Nestled amidst a lush green backdrop of rolling hills and sparkling waterfalls of the rich and diverse Eastern-Indian countryside is The Belgadia Palace. An 18th century victorian brick-built double-storey structure in the classical Western style of Doric-Corinthian column, a mixture of Greek and Victorian architecture.
Home to the erstwhile royal family of Mayurbhanj, this boutique property invites guests to take a trip down memory lane and introduces the idea of purposeful travel by engaging with the local tribal community and through curated tours to truly explore the state of Odisha, the soul of incredible India. This unique blend of old and new is encapsulated at this off beat location which is an adventure lovers paradise a few hours from the Simlipal, an Elephant and Tiger UNESCO Biosphere, the second largest national park in India.
Shot by Rohit Chhantbar & Rajesh Singh
The Belgadia Palace’s restoration to its former glory included landscaping of its surrounding, fruit and flower orchards and an organic farm for a fresh array of local cuisines served on embossed cutlery. The careful restoration of its interiors was done in stages keeping in mind the unique pieces of furniture and furnishings handcrafted for the family. Additionally, the rooms have antiques and collections of artwork belonging to the royal family from their travels around the world. The modern and lux design of its interior contrasts the ancient and ornate architecture of its exterior making the property and its surroundings a walk through the annals of history.
The present day occupants of the palace, apart from the Maharajah, include the present Queen mother and the Queen of Mayurbhanj who belong to the royal families of Nepal and Jaisalmer respectively. Each of them bring their own aesthetic to the unique interiors which include 10 rooms.
The palace also includes the following Rooms:
♖ The Billiard & Bar Room
♖ The Grand Library
♖ The Spa
♖ The Dining & Tea room
♖ The Main Living Room
♖ The Temple
♖ The Games Room