The 7 Great Gatsby Mansions of India

Here’s a list of what I think would suit Jay Gatsby, if he happened to find his Daisy in India. Off course we have taken care of Nick Carraway’s budget if you are thinking about that and have included the links to MyIndianStay’s beautiful selection of stays at these locations.

1. Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) Udaipur.

It was built in 1743-1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II (62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar) of Udaipur, Rajasthan as a royal summer palace and was initially called Jagat niwas or Jag Niwas after its founder. The Maharana, ruler of Udaipur from 1628 to 1654, was very friendly with Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and encouraged his craftsmen to copy some of the glories of his incomparable buildings at Agra. The palace was constructed facing east, allowing its inhabitants to pray to the Sun god at the crack of dawn.The successive rulers used this cool haven as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains and garden.

(If Gatsby had made this as his abode, the lily pond at the lake palace would be the epicenter of Gatsby’s great parties.)

For humble options for stay in Udaipur at strategic locations as Nick Carraway’s check these options: http://myindianstay.com/search?city=Udaipur&state=Rajasthan

2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace, located at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj HOTELS. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owners of the palace, this monument has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family.

Umaid Bhawan Palace was called Chittar Palace during its construction due to its location on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur. Ground for the foundations of the building was broken on 18 November 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh and the construction work was completed in 1943. The Palace was built to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine.

Nick Carraway would have stayed near the Fort of Jodhpur, Check out your stay in Jodhpur here: http://myindianstay.com/search?city=Jodhpur&state=Rajasthan

3. The Amba Vilas Palace, Mysore

Amba Vilas Palace (also known as Mysore Palace) is situated in the city of Mysore in southern India. It is the official residence of the Wodeyars – the erstwhile royal family of Mysore that ruled the princely state of Mysore for over seven centuries, and also houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court). The current palace construction was commissioned in 1897, and it was completed in 1912 and expanded later around 1940.

Stuff which might have attracted Jay Gatsby to lure Daisy:

Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion)
Entry to the palace is through the Gombe Thotti or the Doll’s Pavilion, a gallery of traditional dolls from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The pavilion also houses a fine collection of Indian and European sculpture and ceremonial objects like a wooden elephant howdah (frame to carry passengers) decorated with 84 kilograms of GOLD.

Kalyana Mantapa
The Kalyana Mantapa or marriage hall is a grand octagonal-shaped pavilion with a multi-hued stained glass ceiling with peacock motifs arranged in geometrical patterns. The floor of the Mantapa continues the peacock theme with a peacock mosaic, designed with tiles from England. OIL paintings, illustrating the royal procession and Dasara celebrations of bygone years, make the walls more splendid.

If you are looking to stay in Mysore in a bit humble way compared to millionaire Jay Gatsby Check out these options here: http://myindianstay.com/search?city=Mysuru&state=Karnataka

4. Lakshmi Vilas, Baroda, Gujrat

Lakshmi Vilas Palace, an extravagant building of the Indo-Saracenic school, was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling.

Its ornate Darbar Hall, which is sometimes the venue of music concerts and other cultural events, has a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgium stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations. Outside of the Darbar Hall is an Italinate courtyard of water fountains. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici. The grounds were landscaped by William Goldring, a specialist from Kew Gardens.built till date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace. At the time of construction it boasted the most modern amenities such as elevators and the interior is reminiscent of a large European country house. It remains the residence of the Royal Family, who continue to be held in high esteem by the residents of Baroda.

5. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, located 5 miles (8.0 km) outside of the walls of the city of Jaipur on Bhawani Singh RoadBuilt in 1835 on a modest scale for the queen’s favourite handmaiden Kesar Badaran, and later refurbished as a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, the mansion was renamed Rambagh, after the then reigning Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. In 1925, RAMBAGH PALACE became the PERMANENT RESIDENCE of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The pride of the palace was the sprawling garden that featured in Peter Coat’s ‘Most Beautiful Gardens of the World’. 1925 is the year when Scott fitzgerald had finished writing “The Great Gatsby”.

Fun Fact: Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II was a great polo player and his wife, Maharani Gayatri Devi was named the most beautiful woman in the world by Vogue magazine. (After thought: they match the description of Polo player Tom and Beautiful Daisy from the Novel)

If you are looking to make new friends as Nick Carraway in the beautiful city of Jaipur, check out these nice places to stay in Jaipur : http://myindianstay.com/search?city=Jaipur&state=Rajasthan

6. Falakunama Palace, Hyderabad

Falakunama means “Mirror Of Sky”, (now that would have surly lured Daisy Buchanan). An English architect designed this palace. The foundation for the construction was laid by H.E. Sir Vicar Ul Umra Bahadur on March 3, 1884. The palace was built in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings in the north. The middle part is occupied by the main building and the kitchen, Gol Bangla, Zenana Mehal, and harem quarters stretch to the south. The Nawab was an avid traveler, and his influences show in the architecture.

The Falaknuma palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. Its stained glass windows throw a spectrum of colour into the rooms. The famed dining hall could seat 100

guests at its table (Though impressive but it would not be enough for the type of parties Gatsby is used to throw for New Yorkers). The chairs were made of carved rosewood with green leather upholstery. The tableware was made of GOLD and crystal to which fluted music was added. The length of the table is 108 feet, and breadth is 5.7 feet and height is 2.7 feet.

Fun Fact: The Falaknuma Palace has the largest collection of Venetian chandeliers. It is said that it took six months to clean a 138-arm Osler chandelier and the palace has 40 such chandeliers adorning the halls. (Now that’s something which is bound to impress Daisy from “The Great Gatsby”).

7. Gulab Bhavan, Srinagar

Gulab Bhavan is a palace in Srinagar, India. The palace is a former residence of the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir from the Dogra Dynasty. The palace lies in the eastern part of the city and overlooks the Dal lake. The palace was built in 1910 by Maharaja Pratap Singh and has been further decorated by his successor, Maharaja Hari Singh. The Palace still has the Chinar tree where Gandhiji once had a conversation with the Maharaja Hari Singh. It was his interest in architecture that Maharaja Hari Singh designed the Palace himself and decorated it with best of furniture, upholstery, fittings, paintings from local artisans, ethnic carpets and handicrafts.

(What could be a better way for Jay Gatsby to impress Daisy by bringing her to Srinagar, one of the most beautifuly romantic places in the world. And yes we understand Gulab bhawan is not for everyone but you can still experience the beauty of Srinagar with these incredible options to stay in Srinagar : http://myindianstay.com/search?city=Srinagar )

Thats all from my side, it would be great if you could help suggest more incredible places in the coments section to see and may be to have a Great Gatsby Party there :-)

Have a Great day !!



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