Royal life is something really different from what we normal people live. It is full of palaces, hi-fi lifestyles, strict rules etc. But have you ever wondered if there are any such kings of Maharajas still living a royal life in this 21st century? Though not all of the royal families are leading the royal life, there are 7 such royal families that are still living the royal life in modern India.
Rana Sriji Arvind Singh Mewar is the 76th custodian of the Mewar dynasty. The family possesses heritage hotels, resorts and charitable institutions across Rajasthan and has a staff of 1,200 people working under them. The assets they own include Jag Mandir Island Palace on Lake Pichola.
The Wadiyar Dynasty has got its titular Maharaja who is a 23-year-old Yaduveera Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar. There are reports that the family owns assets that are worth Rs. 10,000 crore.
The Raja of Khetri is none other than the 16th scion of the royalty of Alsisar, Abhimanyu Singh. He owns a haveli in both Jaipur and Ranthambore.
Unlike other rajas who are converting Mahals into heritages, Yuvraj Mandhatasinh Jadeja of the royal family of Rajkot has invested nearly 100 crores in biofuel development and hydropower plants. He has also signed a contract with US Pizza to set up outlets across Gujarat.
Samarjitsinh Gaekwad was recently crowned as the Gaekwad of Baroda after which he inherited property worth over Rs. 20,000 crores. The property includes 2,000 acres of prime residential, commercial and industrial real estate, including 600 acres around the magnificent 187-room Laxmi Vilas Palace.
The Jodhpur royals own few forts and palaces and other than that they also own the world’s largest private residence - the Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur. Nevertheless, in partnership with the family, Taj Group manages the palace as a heritage hotel.
Princess Rajyashree Kumari is the current heir of Royal family of Bikaner. She is none other than the former shooter and Arjuna Award winner. She currently owns opulent palace and heritage hotel, Lalgarh Mahal. She is also working as a Chairperson of many charitable trusts in Rajasthan.
These are the 7 royal families that are still living the royal life in modern India.