10 Royal Palaces of Rajasthan

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Rajasthan means the ‘abode of Rajas’. During the British Era, it was known as Rajputana, the ‘land of Rajputs’. The purpose of having so many forts and palaces was that the Rajput lineages who used to rule the provinces till the 8th century used to construct strong forts to protect their country. The other basic reason is its topography. The rugged mountainous and hilly terrain allows guarding forts against the defense on the plateau when attacked during Wars. 

The opulent palaces and magnanimous forts attract admirers from around the world. While 

Rajasthan is also known for its vivacity, culture, decor, and architecture. A place for taste, color, art with an eye for aesthetics. 

Elephant in Amber Palace Jaipur

1. Amber Palace, Jaipur –

Amber Fort or Amer Fort is a fort located in Amber, Rajasthan, India. Amer used to be the capital of the state before Jaipur. Amber is located 11 kilometers from Jaipur. The town of Amber and the Amber Fort was built by Raja Alan Singh Meena in 967 AD.

Built high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in Jaipur. Amber Fort is full of stunning architecture, artistic elements, historic Rajputana designs, engravings on the walls, and gates.  

You can spend a half-day here walking on cobbled paths overlooking the Maota Lake and by getting lost in the maze-like corridors. The palace showcases beautiful rooms, temples, courtyards, and breathtaking views of Jaipur city that will surely leave you awestruck.

 Main attractions of Amber Palace:

Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Diwani-Aam, and Diwani Khaas, light and sound show.

Entry fee:

INR 100/person for Indians and INR 500/person for foreigner

The price of one side elephant ride is approximately INR 5000.

Opening hours:

8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Samode Palace in Jaipur
Samode palace near Jaipur in the Raiput and Mughal architectural style. Rajasthan, india

2. Samode Palace, Jaipur –

Tired of all the time spent shut-in? Pack your bags and head to The Samode Palace. The magic of the Aravallis, the warmth of the people of Rajasthan coupled with the splendor of a 475-year-old palace built by the noble Raja Man Singh. Now converted into a heritage hotel that believes in impeccable service that is sure to bring your senses alive.

Samode Palace is a bright and charming palace building, with architectural design. Perfectly blends Indian and Mughal traditional styles of mosaic walls. The Castle has a suite, a luxury suite, and a royal suite. The most surprising thing is that there are so many rooms that are not the same. Each room has its innate artwork and paintings with marble floors, walls full of exquisite murals, and floral motifs. Making it the most elegant and royal amongst the palaces of Rajasthan for weddings. 

Main attractions of Samode Palace:

Sultan Mahal, Durbar Mahal, Samode fort, Samode Bagh, and Hall of Mirrors.

Entry Fee:

INR 1000/ person.

Opening hours:

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Bal Samand Lake Palace Jodhpur

3. Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur –

Ever wonder what it would be to live like royalty? Bal Samand Lake Palace of Rajasthan offers a close glimpse of this fairytale.

The Bal Samand Lake Palace was built in the 17th century by Maharaja Jaswant Singh I of Jodhpur as a summer retreat and at present, serves as a heritage hotel like other royal properties around. The Lake was built in the 12th century, it is surrounded by lush green gardens that house groves of trees like mango, papaya, pomegranate, guava, and plum. Animals and birds like the jackal and peacock also call this place home.

The Magnificent Red stone palace has 

Hues of Blues & Floral grace with the touch of a lamp that illuminates the mood. Furnished with ethnic décor, palatial lounges, dining bays, and a Jacuzzi bath, this is one of the best palaces in Rajasthan, which is now transformed into a heritage hotel. 

Spend your day chasing peacocks, monkeys, petting horses and just strolling around in the verdant gardens. Witness Blue bulls basking in the sun and peacocks strutting around. They have their lake and an animal field in a little jungle. A rarely known yet regal Palace with sumptuous food is a go-to place when you’re in Jodhpur.

Main attractions of Bal Samand Lake Palace

Horse Riding, Village Safari, Dune experience, and Handicrafts shopping.

Opening hours:

 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur

4. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur –

Umaid Bhawan Palace is located In the heart of the city Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and is an ancestral home to the royal family of Jodhpur. 

It is one of the world’s largest private residences. The groundbreaking for the foundations of the building was carried out on 18 November 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh and the construction work was completed in 1943.

The palace is an extraordinary symbol of Indo-Saracenic architecture and its distinctive Chittar sandstone makes for a spectacular image. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. The Palace palace has 347 rooms and is divided into three functional parts – 

The first part is the principal residence of the former Jodhpur Royal Family.

The second part of the palace is a luxury Taj palace hotel managed by the Taj group of hotels with luxurious amenities for relaxation. 
The third part of the palace is a Museum focusing on the 20th-century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family. The museum has exhibits of stuffed leopards, a very large symbolic flag given to Maharaja Jaswant Singh by Queen Victoria in 1877, and lighthouse shapes. The classic cars of the Maharajas are also on display in the garden in front of the museum.

The main attraction of Umaid Bhawan Palace:

The grand Umaid Bhawan Palace museum

Entry Fees for Museum-

 INR 30/per person for Indians and INR 100/per person for Foreigners.

Opening hours:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Sunday)

Monsoon Palace in Udaipur

5. Monsoon Palace, Udaipur –

Take a drive on the scenic route to  ‘Moonsoon Palace’ with its breathtaking view of Udaipur city (“City of Lakes”). This palace is the creation of King Maharana Sajjan Singh. It was completed in 1884. Many monkeys live on top and around the palace. Enjoy the calmness of the heights and the beauty of nature.

Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop spacious residence in the city of Udaipur, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. The palace offers a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, palaces, and surrounding countryside. It was built chiefly to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace.

Being the highest peak of Udaipur city it is probably the most mesmerizing spot in Udaipur.

Main attractions of Monsoon Palace:

Sunset view from the palace and Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Entry fee:

 INR 10/person for Indians and INR 80/person for foreigners.

Opening hours:

10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Udai Bilas Palace in Udaipur

6. Udai Bilas Palace, Udaipur –

Amongst the famous Palaces of Rajasthan comes the Udai Bilas Palace of Udaipur. It’s known to be a romantic getaway for many couples due to its location set in the middle of a silvering Lake Pichola and the Aravali Range. 

The elegant balconies, native stone carvings, and figurines enrich the magnificence of the palace adds to its picturesque splendor. 

It is a representation of old-world charm. One of India’s finest royal residences, named after Maharwal Udai Singh II, has been turned into luxury accommodation. Dotted with intricate murals, carvings, and paintings, the heritage hotel is adorned with frescoes depicting the dynasty’s glories and kings. Interiors of Juna Mahal consist of wall paintings created in vivid colors. Some of these wall paintings depict episodes from the life of Lord Krishna. Making it a classic model of Rajput architecture.

Main attractions of Udai Bilas Palace:

Thambia Mahal, Dungarpur Mews,  Bijayrajrajeshwar Temple, Boat Rides, and Parva.

Entry Fees-

Keeps changing seasonally.

Opening hours:

10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Patwon Ki Haveli in Jaisalmer

7. Patwon Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer –

Patwon Ki Haveli (Kothari’s Patwa Haveli) is a cluster of five gigantic Havelis in Jaisalmer. it is the first and the largest haveli to be constructed in Jaisalmer.

Within the vicinity lie seven Jain temples which are an embodiment of beautiful structural designs. These temples were built way back in the 12th and 15th century, and are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars (Hermits). On the walls of the temples, you can find animal & human figures, carved in with mirrors on the shimmering golden-colored haveli. 

Main attractions of Patwon Ki Haveli:

The awe-inspiring view of Golden Fort from the terrace.

Entry fee:

INR 30/person for Indians and INR 50/person for foreigners

Opening hours:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Mandir Palace Interior in Jaisalmer

 8. Mandir Palace, Jaisalmer –

A prominent landmark in this spectacular heritage city of Jaisalmer is Mandir Palace, which had been the residence of the rulers of Jaisalmer for more than two centuries. Mandir Palace is an exquisitely etched architectural marvel of ornate balconies, canopies, and delicately carved walls that represent a high point of local craftsmanship in its finest and purest form. a noticeable feature of Mandir Palace is its tower called ‘Badal Niwas’, which stands out as the tallest structure below the hill-top city fort.

The Mandir Palace, Jaisalmer is more than 200 old but excellently maintained, gorgeous and regal. This grand monument was built in 1830 AD during the reign of Rawal Berisal in Jaisalmer. As the name suggests, the magnificent monument with five sections is visible with the eagerness to touch the clouds wandering in the sky. 

Main attractions of Mandir Palace:

 Badal Niwas—a magnificent tower in the palace complex

Entry Fees:

INR 50/per person

Opening hours:

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fountain in Gorbandh Palace Jaisalmer

9. Gorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer –

Gorbandh refers to camel’s jewelry, basically a sort of rope or necklace decorated with colorful beads, buttons, and sequins. And it is not just jewelry for them, it is a matter of pride and joy. Celebrate the culture of Rajasthan with the delicious taste of spices and folk dances. 

The mesmerizing yellow sandstone structure and beautifully carved balconies at Gorbandh Palace are best to soothe you on a vacation.

Main attractions of Gorbandh Palace:

Enticing dining options like Dogala, Bageecha, Taal, and Madhushala

Rani Padmini’s Palace in Chittorgarh

 10. Rani Padmini’s Palace, Chittorgarh –

Padmini, also hailed as Padmavati, was a legendary 13th-14th century queen (Rani) of the Mewar kingdom of present-day India. Several 16th-century texts mention her. Padmavati Palace located in the heart of Chittorgarh Fort stands testimony of her legends and stories. The braveheart queen of Chittorgarh known for her flawless and incomparable beauty once resided here and this place is straight out of a class act architecture. Located in proximity to the Chittorgarh Fort, the Palace is a must-visit attraction.

It is a three-storied building located in the southern part of the fort is the place where Ala-Uddin was permitted to see the mirror image of Rani Padmini, wife of Maharana Rattan Singh. Rani Padmini’s beauty is compared to that of Cleopatra and her life story is an eternal legend in the history of Chittor. 

Main attractions of Rani Padmini’s Palace:

Jal Mahal, the sight of Jauhar—the historical self-immolation by Rani and her companions.

Entry Fees:

Free

Opening Hours:

9:30 am to 6:30 pm

In Rajasthan, every city has its color. Jodhpur is painted in shades of blue, Jaipur is the pink city, Jhalawar is engraved with tones of purple, and Udaipur is covered with blissful whites. 

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Ardent storyteller. Casually breathes life into characters and dissects pop culture. In the meantime, fantasises secret love affairs with Shakespeare and Austen weaved into poetries that she wishes to publish in a book of her own someday.

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