Are you a true architecture buff? Do you have a thing for all the magnificent palaces, forts and architectural marvels that are a part of Rajasthan? Do you wish to explore all that the state has to offer and are looking for places near the pink city that can tame your curiosity? If your answer happens to yes, The Deeg Palace in Bharatpur should be high on your list of must visits.
Located on the Mathura-Alwar highway, a 3 hour drive from Jaipur, the Deeg Palace is a water palace, that is both stunning & legendary. If you're here in the pink city, you cannot miss this water palace.
Deeg: The Water Palace
Known as a legendary battleground during the period of agitation between Jats and a combined Maratha & Mughal forces, the Deeg palace still stands tall and magnificent. The splendour of the palace, its glorious architecture and the landscape it has been built in, tells the story of the grandeur and architectural prowess of Jats, the then rulers of Bharatpur.
Built in the 1770s with pinkish slabs of sandstone, by the renowned Jat ruler Surajmal, the Deeg Palace is a great example of Jat architecture which in itself is a mix of Mughal and Rajput styles. With signature domes from the Mughlai architecture to the many windows and doors that are a tell-tale of Rajputi craftsmanship, the Deeg Palace is the best of both worlds.
While almost everyone goes to the Jal Mahal in Jaipur and stares at it, the Deeg Palace is a much less talked of. The Deeg Palace is undoubtedly a stunning piece of architecture with an interesting and a rich history attached to it and it would be a sin to miss out on the beauty of the palace and the quiet natural splendour of the area.
What to see here?
Apart from the magnificent architecture, Deeg Palace also houses lush gardens, based on designs inspired by the Mughal Charbagh. The summer shrubs, the flowerbeds and the fountains, make the gardens alluring and unmissable.
In the Deeg Palace itself there are several buildings including the main building- Gopal Bhawan which is flanked by two pavilions Sawan Bhawan and Bhadon Bhawans. The other building or bhawans include Suraj Bhawan, Hardev Bhawan, Kishan Bhawan, Kesava Bhawan, Nand Bhawan, Singh Pol, Central Garden and two reservoir tanks named Gopal Sagar and Roop Sagar.
If you live in Jaipur or have been visiting the city and are wondering where to go next, visit the Deeg Bhawans and bask in the glory of Rajasthani architecture. The palace can be reached easily by taking public transport from the main city and is a place you definitely need to visit.
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