The Belgadia Palace in Odisha is a charming Boutique Homestay, exuding a rich blend of history and elegance. Once a royal guest house for state visitors, this magnificent palace belonged to the esteemed royal family of Mayurbhanj. The Boutique Homestay exudes regal charm and provides impeccable service, creating a truly majestic experience. Step into a world of the ancient monarchy, where every room holds a tale and each corner radiates with exquisite beauty.
The Scent of History
The construction of the Belgadia Palace began in 1804, on the orders of Maharani Sumitra Devi Bhanj Deo, who ruled the realm from 1796 until 1810. The palace is built on a raised hill with sprawling lawns on either side, with the entrance highlighted by a long drive-in with indigenous flora and fauna dotting either side and ending at the Elephant Porch or “Hathi Baramdah,” a high arched porch built to accommodate the ruler when he mounted the howdah on an elephant for ceremonial processions. A double-story Victorian brick structure created in the 18th century in the classical Western style with Doric-Corinthian columns, a combination of Greek and Victorian architecture. Flanked on either side by turrets, featured rooms designed for both work and recreation, with the Maharajah and Maharani wings featuring black and white checkered marble verandahs overlooking the spacious lawns and the royal symbol stamped along the glass windows.
A natural lake forms one of the estate’s borders, and a manicured walking path crisscrosses it. The open verandahs were intended to be viewing areas for the women of the household to witness the Chhau performances on the main lawn, a martial arts dance form practiced by the state troops and flourishing under the patronage of the former kings. This April, attend the wonderful Mayurbhanj Chhau dance festival! After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, this enthralling event, now listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, is returning on a grander scale amidst the splendor of The Belgadia Palace. It is also named one of the top 100 great places to visit in the world in a Times Magazine article.
The Belgadian Palace: Resulting Fusion of The Old and New
The palace’s restoration featured landscaping, fruit, and flower orchards, and an organic farm for a fresh selection of local cuisines served on engraved flatware. The interiors were meticulously restored in phases, with special attention paid to the family’s handcrafted furniture and furnishings.
The hotel features several amenities that you should check out, such as a lovely library full of amazing books and an atmosphere that will satisfy your bookworm demands, outside seating to enjoy the gorgeous royal gardens, a charming swimming pool to have a dip in, a billiards section or games area for your evening amusement with friends or family, and an ambient Theater room.
In addition, the chambers contain antiques and artwork collections from the royal family’s journeys across the world. The sophisticated and opulent style of its interior contrasts with the antique and magnificent architecture of its outside, making the house and its surroundings a journey through time.
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There are 12 rooms, with each room designed to have its own charming and unique personality.
Belgadia Palace is 4 hours from Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, and Ranchi.
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