10 surviving Indian royal families who still live like majesty

You are well familiar with the surviving Indian royal families like Nehru-Gandhi family, Tata and Birla family.

Apart from these families, there were other royal families in British colonial India.  They would use different titles such as Nijam, Prince, Begum, Maharaja and so on.

It is not a hidden fact that they were supreme rulers of their princely state and had unbound assets.

Do you know descendants of these Indian royal families survive in independent India, too?

Most of the surviving Indian royal families are great politicians or businessmen and leading a luxurious life.

They reside in the royal and grand palace likewise you have read about Indian monarch.

Though the Indian government has abolished the special status and title of royal families through the 26th amendment act, 1971.

But the interesting fact is that the local residents, have great respect for them and even today, call their heirs with their previous titles.

Now, you would be curious to know about those surviving royal families.  So let’s have a glance at them.


1. Surviving families of Mewar dynasty


You have studied the great Mewar kingdom of Rajasthan.  Maharana Pratap and Rana Sanga were the great kings of this dynasty.

You would be surprised to learn that the descendant of this kingdom is still surviving.

Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur is a big name in the Indian business.  He is the Chairman and Managing Director of HRH Group of Hotels which was established by his father in 1963.


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The royal prince claims himself to be the 76th custodian of House of Mewar.  He is not only a famous businessman but also a keen sportsman and has an interest in cricket and polo.

Arvind Singh’s family comprises his wife Vijayraj, Princess of Kutch, Gujrat and three children.

He has a hotel in Udaipur namely Shikarbadi Hotel which he aspires to develop an airport and sports club too.

Another interesting fact is that Arvind Singh has the eldest brother Mahendra Singh Mewar who is an Indian politician and has been a Member of Parliament from Chittorgarh.


2. The existing family of Gaekwads


The Gaekwards originally came from Pune.  This dynasty ruled the state of Baroda from 1721 till 1947.  Along with Maratha rulers, they also fought the British in the first Anglo Maratha War.

Damaji Rao and Maharaja Saiji Rao were some of Gaekwad rulers.

So you must be curious to know the existing family of Gaekwads.

Well! Samarjit Singh Gaekwad is the current head of the Gaekwad dynasty.

After the death of his father, he became the successor to the throne and crowned Maharaja in a traditional ceremony at Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodra in 2012.


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Now talking about his wealth, he got legal inheritance worth more than Rs 20,000 crores.

Not only this, but he also secured ownership of Laxmi Vilas Palace which is the largest private residence in India.

More than 600 acres of real estate including Moti Bagh Stadium and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum became the part of his inherited property.

Feeling jealousy!  But, this is not the end.  He also inherited several paintings of Raja Ravi Verma and royal jewellery of gold and silver.

He also obtained the control of 17 temples situated in Gujrat and Banaras of Uttar Pradesh state.

Having an interest in cricket and golf, he played Ranji Trophy for Baroda and built a 10-hole golf course at the Laxmi Vilas complex.


3. Descendants of Wadiyar dynasty


Wadiyar dynasty is also known as the Mysore Kingdom.  Maharaja of Mysore ruled in India between 1399 and 1947.

You must have heard about Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, the great rulers of Mysore.

Now talking about the surviving member of the Mysore Kingdom, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Charmraja Wadiyar is the present custodian of the ruling family of Mysore Kingdom.


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He obtained an undergraduate degree in English literature and economics from the University of Massachusetts, America.

Krishnadatta Charmraja lives in Bangalore with his wife Trishikha Kumari who belongs to the Dungarpur royal family of Rajasthan and both have a son.

The 27th head of the royal family of Mysore Kingdom, Krishnadatta Charmraja is a successful celebrity and is said to have the net worth of ten thousand crores.


4. The royal family of Jodhpur


Jodhpur state was a part of the Marwar Kingdom.  The Rathore kings ruled on Jodhpur state.  Uday Singh and Man Singh were the prominent rulers of Jodhpur.

Now talking about the present heir, then Gaj Singh is the descendant of the royal family of Jodhpur.

He has served as a Member of Indian Rajya Sabha and High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago.



Gaj Singh lives with his wife Hemlata Rajye and two sons in Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace which is one of the largest private residents of the world.

The Taj Group of Hotels, in partnership with the family, manages some part of the Umaid Bhawan.  So, this family is also among one of the richest royal families in India.


5. Nawab of Pataudi


The story of Indian royal families will be incomplete if we not talk about the Nawab of Pataudi.

The British East India Company established Pataudi state as a part of Delhi territory in 1804 and the first Nawab helped the company against the Maratha Empire in the Second Anglo Maratha War.

The Nawab family was originally from Afghanistan.  The last Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan was a big cricketer who also captained the Indian cricket team.


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He married the famous Indian film actress Sharmila Tagore and had three children out of them; Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan are Bollywood celebrities.

Saif Ali Khan got Pataudi Palace as ancestral property.  Situated in Gurgaon of Haryana state, the palace values nearly Rs 800 crores.

Saif Ali Khan tied the knot with Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor and it is said that the combined net worth of the duo is about $ 100 million.


6. Surviving Royal family of Jaipur


Jaipur, also famous as Amber, was the wealthiest Rajputana state of India.  Its rulers were General in the army of Prithwiraj Chauhan and Rana Sanga.

The rulers of Amber had also a marital relationship with the Mughal dynasty.

Now talking about the existing member of the royal family of Jaipur, Padmnabh Singh is the prime member of this royal family.  He became the monarch of Jaipur city just at the age of 18.

Padmnabh Singh has a keen interest in playing Polo and has been a member of Guards Polo Club, England.  He also loves travelling to different countries in the world.


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He is considered the youngest billionaire of India and according to the Business Insider, the wealth of this royal family is about $ 697 million to $ 2.8 billion.


7. Surviving Royal family of Alsisar


Alsisar is a small town in Rajasthan state and is famous for its several Havelis.  The Shekhawat dynasty ruled the princely state of Khetri of which Raja Ajit Singh Bahadur was one of the rulers.

He was a friend of Swami Vivekanand.  Furthermore, he not only provided financial help to Vivekanand but also encouraged him to participate in the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago.

Presently Abhimanyu Singh is the head of the Royal family of Khetri.  Being a luxury hotelier, he owns a haveli in Jaipur and Ranthambore.  Besides, he is also the co-sponsor of the annual EDM festival, Magnetic Fields.


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He is famous as Raja of Khetri in his area.  As ancestral properties, he has Jaipur Haveli and a palace in Ranthambore.

8. The Royal family of Rajkot


Rajkot, being the fourth largest city of Gujrat, was once the princely state in British India.  The rules of Rajkot used the title “Thakur Sahib”.  Rajkot was established by Vibhoji Ajoji Jadeja in 1620.

The Rajkot rulers were in the services of the Governor-General of British India.

At present, Yuvraj Mandhatasinh is the head of the royal family of Rajkot.  The family has invested about 100 crores in hydropower plants and bio-fuel development.

Besides this, Yuvraj Mandhatasinh has a great plan to establish 20 outlets in Gujrat and for that, he has tied up with US Pizza.


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Further to say, this royal family has invested nearly 25 crores to renovate his ancestral properties in Rajkot.  So, no doubt, he is also among one of the richest Indian royal families.

9. The royal family of Bikaner


Like Rajkot, Bikaner of Rajasthan was also the princely state of British India and was founded by Rathor clan Bika Rao in 1498.  The rulers of Bikaner served as military commanders in various Mughal battles.

Rajyashree Kumari is the descendant of the royal family of Bikaner.  She is the recipient of the Arjuna Award is shooting.


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She owns Lalgarh Palace which is a heritage hotel in Bikaner.  Moreover, she also holds the post of chairperson of the Maharaja Ganga Singhji Trust and runs many charitable trusts in Bikaner.


10. The surviving family of Bhosale


Bhosales were warrior group of Maratha Empire among which Chhatrapati Shivaji was a great ruler who weakened the Mughal dynasty.

The descendants of Shivaji Maharaj live in various districts of Maharashtra such as Satara, Kolhapur, Nagpur and Tanjore.

Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje Bhosale is the 13th descendant of the Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj.  He is a member of Rajya Sabha, nominated by the President, Pranab Mukherjee.


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Another heir to Chhatrapati Shivaji is Udayranje Bhosale who is an Indian politician.  He is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra.  He has also been an MLA and Minister for Revenue in Maharashtra government.

You can also include both of them in the royal Indian families as they are living a life full of wealth and comfort.

So these are the surviving royal Indian families who live like king and queen just like they existed in pre-independence India.

Please give your feedback if you liked the article.  Also, if you have more information about royal Indian families, please let us know through your comments.

Note: We do not claim any fact here and all the information given here are merely based on our web-research.  There is no historical evidence for this.


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