Navalakha Palace, Gondal

CategoryPalace

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi

AddressNavalakha Palace, Palace Road, Gondal, Rajkot, Gujarat.

pincode360311

DistrictRajkot

About Navalakha Palace, Gondal

History

A Jharokha of the Naulakha Palace balcony that inspired many similar architecture in other royal buildings

Gondal was the capital city of a Jadeja Rajput clan. The Naulakha Palace is said to be the oldest palace in the Gondal area. It has very exclusive architectural features of arcades, Jharokas, a royal audience hall (darbar hall) (which is still used by the present Maharaja), a winding stairway, shining chandeliers, decorated mirrors and antique furnishings. It is a unique triple storied edifice with an open arcade with stone carvings on the first floor flanked by towers. The eaves above the stone fittings on this floor are carved with sculptures of real and mythical animals. A part of the first floor also houses a museum which has elegant architectural features over the rooms with carvings made out of wood and stone over its doors. The exhibits in the museum include artifacts collected by the Maharaja of a large number of toy cars, pictures, a library of books, trophies and so forth. The decorated balcony provides scenic views of the Gondal town. The side room on the left side of the palace has exhibits of kitchen ware and a pair of huge weighing balance; the weighing balance was used on special celebrations of the Maharaja’s birthdays when he used to be weighed in gold equivalent which would then be donated to the poor. Another interesting scene noted near a bridge over the river is the reflected image of the palace.

The Naulakha Palace, the oldest extant palace in Gondal, India, dating back to the 18th century (1748), with a “sculpted facade” is a part of the Darbargardh fort complex. It is named “Navalakaha” meaning rupees “nine lakhs” (Rs 900,000) which was the cost of building it at that time. It has stone carvings with “Jharokhas” (balconies), a pillared courtyard, delicately carved arches, and a unique spiral staircase. The large chandelier-lit “durbar” hall (court house) witnesses stuffed panthers, gilt wooden furniture, and antique mirrors. The “private palace museum” displays an array of silver caskets which were in the services of carrying messages and gifts for the Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji on hissilver jubilee as ruler of Gondal.

Famous for

Gondal’s major tourist attractions have a large number of forts and palaces of extreme beauty that are spread across the historic town. Of all the forts that grace the city, the oldest and easily one of the most beautiful of all the palaces remains to be the Navlakha Palace. Dating back to the 17th century, the imposing Navlakha Palace and its radiating architecture are a wonder that promises to engulf and encapsulate the viewer in its beauty and grandeur.


With its carefully crafted stone carvings and its delicate balconies, The Nalvlakha place is the heaven for any lover of architecture.

Imposed on the river bed, The 30 meter long palace also houses a rich variety of artifacts in its museum that display the various gifts, letters and other pleasantries given to the Sir Bhagwatsinhi by various notable figures if his era who gave it to the king in his honor.

Best time to Visit

During Festival Season or on weekend .

Best time to Go

During Day .

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Nearest bus stand is Gondal and thier inquiry no. is, 02825220096

Nearest Railway Station is Gondal and Indian Railway Inquiry no. is, 139

Nearest Airport is Rajkot and thier inquiry no. is, 02812451849

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