Gondal City Guide
The Name ‘Gondal’
ItGondal is found from various literature that people of ‘Gond’ tribe lived here before several years, so the name is affiliated as Gondal . It is also believed that the town’s name was ‘Godal’ but as the people had difficulty in pronouncing it, it become Gondal. Certain other predictions tell us that ‘Gaumandal’ that is Cows place represents Gondal. All the views prescribed in nature as no resembling fact is available.
The History of Throne
It is found from various literatures that people of ‘Gond’ tribe lived here before several years. So, the name is affiliated as Gondal. It is also believed as Gondal. It is also believed that the town’s name was ‘Gondal’ but as the people had difficulty in pronouncing it, it become Gondal. Certain other prediction tells us that ‘Gau mandal’ that is ‘cows place’ represent Gondal. All the views prescribed seem to be illusionary in nature as no resembling fact is available.
Forts & Monuments Gondal
One of the oldest and most beautiful of Gondal palaces, the Navlakha palace complex (17th century), is situated on a river bank, on a grand masonary base, rising to the monumental scale of at least 30 meter above the river bed. The palace is approached by the high gateway with the clock tower from the town side. The entrance leads to a huge open space with administrate blocks on height and a grand stairfcase with balustrade on the extreme left corner leading to the intricately carved pavilions on the open terrace. The grand Darbar Hall, with a series of huge windows opening onto a long balcony supported by intricately carved brackets, overlooks the river. Darbar Hall, with a series of huge windows opening onto a long balcony supported by intricately carved brackets, overlooks the river. Darbar Hall has large chandeliers, stuffed panthers, gilt wooden furniture and anitique Belgian mirrors. The private palace museum displays artifacts, gifts and messages received by Sir Bhagwatsinhji, on his 50th birthday.
The house of Jasdan was ruled by the great warrior clan of Khachar Kathis. They founded the fortified town of Jasdan on thgondal-palacee banks of Bhadar river. The Darbargadh at Jasdan is a beautiful example compaining plaster decoration with intricate wrought iron work. The decoration above the arches and jharokhas are noteworthy. Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary int hevicinity of jasdan is a beautiful example combining plaster decoration with intricate wrought iron work. The decoration above the arches andjharokhas are noteworthy. Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary in the vicinity of Jasdan, is a creation of the nature loving rulers of Jasdan. Here, nature education camps are organised to create awareness about wildlife and environment.
Other two Royal Palaces- the Riverside Palace and Orchard Palace are converted into heritage hotels. The Riverside Palace is located at the edge of the Gondali river; built in colonial style of architecture, amidst a garden with huge trees. The living room is decorated in European taste, while the Indian room has brassware, beadwork and paintings in typical Indian style. The series of galleries and terraces ot the palace building bring nature close to the visitors of this heritage hotel.
The Orchard Palace was originally a state guest house, built in colonial style with an arcade of semi circular arches, set in the midst of fruit orchards. The garden in the front, a beautiful fountain with lily pond and marble statues enhances the beauty of the palace. The main sitting room has a collection of paintings, antique furniture, bird eggs and many interesting art objects.