If we talk about population, India is a country with 135 Cr. Population. There is a diversity of culture, religion, heritage, and knowledge.
Many great royal families have been born in India. There are royal families ranging from Maharajas to their descendants who still live the life of a king.
Let’s take a look at some of the royal families of India who are still living a luxurious life.
1. Wadiyar Dynasty
The Wadiyar dynasty traces its history back to the Yaduvanshi clan of Lord Krishna. His throne is still in the beautiful Mysore palace.
Currently, the head of the dynasty is 27-year-old Yaduvir Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar.
However, he was not a direct successor. His uncle, Srikantadatta Wadiyar, became childless in 2013 and did not name a successor.
And so, his wife, Rajmata, adopted Yaduvir as his son and made him king. With Mysore as the top silk manufacturer in the company, the family’s brand, Royal Silk of Mysore, started by Srikantadutt, remains a major success.
The new king, however, holds a degree in English literature and economics.
In 2016, he tied the wedding knot with Dungarpur princess Trishaka Kumari Singh. The couple is now parents to a two-year-old son.
2. Gaikwad of Baroda
In the 18th century, The Gaikwad, who originally came from Pune, ruled Vadodara, which was Baroda at the time. 52-year-old Samarjeet Singh Gaikwad heads the royal family of Baroda.
When he ascended the throne, he also inherited assets worth over Rs 20,000 crore.
Among all the royal families of India, there is the Lakshmi Vilas Palace in Gaikwad, Baroda, which is the largest private residence in the world.
If this was not enough, Samarjit Singh also followed several paintings by Raja Ravi Varma as well as acquired innumerable possessions like gold and silver jewelry.
He also manages the temple trust of 17 temples in Gujarat and Banaras. On top of that, he also built an individual 10 hole golf course in the palace.
Samarjeet Singh is a top player who represented his state in the Ranji Trophy. He tried to dabble in politics but has been inactive since 2017.
3. Bhosle’s house
If you live in Maharashtra, then you are well aware of the importance of Shivaji Maharaj and Chhatrapati.
Many people are not aware of the fact that the royal family of the great Swarajya king is scattered in various districts of the state that include Kolhapur, Satara, Nagpur, Mudhol, Sawantwadi, and Tanjore.
Some important heads of the family are scattered in these districts. Udayanraje of Satara is said to be the 13th Chhatrapati titleholder.
He is a recognized politician and is currently a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Recently, he had declared assets worth Rs 170 crore, which included five cars and various jewelry.
On the contrary, we also have Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, who comes from Kolhapur, and also claims to be the 13th descendant of Shivaji Maharaj.
He is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha and is also a member of the BJP.
4. Mewar Dynasty
Arvind Singh is one of the richest Indian royal families of the Mewar dynasty.
He is a descendant of Royal Maharana Pratap and now lives in Udaipur. The Royal Highness Arvind Singh is the head of the Mewar family.
He is the 76th Patron of the House of Mewar. Apart from being a nominal king, Arvind Singh is a very successful businessman.
He is the head of the HRH Group of Hotels, which has more than 10 hotel premises. He lives in the Udaipur City Palace with his wife Queen Vijayaraj.
A part of the palace is also open for tourists to explore. He has also given some palaces that still belong to the leased royal family, notably the Lake Palace as well as the Fateh Prakash Palace among others to manage the Taj Group of Hotels.
It is one of the famous names in the tourism and travel industry. He has also opened a museum of antique cars in the city and manages his father’s crystal collection.
They are among the richest royal families in India.
5. The Royal Family of Jaipur
Rajasthan is a vibrant state with a royal touch. His Majesty Bhavani Singh was the last pilgrimage head of Jaipur.
However, having no son, in his old age, Bhavani Singh adopted his daughter Dia Kumari’s son, Padmanabh Singh.
In 2011, the young prince Padmanabha became Maharaja of Jaipur.
He is a national level polo player and appears in magazines.
He is working to bring more awareness of the game today.
Rambagh palace is now run by taj hotels, the young king himself partnered with Airbnb. He loves to travel.
Under this new venture, A suite is placed in the Jaipur city palace where tourists can come, stay, and taste royal life.
All proceeds from this go to the foundation of Princess Dia Kumari.
According to the Times of India, the total wealth of this family is more than $ 2.8 billion.
6. Rathore of Jodhpur
The Rathore family once ruled the city of Jodhpur. His descendants still live here.
The palace boundary includes Mehrangarh Fort as well as the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the largest forts and largest private dwellings in the world.
Presently, Maharaja Gaj Singh lives in Umaid Bhawan Palace with his wife, two children.
A portion of the palace is open to tourists and the rest is managed by the Taj Group of Hotels, who run the space in partnership with the family.
It is one of the most sought after destinations for destination weddings in the country.
Actually, Priyanka Chopra tied her wedding knot with Nick Jonas in the same palace.
Maharaja Gaj Singh has not only served in a position as a member of the Rajya Sabha, but he has also served as the Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago a few years ago.
7. Nawabs of Pataudi
Last but not least is the Nawabs of Pataudi on the list. Pataudi’s chief and Saif’s father Mansoor Ali Khan were Pataudi.
He was a former cricketer and married actress Sharmila Tagore.
They had 3 children, who are celebrities of Bollywood and the fashion industry.
Saif also serves as the Nawab of Pataudi and owns the Pataudi Palace.
Saif is currently married to Kareena Kapoor Khan, with whom he is about to have a second child after Taimur.
His other two children, actress Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim, are from his former marriage to Amrita Singh.