In 1947, after India gained independence, several states and territories around the country joined the Indian Union forming the Republic of India. Several royal families living in their palaces at the time started selling off or leasing their property to hotel chains in order to earn a living since monarchy was on its way out.
These palace hotels all over the country remain a legacy and offer guests the complete royal experience. Most of them are luxurious while others offer a more affordable and intimate experience.
1. Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
One of the oldest and most treasured palaces in Jaipur. The restoration of this palace was overseen by Rajmata Padmini Devi who wanted it to suit the contemporary guests visiting the palace and expecting a royal experience.
The hotel is managed by the Sujan group and has several tie-ups with safari camping and tour groups.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Located on a hill that overlooks the city, this grand structure took 15 years to build and was completed in 1944. It blends the architectural styles of an English castle and Rajputana palace. Made of yellow sandstone, the palace has 347 rooms which beautifully reflect the art deco style of the era. It is surrounded by gardens that are beautiful to stroll through in the evenings.