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Gondal
 

Located at a distance of 38km from Rajkot, Gondal town is situated on the banks of the river Gondali. The town boasts of numerous palaces which have now been converted into heritage hotels. The Naulakha Palace is the oldest and most beautiful of the Gondal palaces. The beauty of the structure is enhanced by exquisitely carved jharokhas (balconies), pillared courtyard, delicately carved arches and a unique spiral staircase. The huge windows of the Durbar Hall open into a long balcony which overlooks the river. The Durbar Hall has large chandeliers, stuffed panthers, gilt wooden furniture and antique Belgian mirrors. The palace has a private museum with an impressive display of silver caskets. 

Orchard Palace is the other grand attraction of Gondal. It is now a heritage hotel. The palace is so named as it is located amidst a complex of fruit orchards, lawns and gardens. It is a part of the Huzoor palace where the ruling family of Gondal used to entertain its royal guests. It has a 'room of miniatures' which is a sitting room with a collection of miniature paintings, brass and antique furniture.

The Riverside Palace located at the edge of the Gondali river is another palace that has been converted into a heritage hotel. It is built in a colonial style of architecture. The rooms are decorated in both European and Indian style. While the European living rooms are furnished in typical colonial style with chandelier, antique wooden furniture and framed paintings, the Indian rooms are decorated with beadwork, brassware and paintings. The structure is comprised of a series of galleries and terraces.


  Nearby Attractions
›› Virpur
›› Community Science Centre and Planetarium
›› Jadeshwar
›› Kaba Gandhi no Delo
›› Mahatma Gandhi High School
›› Morvi
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