Thursday, April 22, 2010

Govind Palace, Datia

We left from Shivpuri early morning. After visiting Survayi Ki Grahi, we proceeded to Datia which is at a distance of 106 kms. 


Govind Palace is the seven-story palace built by Raja Bir Singh Deo in 1614. Out of this only five levels are visible and other two levels are underground hidden from view. The main entrance is on the eastern side, while the south opens out to a lake, the Karna Sagar. A central dome rising to 35m caps the palace.



It has more than 440 rooms and several courtyards. What makes this palace special is that it is made entirely of stones and bricks with no use of wood and iron. This palace is one of finest example of a style of architecture that arose in the late 16th and early 17th centuries in the Bundelkhand area under the reign of the Bundela Rajputs. It is a fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture.

48 comments:

V Rakesh said...

Wow! Very imposing structure!

Vyazz said...

Beautiful blog you have here!!!
I never realized our country has so many hidden wonders.
Was quite a visual treat!!!

Kirigalpoththa said...

440 rooms? and built in 1614. I'm awestruck!!

Zuzana said...

Wow, the last picture is stunning! I love the way your pictures have an ochre tint to them.;)
xo

Tarun Mitra said...

thanks for sharing :)

JM said...

The lattice work in Indian palaces is simply amazing!

Martha Z said...

You have some amazing sights in your country.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous palaces, fantastic captures as always, Rajesh! Terrific, interesting post for the day! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Kcalpesh said...

Really admire your blog, your posts and all the information you've been posting on your blog! Hats off!

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Tammie Lee said...

oh what an amazing palace~

Manang Kim said...

Wow you've got an awesome buildings there. It's so beautiful! Happy weekend!

Another Sunset

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: It amazes me to see the structures which have been built in your country.

Spiderdama said...

Wow! Another great building in your country. So beautiful and different from my world. Your pictures are great:-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We over here in the USA know so little (as a rule) about your country and culture -- I think I told you that our grandson and his wife spent 7 months there, so now I know a little bit more. But still not so much and I am happy to see your beautiful pictures and read about where you are.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

really amazing...that palace has a lot to offer for someone who loves photography and travel....

SandyCarlson said...

Just wonderful!

eden said...

What a beautiful architecture! The second picture is my favourite.Great shots.

Marites said...

really amazing architecture. it looks beautiful and imposing.

Carver said...

Beautiful palace. Such detailed and complicated work went into it.

Pearl Maple said...

All compliments to the talented architects and stonemasons who developed this structure, it is impressive.

LadyFi said...

Amazing stonework! Gorgeous!

magiceye said...

magnificent

Joyful said...

A fascinating structure. Beautiful stonework.

J Bar said...

Great shot.
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tinasphotoblog said...

What a palace and great architecture! :)

Mama Zen said...

Wow!

Kristin said...

Hi, thanks for dorpping by.

I'm really amazed by the works of architecture. It's really magnifient to have no use of wood and iron. With just bricks and wood, they had made a masterpiece. So facinating and intelligent what they did in the past. Thanks for the information and interesting post. :-)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I learn so much from your blog. India has a lot of history.

Pam said...

Wow, that building is huge and gorgeous, Rajesh. Thanks for sharing.

Diane AZ said...

Amazing palace, interesting pictures and descriptions.

Mridula said...

The palace looks amazing!

Pooch Morning Glory said...

the beauty just never ends
~laura

Anya said...

So unique shots
BEAUTIFUL architecture !!

Gattina said...

440 rooms ! must be a quiet big palace looks beautiful from outside !

eileeninmd said...

It is an amazing palace and so BIG! Wonderful photos and thanks for sharing your part of the world.

Linda said...

An amazing palace. Quite the grandest building I've seen.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Very good information. So this is the palace we see while passing Datia by train.

Rajesh said...

Rakesh, Vyazz, Zuzana, Tarun, JM, Martha, Sylvia, Kcalpesh, Lee, Kim, Fishing Guy, Spiderdama, Coffeeveggie, Sallie, Sandy, Eden: Thanks for the appreciation.

Kirigalpoththa, Gattina: Thanks. The palace is huge. Some of the parts of the palace are closed for public.

Marites, Carver, Pearl, LadyFi, Deepak, Joyful, J Bar, Tina, Mama Zen, Kristin, Yogi, Pam, Diane, Mridula, Laura, Anya, eileeninmd, Linda: Thanks for the
appreciation.

P.N: Thanks. I am not sure on that. This is bit interior. May be visible at a distance.

Dave said...

Simply awesome!

SmilingSally said...

How beautiful. Happy Blue Monday.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Stunning! The detail in this building is amazing....a work of art.

rody said...

Govind Palace a beautiful ancient architecture is seven- storeyed palace and it was built completely on stone in year of 1614. you can say this art is representative of one most finest architectures of the time period of Bundelas. You can watch sculptures of this palace and it gives good view side from the top. You would be amazed by seeing nice mural painted that was designed on top of the walls.

Marice said...

the 2nd photo looks like a building that us made of gold :)

u may view mine here

Rajesh said...

Dave, Sally, Susan, Rody, Marice: Thanks for all the appreciation.

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Nalini Hebbar said...

Awesome...awestruck by the size and architecture!

yogesh said...

Rajesh it is different that if the actual sites are as good as the way you have presented it with in depth touch, it is simply superb...

Rajesh said...

I am sure you will like this place.