|The Huzoor Palace,Gujarat Tourist Guide|
The Huzoor Palace (also Huzar Palace), in Porbandar, Gujarat state was built by Rana Natwarsinhji. He was the last ruler of the Princely State of Porbandar in the early years of the 20th century, He had considerable clout with the Europeans.. The palace is in possession of the successors of the Maharajah's family members who reside in London; so, it is not open to public. Porbander in the Kathiavar Peninsula on the Arabian Coast, is the birth place of the apostle of Non-violence and freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi, Father of Nation, The palace is located on the coastal area facing the Arabian Sea.
|The Huzoor Palace,Porbander. en.wikipedia.org|
Above image: The Huzoor Palace at Marine Drive of Porbandar city built by last Jethwa ruler of State, Maharana Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji in early 20th century.
The palace building design shows strong European influence with many wings and a slanting roof. The windows are very large that give clear view of the sea. The various wings of the palace have front and backyards, and are so designed as to present a natural scenic ambiance with gardens and fountains around them. The semi-circular ornamental porticoes in the facade are built with neoclassical columns that make this edifice more impressive and grandeur.
During the colonial days and later. tradition had been that during the Navratri festival people of the town visit the palace grounds to pay nazar or pay respect to the former Maharajah and Maharani of Porbandar.