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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Long drive to Delhi - 27: Shree Chhatrapati Shahu New Palace, Kolhapur

New Palace of Kolhapur is also called Shree Chhatrapati Shahu New Palace. It was built in 1877-1884 & was designed by Major Mant. The Palace is built with basalt & black sandstone with contrasting colours. Arches of Durbar Hall are fixed with stained glass depicting incidents from life of Chhatrapati Shivaji.

A part of the Palace houses a museum called Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum. It has on display lots of weapons, jewellery, embroidery, stuffed animals & paintings. One of the paintings shows a Maharaja with 100th killed tiger. Now a days we campaign for saving tiger.

They do not allow photography of the items which are on display. I am unable to understand or like the reasoning behind this. The more photos circulate through social media more people try to visit the place & pay for entry fee. Like in temples here also before entering the museum you got to take out shoes!  Some photos:



South part housing the museum

Beyond this point it is private property

Clock is said to have been placed in the Tower in 1877

Another view of the Palace - Rajasthani style arches

Left side of the Palace in the photo is under private occupation of descendants




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