|3-tier entrance gate. Naulakha Palace:Justdial|
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The 18th century Naulakha Palace in Gondal, a city and a municipality in the Rajkot district of the Indian state of Gujarat is a famous palace best known for its "sculpted facade". How does ii differ from other palaces of this region of that particular time?
Constructed in 1748, it forms a part of the Darbargardh fort complex and is near the Gondal river. The main access to the complex is through a curved gateway structure with a clock tower which rises in three tiers above the gateway. This kind of gateway is unusual and rare. The palace is at the far end from the gate and is fronted by a rectangular forecourt. Since the total cost of this complex was Rs. 900000.00 (nine lakhs), it id also known as "Navalakaha" The palace, just 38 km from the city of Rajkot and is being visited by lots of tourists.
|The Naulakha Palace,Gondal Traveljee|
|An interior view of the Naulakha Palace. en.wikipedia.org|
The functioning of a "private palace museum"gives thrill to those visitors interested in antique stuff. The exhibits include an array of silver caskets which were in the services of carrying messages and gifts for the Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji on his silver jubilee as ruler of Gondal. Also on display are artifacts personally collected by the Maharajah such as a large number of toy cars, pictures, a library of books, trophies and so forth. In the side room of the palace there are interesting exhibits of kitchen ware. Of particular interest to the visitors is a pair of huge weighing balance. What has it got to do in a royal place like this? Surprisingly, on some important or special occasions like ruler's birthdays, etc., it was was used to weigh in gold equal to ruler's weight and it will be distributed among the poor. This kind of charity among some Indian rulers was common in those days.
Near-by attractions are the Hazoor palace, Orchard palace and Riverside palace.