Kathiawari Heritage Property at Rajkot

#1 Aug 23rd, 2014, 17:42
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The architecture and heritage of Gujarat had left an unforgettable impression on me during my visit to Kutch and Bhuj four years ago. Since then was waiting for an opportunity to explore its heritage culture. A religious family get together in Gujarat was planned during Christmas vacation in December 2013. A little Google search helped me in locating “KHIRASARA HERITAGE PALACE”, a glorious and rich Kathiawari heritage property near Rajkot.

“Khirasara Palace” was built 450 years back, by then Saurashrtra king and has since gone under restoration work many times over the period. It took 17 years to bring it to its current splendor and glory.

A very warm and hospitable welcome by the courteous staff was awaiting us at the Rajkot bus stop. It took us half an hour to drive from the main city of Rajkot to Khirasara Palace, situated on a secluded hilltop. The huge and magnificent entrance with two canons from Junagarh, recalls the history of this sprawling 7 acres property.

The palace has been beautifully and aesthetically laid out and the eminence of it can be felt once you enter. A beautiful landscape in the centre surrounded by the palatial rooms and restaurants adds to its glory. All the rooms and suites have been given a glorious royal touch by having the furniture carved traditionally and the royal artifacts with all the modern day amenities. Even the accessories in the bathrooms are made of brass. All the rooms on the ground floor as well as the first floor face the landscaping and have a porch or a balcony. For an overwhelming experience of the royalty one should stay in the maharaja suite or maharani suite. You cannot resist but pamper yourself as the maharaja or maharani of Kathiawar. Maharaja Suite has glimpses of all riches and royalty whereas the Maharani suite has an exclusive location above the Jal Vihar, the swimming pool, with a separate entrance. The combination of imperial with the ultra modern interiors of the dressing room will make it an unforgettable and exotic experience.

The Jal Vihar, is the name given to the swimming pool. It has a complete Kathiawari architect, a palatial backdrop and a huge door at the entrance. Inspite of being cool December with afternoon temperature being 15 degrees, I couldn’t resist myself from taking a swim in the Jal Vihar. The staff was courteous enough to provide the swimwear for all four of us, without any rentals. For recreation, apart from the swimming pool, it also houses an indoor games room. A small temple is also located inside the premises.

Winds n Waves Café, is a good place for breakfast. The interior of the café has pictures of the ruins of the different parts of the palace with its history. It gets quite interesting when you compare the place where you are standing with how it was centuries ago. The breakfast has a good spread and is awesome. Sheesh Mahal and Deep Mahal provide indoor and candle lit outdoor multicuisine dining facility. But the lunch and dinner were average, which can be improvised upon. Jain meals were available on request. Though the options in the menu is unlimited but if you are going for package including meal the options get very restricted.

The staff is very helpful and courteous and takes good care of the guest and caters to our requirements if possible. As our train was a little late they provided the drop car, to the station, for additional one hour to see the Rajkot city.

One small noteable thing which drew my attention was the huge treasure box placed outside the rooms. I opened it out of my curiosity and was surprised to find the housekeeping materials in it. A lovely way to use it.

A lot of events are organized at the Palace garden viz. New Year party, Diwali party, Royal Weddings, Seminars etc. which can accommodate more than 1000 people. The palace is open for day visitors as well.

It’s difficult to put all that one experiences and sees into words but to conclude, would strongly recommend one and all to experience this luxury and history of Kathiawar.
#2 Aug 27th, 2014, 00:09
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some pictures maybe
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Meghs, Nice to start and make the effort...as suggested by "Abhinandab" some pictures will definitely up your effort and interest in this forum.
regards...krish
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Pics Uploaded of Khirasara palace

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on Hilltop.jpg The ruins of the entrance.jpg entrance post restoration.jpg Jal Vihar - Swimming pool.jpg treasure box - caught my attention.jpg The tower - Glory of the past.jpg The tower - todays glory.jpg Panoramic View.jpg 

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