This palace-cum-fort was built by king Bir Singh Deo in honour of Mughal emperor Jahangir in the 17th century. The massive structure is a three-storeyed building built with red and yellow sandstone. It has 236 chambers laid around a central courtyard, out of which, 136 lie underground. The floors ascend or descend in a random manner, creating a visual spectacle. Huge bastions standing in four corners and a gigantic wooden gate complete its fort-like aura.


The palace was a symbol of the close friendship between the Mughals and the Bundelas and thus reflects traces of both Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture. The domes, entrance gates, rooms, terraces and corridors are some of the examples. Paintings of elephants point to the Hindu heritage of the monument. The palace has been built on the banks of River Betwa and is surrounded by verdant forests. It also has a camel stable within its premises. Although it was originally dedicated to emperor Jehangir, it is said that he stayed here for only one night. The palace is now maintained by Madhya Pradesh Archaeology Department.

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