Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Riverside Palace / Orchard Palac

Riverside Palace / Orchard Palace

Once the capital of an affluent and progressive 100-square mile princely state comprising four towns and more than 175 villages, Gondal today offers a glimpse of its princely past through accommodations at two 19th century heritage properties – the Riverside Palace, an elegant European-style mansion facing a river that was once the residence of the Gondal Yuvraj (Crown Prince) and the Orchard Palace, the guesthouse in the palace estate.

The palace estate houses a collection of vintage and classic cars from pre-1910 to contemporary makes, a royal rail saloon beautifully finished with inlaid wood and ornate furniture, and horse-drawn carriages.

Guests staying here can visit the Darbargadh or old palace complex which has the Naulakha Palace, a festival of stone sculpture, and museums housing princely memorabilia like silver elephant howdah, custom-made wooden furniture, hand-crafted 19th century wooden toys, beadwork, utensils, silver caskets, etc.

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