One of the major attractions of Rajasthan comprises of its palaces and havelis. Tourists come from various parts of India as well as abroad to explore the architectural beauty of the state. Most of the palaces of Rajasthan were built to serve as the residence of the emperors and the nobles. While, a few others were intended to serve as summer retreats. Read on to know more about every major palace of Rajasthan, India...
City Palace (Udaipur)
A synthesis of Medieval, European and Chinese architecture, the
City Palace of Udaipur is built mainly out of marble. It is situated
on the embankments of Lake Pichola and comprises of a number of
gates, balconies, towers and a museum, displaying an array of
weapons and armory.
Lake Palace (Udaipur)
Now a heritage hotel, Lake Palace of Udaipur once served as the
summer residence of the royals. A white marble edifice, it is
ornamented with painted mirrors, inlaid stones, cusped arches,
columns, pillared terraces, fountains, etc.
Fateh Prakash Palace (Udaipur)
Fateh Prakash Palace of Udaipur once served as the residence of the
rulers of Mewar. Today, it has been converted into a heritage hotel.
The palace is beautifully decorated with Persian carpets, antique
brass beds, mahogany cupboards, miniature paintings, etc.
Deogarh Mahal (Udaipur)
Now a heritage hotel, Deogarh palace was intended to serve as the
family residence of Rawat Dwarka Dasji. Apart from its magnificent
architecture, the palace is also quite famous for its picturesque
Umaid Bhavan Palace (Jodhpur)
Umaid Bhavan Place of Jodhpur was built with noble intentions, of
providing employment to farmers during a famine. Comprising of 347
rooms, the palace has now been converted into a hotel.
Balsammand Palace (Jodhpur)
Balsammand Palace is situated on the banks on an artificial lake,
near Jodhpur. Originally built as the summer retreat of Maharaja Sur
Singh, it now stands converted into a heritage hotel. The scenic
locales and intricate carvings of the palace are worth watching.
Rai ka Bag Palace (Jodhpur)
Rai ka Bag Palace was built by Hadiji, the queen of Maharaja
Jaswant Singh I. It is one of the major attractions of the city of
Jal Mahal (Jaipur)
Built as a pleasure palace in the 18th century, Jal Mahal of Jaipur
is situated amidst the scenic backdrop of Mansagar Lake and
Nahargarh hills. The palace boasts of exquisite architecture and is
also a bird watcher's paradise.
City Palace (Jaipur)
City Palace of Jaipur still houses the royal family and is open
only partially to public. The palace boasts of a fusion of Mughal
and Rajasthani architecture. There is also rich collection of royal
costumes, folk embroidery, rare Pashmina shawls, weapons, original
manuscripts of Hindu scriptures, etc.
Hawa Mahal (Jaipur)
The Hawa Mahal of Jaipur, popularly known as the Palace of Winds,
is located inside the City Palace. The main attractions of the
palace are its 953 pink-sandstone jharokhas (windows).
So plan your Rajasthan
tour, keeping in mind these beautiful palacess. Many of these
palaces remain closed on some of the holidays.
Rajasthan palaces stand adorned with exquisite architecture. Know more about the palaces of Rajasthan, India.