Royal Families that still lives the life of Royals in India
At a time, India was divided with the royals who used to rule that location, royals who lived the lavish lifestyle with all the facilities of that time, servants, and many other things, but with time Monarchy system changed into democracy.
The rulers; thing ended when India was ruled by the Britishers and after they left, India is now a democratic country, but still, royal families do exist, the ones who have their ancestors from that bloodline, are still following that tradition.
Things are pretty different at their place, like live in a different lifestyle and they follow the rituals and traditions on their beliefs. They are carrying forward with the heritage & luxury. Reading about royal things is in the gripping area of many, and this will take you through some of the families in India who are living with the royal tradition at present.
The Mewar Dynasty
Mewar, which is perceived as the warrior land, has a glorious history dating back to the times of the ruler kingdoms. Udaipur, Pirawa, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, and Neemuch from Rajasthan and Mandsaur and some other regions from Madhya Pradesh make up the Mewar region.
Bappa Rawal, the ancestor of the Sisodiya dynasty, founded the Mear in the year 530. Earlier the place was known as Medapata, but it changed to Mewar later. Maharana Pratap is one of the rulers from Mewar who is known for his bravery and fighting skills, and he fought with the Mughal Emperor Akbar to protect his Mewar Land.
The Mewar Dynasty is following its 76th lineage, and the custodian is Arvind Singh Mewar. The Mewar Dynasty is one of the notable and prestigious royal families in Indian history.
Currently, Arvind Singh Mewar lives in the City Palace located in Udaipur & his family. Apart from being a nominal king Arvind Singh is a successful businessman. He heads the HRH Group of Hotels, which is the largest chain of heritage hotels in India and owns hotels at many different locations.
Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, son of Arvind Singh Mewar, who is the successor of the Mewar Dynasty is following the footsteps of his father and he recently restored the Jagmandir Island Palace which is now a part of HRH Group of Hotels.
The Royal Family of Jaipur
Rajasthan is known for its royalty, heritage, culture, practices, and vibrant surroundings, and if royalty comes, royals will be there. The Royal Family of Jaipur is one of the known families in the country. The Jaipur city was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1727, he was also the leader of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs.
The king established the city with the royal plannings, and he was the one to add the iconic Hawa Mahal to the list of Jaipur and one of the best buildings in the nation. Currently, the Royal family is headed by HH Rajmata Padmini Devi, who was the princess of Sirmour (Himachal Pradesh) and she was married to Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh.
She works as a guiding force of the museum trust and is frequently involved in welfare projects and social activities for the people of Jaipur & Rajasthan.
Princess Diya Kumari’s son HH Maharaj Lakshraj Prakash will be taking the line of his maternal grandfather, his coronation ceremony was completed in the year 2013, currently, he is completing his studies in the UK. At the age of 13, he got the responsibility, and he doesn’t make it lighter in any way. Since then he has been spotted in the magazine covers across the globe, making headlines for being a polo player and an avid traveler. He also works with his mother in the social works and non-profiting women empowerment in Rajasthan.
The Rathores of Jodhpur
Earlier, the Jodhpur Kingdom was ruled by the Rathores. They even controlled a wide area of Marwar that included Bikaner and a few more. The lineage of the Rathores goes back to the Rama from Ramayana and connects it to the sun god Surya, and that is the reason behind many Rathores calling them Suryavanshi.
At present, Gaj Singh, the descendants of the Rathore family who ruled the place, stays in the 6th largest private residence across the globe along with his family, the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
The lavish Umaid Bhavan Place is spread over 26 acres, and the place also hosted the wedding of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. If you want to visit the palace, one of the palaces is open for visitors and the rest other part is managed by the Taj Group of Hotels.
Gaj Singh also served in the Upper House of parliament and was also Indian High Commissioner to Tobago and Trinidad.
The Nawabs of Pataudi
Nawabs of Pataudi is one of the well-known and prestigious families in the country. The Royal list does not end without their name. Earlier, the Nawabs ruled the princely state of Pataudi, and that’s how they got Pataudi in their name. The lineage of Nawab was started by Faiz Talab Khan, who was from the Baruch tribe of Afghanistan, in the year 1804. He became the first Nawab of Pataudi State. Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi was the last ruling Nawab.
Currently, actor Saif Ali Khan Pataudi is the head of the Nawab family. Saif Ali Khan is the son of Mansoor Ali and Sharmila Tagore. Nawab Mansoor Ali used to play cricket, and he also played; for the Indian National Cricket Team during the 1930s, he played for the England cricket team.
At present most of the family members of the Nawab family are in the Hindi film industry, and the head Saif Ali Khan has four kids Ibrahim Ali Khan, Sara Ali Khan, Taimur Ali Khan, and Jehangir Ali Khan. Saif Ali Khan is the tenth Nawab of Pataudi and he has two sisters Soha Ali Khan and Saba Ali Khan. He has managed the grand Pataudi Palace as well as his father’s estates.
The Royal family of Rajkot
The Rajkot state was one of the princely states in India at the time of British rule, and that state is now one of the largest cities of Gujrat. The state was founded in the year 1620 by Thakur Sahib Vibhajit Ajoji Jadeja. Thakur Shaheb was the grandson of Jam Shri Satarsal Vibhaji Jadega from Nawanagar.
All the rulers of Rajkots were given the title of Thakur Sahib. Currently, the head of the Royal family is HH Thakur Sahib Shri Mandhattasinh Ji Jadeja, who is the 16th Thakur Sahib Of Rajkot.
One side where almost every royal family have converted their palaces or residence place into heritage hotels and have developed a chain in the other hand, the royal family of Rajkot has something different, they didn’t create a chain but took a different route they entered into biofuel development and hydropower plants.
The royal Jadega family currently lives in the Ranjit Vilas Palace, and they are further planning to restore the palace of the royal palace in Durbargadh they have thought to convert the old palace into a museum that will display vintage buggies and vintage cars.
The Wadiyar Dynasty
Wadiyar Dynasty is one of the known dynasties. Earlier, they ruled the kingdom of Mysore that period continued from 1399 to 1950. The dynasty was founded by Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar in the year 1399 and Jayachamaraja Wadiyar was the final ruler of the dynasty. They all were given the title of Maharaja of Mysore.
Wadiyar even traces their ancestors to Lord Krishna, and they have arrived from Dwarka. In the beginning, they ruled under the Vijayanagara empire till 1423, but later the other rulers of the Wadiyar Dynasty successfully took over.
The dynasty got a curse in the year 1612 from Queen Alamelamma for capturing the throne before she jumped to her death, and it is believed that the curse continued for 400 years which stated that the Kings of Mysore won’t bear children and even later they established a statue of the Queen Alamelamma and worshipped it.
Yaduveer Krishnadutta Chamaraj Wadiyar is the head of the dynasty at present but he is not a direct heir. He was adopted by Rajmata as Yaduveer’s uncle Srikantadatta Wadiyar died childless in the year 2013, so he was adopted as her child, and he is taking the family tradition forward.
Bourbons of Bhopal
When we talk about Bourbons of India, they are the family that claims to be heir of the House of Bourbon, they are the French nobles who served in the Mughal emperor Akbar’s court, whereas, the family is also known as Bourbons of Bhopal as the last few generations of that family resided in Bhopal & they served in the pre-independent Indian Bhopal State Royal Court.
The Bourbons of Bhopal was known as one of the most influential & wealthiest families in Bhopal, and they were recognized with Muslim names at the Bhopal court. Balthazar Napoleon IV de Bourbon is the head of the Bourbon family at present in India. He is the son of Salvadore de Bourbon, he claimed that he has lineage from Les Bourbons de I/India.
Balthazar Napoleon IV de Bourbon is a lawyer by profession. There has been a lot of confusion between the heir lining, but they are considered as the Bourbons of Bhopal, and this hasn’t been proved completely, if this is the truth, Balthazar Napoleon IV de Bourbon will be the 1st in line for the French throne.
Everyone is well aware of Shivaji Maharaj and the Chhatrapatis but at present, their descants are divided into different locations like Nagpur, Kolhapur, Satara, Mudhol, Tanjore, and Savantwadi and they have a few heads of the family who are important.
The Bhonsale’s are a very prominent group of Maratha’s and they even claim to be the descents of Sisodia Rajputs. Earlier the Princely states such as Kolhapur State, Thanjavur State, Satara State, Barshi, Sawantwadi State, and Akkalkot State were ruled by the Bhonsale’s.
India has a very royal history, first, it had Indian rulers than the Mughals and then the British rule, and now the democracy but still there remains the marks of royals not as the present rulers but in the past and now as their heirs which make them known as the royals and they have the money, properties, and estates from their ancestors which they are investing now, in different businesses.
They are carrying forward the heritage and their family traditions to the next generations, and there are many stories attached to the royals which are always very exciting and attract the visitors to visit these Royal Palaces and their chained hotels.
Most of the heritage hotels are run by these royal families, but they are also into charities, apart from that, they are strict with their following and practices.
edited and proofread by nikita sharma