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.


Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat

Pavagadh Archaeological Park or Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is in Panchmahal district of Gujarat state, India. This Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat
Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park in Gujarat is a vast area of around 3300 acres with a buffer zone of around 7000 acres! It consists of the historic citadel, palace & other buildings and military structures, water installation, etc, which together formed the capital of Mahmud Begda. The work of rebuilding (this city was the capital of Solanki Kings and Khichi Chauhans) the capital city on the foot hills was started in 1484 A.D. by the young Sultan Mahmud Begda and took 23 years to complete. Mahmud Begda then shifted the capital of his kingdom from Ahmedabad to Pavagadh. (Mahmud Begda was the grandson of Great Ahmed Shah, who founded the Ahmedabad City.)

Pavagadh Temples in the Archaeological Park

There are Hindu temples and Jain temples. Mosques and many other historic heritage buildings are also there in this heritage site. The ‘gudhamandapa’ and ‘antarala’ of a 10th/11th century temple is the oldest remains found in the Archaeological Park. There are many other Hindu and Jain temples of 13th to 15th century, built in Nagara style of architecture, in the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.

Some of the historical monuments consists of a series of fortifications, which extend from the plains to the Pavagadh hill top. These forts have beautiful bastions with balconies in between. The Jama Masjid inside the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, is a perfect blend of Hindu-Moslem architecture. There are four other Mosques inside the Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park, which are still in good condition.

The Pavagadh hill at a mean height of around 800 meters above sea level, is considered as one of the oldest rock formations in India, with Reddish-yellow coloured stones.

How do I go to Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park,?

Champaner is at a distance of 45 kilometers from Vadodara alias Baroda.

What are the Timings of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park?

The Archaeological Park is open from sunrise to sunset.