Huzoor Palace in Porbandar
Porbandar formerly belonged to the Jewtha Rajputs during the mid-sixteenth century, under whose reign some marvelous developments had been done which at present have become the tourist attractions for all. However, the attractions are available in abundance within the place. The city boasts of some famous and renowned temples along with the palaces built with dignity and royalty. Huzoor Palace is the most interesting and attractive of all. As the name suggests, it was built for the Huzoors which means the royal kings. And it is evident from its magnificent construction.
Counted as one of the most sought after tourist spot in Porbandar, Huzoor palace is located along the Arabian Sea. Constructed on an enormous campus, this sprawling structure depicting a European styled mansion is thronged by large number of visitors from across the world throughout the year. The great work was an endeavor by Natwar Shah, a princely ruler of the place. Situated on the Marine Drive’s end, this extensive construction is surrounded by water fountains and adorable gardens. The palace directly faces the sea surface and hence the enchantments of the sea’s beauty can be viewed perfectly while standing on the palace’s sprawling area.
The Architecture of Huzoor PalaceThe Jewtha ruler, Natwar Shah built this massive structure in early 20th century with great European style architecture. The palace houses various wings in a zigzag formation creating enough and splendid spaces for the rear courtyards and numerous forecourts. Further, the spaces were used for decorative gardens and eye-catching fountains. The edifice reflects modernity topped with trussed timber-roofs and fencing terraces. This beautifully built windows and wings horizontally arranged with sloping roofs offer a marvelous and panoramic view of the facing sea and beach. To accentuate its glory and grandeur, the neo-classical pillars and the semi-circular designed porticoes mark the magnificent palace’s entrance from different sides. The beauty is simply heart winning.
The interior of the building is equally mind blowing. The elegant dining room with classy pink coloration, the Art Deco chairs and tables, the Maharani’s music room with musical glamor in each corner depicts a wonderful traditional and ornate European culture. The sumptuous furniture especially the adorable chandeliers captivates the eyes. The maharaja has manifested every bit of royalty in the palace’s architectural setup.