By Abarajithan M

About the author
Michael sugich was born in America and educated . at losangeles and the California institute of the arts in 1972. Since he devoted himself to travel studies and writing in eroup,africa,middle east and Asia. He written for newspapers, magazines, television and film covering a wide variety of subjects Including travel,culture,religion,history,architecture,literature,industry and cinema. He travelled all over the subcontinent. from Kashmir to Kerala describe the exotic history and architecture of over 50 forme palace in India.

Introduction
This book for travelers ,armchair & presenting the history & descriptions & princely palace in India as a luxury resorts, tourism bungalow or roadside rest-stops, from Kashmir to Kerala. and shows the ancient architectural of Muslim conquest of India mugal empire .And British arrival in to India

Northern India
UDAIPUR
Jag Niwas Shiv Niwas Laxim vilas Palace

JAIPUR
Ram Bagh Palace Maji-ka-Bagh Nahar Garh A Tharur at Home Kanota Garh & Narain Bagh Samode palace & samode Haveil

SHEIKHAWATI
Mandawa Garh Roop Niwas Kothi Dundlod Qila

Northern India
ALWAR
Siliserh palace Sariska palace Neermrana palace

JODHPUR
Umaid bhawan palace Ajit bhawan palace

JAISALMER
Jawahar niwas palace

BIKANER
Lallgarh palace Gajner palace

Northern India
SIMLA
Chaplsee Woodville Chail palace

KASHMIR
GULAB PALACE

HIMALAYAN HILLS
Ai hilal palace Nagar castel

Northern India UDAIPUR

JAG NIWAS (THE LAKE PALACE HOTEL)

This island palace was developed by Rana Karan Singh(1620-28). In 1628-52 this palace added to island palace zenan and named Jag mandir in honors of Ranan karan sing. Popular guest Majesty queen Elizabeth II Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy Shah of iran and the king of Nepal In 1971 management take by Indian s oldest hoteliers. After that jag news run as a luxury hotel Reservations-Taj group of hotel Acommodation-85 rooms and special suites

Northern India UDAIPUR

SHIVA NIWAS

‡ This palace built in (1861-74 ) by Maharana Shambhu Sing ‡ After that Maharana Fateh Singh (1884-1930) was constructed newly. ‡ Prince of Wales visited Udaipur in 1903 she described the diadem of palace

This palace was converted to luxurious hotel by Bhagwat Sing in 1987 & developed by his son Arvind sing.

Northern India UDAIPUR

LAXMI VILA

Rawat of begun was built this palace in 1828 In 1871 this palace convert in to permanent official residence for British political agent in Udaipur Bhopal sing reconverted Laxmin villas palace to royal guest palace. 1962 Government convert to hotel under license to private hotelier. In 1965 the management give the palace to ITHC(Indian tourism hotel corporation ltd) ITDC Ashok chain which in 1973 expanded 30 rooms & conference hall & swimming pool

Northern India JAIPUR

RAM BAGH PALACE

‡ 19 century early this palace beginning a modest garden. ‡ In 1887 palace transformed into luxurious 26 rooms. ‡ 1940 ram bagh become an even more glamorous prices palace. ‡ 1950 used us a government residents. ‡ 1972 management under Taj group of hotel.

Reservations-Taj group of Hotel. Accommodation-110

Northern India JAIPUR

MAJI-KA-BAGH (RAJ MAHAL PALACE HOTEL)

‡ In 1729 a small place was constructed in a walled garden ‡ British east Indian company was give over for the residence of captain Stewart, Jaipur first political Agent. ‡ This property remained empty & unused until Swami Man Sing II(1922-49) decided to convert his own residential palace. ‡ Raj mahal remained a royal palace until 1976 when it was convert in to hotel. ‡ In 1987 management was handed over to the Taj group.

Northern India JAIPUR
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NATANI-KA-BAGH (JAI MAHAL PALACE HOTEL)

Developed in 1745 during the reign of Sawai Ishwari Sing. In 1860s it was given over for use as the residency Surgeon s house by Dr Thomas Holbin Henley. Natani-ka-bagh became the official residence of prime ministers of jaipur. The palace opened its door as a hotel in 1955. In 1985 jai palace is probably the most successful palace adaptation undertaken by Taj group.

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Northern India JAIPUR

NAHAR GRAH

‡ In 1734 jai sing began built a massive palace. ‡ Sawai madho sing decide to transform nahar garh in to a retreat for the monsoon season. ‡ The designs are europen since because of madho sing he like more europen architecture . ‡ Now Rajasthan tourisms development corporation runs a snack-bar concession and room for overnight guest in the fort

Northern India JAIPUR

KANOTA GARH & NARAIN NIWAS

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Narain sing was built by Narain niwas in 1880s.

‡ Konata fort was not used as parentally residence . ‡ But the fort built were head quarters and permanent staff of 50 retainers lived with in the fort to maintain its operations. ‡ He died in 1924 kanota family settle permanently In narain palace. ‡ Mohan sing converted the garden palace into hotel in 1978.

Northern India JAIPUR

SAMODE PALACE & SAMODE HAVELI

‡ No documents exist which trace the history of samode palace but the estimated age was 400 year.

In 1970 thakur put this property on the market for 1 lake rupees.
‡ In 1985 yaduvender & Raghuvender sing opened their impressive home to public as a hotel. ‡ Samode haveli, their family s jaipur town house, in oct 1987

both properties are among the most delightfully evocative palace hotels in India.

Northern India SHEIKHAWATI

MANDAWA GARH
Castle Mandawa

‡ Thakur nawal sing(1715-79) constructed . But he never use more . ‡ After that a village grew up around the palace. ‡ In 1977 sheikhawati was discovered by francis wacziarg, a french businessman. ‡ Brainwave think first why not turn mandawa fort into resort. Before that foreigners were un heard that palace. ‡ In 1987 French agency enthralled property and painted havelis and advised the mandawa family to open the palace for hotel.

Northern India SHEIKHAWATI

ROOP NIWAS KOTHI

‡ In 1930s Madan Singh began expand his house & continued built he transformed the property into a colonial-style. ‡ He named his residence roop niwas kothi in honor of his predecessor. ‡ Roop niwas kothi palace change into hotel in 1980. ‡ This property opened first for lunches and later for overnight guest.

Northern India SHEIKHAWATI

DUNDLOD QILA

‡ Quila was built in 1750 by thakur kersi singh(1729-62)

Sheoji sing took up residence in his small fort at dundlod in 1809.
‡ It was manned by soldiers from kersi sing s private army but it not used as a residence until 19 centaury . ‡ Recently the son and grandsons of harnath singh have opened 16 rooms in their moated fort to travellers.

Northern India ALWAR

SILISERH PALACE

‡ Siliserh and its pleasure palace become a favored resort for the Alwar rulers, most particularly for sawai mangal sing (1874-92) ‡ The state government converted the palace into a tourist guest house. ‡ This palace was under taken by RTDC (Rajasthan tourism development corporation)

Northern India ALWAR

SARISKA PALACE

‡ Maharaja swai jay sing construction a hunting lodge it was finished in 1902. ‡ During nehru this palace was used as a management training institute. ‡

1955 Mrs. Indira Gandhi decided that animals conservation and gunfire (CRP) were remove from the palace

‡ In 1983 sakiska palace opened as a hotel.

Northern India ALWAR

NEEMRANA FORT

‡ Rajdeo established Neemrana palce for himself. ‡ In 1464 construction began magnificent palace on a natural place. ‡

Neemrana fort conversion into a hotel after long time.

Northern India JODHIPUR

AJIT BHAWAN PALACE

‡ Ajith singh construct his own palace in 1929. ‡ His beloved brother died in 1947. he went to deep shock. ‡ After that he get income from having agricultural land to maintain his palace. ‡ The threat of politically motivated to convert ajith bhawan palace into a hotel in 1980

Northern India JODHIPUR

UMAID BHAWAN PALACE

‡ Umaid sing built umaid bhawan palace in 1925. ‡ Umaid sing moved his residence from rai-ka- bagh palace to umaid bhawan in 1943. ‡ It is a neo-classical palace was a colossal 347-rooms. ‡ 1977 umaid bhawan opened as a India's grandest luxury hotels by ITDC

Northern India JAISALMER

JAWAHAR NIWAS PALACE

‡ Barisi sal built this palace reflect of European influences in 1909. ‡ This bungalow remained the political agent s residence for several year and become official guest palace. ‡ After maharwal jawahar sing ascended the gadi he renamed ishal bunglow jawahar niwas in honour of himself. ‡ The present hereditary was run by government of Rajasthan

Northern India BIKANER

LALLGARH PALACE

‡ Maharaja Ganga singh hand-made oriental residence. ‡ In 1972 Dr Karni singh established the ganga singhiji charitable trust. ‡ Endowing a part of lallgarh palace used for trust ‡ 1988 maharaja died he entirety of lallgarh palace to ganga singhji trust. ‡ They change the palace to hotel and one part as complex.

Northern India BIKANER

GAJNER PALACE

‡ Gaj singh establish a new place called gajsinpuram. ‡ After that maharaja established surrounding garden. And it was situated middle of lack. ‡ After the independent this palace was maintained as the private resort and hunting loge. ‡ In 1976 the last maharaja Dr karni singh opened the annexed of the palace as a hotel.

Northern India SIMLA

CHAPSLEE (THE SECRETARY,S LODGE)

‡ Dr . Black constructed a large flat-roof house after that it become government house and secretary s lodge in 1836 ‡ In 1858 secretary's lodge changed the name to Chapslee. ‡ In 1973 pronoit deoi opened a small girls s school with 3 student. ‡ After 3 years later the couple registered chaples as a hotel. ‡ Now chaps lee girl s school is one of leading education instructions.

Northern India SIMLA

WOODVILLE

‡ 1866 major general Arthur Milford beecher and the buyer general sir William rose Mansfield purchased this property for 22,000 rupees.  In 1940 Woodville was reconstructed ‡ In 1977 udai sing and niera devi opened a part of their mansion as a Woodville guest house. ‡ After three years later they change the Woodville palace hotel. ‡ In 1987 Woodville palace resort established.

Northern India SIMLA

CHAIL PALACE

‡ Maharaja rajinder singh discovered chail palace in the early 1890. ‡ After maharaja dead his family leave the palace ‡ This palace used as a summer resort in 1938. ‡ Chail palace was hand over to the himachala Pradesh tourism development cooperation and converted into hotel

Northern India KASHMIR

GULAB BHAVAN (OBEROI PALACE HOTEL)

‡ Maharaja harin sing build for his residential palace. ‡ This palace primarily a private residence never used for public ceremony. ‡ From 1949-1954 this palace unoccupied but for a few retainers, ‡ In 1955 opened for business as the oberoi palace hotel, the first palace hotel in India.

Northern India HIMALAYAN HILLS

NAGAR CASTLE Castle hotel

‡ Raja sidh sing creat this palace in 1460. ‡ A massive earthquake in 1905 out where nagar castle survived . ‡ In 1920 this palace permanently converted into a traveler's rest house. ‡ Himachal Pradesh tourism corporation take over nagat castel to hotel in 1978.

Northern India WANKANER

RANJIT VILAS PALACE

‡ It was first developed in the 1870s during the reign of raj sahib bane. Built a moderately sized residence.

‡ After that palace was rebuilt using chief engineer using Europe architecture ‡ ITDC made a tour in 1971. to study of the conversion ans operation of Europe's stately home and palace as hotels. ‡ That year ranjit vilas palace use as a paying guest

Northern India WANKANER

PURNA CHANDRA BHAVAN (OASIS PALACE)

‡ Raj sahib bane sinh was start a single bungalow in colonial style in 1870. ‡ Later Chandra bhavan consisted of 2 larger suites and 4 bed rooms . ‡ In 1972 encourage by paying guest it was conversion into a privately managed commercial motel. ‡ And changed the name to Oasia Palace.

ORCHHA SHEESH MAHAL

Central India ORCHHA

SHEESH MAHAL

‡ The first palace was built at 1501 name is ramji mandir. ‡ Raj mahal and Jahangir mahal, sheesh mahal was constructed in 18 century. ‡ Orchha in 1867 with is heavy appearance. Built on an entirely different plan. ‡ Sheesh mahal pleasure resort rules by orchha untile independence in 1947. ‡ Madhya Pradesh tourism development corporation which converted the palace into guest house.

WESTERN INDIA
BHAVNAGAR
HUZOOR MAHAL AT NILAMBAG

WANKANER
RANJITH VILAS PALACE PURNA CHANDRA BHAVAN

Western India BHAVNAGAR

HUZOOR MAHAL AT NILAMBAG

‡ HUZOOR MAHAL WAS built around 1875 upon a site outside the city walls of Bhavnagar called nilamb.

In 1933 palace was completely resonated according to designs by keno ski.
‡ In 1983 maharaja resisted turning his family make an arrangement with ITC welcome group ‡ After that palace was open as a hotel.

Western India WANKANER

RANJIT VILAS PALACE

‡ 1860-81 it was built as residence by raj sahib bane sim. ‡ 1981 complicated & expensive process are finish indo-elope structure. ‡ This palace are not use 1927. ‡ Expanded garden house. ‡ 1917 ITDC develop as hotel.

Western India WANKANER

PUNA CHANDRA BHAVAN OASIS PALACE

‡ At first it was start single bungalow by raj sahib bane sinh in 1870. ‡ 1881-1947 us as garden house personal resort. ‡ 1972 its conversion into a privately managed commercial motel. ‡ And changed the name to Oasis Palace.

SOUTHERN INDIA
MYSORE
RAJENDRA VILAS PALACE

OOTACAMUND
FERN HILL PALACE

COCHIN AND TRAVANCORE
BOLGHATTY PALACE KOVALAM PALACE

SOUTHERN INDIA OOTACAMUND
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FERN HILL PALACE

F.cotton built the first house on the site in 1844. Government of madras did issue Mr.Grovers a piece of land in 1846 and it retained the property after the 9 years. In 1891 he soled out to Mr.W.H. Waspshare for 500 rupees. After that this palace was owned by maharaja Krishna-raja (1894-1941) the Mysore royal family continued to visit this palace. Maharaja of Mysore died in 1974 .

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After that his young son narasimha-raja . Converting his palace into a hotel for business in 1975 ‡ ‡ Accommodation 52 rooms Reservation-TTDC(Tamil nadu tourism development corporation)

SOUTHERN INDIA MYSORE

RAJENDRA VIAS PALACE

‡ Mr.arthur cole who first built a bungalow on the crown of chamundi in 1822. ‡ In 1930s it was decided to rebuilt the bungalow as a bona fide palace. ‡ Jaya-Chama-raja wadiyar s son and heir , converted the palace into a hotel in 1971 under the management of ITDC s hotel division Welcome group. ‡ In 1987 Mr. wadiyar himself took over the palace as part of his own chain of hotel properties. ‡ Accommodation 29 rooms and suites

SOUTHERN INDIA

KOVALAM PALACE Ashok Halcyon Palace

‡ Travancore maharajas built kovalam palace between 1924-1931. ‡ This palace is structured in European style with exposed stone. ‡ After 1947 entire property covered by government and developed tourist resort. ‡ It become Kerala state government guest house. And renamed halcyon palace ‡ ITDC recent renovations have been undertaken this palace. Accommodation 4 double rooms Reservation- ITDC Ashok Groups

SOUTHERN INDIA TRAVANCORE

BOLGHATTY PALACE

‡ This palace built by Dutch merchants in 1744 ‡ It become a popular picnic resort used by the Dutch gentry. ‡ After 1795 palace was used by the British east India company. ‡ In 1909 this palace was given rent for 6,000 rupees. ‡ After the freedom this palace become the property of the KTDC ‡ Accommodation 5 large rooms