Darbargadh Palace, Bhuj, Gujarat - a historical royal residence

Darbargadh Palace, Bhuj TripAdvisor

Darbargadh Palace, Bhuj TripAdvisor
There are many tourist spots in Gujarat and one of the most visited sites is the Durbar Gadh in Bhuj. Aina Mahal (Hall of Mirror)  is part of it. Dubar Gadh exhibits a unique blend of European and Indian architecture  with its fountains and two storied royal residence.  The Royal residence of the ruler is in a perfect enclosure similar to the European layout. A royal palace that resembles ordinary houses  in the middle of the town was a new concept, giving the rulers  better security. It is fragmented into a cluster of several apartments /living quarters built around the courtyard, thus separating the inhabitants from the outside world.  Built in the 18th century by Rao Lakhpatji, it was at  Durbar Gadh  the Maharajah of Nawanagar held his meetings with his subjects

The Darbargadh was once the pride of the Chalukya dynasty. In the 12th century, the rulers who were descendants of Chalukyas, ruled much of Central India and Gujarat. The palace is an impressive one with huge gateways, a massive dome, numerous pillars and arches.   Also present are courtyards, gardens, lawns, shady trees and terraces with views of the Aravalli mountains. This beautiful surroundings enhance the majesty of this old palace.
The presence of prisons and ancient fort walls suggests how politically, culturally and traditionally, this place  was active in those day

In the 10th Century the Parmar Royal family changed their capital  Dhar in Malwa Region (Madhya Pradesh)  and established their kingdom in and around the region of Kadval and it lasted till it merged with the Indian union in 1950 (comprising 42 villages). Kadval Darbargadh, built  during the reign of Late Thakoresaheb Bharat Singhji  in 1897, is maintained and preserved for posterity. The architectural brilliance is well expressed in Its doric pillars and large windows which vastly improve the look of this historical building.  Only a few decades ago the palace was open to the public for view.  Kadval Darbar Ghad  is a good example of how lavishly and luxuriously, the royal family lived without letting their royal grandeur slip into lower level.