The words Maharaja conjure up images of grandeur, palaces, Rolls Royces and a jet-setting lifestyle. But cut to the 21st century, you can't help but think that are the Royals still living an opulent life? Well, not all of them but a few are for sure.
Rana Sriji Arvind Singh Mewar is the 76th custodian of the Mewar dynasty. The family owns heritage hotels, resorts and charitable institutions across Rajasthan and has a collective staff of over 1,200 people to run them! This includes the beautiful Jag Mandir Island Palace on Lake Pichola.
The 16th scion of the royalty of Alsisar, Abhimanyu Singh is currently the head of the family and is otherwise known as the Raja of Khetri. Under the family name, he owns a haveli in Jaipur and in Ranthambore each. What’s more, he is also the co-sponsor of an annual EDM festival, Magnetic Fields! Talk about being royal and cool.
Apart from a few forts and palaces, the family owns the world’s largest private residence - the Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur. However, a part of the palace is managed by the Taj Group as a heritage hotel in partnership with the family. Shivraj Singh, the son of Maharaja Gaj Singh, is the current heir of the Royal Family of Jodhpur.
The current heir of the royal family is former shooter and Arjuna Award winner, Princess Rajyashree Kumari. At present, she is the Chairperson of many charitable trusts in Rajasthan and is also the owner of the opulent palace and heritage hotel, Lalgarh Mahal.