Odisha is known for its cultural richness and diversified land of heritage and tradition. Located at the Eastern end of India, Odisha is imbibed with a long stretch of coastline, museums, temples, biosphere reserves, wildlife, nature and so much more and that actually makes it one of the worthy and must-see destinations of the country.
And among all this is the Belgadia Palace-an 18th-century victorian brick-built double-storey structure in the classical western style of Doric – Corinthian column, a mixture of Greek and Victorian architecture.
Three hour drive from Bhubaneshwar, the palace has been recently opened for the tourists and let them experience the art and culture of the palace like royals. They aim to bring Odisha to the tourist circuit and promote tourism.
The two sisters, Mrinalika and Akshita M Bhanjdeo, are the second and third daughters of Praveen Chandra Bhanjdeo, who is the 47th ruler of the Bhanjdeo dynasty. This dynasty was formed in the princely state of Mayurbhanj, which is now a part of Odisha.
Home to the erstwhile royal family of Mayurbhanj, this palace take a trip down memory lane and introduces the idea of purposeful travel by engaging with the local tribal community and through curated tours to explore Odisha, the soul of incredible India.
The Belgadia Palace’s construction began on the orders of Maharani Sumitra Devi Bhanj Deo in 1804, who ruled the state from 1796 to 1810. The palace sits on a raised hill overlooking sprawling lawns on either side, with the entrance highlighted by a long drive-in with indigenous flora and fauna dotting either side and ending at the Elephant Porch or “Hathi Baramdah”, which is a high arched porch built to accommodate the ruler when he would mount the howdah on an elephant for ceremonial processions.
The double storied mansion with turrets flanked on either side, has rooms envisioned for work and leisure with the Maharajah and Maharani wing having black and white checkered marble verandahs overlooking the sprawling lawns, with the royal insignia embossed along the glass windows.
A natural lake is situated at one border and a manicurbhed walking path criss crosses the entire estate. The open verandahs were meant to be viewing parlours for the women of the family to watch the chhau performances at the main lawn, a martial arts dance form that were practiced by the state military and flourished under the patronage of the erstwhile rulers.
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What More You Can Expect:
The unique blend of old and new at this off beat location is an adventure lovers’ paradise a few hours from the Simlipal, an Elephant and Tiger Unesco Biosphere, the second largest national park in India.
Tribal Tourism: Visit a tribal village and witness age old art forms with them such as Dhokra and learn dying arts such as chhau (martial arts dance form).
Arts Tourism: Learn the different art forms such as black stone carving with visits to famous temples to understand the intricate architecture native to Odisha (Khiching). The temple of Kichakeswari at Khiching, built entirely of chlorite slabs is unique of its kind in India. A plethora of other temples also dominate the place some of which are still in active worship. The small museum situated here boasts of highly important historical specimens of sculpture, art and architecture.
Wildlife and Nature Tourism: One of India’s most famous wildlife parks, Barheipani Falls, Simlipal National Park, Jaranda Falls are the must see attractions of this place.
Rath Yatra, also known as Car festival of Lord Jagannath is a very prominent festival of Simlipal city. Rath Yatra is popular for its distinctive culture and feel. One of the unique customs of this Yatra is women pulling the Ratha of Maa Subhadra and the devotees gather from every corner of the country to enjoy this festival.
So, it you want to live like royals or even want to experience like them, then Odisha should be in your travel list. If you want more information then please contact at https://www.thebelgadiapalace.com/
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