A royal palace by the sea

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Sand drifts relentlessly up from the seaside towards the gracefully decaying, rambling Huzoor Palace in Porbandar (Gujarat), the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.

Prior to 1947, what is now the State of Gujarat was divided up into more than 200 ‘independent’ Princely States. Many of the rulers of these states were wealthy. Most of them built elaborate palaces like this one built in the early 20th century by Nawarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib Bahadur, who ruled from 1908-48 and was a first-class cricketer, who played for India in a Test Match in England in 1932.

 

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A deserted palace…

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SIHOR was the capital of the Gohil Rajputs until the 18th century. They ruled what was to become the Princely State of Bhavnagar. In the 18th century, the capital was shifted to Bhavnagar, which was established on a site 20 kilometers east of Sihor. 

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Apart from being a delightful town, Sihor contains the venerable remains of the former darbagadh (the royal palace).

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Here are some photographs of this fabulous palace, which we visited courtesy of the (former) royal family, who still own it.

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“TRAVELS THROUGH GUJARAT, DAMAN, and DIU”

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Lovely setting

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Fine frescos

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Authentic unspoilt interiors

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Craftsmanship

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Wonderful woodwork

 

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Amazing artwork