Mahals have always been intriguing – the magnificent architecture, interesting histories, some even with love stories laying the foundation for the building! Yes, we are talking about 5 mahals you must visit in India.
Built in the memory of his beloved wife, Shah Jahan conceptualised a truly magnificent work of art to express his love. Taj Mahal has stood the test of time – harsh weather conditions and a lot of pollution and continues to enthrall people of all ages!
Lalitha Mahal, the second largest palace in Mysore is a monument planned by E W Fritchley, a Mumbai based architect. The palace was planned and designed on the lines of the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Lalitha Mahal is pure white and is quite an imposing structure in the city of Mysore.
Mastani, who was the second wife of Peshwa Bajirao I used to reside in the Mastani Mahal. The Mastani Mahal is located in Dhubela. The popularity of the Mastani Mahal soared after the release of the movie, Bajirao Mastani. Mastani Mahal is located in the same compound as Shaniwar Wada.
Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds is a palace located in the Pink City, Jaipur. The women of the royal household weren’t allowed to view functions and celebrations held in the palace. For this reason a high screen was placed through which these women were allowed to view the proceedings. Hence, the palace came to be known as Hawa Mahal.
Laxmi Vilas Mahal
The Laxmi Vilas Mahal was built as a private dwelling unit by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the year 1890. It is supposed to be four times the size of the Buckingham Palace and the largest private dwelling built till date. The royal family of Baroda continues to reside in the Laxmi Vilas Mahal The public can not only have a view of the palace but also get an audio tour.
We are sure you’re waiting to explore these palaces, aren’t you? Let us know in the comments below, if you know of any other mahal which should be a part of this list!