated amidst the vast Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary. There is amazing rain water harvesting architecture to view and it was originally built to observe the monsoon clouds but was changed after the death of the architect.
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8. Rani Padmini Palace, Chittorgarh
Within the massive Chittorgarh Fort the residence of the second wife of King Rawal Ratan Singh catches the view of visitors. The historical significance behind this structure especially where the Queen and other women self immolated at the time of defeat makes this a prominent structure.
The Rani Padmini palace is set amidst beautiful surroundings and waters giving a picturesque view with strong story of the queen and royal womens strength and gallantry.
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9. Jal Mahal Jaipur
Situated in the middle of the scenic Man Sagar Lake with the Aravalli mountain ranges in the backdrop this structure founded by Maharajah Jai Singh II in the eighteenth century underwent several renovations with the damn work near the lake.
Visitors can take a boat ride along the calm white water of the lake while visiting the Jal Mahal Palace going by tropical forest region. The palace is made of five stories decorated with ethnic art around rooms and halls and features Rajasthani paintings on walls. Even boats to this red sandstone palace are done up in a traditional Rajasthani craft.
10. Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner
This palace was constructed during early 1900’s in Indo-Saracenic architectural styles and include a museum called Shri Sadul Museum, a heritage hotel called Lalgarh Palace Hotel and also one of the best luxury hotels in India called Laxmi Niwas Hotel.
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