|Hari Niwas Palace, Jammu. India. hariniwaspalace.in|
|Hari Niwas Palace , JammuIndia.indiahotelplus|
The Hari Niwas Palace is a nice, majestic building in Jammu overlooking the Tawi river valley on one side and Trikuta hills of the Vaishno Devi shrine on the other side. The palace was built by Hari Singh, the last Maharajah of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir (1895 - 1961) in the early 20th century. In 1903 when barely 13, Har Singh served as a page of honor to Lord Curzon during the greatest show on earth called Delhi Durbar. Maharajah Hari Singh moved over here in 1925 from the older Mubarak Mandi Palace. Here he spent the last days of his stay in Kashmir, before shifting to Bombay (now Mumbai). As per his will, his ashes were brought to Jammu and sprinkled all over Jammu and Kashmir and immersed in the Tawi River at Jammu.
|Maharajah Hari Singh(1895-1961). en.wikipedia.org/|
An illustrious son of the soil, this secular king ruled the state for 22 years and faced the toughest political situation after India had gained independence in August 1947. However, with confidence he guided the state successfully through the most difficult period. The huge palace is an art-deco structure. The descendants of the maharajah converted the palace into a heritage hotel in 1990. Hari Niwas Palace is being looked after by Maharaj Kumar Ajatshatru Singh and Kumarani Ritu Singh, grandson and daughter in law of Maharajah Hari Singh. On the grounds of the estate lies also the Amar Mahal Palace museum. Maharajah Hari Sigh was born in this palace.