Akhand Chandi Palace

Famous for its unique architectural style, the Akhand Chandi Palace was constructed by Raja Umed Singh, the king of Jodhpur, between 1747 and 1765 AD, and is one of the largest monuments in Chamba. Situated amid picturesque and tranquil settings, it was the residence of the ruling family of Chamba. The structure, located around 1,000 m above sea level, is a great example of primeval architecture that is influenced by both Mughal and British styles. The palace, designed in three parts, forms an unfinished square. One of the most striking features of Akhand Chandi Palace is its green roof and white painted windows. A Durbar Hall, also known as Marshall Hall, was constructed here in 1879 by Captain CHT Marshall, who was one of the palace’s residents. The Zenana Mahal for women was added later. In 1958, the palace was sold off by the royal family to the Himachal Pradesh government who converted it into a government college and district library. The palace is one of the finest examples of the country’s rich heritage and vibrant history that has been wonderfully restored and preserved. The best period to visit this palace is between the months of April and August when the weather is pleasant.

 

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Akhand Chandi Palace

Rang Mahal

Rang Mahal is one of the largest monuments in Chamba that was built in the 18th century by Raja Umed Singh, the king of Jodhpur, as a residence for the royal family. It is a beautiful blend of Mughal and British architecture and its striking building has been planned to have fort-like walls that seem to touch the sky. While the palace’s interiors are decorated with exquisitely carved wooden doors, ceilings and windows, the corridors and balconies have beautiful and fine artwork. The puja and living rooms are ornamented with traditional embellishments and artefacts that majorly constitute mural paintings in typical Pahari style. One can also find a few paintings belonging to the Kangra School adorning the walls. They trace the life stories of Lord Krishna. Most of the palace’s paintings and other wares have been taken out from here and kept in different museums across the country.

 

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Rang Mahal