Sharad Baugh Palace
At a distance of 4 km from Bhuj Railway Station, Sharad Baug Palace is a royal palace situated on Sanjog Nagar Road on the eastern end of the Hamirsar Lake in Bhuj. It is one of the palaces of Bhuj royalty and among the must visit places in Bhuj as part of Bhuj Tour Packages.
Sharad Baug Palace was built in the year 1867 and is positioned right in the middle of the Sharad Baug Park. Sharad Baug used to be the residence of the Royals until Madansingh, the last king of Kutch who died in the year 1991. The palace is a splendid piece of work that reflects a fusion of the Indian and the Italian style of architecture. The sitting room, living room and bedroom occupy maximum space in the palace while the dining room is in another building. The furniture design has an Italian influence while the tapestry on the walls is purely Indian.
The palace lost most of its 3rd floor in the 2001 earthquake, and the remaining lower floors are closed. However, the adjacent former dining hall now houses the palace's eclectic museum collection. The museum houses some beautiful artifacts including paintings, statuettes, handicrafts, swords, spears, and fine carpets. It also contains furs, hides and hunting or sports trophies accumulated by the royal family. The personal memorabilia of Madansingh Jadeja also contains a lot of interesting objects. The standout exhibits here are the two huge stuffed tigers that the erstwhile Maharao shot, and his coffin. With beautiful gardens of many flowering and medicinal plants, the palace grounds houses many migrating birds as they stop for a rest on their way.
Timings: 9 AM to 12 PM & 3 PM to 6 PM, Closed on Friday
Entry: Rs. 25 per Person