30 Mar TARAGARH PALACE, PALAMPUR
India is a land of diversity and our country is rife with heritage properties that are a testimony to the affluence and abundance that once engulfed our country. We Indians pride ourselves for the kind of heritage and ancestry we come from. It is so inspirational and magnanimous in all respects. One such place that deserves a standalone mention is the Taragarh palace in Palampur. This heritage property is a part of the Welcome Heritage hotels. Set amidst a sprawling lush landscape and within the proximity of beautiful monasteries, Taragarh palace is a must visit for those who want a taste a slice of history. It is also a perfect getaway for those who simply love to escape from the drabness of monotony. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
The climate here is immaculate as it stays pleasant all year round. It doesn’t get too cold in winters or too hot in summers. It can be reached by air or road. Gaggal airport near Dharamsala is closest to Palampur and is just a few hours drive from the property. It is a very fuss free kind of a location that has not been commercialised beyond a certain extent, so the pricing is also not that exuberant. The tariffs are very pocket friendly, ranging from 3000 to 5000 Indian rupees during the summer seasons. The pricing is very conducive and would not put a deep dent in your pocket.
The palace is built on a far-reaching 15 acre land at the foothills of the Dhauladhar mountain range. The palace was conceived and put together by the Emir of Bahawalpur, His Highness Alaaj Nawab Sadiq Mohammad Khan Abbasi Khamus 5, who instantly fell in love with the vicinity of the place when he visited it for a picnic. Post partition this palace was bought by the former Maharaja of Kashmir, His Highness Dr. Karan Singh (renowned politician and the son of the last ruler of erstwhile princely states of Jammu and Kashmir), as an abode for his mother, Maharani Tara Singh Devi.
Subsequently the palace has been converted into a heritage hotel that is a cherished vacation spot for people from all over the world. The interiors of the hotel are very rustic and antique and ooze out a European form of an architecture. As you roam around the palace you shall see, mementos of opulence adorning the walls of the entire palace. There are exquisite pieces of art work, carpets, crystals and what not. The rooms of the palace, especially the Maharaja and the Maharani suite give the visitor an appropriate glimpse into the copious and luxurious lives of the erstwhile kings and queens.
The palace has many capacious lawns, a spa, a gift shop, tennis courts, swimming pool and a restaurant that serves sumptuous food all through the day. The beauty of the premise is unprecedented. The palace is at close quarters to the world famous paragliding site called Bir Billing which is a focal point for adrenaline junkies. It is a world class site which hosts international championships for paragliding. The Sherbling monastery, tashi jong
monastery are some of the quaint and serene places close to the palace that are a must visit for the sheer peace and tranquillity of the area. The drive to Taragarh is also rather smooth with no steep slopes, so those of you who suffer from mountain travel sickness, can still brave through the journey with ease.
H.H.Dr. Karan Singh frequents this palace and normally stays there during the summer months. The mountainous landscapes, the silence and endearing beauty of the place make this spot even more breathtaking. So visit Taragarh palace and experience luxury and tranquillity together.