While the Indian monarchy was abolished in 1950, that didn’t mean the upper class maharajas that laid claim to the country’s many regal palaces just disappeared overnight. Far from it. While some of the country’s rich network of family dynasties have lost their fame and status over the years, others have transformed their ancestral assets and wealth into blossoming businesses, managing to stay relevant and live luxuriously. The Mewar dynasty Probably one of the most notable royal families in Indian history, the Mewar dynasty has seen great kings like Maharana Pratap. Today, its lineage continues with 76th custodian Arvind Singh Mewar, who currently lives in the City Palace, Udaipur, with his family. Besides being a nominal king, Arvind Singh is also a successful businessman. He is the head of HRH Group of Hotels, India’s largest chain of heritage palace-hotels that has around 10 addresses under its portfolio. The next successor to the dynasty, Arvind Singh’s son, Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, is following in the footsteps of his father. The young prince restored the Jagmandir Island Palace in 2019, the latest addition to the HRH Group of Hotels. A rare glimpse inside Ambani brothers Jai Anmol and Jai Anshul’s family life The royal family of Jaipur Bhawani Singh was the last titular head of Jaipur. He then adopted his grandson Padmanabh Singh as his successor. In 2011, Padmanabh became the maharaja of Jaipur at the young age of 13 . Since then, the king has been making headlines as an accomplished polo player, an avid traveller and a runway model, and even appearing on magazine covers across the world. The young royal doesn’t take his title lightly, either, as he has been working with his mother, Princess Diya Kumari, on a non-profit empowering women in Rajasthan. The young king controls a fortune of between US$697 million and US$2.8 billion, according to Business Insider. Some of his notable business contributions include giving Rambagh Palace to Taj Hotels to run, and being one of the first few royals to work with Airbnb. He has listed a suite in his palace to rent – tourists can come, stay and get a taste of the royal life for a mere US$8,000 a night. The Ambanis, reunited: their first public gathering of 2021 The Rathores of Jodhpur View this post on Instagram A post shared by HH Maharaja Gaj Singhji (@jodhpur_maharaja) The descendants of the Rathore family that once ruled Jodhpur, Gaj Singh and his family still stay in the world’s sixth-largest private residence, Umaid Bhawan Palace. The iconic 10-hectare (26-acre) residence hosted the famous #NickYanka ( Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra ) wedding. A part of the property is open to tourists, while the rest is managed by the Taj Group of Hotels. After the monarchy was abolished in India, Gaj Singh served as the Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. Upon his return, he founded the Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls’ Public school, an ode to his mother, whose dream was to build a prestigious English school for girls. He has also served in the Rajya Sabha, or Upper House of Indian parliament. The nabobs of Pataudi A list of Indian royals isn’t complete without the Pataudi clan. The nabobs ruled the kingdom of the Pataudi back in the day, and continue to stay in the limelight. The former nabob, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, is also known as Tiger Pataudi. He was a cricketer and the former captain of the Indian cricket team. He then married actress Sharmila Tagore and the couple had three children. In 2011, their son, Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, was anointed the 10th nabob of Pataudi. Since then, he has managed his father’s estate, which includes the grand Pataudi Palace. Shah Rukh Khan’s crazy rich life, from private island villas to vanity vans The royal family of Rajkot While most royal households have opted to turn their palaces into heritage hotels, the royal family of Rajkot took a different route. Led by Yuvraj Mandhatasinh Jadeja, the family forayed into hydropower plants and biofuel developments. The Jadejas live in the Ranjit Vilas Palace and are planning to restore the old palace of the royal family, Durbargadh. Plans of converting the ancestral palace into a museum that will display vintage cars and buggies have been set since January 2020, according to The Indian Express. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .