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Preserving the tradition and carrying the legacy

India has a rich cultural and diversity. The grand history of India with plenty of monarchs and princely states ruling the respective territories have been highlighted. Although Afghans, British, French, Mughals and Portuguese ruled India for several years, these princely kingdoms maintained their right over their territories. Gradually, India became independent and most of the princely states acceded to Government of India. The princely states received privy purses or Government allowances and initially retained their statuses, privileges and autonomy in internal matters during the transitional period till 1956. Later, they were formally abolished in the year 1971.

Slowly, their regal life of hedonism was later mellowed down while they remained titular heads. The maintenance of their huge palaces became difficult for the royals and hence to preserve their artistic heritage while promoting the development of their territory, they opted for hospitality. Many hospitality chains found this opportunity more lucrative as the tourists would get the chance to explore royals. The medieval design, the marble structure, sandstone architecture, huge ball rooms, dining rooms, imperial upholstery, art deco style façade and ‘larger than life rooms’ makes for a total sovereign indulgence. Most of the times it happens that the royals themselves manage their hospitality business with the bigger chains. The popular hospitality groups have converted these palaces into hotels and resorts thus making them into heritage sites.

The hospitality Groups that have converted the palaces are Taj Groups, Oberoi Groups and JW Marriot among others. Some of the popular examples of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur, Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, Taj Falaknuma, Hyderabad, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rambaug Palace, Jaipur, Dadhikar Fort, Alwar, Bhainsrorgarh Fort Hotel, Kota, Deogarh Mahal, Rajsamand and Suryagarh, Jaisalmer among others. These hotel chains not only provide great accommodations but also a chance to relive in the past, experience the monarchial life and enjoy the feudal treatment given to the guests. For more hospitality tips, please follow Woodstock Hospitality.