Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Navlakha Palace - Gonda
Navlakha Palace - Gondal: The Navlakha Palace dates back to 17th Century. The Palace is situated on a river bank with a grand masonary base rising to the monumental scale of over 30 meter above the river bed. It has high gateway approach with clock tower from the town side. The Palace entrance lead to huge open spaces. It has high roofed administrative blocks with grand staircase with banister on the extreme left corner leading to intricately carved pavision opening to an open terrace. The Grand Darbar Hall has huge windows opening to long balcony supported by intricately carved brackets with backdrop of river view. It has chandeliers, gilt wooden furniture, antique Belgian mirror work and stuffed panther as décor. The Palace Museum display artifacts, gifts and messages received by Sir Bhagwatsinhi, a great visionary ruler who introduced social reforms, planned the development of Gondal town and created Gondal, a model state of Saurashtra in late 19th and early 20th century.