Tajhat Palace is an European-style palace located in the northern part of Bangladesh. Built in the early 20th century by a Hindu Zamindar (feudal land-lord), Tajhat Palace is one of the finest palaces in Bangladesh still in a good shape. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the northern Bangladesh.
The founder of Tajhat Palace
Tajhat palace was built by a Hindu merchant named Kumar Gopal Lal Roy (1887-1955), a jeweller by profession who managed to make his fortune in Rangpur. He was an emigrant from the Panjab. The mysterious name of the place ‘Tajhat’ perhaps came from his profession. ‘Taj’ means ‘crown’, and ‘hat’ means ‘local market’. He became the zamindar of Tajhat estate as a minor after the death of his father.
Gopal Roy introduced ‘Bau Mela’ (fair to wives) for women along with kite flying festival for Children in the Tajhat palace every year on the first two days of ‘Pahela Baishakh’ (Begali New Year). The last day of Baishakh and the first month of Bangla calender, was also celebrated there with grandeur and funfair.
The making of Tajhat Palace
Although Gopal Roy was a zamindar, he had very good relations with his tenants. For the huge request from his tenants, he started making a Royal palace in the beginning of the 20th century. He appointed 2,000 workers to complete the work of his royal palace. He invested 1.5 million dollars at that time to make the palace.
Tajhat Palace is ‘U’ shaped in design. It looks gorgeous for its elements like white stones, marble stones, lime stones, and red bricks.
The palace has a big blank space about 76 meters in front and features an imposing central staircase made of imported white marble. The balustrade originally featured marble sculptures of classical Roman figures, but these have long since disappeared.
The three part of the palace is west faced. It is also crowned by a ribbed conical dome in its roof similar to Ahsan Manzil. The four storied palace contains a lot of royal rooms, guest rooms, and bathrooms.
The whole palace surrounds with natural beauty, fantastic beseem, and flower gardens. It also has Kamini (Murraya Paniculata), Mehagani, Mango, and Jack-fruit trees in the north-south side of the palace. Local villagers believe, there is treasure hidden in the walls of Tajhat Palace.
The museum inside Tajhat Palace
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 Tajhat Palace in 2005. The main room at the top of the marble stairs have a number of display cases which show 10th-11th century terracotta artifacts. In the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building, there are private materials of Maharaja Gopal.
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.
Visiting hours of Tajhat Palace
Tajhat Palace is open for the visitors 7 days a week from 10.00 am to 06.00 pm. However, the museum located on the 1st floor of the palace will be open according to the following time-table. On Sunday, the museum will remain closed, however the palace will remain open alright.
Summer Season (April – September)
- Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 AM – 01.00 PM, 01.30 PM – 06.00 PM
- Friday: 10.00 AM – 12.30 PM, 02.30 PM – 06.00 PM
- Sunday: Weekly Holiday
- Monday: 02.30 PM – 06.00 PM
Winter Season (October – March)
- Tuesday – Saturday: 09.00 AM – 01.00 PM, 01.30 PM – 05.00 PM
- Friday: 09.00 AM – 12.30 PM, 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM
- Sunday: Weekly Holiday
- Monday: 01.30 PM – 05.00 PM
- Tajhat Palace will remain closed for visitors during Eid day and the previous day of Eid. It will remain open as usual from the next day of Eid day.
- Tajhat Palace will remain closed during any govt. holiday.
- Tajhat Palace will be closed at 04.00 PM during the holy month of Ramadan.
Entry fees of Tajhat Palace
- Local Tourists: 20 TK
- Foreigners: 200 TK
How to go Tajhat Palace
Take a train and bus from anywhere to Rangpur city, and jump on a auto-rickshaw to go Tajhat Palace. It is located just 3 km outside the city.
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