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The members of the Royal Scindia Dynasty of Gwalior were the prominent Indian rulers of this part for a long time. The Scindia dynasty was founded by Ranoji Scindia, son of Jankojirao Scindia, the Deshmukh of Kanherkhed, a village in Satara District, Maharashtra. The British used force to take over the state run by this family during the etc rule in 1800s. During their heyday, the rulers of Gwalior built beautiful buildings and fort.
Among them, Usha Kiran Palace is an attractive building. As the Indian government after independence, not only stopped giving doles (pension) to the ex-rulers, but also the privileges and rights as guaranteed by the Indian constitution . Consequently, many royal families had difficulty in maintaining their paraphernalia, high style of living, etc. Countless former Maharajahs, instead of keeping their palatial palace idle, converted part of it into heritage hotel.This way, they could make-up the lost income and to keep up their standard of living.
|Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia Smt. Priyadarshini |
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Built in 1902 as a home for visitors of Prince of Wales subsequently, the building was put to use for other purpose - the guest house of ruler Jivajirao Scindia where he brought Vijayarae Scindia after the marriage. The credit goes to Priyadarshini Raje Scindia,wife of Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, who transformed the Palace into a fine hotel without disturbing its heritage value. The hotel still retains the rosewood elevator (from1930) and two-blade ceiling fans and above all past glory and the pomp.