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The thriving royal families of India

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement caused quite the stir, both online and offline. Many women are envious of Meghan and it’s no surprise why. How many of us have grown up reading or listening to tales of fabulously rich princes and princesses, draped in silk and living in fairy tale palaces? Haven’t we all wished we could lead that life? India has had its fair share of princes and princesses and is still home to many royals who are heirs to famed riches and luxurious lives. Here is a look at our own royalty and the riches they represent.

1. The Mewar dynasty of Udaipur: Arvind Singh Mewar is the current titular Maharana of Udaipur. He is the Chairman and MD of the HRH Group of Hotels, which owns several heritage hotels and royal retreats. The royal family lives in the extensiveUdaipur City Palace complex, which houses many smaller palace hotels and museums. Exquisite crystal items, ornamental tiles, mirror and silver work, miniature paintings, hanging gardens, and fountains lie scattered throughout the complex.
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2. The Wadiyar family of Mysore: Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the young titular king of Mysore, is one of the richest royals in India. His predecessor had declared Rs1,520crore in assets in 2014 when he was contesting the Lok Sabha elections. The royal family owns the famed gold throne of Mysore, a gold howdah which weighs approximately 700 kilos, precious gems, and multiple palaces and properties.
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3. The Gaekwad family of Baroda: The current head is Maharaja SamarjitsinghRao Gaekwad. The family’s Luxmi Vilas Palace is about four times the size of Buckingham Palace and set in over 500 acres of land with a private 10-hole golf course! The Maharaj recently inherited priceless jewellery, works of art and prime land as the main beneficiary of an ancestral property dispute settlement worth over Rs 20,000 crore.
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4. Jodhpur’s ruling family: Maharaja Gaj Singh owns huge properties, which include the tourist hotspots Umaid Bhavan Palace and the Mehrangarh Fort. The Mehrangarh Fort has hosted well-attended music festivals including the World Sufi Spirit Festival and Rajasthan International Folk Festival. Umaid Bhavan Palaceis an award-winning 5-star hotel, part of which is the royal residence.
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