Label : Must Visit
Tags : Historical Site
Timings : Palace: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM,
Museum: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Fridays)
Time Required : 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee : INR 10,
Kids (below 14 years): Free
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Rajbari or the Cooch Behar Palace is located in the city of Cooch Behar in the East-Indian state of West Bengal. Rajbari is also known as Victor Jubilee Palace and is considered of great historical importance in the country. The palace belongs to the Mantris and is a grand structure that drips elegance from every corner, inside and the outside. Visitors will be awestruck right from the moment they see the fabulous building several feet away from the Facade. The numerous verandas add character to the structure, and the sheer expanse is enough to tell the world about its splendour. With the beautifully maintained gardens in the front and the splendid palace standing elegantly under the clear blue skies will take your breath away.
The Rajbari was constructed under the reign of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in 1887, and the design was inspired by the Buckingham Palace in London. The main entrance resembles St. Peter's Church in Rome and the rooms have beautiful paintings on the walls and the ceilings. Since the opulent palace has been refurbished many times, the original colours on the front are mostly lost. However, if you happen to take a stroll on the back side, you are sure to see the original colour of the monument that gives a glimpse into the aesthetics that the royalty enjoyed over a century ago.
Today, the monument is open to tourists by the West Bengal Department of Tourism who arrange various activities at the monument including the Sound and Light Show that happens between 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.