Rajvant Palace Resort



Vijayraj Palace Home Stay

The entire complex is about 8 acres on elevated land. From the main gate entrance, there are trees and hedge on both sides of half km road (with divider in between) ending near a cannon in centre and a circular fountain facing the Vijayraj Palace Hotel. On both sides of the road are well laid out lawns. There are out-houses for different category of room guests, and the Rajvant Palace is adjoining.

The Vijay Palace was built by Maharaja Chhatra Singhji for his son Yuvraj Vijay Sinhji in 1910 AD., before he ascended the throne in September 1915. The Palace has a Victorian architecture with classical colonnaded semi-circular portico as the entrance, Corinthian pillars, Gothic arches, European domes and views of the river at the rear. The 7 acre grounds have been landscaped professionally into formal gardens. Crested arch doors lead to a marble floored hall, that now serves as the reception of the hotel. The drawing room has retained it’s original character with European settees, elegant tables. On royal portraits and black metal European statutory. The teak wood floor, banqueting hall next to the drawing room, has a long wooden 24 seated dining table, on the wall are historic photographs of Maharajah Vijay Sinhji's exploits of the races and polo. A number of old and new decorative objects and in brass, marble and ceramics decorate the hall. A portable screen partition separates the banqueting and drawing areas, which is removed when the palace is chartered for corporate conferences.


Enchanting Rajpipla

Rajpipla Town is the headquarters of Narmada District in South Gujarat of Western India, on State highway. Nearest main railway stations are Ankleshwar and Bharuch 55/60 Kms. and closest Airport is Vadodara (Baroda) 65kms. Rajpipla is basically an academic town having all types of primary, secondary and higher Gujarati and English medium educational institutions Most of them are functioning in Palacial buildings with residential playground/recreational facilities. Rajpipla although small yet is self-sufficient in catering to all requirements like big cities.

Rajpipla is also a religious centre with shrines of all faiths like-temples, mosques, Jain derasar, also a Parsi Fire Temple, church and Gurudwara, The commercial establishments stock all the essential and sophisticated items of choice at Rajpipla. Hospitals, dispensaries and specialized clinics are fully equipped to treat any type of ailment with plenty of medical stores. Rajpipla is blessed with scenic beauty surrounded by the holy Narmada River, Karjan River, streams, valleys, Satpura Mountain range, thick teak forests, evergreen banana and sugarcane plantations.The year-round climate is also bracing without any excessive cold, heat or rain.

History of Rajpipla


  • (1846-1897)

    Maharana Gambhir Singhji

    The owners of the Rajvant Palace Resort are the descendants of The Gohil Rajput rulers of princely Rajpipla, its State area covering about 1,800sq miles, mostly of forest, agricultural land and river valleys. It grew to be one of the most prosperous princely states in Gujarat, with a salute of 13 guns. second only to Baroda in south eastern Gujarat, Chokrana, a Parmar Rajput prince of Ujjain in Malwa (now the western part of the state of Madhya Pradesh), following disputes with his father settled in Pipla town.

  • (1862-1915)

    Maharana Chhatra Singhji

    the builder of modern and affluent Rajpipla was his son, Vijay Sinhji, who came to the throne in 1915 AD, and proved to be a great administrator. He was conferred the Knight commander rank, the hereditary title of Maharajah and the gun salutes for the ruler of Rajpipla were increased from 11 to 13. He introduced free Primary education, nominal high school fees, scholarships, a hospital, 5 dispensaries and a veterinary hospital in the state, good public works, a criminal-and-civil court, good motorable roads, a 40 mile railway line connecting Rajpipla to Ankleshwar, a junction on the Delhi-Ahmedabad-Bombay line, and a 19 mile steam rail-road & tramway connecting the towns along the river Narmada with villages in the interior and a power house supplying water and electricity to the town.

  • 1959

    MAHARAJA RAGHUBIR SINGH GOHIL

    Matriculation from Daly College, Indore,(Madhya Pradesh)1959,Graduation from N.Wadia College Pune,(Maharashtra) in Economics, Hons (special) 1963, Diploma in Business and Industrial Management from I.C.S. London (U.K.) Doctorate of Law from Geneva Theological College, N. Carolina (U.S.A) Hon Consul for Barbados (West Indies)in Mumbai, (Former), Rank of Colonel from Kentucky (U.S.A.) Honours-Knight Commander Bylorussia, (now Belarus) Knight of Justice from (Poland) Knight Order of St.George from (U.K.), Commandeur from Paris,(France), Knight Order of St.Gereon, Koln (Germany), Member of Police Chiefs (U.S.A.) Special Executive Magistrate, (Maharashtra), Conservator of Wild Life (Govt. of Gujarat), Director/Partner R.R.Hotels Ltd. and Raj Enterprises of Rajvant Palace Resort and Vijayraj Palace Hotel, Trustee of G.S.L English Medium Public School, R.R. Charitable Trust, Rajeshwar Mahadeo Trust, Tatya Baba Trust, Publication in National Geographic Magazine, (U.S.A.) Men of Achievement, Cambridge (U.K.) Faces of India (U.K.), Married Rukmani Devi, a Princess from Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) in 1964.

  • 1959

    MAHARANI RUKMANI DEVI,

    Daughter of late Maharawal of Jaisalmer and wife of Maharaja Raghubir Singhji of Rajpipla is an MA in philosophy from Rajasthan university, and has done catering diploma from Insitute of catering(Bombay), Correspondence course in journalism(ICS, Bombay), Yogic course(Yoga institute, Santacruz, Bombay) and training in Vocal Hindustani sangeet under Pandit Manikbua Thakoredas of Bhaskar Gharana. She is Convenor (Rajpipla chapter) of INTACH, Director of Hotel Taj Ganges(Banares hotel Ltd, Varanasi), a dealer of Indian Oil corporation in Jaisalmer, Patron member of PEN(All India center, Bombay), Chairperson of Shri Laxminath charitable trust, trustee of RR charitable trust, Rajeshwar Mahadev trust and Shri Tatya Baba trust, and founder member of Raj Swachick Sewa Sanstha, Rajpipla. She is the author of Aashadi badaal, a book of poems in Hindi with connotations in Gujarati and English.

Other Services

SCHOOL TRIPS

Several children and school groups have stayed in the Palace Since 1996, for Scout, activity and nature camps, educational tours etc. This keeps the children occupied during holidays to participate in productive programmes of self improvement.

WEDDINGS/PARTIES

The Palace rooms and compound can be booked for weddings and parties and its connected requirements can be provided like shamianas and mandaps, light decoration, on building and gardens, preparing for honeymoon suite, bridal make up, mehendi, shehnai players and band for procession, and special menu for large catering, Over 100 such joyous occasions have already taken place in the complex.

Royal Museums

Some portion inside the Palace is (1) Heritage (2) Royal and (3) Adivasi (Tribal) Museums. The Royal displays certain personal and ancestral collection of The family in different sections-like glassware, crockery-ware, metal ware, outdoor hunting trophies section, children’s section, music section, spiritual section, family apparel section and family pictures, portraits etc. The Heritage – has the Royal state marble throne, goddess Durga statue, items and photos of the Darbar and religious ceremonies. The Tribal – has daily use items depicting the living and life style of tribals in this region.

Testimonials

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Linda B
We stayed for one night at Rajvant Palace Resort and the standard was as it often seems to be in indian small town hotels
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Tigerlover
Rajvant Palace is a beautiful place to arrive at. The heritage is immediately seen, and the rooms witheir high ceilings are atmospheric. However, the same cannot be said for the catering arrangements.