Jhargram Raj Palace – A Heritage Hotel and Other Historical Buildings in West Bengal

Jhargram Raj Palace is a historic palace and current residence of the Royal family of Malla Deb. The palace is situated in Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal state, India.

Jhargram Raj PalaceJhargram Raj Palace in West Bengal

The Palace was built in 1931, during the reign of Raja Narasingha Malla Deb Bahadur. This Palace is constructed in Indo Saracenic style of architecture, which is a combination of Italian and Islamic architectures, The ground floor of the palace with 10 rooms and 3 dormitories, is converted to a Heritage Hotel and is run by the Royal family.

Raj Palace was established in 1592 by Sarveshwar Singh and his elder brother. Mughal Emperor Akbar granted Subehdari title to Sarveshwar Singh for the regions of of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Singh defeated the local tribal kings belonging to Mal community and established Jhargram Raj. “Malla Deb” is the title used by the Kings of the newly established kingdom. To commemorate this victory, an idol of Mal Raja is made and slain on Vijayadashami day, every year.

The Raj Palace compound is spread over 30 acres of land and has many historical buildings. One among such historical buildings in the palace compound is the Palatial Guest House, which hosted many a dignitaries, right from its inception.

How Do I Go to Jhargram Raj Palace?

Jhargram Raj Palace is situated at Jhargram, on NH6, connecting Hazira in Gujarat with Howrah in West Bengal. This Highway passes through cities like Surat, Amravati, Nagpur, Bhilai, Raipur, Sambalpur.Baharagora, etc.

Jhargram Railway Station is the nearest railway station to the palace, which is connected to cities like Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Tatanagar, etc. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata is the nearest major airport at around 155 kilometers away from this great Palace. Sonari Airport at Jamshedpur is at around 96 kilometers away from the palace.

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Gol Gumbaz, The Largest Dome in India at Bijapur

Gol Gumbaz is the largest dome ever built in India. It is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah, famous Adil Shahi dynasty ruler. Gol Gumbaz is situated at Bijapur, in Karnataka state, India.

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur, Karnataka
Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur, Karnataka.

This Tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah has the second largest dome in the world. The largest dome is that of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, believed to be built over the burial site of St. Peter, Christ’s Apostle and the first Pope.

The Tomb is built in Deccan style of Architecture. The central chamber of the tomb has a special feature where your sound is echoed 7 times! Whispering Gallery is another attraction of the Tomb, where any minute sound can be heard at a distance of 37 meters away, inside the hall.

Gol Gumbaz, The tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, has also a Museum, Mosque and ruins of the Guest Houses.

Bijapur is one of the most famous historical cities in India, which was the capital of Adil Shahi dynasty.

Ibrahim Rauza, the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II, the fifth king of Adil Shahi dynasty is another place of historical importance at this city. It is said that Taj Mahal was designed based on the inspiration from the design of Ibrahim Rauzathe. There are many other historical buildings in this ancient city.

How Do I Go to Gol Gumbaz?

Gol Gumbaz is situated at Bijapur, which is connected by NH 13 (now renamed as NH 50) which connects Solapur to Mangalore. NH-218 connecting Hubli with Humnabad also passes through Bijapur India. Bijapur is situated at around 530 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka, which is connected by bus services. Mumbai is at around 550 kilometers from this historical city. Mumbai to Bijapur bus services are available. Hyderabad is at around 380 kilometers distance from Bijapur.

Bijapur railway station with railway station code BJP, connects this historic city with the rest of India by trains.

Sambre airport (IXG) at Belgaum and Hubli airport (HBX) at Hubli are the nearest airports to Bijapur, at around 165 kilometers distance. There is a proposed new greenfield airport coming up at Bijapur.