Cooch Behar Royal Palace, designed and conceived by F Berkley, an English architect in the 19th-century, is a classic example of classical Italian lines. The construction of this opulent monument had been initiated during the reign of King Nripendra Narayan and reached its completion in the year 1887.The ornamental portals and arched corridors seem to go on forever and are a source of delight for the tourists who come to visit its museum and sprawling gardens/lawns.
A part of the palace houses a museum that showcases sepia-tinted photographs of the royal family, imported oil paintings, and antiquities like terracotta figurines, arrows, and clay models as well as exquisite chandeliers—which are definitely worth a look. Certain exhibits like the cow with calf and hoe have been unearthed from Gosanimari—which was the erstwhile capital of the Koch dynasty. Here, you can feast your eyes upon sandstone and laterite sculptures that date back to the 7th century CE. The palace grounds are also famous for a tribal gallery; that offers exclusive glimpse into the culture, heritage and lifestyle of the tribals and indigenous people of Cooch Behar.
|Timings||All days of the week 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||2 to 3 hours|
|Entry Fee||Rs 10/-|