If Rajasthan is India' s land of kings, then Gujarat is the 'land of a 100 kingdoms' and Gujarat had some richest princely states in India. Property owners of Rajasthan may soon face serious competition from Gujarat, which has also seen a spurt in renovations.
The Palace - Wankaner
After ruling for several centuries from a less imposing city palace, the Maharajahs of Wankaner erected the awe-inspiring Ranjit Vilas Palace, an impressive three storied building in the unique blend of Venetian, Gothic, Rajput and Islamic styles with arches, domed minarets and clock tower.
Balaram Palace Resort - Palanpur
An interesting stopover between Ahmedabad and Mount Abu is the Balaram Palace, which is certainly one of the most exciting renovations in Gujarat. This was the former forest palace of the Lohani Nawab family, who ruled Jalore for nearly 14 generations from the late 14th century onwards.
The Palace - Utelia
Around 150 kilometers from Baroda, 78 kilometers from Ahmedabad and en route to Bhavnagar, the Palace Utelia is a grandiose turn-of-the-century haveli (mansion), which is specially imposing when compared to the hutments that crowd its high walls.
Riverside Palace & Orchard - Gondal
The Riverside Palace of Gondal is more a mansion than a palace, but nevertheless a very attractive building, erected beside the River Gondali in 1875 for Bhojrasinghji, who was the crown prince at that time, and one of the last official Maharajas of Gondal State.
Nilambagh Palace Hotel - Bhavnagar
One hundred and twenty kilometers from Utelia lies the princely port city of Bhavnagar which was founded in 1723 by Bhavsinghji, a descendant of the Gohil Rajputs who came to Saurashtra from Marwar in the 12th century and founded a princely state at Ghogha port.