Indulge in Royal Luxury and Heritage at The Belgadia Palace
The Belgadia Palace nestles in the verdant Eastern Indian countryside and stands as an 18th-century Victorian brick-built double-storey structure, showcasing a blend of Greek and Victorian architecture with Doric-Corinthian columns. Once the residence of the royal family of Mayurbhanj, this boutique homestay offers you a chance to experience a past era while celebrating mindful travel.
Beyond its historical charm, the palace serves as a gateway to engaging with the local tribal community and curated tours that delve into the heart of Odisha, encapsulating the essence of incredible India. Situated just a few hours from Simlipal, the Elephant and Tiger UNESCO Biosphere, it's an ideal destination for you if you’re an adventure enthusiast.
Meet Maharajkumari Mrinalika and Akshita M Bhanj Deo
Mrinalika and Akshita represent the 48th generation of the Bhanj Dynasty, former rulers of the princely state of Mayurbhanj. Raised between Odisha and Bengal in eastern India, they pursued their education at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore before becoming Davis scholars in the United States, attending Bard College and the University of Virginia.
Their decision to open their home for mindful guests like you reflects a clear vision of fostering sustainable tourism with a focus on social impact, particularly in the tribal-dominated region. While Mrinalika excels as a yoga practitioner, organising wellness retreats both in India and abroad, Akshita has carved her niche at the intersection of technology and social good. Both sisters are recognised for their significant contributions to sustainability, arts and culture.
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Stay in a Royal Accommodation
Indulge in the serenity of the carefully crafted spaces at The Belgadia Palace, each designed to exude a blend of sophistication and warmth at every turn. The Palace Rooms, embellished with stylish wallpaper, provide an ideal retreat if you’re a couple or a solo traveller, offering a perfect balance of comfort and aesthetic appeal.
If you’re seeking a more spacious and deluxe experience, the Historical Suites, situated on the ground floor, feature walls adorned with elegant wallpaper, blending simplicity with a touch of class and grandeur. For a more royal experience, consider the Garden Historical Suite or the Royal Suite, both promising a regal ambience that adds a touch of grandeur to your experience.
After spending peaceful moments in your regal room, explore the rich heritage of Mayurbhanj.
Immerse in Culturally-Rich Experiences
Explore tailored experiences at The Belgadia Palace that honour their appreciation for nature and the rich heritage of Mayurbhanj. Witness the captivating Chhau dance performance or engage with a Dokra artist if you have a penchant for art. Dokra art involves crafting intricate metal sculptures through a lost-wax casting technique, often depicting elements of tribal life, mythology, nature and folklore.
If you’re a history enthusiast, delve into the architecture and historical landmarks of pre-independence Mayurbhanj state. Explore the medieval ruins of the 14th-century HaripurGarh Fort or visit a nearby handicraft village.
Consider staying here in July to coincide with the Rath Yatra, also known as the Car Festival of Lord Jagannath. This important Hindu festival is observed in various parts of India and features the procession of deities on chariots, typically pulled by devotees, parading through the streets of the town or city.
Belgadia Palace offers a diverse range of activities, ensuring an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for you.
Visit the Similipal Elephant and Tiger Reserve
The Similipal Elephant and Tiger Reserve, a renowned UNESCO Biosphere and one of India's premier wildlife parks, is conveniently located just 40 kilometres from The Belgadia Palace. As one of the country's largest and most significant protected areas, it is celebrated for its extensive biodiversity, lush landscapes and varied ecosystems, spanning 2750 square kilometres. Within this expansive reserve, you can explore the scenic Barheipani and Joranda waterfalls, two of the highest in India.
Similipal is home to diverse wildlife, including the elusive melanistic tiger (though sightings are infrequent), along with leopards, elephants, barking and spotted deer, langurs and gaurs. The reserve also boasts a rich avian population, featuring species such as the grey hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, red jungle fowl, Alexandrine parakeet and the crested serpent eagle.
Consider placing The Belgadia Palace high on your travel wish list. A visit to this boutique property promises not just a regal ambience but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Odisha, encouraging a commitment to responsible travel.
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