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Welcome to Nilambag Palace Hotel

The Nilambag Palace Hotel has impressive gateways leading to its sprawling grounds. The hotel is entered by a portico leading to an arched door framed by superb teakwood carvings. The front room doubles as the lobby, with teakwood furniture, gilded ceilings, ancestral portraits and photographs, and artifacts recalling the princely era. The central courtyard is called Bird Court, with walls spanned by bird illustrations by court artist Somalal Shah, done for Maharaja Bhav Sinhji’s younger son Raol Shri Dharmakumarsinhji who was an Indian ornithologist, falconer and author of Birds of Saurashtra.

Signature Experience

• Royal Portraits and Princely Memorabilia
• Sprawling Grounds
• Weddings and Events
• Roman Bath
• Business and Leisure Travellers

Accommodation

Facilities

29 Rooms

Facilities

A palace hotel filled with carved Burma teak furniture, antiques, curios, artifacts, royal portraits and other princely memorabilia.

Set in sprawling grounds with lawns and gardens.

Large lawns for weddings and events

An attractive swimming pool designed like a Roman bath.

Modern facilities for both business and leisure travellers.

Just three minute drive from the central business district, industrial estates and market of Bhavnagar makes it ideal for business visitors. The property is conveniently located to visit ports and the Alang ship breaking yard.

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The Nilambag Palace is the property of the Gohil Rajput clan that came from Rajasthan to Sejakpur in Gujarat during the 12th and 13th centuries, and founded their kingdom at Ranipur in the 13th century, later moving their seat of power to the port city of Gogha, Umrala and then Shihor,. In 1723, Bhav Sinhji Gohil founded Bhavnagar and made it the capital of the dynasty. The princely state was modernised by HH Maharaja Raol Sahib Takhatsinhji Jaswantsinhji Sahib (1870 to 1896), who commissioned 310 kms of railway, roads and many important public works, He also brought in judicial reforms, revising civil and criminal laws, and instituted a state council. His successor, Maharaja Bhav Sinhji, and then Maharaja Krishnakumar Sinhji, were also great modernisers.
Proctor Sims, the State Engineer of Bhavnagar, supervised the building of the Nilambag Palace during the reign of Takth Sinhji. Built using Rajula stone, the palace has Indo-Saracenic and European features.
Today, the Nilambag Palace is largely a hotel. The New Palace in the same premises is the residence of Maharaja Krishnakumar Sinhji’s grandson Vijayraj Singh Gohil, with his wife, Samyukta Kumari Gohil, son Jaiveerraj Singh Gohil and daughter Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil, each of them being directors of the hotel company managing the palace hotel.

The Nilambag Palace Hotel has impressive gateways leading to its sprawling grounds. The hotel is entered by a portico leading to an arched door framed by superb teakwood carvings. The front room doubles as the lobby, with teakwood furniture, gilded ceilings, ancestral portraits and photographs, and artifacts recalling the princely era. The central courtyard is called the ‘Bird Song Gallery’ with a display of bird illustrations by the famed artist, Somalal Shah.
The dining room, has European chandeliers and mirrors, carved teakwood tables, and cabinets showcasing family heirlooms. Upstairs, hallways leading to the rooms showcase rare artefacts.

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ACCOMMODATION

The 29 room Nilambag Palace Hotel has a Maharaja Suite, a Maharani Suite, eight Heritage Classic Rooms, eight Deluxe Rooms, two Executive Residences and seven rooms in the Royal Cottage. All rooms are airconditioned and equipped with phone, tea/coffee maker, wi fi connectivity and TV/dvd player.

FOOD & BEVERAGES

Nilambag Palace Hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant in the dining room that serves vegetarian and non vegetarian food. The garden restaurant is a purely vegetarian establishment. The hotel also offers in-room dining.

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RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The property has a tennis court, swimming pool, membership club, strength and cardio gym, and facilities for aerobics, martial arts and skating. There is also a children’s play area. Horse riding, buggy rides and city tours can be arranged.
Other facilities include round-the-clock room service, executive lounge, safe deposit lockers, left-baggage room, money exchange and car rentals. The hotel also has a souvenir and crafts boutique.

EVENT FACILITIES

The palace has five lawns, with a total capacity of 4500 people. These lawns are given for weddings and events. The Durbar Hall has a banqueting or seating capacity of 300 people.

FILMING LOCATION

The property has been the location for film shoots.

ATTRACTIONS AROUND THE PROPERTY

The Barton Museum & Gandhi Smriti is set in a crescent shaped building erected in 1895 AD to exhibit the collections of Col Barton, a British resident of Saurashtra. Since then the collection has been enhanced with exhibits donated by the Oza family and other prominent personalities of Bhavnagar, as well as various departments. Exhibits include coins and currency, arms and armour, farming implements, postal stamps, fossils, stuffed animals and archaelogical finds specially Jain sculptures.The Gandhi Smriti has a picture gallery portraying the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The top floor is dedicated to Indian craftsmanship.

The museum has post cards for sale, and outside is the Gandhi smriti shop selling handloom woven fabrics, handicrafts like the local brass-and-wood patara chests and boxes, and homemade pickles and snacks. A clock tower stands at the intersection outside the museum.

The Takth Sinhji hospital was built in 1879 AD by Sir William Emerson, whose other works include Calcutta’s Victoria memorial and Mumbai’s Crawford market, and is a splendid example of European architecture.
Shamaldas Arts College and Sir PP Science Institute were built in 1885 AD, as the first arts college of Saurashtra, and count Mahatma Gandhi among the alumni. Today, there are separate buildings for arts and science, affiliated to Bhavnagar University which was set up in 1979.

In the center of Bhavnagar is the Darbargadh built in the 18th century as the fort palace of the Maharajahs, and in 1895/6 a new wing was designed by Sir William Emerson. The darbargadh is now a bank but retains some old architecture. The old town near the Darbargadh has havelis and ornate buildings.
The market is picturesque and the Ganga Jalia temple is worth seeing. The Takteshwar temple is set on an elevation with a good view.
For birdwatchers, the Victoria Park, Gaurishankar Lake or Bor Talao, and the vicinity of the old port are worth visiting.

EXCURSIONS

Sihor’s Gohil Rajput Darbargadh was the site for battles and sieges. Some of the intricate woodcarvings can still be seen on the façade. The first floor has halls adorned with frescoes depicting the battle of Chittal. The terrace has views over the town to the granite hills of Sihor.
Visit the Brahma kund, a 12th century stepped tank, surrounded by 108 sculptures of various Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism. Near the kund are a number of holy temples. Artisans work in cottage industries on metal ware-brass, bronze, copper utensils are made at Sihor.

Palitana is renowned for the stupendous Jain complex atop Shetrunjaya hill outside the town. The Shetrunjaya temple complex is especially sacred to Jains as lord Adinatha visited the hill several times, and his son is said to have built the first temple on the pinnacle. There are more than 860 temples on the hill, most of them built between the 16th and the 19th centuries. You can see fine architecture, intricate marble carvings, jewelled statues and massed domes of the temples. The temple complex is one of the most revered of Jain pilgrim places and the atmosphere of devotion is awe-inspiring. Priests, pilgrims and visitors cannot stay on the summit, leaving it clean and deserted after dusk.

The princely town of Palitana, bisected by the river, has a few colonial period buildings still standing as reminders of the former rulers. There are Jain museums and art galleries in town, as well as a good market for embroideries and handicrafts. Weighing scales and utensils are made in Palitana town.

The sea coast of Gopnath offers scenic rocky views. The medieval temple of Gopnath is where the mystic poet Narsingh Mehta achieved enlightenment. He is said to have seen lord Shiva and the Raslila of lord Krishna at this point. Nilambag Palace Hotel can arrange for you to stay at the Gopnath Bungalow.

Alang is one of the world’s largest ship breaking zones. There is a large market here selling furniture, appliances, crockery and other products salvaged from the ships.

The grasslands of Velavadar National Park are the abode of one of India’s largest populations of blackbuck antelope. Indian wolf, striped hyena, jungle cat and blue bull are other inhabitants of the national park. Among the interesting birds are three species of harrier that roost here in winter.

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