Situated at the bending point of River Macchu in Gujarat, Wankaner is a princely town known for its royal lineage and heritage monuments. The city gets its name from its location; ‘wanka’ meaning ‘bend’ and ‘ner’ meaning ‘river’. Also known as Jhalawar, the city was originally ruled by Jhala Rajputs. The rulers were known for their patronage of architecture and arts and that clearly reflects in the beautiful monuments and palaces of Wankaner. The quaint town has several bewitching attractions and historical monuments which are open for sightseeing. All of these boast of incredible architecture and interior decor while some of these have been turned into heritage hotels.
Ranjit Vilas Palace is a beautiful monument which is an amalgamation of Victorian, Mughal, Gothic and Dutch style of architecture. The palace sprawls over 225 acres of land and has a watchtower atop a hill which offers a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the township below. It has an entire section dedicated to exhibiting antiques like swords, daggers, shields, stuffed animals etc. In addition to this, it also has a guest- house which is open for guests to stay the night and enjoy royal hospitality.
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