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Raj Niwas Palace, Dholpur

Long time back Dholpur, a town in Rajasthan was a dominion of the British East India Company from 1779 onwards. Later in 1949, it merged with the young Nation India, and in 1956 the princely state finally became history.

Dholpur is a little heritage town. Apart from an ancient complex of temples, a step well and the ruins of Shergarh, many little gems from the past are to be found tucked away. Dholpur is a weekend getaway from Delhi and is 250 km from Delhi by road on NH3. The drive takes between four to five hours. Dholpur is just about 46 Km drive from Agra. Yamuna Expressway is a brilliant option as it reduces the travel time by 2 hours.

Tucked away in this quiet town of Dholpurlies the magnificent Raj Niwas Palace; this is also known as Dholpur Palace. Once home to generations of Royals, this converted palace still reflects the beauty of the Rajasthani architecture of the bygone era. Apparently, Dholpur Palace was built to welcome HRH Albert Edward, when he visited British India in 1876. With vibrant history and a rich heritage, the Dholpur Palace today beckons the rulers of the time, to a mesmerizing journey back in time. Indeed Dholpur Palace is one of the most beautiful and well preserved heritage hotels in the state of Rajasthan.

Enjoy the unique experience in royal living. The Raj Niwas Palace is one of its kinds ; a unique example of the Indian fascination for European structure and architecture, and especially Dutch ceramics where one can rediscover the fragmented time; for the bygone opulence and grandeur, style & substance.

This resplendentproperty offers 08 Royal Palace Rooms, and 18 Luxury Villas. Each of these Royal Palace Rooms is not only large, but also every square inch of themis covered with ceramic tiles with a fish and water motif, glazed in cobalt and ochre colours. The floor is a mosaic of coloured oxide tiles; the plaster work on the ceiling is gilded for a beautiful look.The Interior of all the rooms are inspired by the traditional designs. Within these luxurious vintage surroundings, all modern amenities are offered to the guests to provide a delightful experience. The Hotel further boasts of Carpets from Isfahan in Persia; ceilings, pillars and mouldings; an ornate confection of cream and gold stucco; walls clad with tiles from Europe and China in rich emerald green and crimson; floors covered in intricate mosaics transported from West Asia by camel kafilas; every room spilling over with artifacts from across 19th century Europe — Belgian glass, Victorian baths and bidets, a turn of the century Bergmann Baby-Grand piano in satinwood, an 1894 Swiss music-box with Piccolo bells that still tinkle out airs and arias; antique brass-switches and ceilings fans which still work perfectly.

Talk to the local inhabitants of Dholpur and the surrounding villages and witness the pride and glow on their faces as they speak of the glorious past that includes the family and history of Dholpur Palace which tells you more than just a simple story.

Some of the major attractions here are The Machkund temple, which is an ancient and a sacred place considered as a pilgrimage center for Hindus; TalabShahi, a beautiful and picturesque 17th century Lake merely 27 km away from Dholpurwhich is a major attraction for some well-known migratory birds; Shergarh fort, built by Sher Shah Suri has a historic relevance and located toward the south of Dholpur tower.

Dholpur is also considered a destination having significant relevance in preservation of wildlife. Here one explores the National Chambal Safari which is sight to gharials, marsh crocodiles and turtles basking themselves on the sandbanks and rocks in company of our feathered friends fluttering around. The other two sanctuaries which should not be missed either are the Ramsagar sanctuary or Van Vihar wild life Sanctuary. While the Ramsagar Sanctuary is well known for supporting a plethora of aquatic animals including crocodiles, fishes and snakes; the Van Vihar Wild life Sanctuary speaks volume about Maharaja Udaibhan Singh who was a great animal lover and used to hand feed deer and other antelopes in the reserve and the likes of foxes, jackals and birds.

The management of Raj Niwas Palace, Dholpur, ensures a sustainable and progressive community by providing employment in numerous ways to the local residents of the villages in and around Dholpur periphery. A majority of staff comes from neighboring homes, whichareproperly trained by experts at Dholpur Palace. Local produce is bought to the kitchens. Restoration and maintenance of the work is often entrusted to local skills. The Raj Niwas family encourages education and assists with healthcare. They build & support the faith of the people.

October to March is the best period to visit this place. It is the perfect place to unwind yourself away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city.