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Tajhat Palace

 

Tajhat Palace, Tajhat Rajbari, is a historic palace of Bangladesh, located in Tajhat, Rangpur.This palace now holds the Rangpur museum. Tajhat Palace is situated three km. south-east of the city of Rangpur, on the outskirts of town.

History

The palace was built by Maharaja Kumar Gopal Lal Roy in the beginning of the 20th century. It is believed that from the conspicuous appearance of his Taj or jeweled crown, his estate derived the name of Tajhat.

From 1984 to 1991 the palace was used as a Rangpur High Court Branch of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In 1995 the palace was declared as a protected monument by the Department of Archaeology. Recognizing its outstanding architectural value the Government of Bangladesh shifted the Rangpur Museum to the second floor of the palace in 2005. The main room at the top of the marble stairs has a number of display cases that show 10th–11th-century terracotta artifacts. There are a number of fine examples of Sanskrit and Arabic manuscripts, including copies of the Mahabharat, Ramayan, and a Quran whose provenance is attributed to none other than the Mughal Aurangzeb. The back rooms have several examples of black stone Hindu carvings in its back rooms, mainly of the deity Vishnu. Photography is not permitted in the museum itself

 

How To Go

The best transport from Dhaka to Rangpur is Green Line and TR Travels. Besides, ordinary buses of Agamani Paribahan, SR, Shyamoli, Hanif, Keya etc. run on this route. These buses leave from Kalyanpur and Gabtali in Dhaka at different times every day from morning to night. Good hotels in Rangpur include Hotel Shah Amanat (Shipping Company Junction), Hotel Golden Tower (Shipping Company Junction), Hotel The Park (Shipping Company Junction), Hotel Tilottama (Thana Road), Hotel Vijay (Jail Road), RDRS (Jail Road).

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