Awe-inspiring Deeg Palace, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Deeg Palace, Rajasthan

Built in 1772,  Deeg Palace  has become  a luxurious summer resort after 1972. Jat ruler Badan Singh, who ascended  the throne in 1721, built it here.  Deeg, Rajasthan  was the original capital of the Jat rulers and they shifted the capital to  Bharatpur;  it is said, for security reasons. The palace is about 32 km from Bharatpur. The Muslim invaders of Delhi used to attack Deeg because of its strategic location and proximity to Agra. Prince Suraj Mal, being shrewd as he was, did not want to take any risk and decided to have a fort built  in a safe place. In earnest, he  began the construction of a fortress around the palace in 1730. The fort  was a formidable one with massive walls and deep and wide moat all around to  keep the invaders away. 
Entrance to Deeg palace, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
Entrance to Deeg palace, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
In the vicissitude of time, Deeg saw many ups and downs and once it became a center of a major battle  between the combined forces of the Moguls and Marathas on one side and Rajputs on the other. In this battle, Suraj Mal emerged victorious and this well-earned victory gave him lots of  confidence. At one point Suraj Mal raided the red fort, Delhi and plundered it,  carrying away a huge bundle of valuables, besides an entire marble building, which was dismantled and numbered. The palace -Deeg was then built with marbles taken away from Delhi.
Deeg palace, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Deeg palace, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, Charbagh garden
Deeg palace garden with fountains, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
 The palace in quadrangle form has  a garden and walk-ways at its center.  Decorative flowerbeds, shrubs, trees and fountains  were introduced to cool the place considerably during summer. The jat rulers were influenced by the Mogul architecture and built the building on the Mogul model. Their gardens show the influence of Mogul Charbagh that provides a serene and cool ambiance for relaxation near the palace. Two huge water tanks, Gopal Sagar and Rup Sagar, on either side were built to keep the palace cool and comfortable during horrible hot days in this part of India.This palace is known for its beauty, grandeur and, of course, its nice  and cool gardens. A famous week-end spot one can not miss the Mogul and Rajasthani splendor of this historical palace.