Umaid Bhawan Palace
The Umaid Bhawan Palace was actually built to serve a humanitarian purpose of providing employment to the residents of Jodhpur at the time of famine. The palace was initially named Chittar Palace due to the use of chittar stones for its construction.
Regality runs through the veins of Rajasthan. A fragrance of flamboyant royalty pervades through the air that lures not only the residents, but also people from every nook and corner of the world. There was a unique flavor of extravagancy in the lifestyle of the kings of the yesteryears. The thought delves us into an imagination of what their life was like, even after so many years. But guess what!! You can experience it first-hand when you have Royal Rajasthan to solidify your dreams.
Majestically flaunting its architectural beauty and grandeur, the UmaidBhawan Palace, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is one of the world’s largest private residences. The gargantuan palace houses 347 rooms and is the abode of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. The palace was named after the then king of Jodhpur and the grandfather of the present owners. The beauty of the palace enticed investors and business groups so well that a part of the hotel is now maintained by the Taj group.
The palace is unquestionably one of most exotic destinations of Jodhpur and it is one landmark which should definitely feature in your tour plan.
Udaipur City Palace
Get ready to be struck with awe as we take you on a ride to one of the most magnificent and flamboyant destinations of Udaipur – Udaipur City Palace. Showcasing a marvelous fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani styles of architecture, the City Palace stands as an epitome of the finest and exquisite structural work, depicting the extravagant lifestyle of the kings of the yesteryears. The palace came to final completion after almost 400 years of work, which were commissioned under several kings.
The City Palace was built with the establishment of Udaipur city by Maharana Udai Singh and his successors after a long period of almost 400 years. The gargantuan palace is the largest royal complex in Rajasthan, providing a panoramic view of the entire city and its surroundings.
Legends state a fascinating anecdote that narrates the circumstances that led to the selection of site for the palace. Maharana Udai Singh met a hermit on his hunting trails who advised him to build a palace at that very spot and that is where the palace complex was established. The palace is adorned by a number of magnificent structures built in the vicinity of the palace. Some of them are the Suraj Gokhda, the Mor-Chowk, the Dilkhush Mahal (heart’s delight), the Surya Chopar, the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of glass and mirrors), the Moti Mahal (Palace of Pearls), the Krishna Vilas (named after Lord Krishna), Shambu Niwas (royal residence now), the Bhim Vilas, the Amar Vilas (with a raised garden) that faces the Badi Mahal (the big palace), the Fateprakash Palace and the Shiv Niwas Palace (the latest addition to the complex).
A number of gates or colloquially called ‘Pols’ provide entrance to the palace which are towards the east of Udaipur city. The main entry to the palace is facilitated by the ‘Bara Pol’ which leads to the courtyard from where one can witness the ‘Tripola Pol’, which provides the Northern entrance. Eight marble arches are created between these two Pols, which were used by the Kings to weigh enormous amounts of gold, silver and other precious metals. The arches offers a grand look to the interior of the palace. The architecture of the palace is such that it enchants any tourist who pays a visit to this exquisite palace. The unique aspect of the architecture of City Palace is that it is a conglomeration or blend of many architectural styles, namely Chinese, Rajasthani, Mughal and Medieval styles. The interiors of the palace also flaunt jaw-dropping works of art like delicate glass works, murals, marble work, silver works and much more.
It is pretty much obvious that such destinations of magnificent splendor and beauty lure the creative geniuses and hence, the palace became a perfect location for filming certain scenes of James Bond movie, “Octopussy”. The City Palace is definitely a wondrous destination, providing the best and most congenial atmosphere to drench yourself in the tradition, colour and culture of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan- adorned in the golden desert sand which glitters under the bright radiant sun, this state of great magnanimity perhaps nurtures the best convivial atmosphere any place can boast about. If there is the burning heat of the desert to dry you up, there also exists the soothing breeze and solace of the mountains to rejuvenate your senses.
Set amidst a lush green backdrop, the SukhMahal Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in the year 1773 and serves as a magnificent spot to quench the thirst for peace and solace in the cocoon of nature. A spectacular summer place, the palace is located at a beautiful spot in the Aravalli Ranges, which adds natural fervor to the enchanting beauty of the palace.
An extract can never suffice to depict the essence of this fabulous destination. Grab your travel packs and check it out for yourself !
Inside the marvellously built Amber Fort of Rajasthan,is another epitome of architectural perfection, the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) or Jai Mandir. The mirror mosaic creates an aura of royalty and aesthetic feeling which allows us a glimpse at the love for splendid artwork during the time of its rulers. The reflection of flame is so absorbed by the tiny mirrors all over the ceilings and walls of the palace that it seems like thousand stars aglow.
The Maharaja used the hall to meet special guests. It was constructed keeping in mind the desire of aesthetic beauty, bright light and a unique idea of keeping an eye on the guests moves as reflected in the multi-mirrors. Over the years it has become a principal tourist attraction spot. The beautiful patterns on the walls awestruck its visitors. The glittering convex mirrors and coloured foil gives an impression which has been capable of rendering attention.
Sheesh Mahal is a palace worth visiting,holding glory worth revisiting!
Rani Padmini Palace
“Who is more beautiful, I or Padmavati?, Queen Nagamati asks to her new parrot, and it gives a displeasing reply…”(Padmavati) Rani Padmini.
Rani Padmini palace, situated inside the Chittorgarh fort, leaves behind the tincture of beauty, valour, sacrifice, honour, manoeuvre and tragedy of the past. Padmini was the second wife of the brave and noble king of Mewar, Rawal Ratan Singh and the daughter of Sinhala king Gandharvasen. Her unrivalled beauty was augmented by her preference of death to abduction and dishonour during the historic siege of Chittor in 1303 AD, by the Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji. Perched on a 180metre high hill, covering 700 acres and surrounded by 13 kilometres of battlement, the massive Chittorgarh fort holds a white, three storied palace that overlooks a pleasant lotus pool. Pavilions crown the palace roofs and a water moat delightfully surrounds it. Later the bronze gates to this pavilion were removed and transported to Agra by Akbar.
Ratan Singh was a patron of art. History traces the claims of a musician of his court named Raghav Chetan being a sorcerer and the incident of his banishment from the kingdom. This musician maliciously carried the word of Padmini’s beauty to Alauddin Khilji who was roused to covetousness. It is said that Khilji tricked Ratan Singh as a friend and demanded to see Padmini. But as per the erstwhile Rajput custom, women kept distance from unknown people. Ratan Singh however allowed Khilji to get a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall of Padmini Mahal. Her reflection so overwhelmed him that he frantically wanted to make her an adornment of his harem. This resulted to a number of intrigues and the final storming of Chittorgarh fort. The self immolation (Jauhar) conducted by the beautiful queen Padmini in order to save her moral integrity define her as a valiant queen who ever breathed in the land of Rajasthan, and in the whole of India. As an aftermath, Alauddin Khilji killed thirty thousand Hindus in revenge and entrusted the fort to his son Khizr Khan.
The marvellous architectural style of this palace and its picturesque surrounding act as a forerunner of the later palaces built in the midst of water. Padmini, the epitome of beauty resided in this palace, which makes it historically significant. Today a famous tourist spot of Rajasthan, Rani Padmini Palace stands as a feminine structure engulfed by a cascade of water, which at one point of time might have reflected the grace and gallant, the strength and spruce of the queen. Chittorgarh has a number of episodes imprinted in the pages of history. Why not unleash them far better by paying a visit to this place?
Rana Kumbha Palace
Replete with historic associations, Rana Kumbha Palace near the Vijay Stambh of Chittorgarh is a famous monument of Rajasthan. Walking through the spooky ambiance of the ruined Mahal, endowed with windows looking down from dark chambers and numerous doorways, you are reminded of the piercing cry of Rani Padmini and other women who committed Jauhar (self-immolation) in the underground cellars of the palace. This supreme heroic act of the Rajputani queen left Alauddin Khilji to find her bones and ashes instead of his prized possession Padmini after Chittor fell to the Emperor in 1303 AD.
The palace gets its name from Rana Kumbha(1433-68),the son of Rana Mokal. He was a versatile man, a brilliant poet, and a musician. He was a patron of the arts to rival Lorenzo de’ Medici, and he made Chittorgarh a dazzling cultural centre whose fame spread across Hindustan. This 15th century palace is also the birthplace of Maharana Udai Singh, the founder of Udaipur. History tells us that Rana Udai Singh’s life was saved by the selfless act of his maid Panna Dai, who forsake her own son to death in order to save the prince from Banbir. Udai Singh was carried to safety in a fruit basket while her son was callously killed by the enemy.
The palace can be entered through the imposing Badipol and also through the modest Tripolia gate both being gateways to the east. Inside the palace complex is a Ganesh temple, a Zenana( living quater for women), a water reservoir, beautiful balconies, and stables of elephant and horses. Although in a dilapidated condition, the palace marks the prosperity of Rajput architecture.
Meera Bai, the Hindu mystic poet and devotee of Lord Krishna was wedded to Rana Kumbha(Bhojraj) in 1513 before she turned 14. Her divine intent clashed with her marial responsibility from time to time and thereby her in-laws trapped her in scandals and tortures. Her worldly renunciation and fidelity to Lord Krishna echo in her compositions. Rana Kumbha Palace incorporates the palace of poetess Meera Bai . There is a museum and archaeological office across the palace at present.
As an embodiment of both strength and devotion, Rana Kumbha Palace embraces two contradicting essence at its best. Get closer to this palace and listen to the murmurs of the edifice which has seen the burning pyre consuming the brave queen Padmini and also heard the songs of Meera Bai in her ecstatic delightful trance. Valour and faith coincides and makes this palace worth mentioning in the pages of history.
Landscapes have always played a dominant role in luring tourists to visit Rajasthan. The lakes, forts, palaces and temples- all add up to the epicurean pleasure of visiting Royal Rajasthan. Every district, every city and infact, every nook and corner has something wonderful to present and cherish. When it comes to Bundi, another attraction that adorns the district is the Phool Mahal. Also known as Phool Sagar Palace, the palace stands near the Phool Sagar Lake and the view that it offers-words do not suffice and adjectives pollute it.
The small and enticing lake and Phool Mahal on its banks- one cannot hope for anything better. The palace showcases modern form of architecture, flaunting its beautiful and intricate structural designs. The palace is the residence of the present ruler. It also displays some beautiful and exquisite artworks by Italian prisoners.
The beautification process did not end just after construction of the palace. It was garnished with spectacular gardens in its vicinity. That makes the aura of Phool Mahal ethereal and divine.
Lalgarh Palace limns the true regality of Rajasthan in colours of grandeur, exquisiteness and vivacity. The architectural beauty of this palaces osculates surrealism and perfection, adorned by a protean backdrop.
Located in the region ornated with diverse and colourful habiliment of culture, Bikaner, this diacritic palace was gifted as another feather in the heritage cap of India by Maharaja of Bikaner, Sir Ganga Singh, somewhere in the early 1900s.
The palace beautifully presents a fusion of a myriad of architectural styles of various countries and regions. It can be classified as a combination of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. The palace derives its name from Maharaja Lall Singh,(father of Maharaja Ganga Singh), an stands as a magnificent landmark to commemorate the legacy of the then king.
The palace plays host to a number of cupolas, pavilions, a gargantuan dining hall and many more. Beautifully crafted in red sandstone, the construction and completion of the palace amounted to a staggering sum of a million rupees, due to the highly intricate and skifully crafted designs.
The palace is not the only instrument of mystification for the tourists. The palace houses the fourth largest private library in the world, the Shri Sadul Museum and also the Lalgarh Palace hotel.
The palace is certain to prove itself as a must visit site in a vivacious tour to regal Rajasthan.
Udaipur- a magnificent town flaunting its natural and man-made beauty that instills awe in any soul which visits this place. The regal stature is clearly reflected in the extravagant lifestyle of the then kings and the spectacular forts and palaces glisten like sparkling diamonds. On your visit to this city of great architectural beauty and culture, one destination is sure to be your abode for the stay- The Lake Palace.
Described as the most romantic hotel in India and the world, the Lake Palace is sure to serve you and your loved ones in a befitting manner. Majestically rising over the Jag NiwasIsland on Lake Pichola, the luxury hotel, consisting of 83 rooms and suites, was built in 1743-1746 as a royal summer place for the kings. The palace is exquisitely decorated in white marble which gives it an enticing look amidst a picturesque backdrop. Not only that, the palace is ornamentally adorned with niches and arabesques of different colours. The palace, initially called Jag Niwas Palace, was starting to fall down and hence it became imperative to transform the palace into a luxurious hotel. And the job was exceptionally completed by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in 1971.
The palace lured many television as well as film directors who filmed their projects in the backdrop and the surroundings of the Lake palace. Some of the well-known Bollywood movies are YehJawaani Hai Deewani and Yaadein. The essence and allure of the palace even invited the greatest spy ever, James Bond, whose movie’s ( Octopussy) certain parts were shot right here.
The splendor and aura of Lake Palace cannot be summed up using a few adjectives. Only a first hand experience can familiarize you with this sumptuous reality.
Surrounded by the Aravalli hills, Jal Mahal, a soothing retreat of summer, was built and restored by the Rajput kings, over the years of their reign. This palace is a five storied sandstone structure, with four floors often submerged, and the topmost showing, in the midst of Man Sagar Lake.
The architectural style is the mainstream Rajput and Mughal blend, common to Rajasthan. But the intricate technique of an underwater palace, to secure the queens from attacks of heat and enemy as well, is praiseworthy. In the past, the lake was a hub of diverse migratory birds, but increasing habitation has led to its decline and now only grey heron, blue tailed bee-eaters, and white-browed wagtail can be watched. Often called the ‘Water Palace’, this Mahal can be reached by taking a ride on boats, hearing the swaps of the oars, and the songs of the boatmen.
The terrace is made into a garden, which is a remarkable add-on to the exquisite tranquillity. Certain renovation of the structure makes the Government of Rajasthan seal entry to the palace, but proper check over the beautiful Mahal have been made and so is the ecological concerns of the lake taken into consideration. Where on one hand, the day light view of the palace convinces the tourist with aquatic attraction and architectural styles, on the other hand, the distant night view lures with its gleaming glory amid the dark ripples.
Jaipur City Palace
In the heart of the Jaipur City dwells a rich palace complex called the City Palace, with its marvellous art and architecture, showcasing the glory of the rulers of Rajasthan. Built between 1729 and 1732, this palace owes its construction to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, who initiated its formation and two chief architects namely Vidyadar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. Virendra Pol, Udai Pol near Jaleb Chowk and the Tripolia Gate are the entry gates to this palace, a larger portion of which is now turned into a museum, apart from the residence of the descendents of the former royal family. The palace comprises of courtyards, gardens, temples and buildings with a remarkable fusion of Shilpa Shastra of Indian Architecture with Mughal and European styles of architecture.
The City Palace comprises of the auspicious palace named the Mubarak Mahal, which was built by Maharaja Madho Singh II as a reception centre. It is now a centre of attraction of the tourist because of the display of variety of textiles, especially the royal costumes. Chandra Niwas or Chandra Mahal in the west end of City Palace is a seven storeyed building, which has some very unique paintings. It also consist the residence of the royal family. On top of Chandra Mahal flutters the flag of the royal family which is unfurled when the maharaja is in the palace. But when he is away, the queen’s flag is hoisted.
The other sections include Diwan-I-Khas which is the private audience hall of the king, and at present has put to display the famous Ganges-water-urns which is two huge sterling vessels of the former Maharajas. Diwan-I-Aam is the hall of public audience, in Mubarak Mahal courtyard, which is now an art gallery with immaculate ceiling murals. City Palace also comprises the Pitam Niwas Chowk , the inner courtyard, which has four small gates representing four seasons and four Hindu gods Vishnu, Shiv-Parvati, Ganesha, and Goddess Devi. In the Maharani Palace, the erstwhile residence of royal queens, various weapons of war are exhibited. The Baggi Khana in the palace still has the old carriages, palanquins, and European cabs preserved. There is also a temple in the palace, dedicated to Krishna, which was built in the 18th century.
Opened from Monday to Sunday, 10 Am to 5 Pm (closed on Holi/Diwali and selected holidays), the City Palace unwraps to its visitors an inspiration of interior designing and exquisite and deft artwork. It is time to explore. The heritage site awaits you. Bring home an experience of royalty!
Jag Mandir Palace
Jag Mandir, also known as the ‘Lake Garden Palace’, was constructed on a natural island in the Pichola Lake in Udaipur, under the initiative of Maharana Amar Singh, continued by Maharana Karan Singh and completed by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1551. The fusion of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles tells us about the refuge of Prince Khurram (later known as the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan) in the palace under Mewar`s protection during 1623-1624.
It was at this time that the palace was known as the Gul Mahal. After the death of Maharana Karan Singh, Jagat Singh became the king and successfully made addition to it, thereby naming it after himself. This palace was used as a summer resort and for auspicious occasions by the Mewar royalty. The towers of the palace at the corners are octagonal in shape and are topped with cupolas. The entry pavilion with sculptured elephants, the reception hall, the Palace of the Crown Prince, the residence of royal ladies, the Palace of the Twelve Stones, the open sided terrace called Darikhana, and the courtyards, reveal the glory of the land.
Jag Mandir can be approached by boat from the Bansi Ghat jetty next to the Lake Palace in Udaipur. The air of hospitality and friendship alongside political alliance and peace agreement between the Mewar kingdom and the Mughals is palpable in stone and structure. Grab the opportunity to experience a boat ride to the Palace. Jag Mandir and its fantastic ambience awaits you!
On the edge of the City Palace in Jaipur, structured in red and pink sandstone, is the renowned Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds’. In 1799, Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh agreed to its beehive -like exterior with 953 small windows, known as Jharokhas, as designed by Lal Chand Ustad.
Keeping in mind the strict ‘purdah’ system of the society, the palace was build in such a manner that the royal ladies could view the everyday lives of the mass and enjoy the festive colours and lights of Gangaur and other celebrations, and at the same time remain veiled by the lattice works. Adorned with coloured glass work and intricate chambers, this five-storey pyramidal shaped monument rises 50 feet from its high base. Rajput and Mughal architecture blends herein and holds out perfection of miniature art, as disclosed by its splendid facade in the big four square, in the south of the Jaipur City. Hues to sunrise and sunset make it more alluring to the eyes.
The labyrinth interior has fountains and a good aeration setting, while the exterior has astonishing precision. This monument stands erect, holding the grandeur of its rulers and their architectural esteem.
Visit Jaipur, visit Rajasthan!
Gora Badal Palace
The bards of Rajasthan sing of Gora and Badal,two legendary warriors of Chittorgarh, Mewar,whose marvellous potent and command over the army has been remembered since ages.History claims that Songara Chauhan generals Gora and Badal were uncle-nephew in relation and hailed from Jalore.Sultan Alauddin Khilji (1290-1316) took Rawal Ratan Singh as a prisoner of deceit after he denied the Sultan a chance to meet Queen Padmini in person and savour her beauty by looking at her in the flesh,instead of admiring her reflection in a mirror. The atonement demanded by Khilji for the rescue of Ratan Singh was Padmini. The objectification of woman as a show piece marked by her beauty is highlighted in proper through this incident. Khilji wanted to enhance the esteem of his harem by seizing Padmini from Chittor. Padmini’s unparallel beauty called despair for her husband, her kingdom and herself.
In the war council that was held immediately after Ratan Singh was taken into captive, Gora and Badal spiritedly planned out a strategy and accordingly acted. Words were sent out to Khijli camp that Padmini would be delivered the next morning and thereby it was asked that his army should be pulled out from the trenches. As the day dawned, one hundred and fifty palanquins (covered cases in which royal ladies were carried in medieval times) left the fort and entered the enemy camp.It was thought that Padmini’s entourage of female servants had accompanied her. But here the hook was- the palanquins were armed with the best Rajput warriors.This pretentious act of agreeing to the demand of the Sultan was in fact a noose for the rival army.When the palanquins reached, Gora gave a signal to the warriors and everyone descended from the palanquins and chopped off the heads of the Muslim soldiers.General Badal and Ratan Singh galloped away safely to Chittorgarh fort. While Gora fought bravely and reached Khiliji’s tent. He was about to kill the Sultan but Khilji moved his concubine in front of himself and Gora being a Rajput could not kill a guiltless woman. Consequently he laid down his life during the skirmish.
Two domed shaped houses have been constructed south of Padmini Mahal in Chittorgarh fort to commemorate these two heroic martyrs. This palace is known as Gora Badal Palace. The story is also depicted in a wall painting inside the Eklingji mandir in Udaipur. In the collection of Pandit Gaurishankar Ojha there is a reference of Gora and Badal being a single person. However, the bards still sing of them as two warriors and going with the age old oral tradition we can say that the present ruined citadel of Chittor has a glorious past and an extraordinary impulse of heroism and sacrifice, taken to matchless heights by legendary warriors.
Thomas Carlyle has said -“The history of the world is but the biography of great men”. Indeed it is! Rajasthan is embedded with the potent and bravery of many great men with varying degrees of influence. There is a lot more to know, a lot more to explore. A visit to Chittorgarh and Gora-Badal Palace shall introduce you to the specimen of glory implanted in every corner of the fort. The dead voices of the sharpening of the swords, clicking of the shields and redefining of the strategies are still there, waiting for you to listen and cogitate upon the triumph and brilliance.
Fateh Prakash Palace
Studded with a series of historical palaces, Chittorgarh stands out as an acute representation of the embodiment of nationalism, courage, chivalry and sacrifice. Fateh Prakash Palace, located near Rana Kumbha Palace, was built by Rana Fateh Singh (1884-1930). The precincts have modern houses and a small museum. A school for local children (about 5000 villagers live within the fort) is also nearby. A big portion of the palace is made into a museum way back in 1960’s. Artefacts utilized by the then kings are put to display.
The spectacle of the Royal Art Gallery showcasing the wood crafts of Bassi village, post medieval statues of Jain Ambica and Indra from Rashmi village, weapons like axes, knives, ancient shields, daggars, farsa; clay replicas of regional tribal people clad in their traditional costumes; attracts the visitors and tourists. The museum is subdivided into different sections dedicated to different antiquities. A big Ganesha idol, various frescos and a large fountain can be seen here. The palace is known for its modern architectural style. The inclination towards art and culture, tradition and past glory is entrenched in every pillar and corridor. Presently it has a large collection of paintings too, disclosing the historical facts attached to the fort.
Not to be mistaken with the Fateh Prakash Palace of Udaipur, this palace of Chittorgarh has a lot in store, depicting the day to day life of the Royal family and the villagers. The museum is closed on Friday and gazetted holidays. It is well connected with roads and railways. Do visit the palace and delve into the amazing informative realm. The palaces mottled with echoes of bravery and sombreness, royalty and naivety, faith and bloodshed portrays a picture of the magnificent Rajasthan. Come and Discover!
Fateh Palace, situated on the eastern shores of the famous Pichola Lake, is named after Maharana Fateh Prakash(1884-1935).
Overlooking the meandering ripples and the scenic beauty, this palace have been made into a grand heritage, allowing the stay of tourists and giving them an opportunity to witness the cultural glory of Rajasthan and its royal ambience, pertaining to the Mewar dynasty. The palace features turrets, exquisite architecture, paintings, domes, chandeliers and much more. The suites are praiseworthy. It offers recreation facilities like ayurvedic massage, beauty parlor, musical events, boating, billiard room, travel and tour guidance, and a beautiful library for readers.
What about a spectacular afternoon tea with the stretch of a panoramic view in front of you during sunset? This is the right place to go! Udaipur and Fateh Prakash Palace envelopes you with richness, a richness of hospitality and Indian magnificence.
Historically momentous, the Deeg palace of Bharatpur district, is a potential site demanding tourist attraction. Although little forgotten, this strategic location of the past, in propinquity to Mathura and Agra links itself to the Hindu mythology, where Deeg comes under the parikrama path of Krishna which was started from Goverdhan , just 12 kilometres far from Deeg. Identified by some as the ancient town of ‘Dirgha’ or ‘Dirghapur’, mentioned in Skanda Purana and Bhagawat Mahatmya, Deeg became a throttlehold of the Jat rulers during the 18th and 19th century. The architecture of Deeg is epitomized by the beautiful mansions called ‘Bhawans’ popularly known as Gopal Bhawan, Suraj Bhawan, Kishan Bhawan, Nand Bhawan, Keshav Bhawan, Hardev Bhawan.
Badan Singh (1772-56 AD), the formal founder of the princely state of Bharatpur, constructed the Royal Palace and Gardens at Deeg. He built the Purana Mahal, with an interior consisting of two separate courts, arcades indented with small concave curves and points and the Rup Sagar reservoir on the east and Gopal Sagar on the west. Two oblong vault storeys were constructed as summer resorts on the water front of Gopal Bhawan. It consists of a central hall flanked by wings of two storeyed seizures on either side. A room in the northern wing contains a black marble throne- platform believed to be spoils of war brought by Jawahar Singh from the imperial palaces of Delhi. The Gopal Bhawan is bordered by two small pavilions known as Sawan and Bhadon Bhawans to its north and south respectively.
Next to Rup Sagar tank stands Keshav Bhawan, the monsoon pavilion, which is a single-storeyed baradari and an octagonal base. An arcade runs around the interior of the pavilion over a canal with hundreds of fountains. Minute water jets perforate through the walls of the canals, beautifying the palace view. Deeg was a site of legendary battle between the Jats and a combined Mughal and Maratha army of 80,000 men. As a consequence, the traces of both Hindu and Muslim taste of architecture is found here. The design of the gardens has been motivated by the Mughal Charbagh.
The hushed forts of Deeg still clutch on to the cacophony of ancient whispers. In the month of September a three day fair is held here, when Deeg is mottled to life. The palace is open from 9 am to 5 pm, except on Fridays. You can catch up this enchanting spot from the nearest airports at Agra and Delhi, or railhead in Bharatpur junction. The aesthetic garden, multiple fountains, quadrangle form, large moats, decorative beams and rustic surrounding, calls you. Do pay a visit and redefine the experience of Deeg sightseeing in your own prodigy.