Think palaces and your mind probably wanders to the most famous Buckingham Palace, or Europe’s iconic treasures such as Versaille and Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. Yet in Asia you’ll also find many grand buildings that were once royal residences and today India’s Golden Triangle is still dripping in glorious mansions and Mughal retreats.
Agra Fort, India
A former imperial residence and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the red sandstone Agra Fort is more like a walled city, with its incredible maze of courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
Hawa Mahal – Jaipur, India
Renowned ‘Palace of the Winds’, or Hawa Mahal, has become the famous symbol of Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’. This five-story palace was built in 1799 and its 953 windows were designed to give the royal women a view of everyday life without appearing in public. While in Jaipur you can also visit the opulent City Palace, that is now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armoury.
Amber Fort – Jaipur, India
Spectacular Amber Fort is a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. Ascend the hill to the ramparts and from here see the panoramic views of Jaipur’s original city walls and the lake below.
These are just a small selection of India’s incredible residences that were once occupied by emperors and their households. More can be discovered on Gate 1 Travel’s 8 Day Golden Triangle of India, or travel further in the footsteps of royalty on our 13 Day Golden Triangle of India with Nepal.