(Last Updated on : 10/12/2008)
Indian history speaks of numerous kings and rulers who ruled India for centuries. The royal residences of these kings, the palaces are excellent works of architecture, which speak of the creative abilities, and artistic sensibilities of these rulers. These palaces are the assets of India and enhance the tourist quotient of the state where they are located. Some of these palaces have now been converted in to luxurious hotels and also open for public viewing. The palaces are maintained by the government as they bear ample testimony to the rich cultural Indian heritage.
The Amar Mahal Palace
is a grand palace in Jammu and Kashmir, which was built by Raja Amar Singh.
The Bangalore Palace
resembles the Windsor Castle in England and is located in Bangalore and is a well-known venue for international music bands, rock stars.
Bella Vista in Hyderabad was inspired from the Heney-on-Thames of England and was a royal palace of the Nizam.
was the officail residence of Nizams of Hyderabad and the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty.
The Falaknuma Palace
was built by the Paigah, Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra in the southern part of the old city of Hyderabad.
Hill Fort Palace
was a palace of the Nizams of the state of Hyderabad where Prince Moazzam Jah stayed.
located in Mysore, which was the residence of Wodeyars, kings of Mysore.
is located in Kangla in Manipur where the Metei rulers of Manipur resided.
is the birthplace of Raja Ravi Varma, the eminent painter of India.
is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerela and was built by Sri Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma.
was the residence of the royal family of Koi thampurans and is located in Kottayam district of Kerela.
The Leh Palace
was constructed by King Sengee Namgyal on the lines of the Potala Palace in Lhasa.
The Maharaja Palace
in Vadodara Gujarat is a series of palaces here the Gaekwad family resided.
was built in the late nineteenth century, where the sixth Nizam, Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jha VI resided occasionally.
The Marble Palace
in North Kolkata was constructed by Raja Rajendra Mullick in 1835.
The Matancherry Palace
is also referred to as the Dutch Palace and is located in Kochi in Kerela.
The Mysore Palace
was the official residence of the royal family of Mysore, and the architecture was an aesthetic blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture.
The Nedumpuram Palace
is located in Thiruvalla in Kerela and belonged to the rulers of the Kulasekhara dynasty.
The royal palace of Neermahal
was built by Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman and is located in Agartala, the capital of Tripura. It is situated in the middle of the Rudrasagar Lake and is a unique blend of Hindu and Muslim architectural style.
is located near Thiruvananthapuram at the foothills of the Veli Hills.
was the official residence of the Nizamand is also referred to as Haveli Khadeem.
The Rajendra Vilas
is located on top of the Chamundi Hills in Mysore, Karnataka.
The Shakthan Thampuran Palace
is located in Thrissur of Kerela, and was reconstructed in Kerela-Dutchstyle in 1795.
The Shaniwar Wada
is a palace located in the center of the Pune city and is the official residence of the Peshwas.
The Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
was built in the 17th century by King Thirumalai Nayak.
The Ujjayanta Palace
is a former royal palace, which is situated in Agartala in Tripura.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace
in Jodhpur Rajasthan, and is last among the magnificent palaces constructed in India.