It’s no secret that India is studded with architectural gems of every possible kind – ancient temples and churches, magnificent mosques, imposing forts and opulent
Please bear in mind that the list is incomplete, and I’m going to add new findings to this article as I keep expanding the geography of my travel throughout India. For example, I’m yet to make my way to the South and East, and in the
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Udaipur City Palace (Rajasthan)
Udaipur City Palaces
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Umaid Bhavan Palace (Rajasthan)
Jaipur City Palace (Rajasthan)
Constructed in the 18th century during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, this gigantic complex features an array of palaces, temples, and pavilions. the intricate structure is a pleasure to look at, and it takes almost an entire day to explore the place.
Hawa Mahal (Rajasthan)
Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, is undoubtedly one of the most recognized monuments in the world. Constructed as a giant screen, this structure was used by the royal ladies of Jaipur to observe the street life and festival processions without being seen. With countless windows and overhanging balconies, the stunning red facade of the Hawa Mahal resembles a huge honeycomb, which makes
Laxmi Vilas Palace (Gujarat)
Ah, this one is my absolute favorite! Incredibly tasteful, unusual, unique, Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara was designed by
Major Charles Mant, who took his own life thinking there were errors in calculations and the structure was bound to collapse. However, the palace has been standing proudly since the end of the 19th century, attracting visitors from all over India and other countries by its breathtaking architecture. Four times larger than the Buckingham Palace, this marvel of a monument is a bold fusion of clashing styles with subtle allusions to a classic Hindu temple, mosque, Catholic church, and gurudwara, all mixed up together to create an unmatched architectural masterpiece.
Prag Mahal Palace (Gujarat)
The Prag Mahal is undoubtedly the centerpiece of Bhuj that defines the skyline of the city. Commissioned by the local ruler Rao Pragmalji II, it was designed by the talented architect Henry Saint Wilkins and built of the Italian Marble and Indian sandstone. The architectural style of this palace is heavily influenced by European tradition. Unfortunately, this noble 19th-century structure was severely damaged during the devastating earthquake in Bhuj in 2001, and even after restoration works one can still notice cracks in the walls.
Aga Khan Palace (Maharashtra)
The Aga Khan Palace in Pune is a place where Mahatma Gandhi spent two years of imprisonment along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi and his secretary Mahadev Desai. Located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Aga Khan Palace is a must visit place when in Pune. Not only it boasts both the architectural and historical value, but it also attracts by its quiet feel and peaceful, serene atmosphere.
Kolhapur New Palace (Maharashtra)
Presidential Palace (Delhi)
Known as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Presidential Palace in Delhi is a huge 340-room structure which houses the president’s official residence along with numerous offices, guestrooms, conference and reception halls. The 130-hectare area of the estate includes other buildings, sprawling gardens, and open spaces.
These are just a few palaces in India to consider when planning your trip. Which one did you like the most?
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