The words like Raja, Maharaja or Nawabs conjure up images of huge palaces, Rolls Royces and royal lifestyles. Though the era of Raja and Maharaja has passed there are still some royal families that still live in India.
Some of the royal families in India are:
The Mewar Dynasty: Rana Sriji Arvind Singh Mewar is the 76th successor of Mewar dynasty and the owner of many hotels, resorts and charitable trusts. The beautiful Jag Mandir Island Palace on Lake Pichola is also owned by the royal family of Mewar.
The Royal Family of Jodhpur: The royal family of Jodhpur owns few forts and palaces in Jodhpur. Apart from these, Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur is their residence which is the world’s largest private residence. Some part of Umaid Bhawan is now managed by Taj Group as Hotel in partnership with the royal family.
The Wadiyar family of Mysore: Wadhiyar family of Mysore is one of the royal families in India that has ruled for more than 500 years. 26- Years old Yaduveera Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar is the present Maharaja of Mysore. Till 2014, their net asset was worth Rs 10,000 crore.
These families still follow their royal cultures and manners which is reflected in their lifestyles. They have servants to cater services to them in a royal manner. This helps them to maintain the legacy of their royal families from one generation to another.
Not all the royal families are lucky
Along with these, there are few more royal families that are still living like the royals. However, there are some families which were ‘royal’ at some point of time but now suffering from poverty. Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad, descendants of Tipu Sultan, the former King of Tranvancore, Ziauddin Tucy-descendant of Bahadur Shah Zafar is some of the descendants who once belong to the royal families in India. Each of them has different stories which led them to live a life of the common people. Some descents even have to live on the mercy of others which shows their real miseries.