WELCOME TO NILAMBAG PALACE
Why stay in a hotel when you can stay in a Palace?
The city of Bhavnagar is located in the Saurashtra Region of Gujarat. In the heart of this bustling urban is the beautiful Nilambag Palace Hotel. In the year 1879, Maharaja Saheb Takhatsinhji of Bhavnagar commissioned the German architect, Simms to design the Nilambag Palace that for generations has remained the home of the erstwhile royal family of Bhavnagar. With Colonial architecture, the palace is a unique amalgamation of regal grandeur and functional magnificence.
This glorious relic of the opulent times of Maharajas and Maharanis was home to the Gohil clan. When India became independent in 1947, Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji became the first Indian ruler to hand over his kingdom and join sovereign India. In the year 1984 the palace was converted into a heritage hotel, in order to maintain and also share a historic monument.
Verdant, calm and serene, Nilambag Palace welcomes the weary traveller to an ideal getaway. An intricately carved antique wooden arch opens into a richly furnished lounge, portraits of illustrious rulers and their queens gracing the walls.
Further, one walks into a traditional Indian courtyard where a fountain carved out of stone and brass gently cascades into a pond strewn with rose petals. Gossamer thin curtains blow in the wind to hold out the harsh rays of the sun to protect the courtyard walls that are home to an exquisite collection of bird paintings by the famous Gujarati artist Soma Lal Shah.
The dining room comes ablaze with sparkling Czeckoslovakian chandeliors, throwing light upon the ornate Burma teak banquet tables and chairs. A choice of Indian, continental, Chinese and Kathiawadi cuisine is offered to the discerning palette.
A quint coffee shop boasts a piano and some signed photographs of spiritual leaders like the Agha Khan and the Dalai Lama, the walls are lined with old leather bound classics that one can browse through while relaxing in the comfortable sofas. For the professionals, the air conditioned conference hall is a dream.
Modern day comfort in accordance to international standards is offered in all twenty rooms of the hotel, seamlessly blending with the traditional ambience and classic furniture. The Royal Cottage is a cozy annexe that offers seven rooms.
A garden restaurant offers leisurely, romantic evenings with soft lighting and lilting music. Conducive to solitary musings are the green lawns and time wisened trees on the campus and a bouganivillea lined walk that leads to the classic Roman style colonnaded swimming pool, the ultimate for relaxation.
An evening of cultural music and dance is on offer for groups and wedding guests.
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