The word Maharaja has always evoked a feeling of grandeur – lavish lifestyle, magnificent palaces, fancy cars and everything splendid. Royal families live a life which common people can only dream of. We have witnessed their grand life only through literature and movies.
For generations, they have never held themselves back from flaunting their royalty and every royal family has its own charm. Indian royalty has always been an epitome of opulence and luxury and it continues to exist even today in many parts of our country. Even though India’s royalty lost their official powers after the nation gained Independence in 1947, the modern-day Maharaja’s are still quite wealthy and influential.
Here, we have prepared a list of royal families which still reside in India –
- The Royal Family of Jodhpur
Jodhpur was the largest state and it’s rulers were of an ancient dynasty established in the 8th century. Rao Jodha was the first ruler of Rathore dynasty in Jodhpur in 1459. However, it was incorporated into the Mughal Empire during Akbar’s reign and the ruling house of Rathore remained semi-autonomous. After Independence, Maharaja Hanwant Singh was the last ruler of Jodhpur state.
2. The Royal Family of Bikaner
The region of Bikaner was earlier known as Jangladesh and it was founded by Rao Bhikaji, son of Rao Jodhaji in 1465. Prior to the middle 15th Century, the territory was ruled by the Jat dynasty.
3. The Royal Family of Rajkot
Rajkot was one of the princely states of India, during British Raj and was founded by Thakur Sahib Vibhoji Ajoji Jadeja of Rajput Jadeja clan in 1620. The rulers of Rajkot enjoyed the title of ‘Thakur Sahib’ with the style of ‘His Highness’.
4. The Royal Family of Jaipur
Jaipur was founded in Dhundhar region in 1903, by Duleh Rai. It was known as Amber between 14th Century and 1727, in this year a new capital was built and was known as Jayapura, before it was renamed Jaipur. Maharajas of Jaipur belonged to Kachwaha dynasty. Traditionally, Kachwaha’s were peasants involved in agriculture, but some of the families also ruled a number of princely states and kingdoms.
5. The Royal Family of Mewar
This family is the owner of various heritage hotels, resorts and charitable institutions all over Rajasthan. It has a collective staff of 1,200 people to run them and one such example is the Jag Mandir Island Palace on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
6. The Gaekwads of Baroda
The Gaekwads own property worth Rs. 20,000 crores, which comprises 2,000 acres of residential, commercial and industrial real estate. It also includes 600 acres around the magnificent 187-room Laxmi Vilas Palace.