In Maharashtra, New Palace is located in Kolhapur. The ground floor of this palace, which has exquisite architecture, is utilized to display the Maharaja's magnificent collection of weapons, clothes, embroidery, jewelry, games, and other paraphernalia, including silver elephant saddles. The first floor of this magnificent castle is home to the current Maharaja.
The palace has a museum that showcases a fantastic collection of the weapons, outfits, and medals owned by the legendary ruler, Maharaja Shahaji Chhatrapati. The Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum displays a collection of weaponry, including some swords, a shotgun with two barrels, gold-plated rifles, and numerous guns. Even the sword of the Mughal monarch Aurangzeb is on display in this beautiful museum. Wild canines, black panthers, Himalayan black bears, lions, sloth bears, and other animals are displayed in one museum area. Various incidents from the illustrious ruler Shivaji's life are depicted on the side wall of the durbar using strained glasses.
Maharaja Palace in Kolhapur History
The building was finished in 1884. Hence, "Maharaja's New Palace" is the common name for this palace. Major Mant, a master architect, created this magnificent building. The palace is an amalgam of Hindu and Jain influences from Gujarat and Rajasthan, as well as Rajwada architecture.
How to reach Maharaja Palace
Trains, buses, and airplanes can take you to Kolhapur's New Palace. The Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus, which is well connected to the major cities around India, is the railroad station closest to the New Palace. The Ujalaiwadi Airport, around 10 km from Kolhapur city, is the nearest airport to the site. State buses, in large numbers, go between Mumbai and Kolhapur.
Things to do in and around Maharaja Palace
Some of the notable and sought-after locations to visit near the new palace in Kolhapur include Mahalaxmi Temple
- Rankala Lake
- Jyotiba Temple
- Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir
- Bhavani Mandap
- Kopeshwar Temple
- Gaganbavada, Ajara
- Irwin Agricultural Museum
- Ichal Karanji
- Bhudargad, Kagal
30 INR per person for the new palace (an additional 10 INR if you want to visit the museum).
Closed on every Mondays
June to February.
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