If we speak about the population, India is a 135 Cr. country. A populace. Diversity of culture, religion, heritage, and knowledge is present. In India, many great royal families have been born. From the Maharajas to their descendants, there are royal families who still live the life of a king.
Let’s look at some of India’s royal families who are now living a lavish life.
1. Wadiyar Dynasty
The Dynasty of Wadiyar traces its history back to Lord Krishna’s Yaduvanshi clan. In the magnificent Mysore palace, his throne is still there. Presently, 27-year-old Yaduvir Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar is the head of the dynasty. He was not a direct successor, however. In 2013, Srikantadatta Wadiyar, his uncle, became childless and did not name a successor.
And so, Rajmata, his wife, took Yaduvir as his son and made him king. The family’s brand, Royal Silk of Mysore, started by Srikantadutt, remains a major success, with Mysore as the top silk manufacturer in the company.
However, in English literature and economics, the new king holds a degree. He tied the marriage knot with Princess Trishaka Kumari Singh of Dungarpur in 2016.
The couple is now parents to a two-year-old son.
2. Gaikwad of Baroda
The Gaikwad, who originally came from Pune, ruled Vadodara, which at the time was Baroda, in the 18th century. 52-year-old Samarjeet Singh Gaikwad heads Baroda’s royal family. He also inherited assets worth over Rs 20,000 crore when he ascended to the throne.
There is the Lakshmi Vilas Palace in Gaikwad, Baroda, among all the royal families of India, which is the largest private residence in the world. If this was not enough, Samarjit Singh followed several of Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings as well as acquired countless possessions such as gold and silver jewellery.
The temple trust of 17 temples in Gujarat and Banaras is also managed by him. He also built an individual 10 hole golf course in the palace on top of that.
Samarjeet Singh is a top player in the Ranji Trophy who has represented his state. In politics, he tried to dabble but has been inactive since 2017.
3. Bhosle’s house
If you live in Maharashtra, then you are well aware of Shivaji Maharaj and Chhatrapati’s significance. The fact that the royal family of the great Swarajya King is dispersed in various districts of the state, including Kolhapur, Satara, Nagpur, Mudhol, Sawantwadi, and Tanjore, is not known to many people. In these districts, several significant heads of the family are dispersed.
The 13th Chhatrapati titleholder is said to be Udayanraje of Satara. He is a well-known politician and is currently a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member. He recently reported properties worth Rs 170 crore, including five cars and various jewels.
On the opposite, we have Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, who comes from Kolhapur, and who also claims to be Shivaji Maharaj’s 13th descendant. He is currently a Rajya Sabha member and also a member of the BJP.
4. Mewar Dynasty
One of the wealthiest Indian royal families of the Mewar dynasty is Arvind Singh. He is a descendant of the Pratap Royal Maharana and now resides in Udaipur.
The Royal Highness The head of the Mewar family is Arvind Singh. He is the 76th Patron of Mewar’s House. Arvind Singh is a very prosperous businessman, apart from being a nominal ruler. He is the head of the Hotels HRH Group, which has over 10 hotel premises. He lives with his wife, Queen Vijayaraj, at the Palace of Udaipur City. For visitors to explore, a section of the palace is also available.
He also provided the management of the Taj Group of Hotels with some palaces that still belong to the leased royal family, notably the Lake Palace as well as the Fateh Prakash Palace. In the tourism and travel industry, it is one of the popular brands.
He has also opened an antique car museum in the city and maintains his father’s collection of crystals. In India, they are among the wealthiest royal families.
5. The Royal Family of Jaipur
A vibrant state with a royal touch is Rajasthan. Bhavani Singh, His Majesty, was the last head of the Jaipur pilgrimage. Nevertheless, having no son, in his old age, Bhavani Singh adopted Padmanabh Singh, the son of his daughter Dia Kumari. In 2011, Padmanabha, the young prince, became the Maharaja of Jaipur.
He is a polo player at the national level and appears in magazines. Today, he is working to bring more visibility to the game. The Rambagh Palace is now run by Taj Hotels, with the young King collaborating with Airbnb himself. He enjoys travelling.
A suite is placed in the palace of Jaipur city under this new venture, where visitors can come, linger, and taste royal life. All proceeds from this go to Princess Dia Kumari’s foundation.
The overall wealth of this family is more than $2.8 billion, according to the Times of India.
6. Rathore of Jodhpur
The Rathore family ruled the town of Jodhpur once. Still, his descendants remain here. As well as the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the largest forts and largest private residences in the country, the palace boundary includes Mehrangarh Fort.
Maharaja Gaj Singh is currently living in Umaid Bhawan Palace with his wife and two children. A portion of the palace is open to tourists and the rest is operated by the Taj Hotels Company, which operates the space in collaboration with the family.
It is one of the country’s most sought after destinations for weddings. Priyanka Chopra actually tied her wedding knot in the same palace with Nick Jonas. In addition to serving as a member of the Rajya Sabha, Maharaja Gaj Singh also served as the Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago a few years ago.
7. Nawabs of Pataudi
The Nawabs of Pataudi is last, but not least, on the list. The chief of Pataudi and the father of Saif, Mansoor Ali Khan, were Pataudi.
He was a former cricketer and was married to Sharmila Tagore, an actress. They had 3 children, who are Bollywood and fashion industry celebrities. Saif also acts as Pataudi’s Nawab and owns the Palace of Pataudi.
Currently, Saif is married to Kareena Kapoor Khan, with whom Taimur is about to have a second child. His other two children, Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim, the actress, are from Amrita Singh’s former marriage.