Visiting the Nawabs Palace at Janjira Close to Bombay
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Visiting the Nawabs Palace at Janjira Close to Bombay

Alibag is small coastal holiday town and this palace right on the Arabian Sea is an absolute delight to visit. It is also known as the Ahmedganj Palace and belongs to the Nawabs who ruled this are 150 years back. Popularly called the Nawabs of Janjira the Palace is presently owned by their descendents. The present owner is Nawab Siddi, who himself does not stay at this palace as he resides at Indore /Bhopal

India is a land with an ancient history and the entire country is dotted with forts and palaces from a bygone age. One of the significant palace forts in India is on the west coast facing the Arabian Sea. This is located at a place about 120 km from Mumbai, the commercial capital of India at Janjira, close to Alibag.

Alibag is small coastal holiday town and this palace right on the Arabian Sea is an absolute delight to visit. It is also known as the Ahmedganj Palace and belongs to the Nawabs who ruled this are 150 years back. Popularly called the Nawabs of Janjira the Palace is presently owned by their descendants. The present owner is Nawab Siddi, who himself does not stay at this palace as he resides at Indore Bhopal.

The Palace covers an area of 45 acres. It is surrounded by lush greenery and has a beautiful mosque on the vast lands.  The grounds also hold the tombs of the previous rulers.  These tombs hold an interesting legend and locals say that vast treasures are buried in these tombs, but nobody has dared to open the tombs till date.

These are in some decay as they have not been maintained. True to oriental splendor it has stables, servant’s quarters and residence of the care taker in its compound. The stables are now empty, but at one time 125 years back horses filled them.

The Palace was constructed in 1885 when the British Raj was in full sway. It has been graded a grade I heritage site by UNESCO. At that time the entire compliment of bricks and mortar was brought from Bombay by horse and bullock cart.  More than 1100 laborers toiled to build the palace.

The Palace was supposed to be the residence of the Nawabs of Janjira and they lived there in splendid isolation with their harem. The Place has separate quarters fro the harem known as the Zenena where the wives of the Nawab resided.

 The palace is large and imposing and is an excellent example of   Gothic Mughul architectural. This amalgamation of two different schools of architecture brings out the beauty of the palace.

The palace has over 50 rooms and large banquet and dining halls. There is also a small museum that contains documents about the history of the palace. The palace has many Hindu emblems like the Asoka lions on all its gates, testifying to the fact that there is a Hindu connection.

The Palace can be reached by road from Mumbai by a regular taxi and luxury bus service

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I have heard of findings of the lost city Dwarka under the sea and i have read stories about it and the Nawabs too, very educational and a great read Medan, thank you and have a great day.

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