For anyone touring through the state of West Bengal, the Cooch Behar Palace is a must visit. In terms of architecture, the Cooch Behar Palace holds a lot in common with the Buckingham Palace in London established in 1887 A.D. The palace is home to a gamut of vintage paintings, colourful murals, majestic crystal chandeliers, and sepia photographs depicting its livelier days.
It is also known as the Victor Jubilee Palace and is currently being conserved by the Archeological Survey of India. History lovers are in for a treat as the premise also hosts a museum with charming artefacts that would take them back in time. From terracotta figurines, clay models of a cow with calf, arrows, to an enviable collection of oil paintings, along with hoe, sandstone and laterite sculptures it's easy to grasp the routine of those decades.
The palace also houses many exquisite halls, and leisure rooms accompanied by a library, a ladies gallery, billiard hall, Toshakhana and Vestibules. The Palace also has a Durbar hall with a metal dome that's roofed by a cylindrical louver showcasing a traditional Renaissance style architecture. Let your eyes ravish the intricate steppe patterned Corinthian columns that bolster the base of the cupola.
Outstanding Universal Value
Cooch Behar is one of the most renowned monumental sites in West Bengal, constructed by Koch King Maharaja Nripendra Narayan. While the place is now the property of ‘The Mantris’ the structure is a mesmerising reflection of the architectural brilliance of the noble era.
Built with Classical Western styles in mind this mammoth building is a double storied structure that spans an area up to 51309 square feet. The magnificent structure is 395 feet in length and 296 feet in breadth. The Palace tips slightly at the southern and northern ends. In the middle is a projected porch coursing an entrance to the Durbar Hall.