Attractions in Deeg
Gopal Bhawan - This magnificent
palace overlooks the Gopal Sagar tank. Two 'monsoon'
pavilions flank Gopal Bhawan, namely Sawan
and Bhadon named after the monsoon months.
Designed like a pleasure barge, water was directed
at the rooflines to resemble sheets of rain! The marble
swing in front of the palace belonged to empress Noor
Jahan. The spacious banquet hall with proportioned
pillars, the dining hall in yellow marble with angled
window arches, the royal chess room with its hollow
section is extremely breathtaking in their formation
- Beyond the Gopal Bhawan is situated the Suraj Bhawan.
This houses its own fountains and is especially known
for its plant decorations on marble slabs that were
probably looted from Agra. Parts of this building
also appear to have been taken from other Mughal residences.
- This palace is placed to the south of the central
garden. It has an ornamented façade with five
arches and many fountains.
- In the southeast corner is this summer pavilion
with its many pillars. Surrounded by 500 fountains
that are fed by water stored on the roof top reservoir,
they spouted colored water to a backdrop of fireworks
in the old days. In a watercourse beneath, large iron
balls rolled against each other simulating the crash
Mahal - Situated in the southeast corner
is this mirror palace, built in 1725.
Bhawan - To the north of the central
garden is a large audience hall. 45 mts long
and 6 mts high, it is built on a raised terrace
and enclosed by seven arches.
Fort - Built by Raja Suraj Mal, this
fort has striking moats and stands majestically
over a slightly elevated point.
Quick Getaways near Deeg
- Situated 34 kms away, Bharatpur is an interesting
excursion point. Famous for its rare avian species,
this scenic sanctuary has some 353 species living
and breeding here. The marshy area is an ideal
terrain for migratory birds.
Dholpur - Due to
its strategic location (close to both Agra and
Delhi), this small state was a witness to many
important battles. Jhor, a village 16 kms from
Dholpur was the site of the oldest Mogul garden
in the subcontinent . Mach Kund , a lake
surrounded by over a hundred
temples, lies a kilometer away. Surrounding
areas like Bari, Damoh, Kanpur Mahal, Van Vihar Wild
life Sanctuary offer interesting excursions.
Events in Deeg
During the Monsoon Festival
every year, 500 fountains spurt colored jets of water
while a few cultural festivals are on and produce
a dramatic picture.
Getting There & Away to Deeg