With the Christmas vacations around the corner, we all are planning for a much-needed holiday from our hectic schedule. Well, nothing can beat Gujarat. This scenic destination hosts some of the popular places which are famous for its history, culture, and modernity. The offbeat destination Gondal has enough of tourist destinations to boast for and one among them is The Orchard Palace. Let’s have an overview of the same.
A brief look at its history
The Orchard Palace was erected as an addition to the Huzoor Palace, a family residence that belongs to the 19th century to host personal guests of the royal dynasty. Now, it has been transformed into a heritage hotel and it contains the furniture belonging to 1930s and 1940s. It was constructed in the year 1880 and it used to offer royal hospitality serviced clubbed with modern conveniences.
The palace includes deco furniture of the bygone era, antiques that are notable and handicrafts belonging to the princely times. The place has a wide collection of different trees including lemon, chikoo, and mango groves. More than 80 peacocks and peahens inhabit the gardens and are a must visit place for bird lovers, as here one can spot different species of the birds.
Highlights of the place
One of the major highlights of the place is the Rail Salon that belongs to the royal family of Gondal. The salon has now been converted into a suite where a couple or family can stay. The suite includes a drawing room, dining room and bedroom which is beautifully incarnated with woodwork and is powered by English washroom and telephonic shower. The place is spread across lush green lawns and is built alongside the river and offers a breathtaking view. The food served at the restaurant is tasteful.
The palace is famous for
The Orchard Palace serves as a great place for accommodation. It is equipped with 7 bedrooms at Orchard Palace and 11 bedrooms at the Riverside Palace. The place offers a pleasant experience to the visitors. This high ceiling room offers spacious accommodation and the rooms are tastefully decorated with colonial-era furniture. There are various items that impart European touch and offer great looks to the room including
- Carved table and old dressers
- Period style furniture
- Large sized bathrooms that include beautiful pieces of textiles and antiques to offer a memorable experience for the visitors
Apart from that, there is a Veri Lake located to its close proximity, where you can indulge in bird watching activity, take a bath, boat rowing, etc. The palace estate accommodates a huge collection of vintage cars belonging to 1910 era to its contemporary remakes a royal rail salon that is beautifully incarnated with wood and ornate furniture and horse carriages. It is a perfect weekend getaway for people who want to remain close with the Indian history.
This destination occupies an eminent place in Indian history. So, if you are curious to know about the lifestyle of the royal dynasty, do visit and explore this place because it will offer you memories to cherish for.
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