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Skywatch Friday – A French Chateau in Himalayan foot hills!

Written by Poorna & Brinda
This structure is stunning.
A great example of aesthetics of our erstwhile Maharajahs.
Imagine a river flanked by mighty mountains on one side and a small hillock on the other.
A French Chateau is built at a place where there is a bend in the river!
This offers lovely views of the river flowing below and the Himalayas in the distant horizon!
This is “Amar Mahal Palace” in Jammu in the Himalayan sate of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The French chateau in Himalayan Foot hills! We were here in August last year.
Designed by a French architect, the palace built in red sandstone with red bricks is in a picturesque environment on a hillock overlooking the Tawi river valley. Built in the European Castle style, the palace has sloping roofs with turrets and tall towers.
The imposing building has long passages on three sides, which are covered by sloping corrugated tin roofs. The passages are supported on columns with wooden framework. The first floor of the palace building has French windows with connected balcony. The top floor has a bay window. The windows also depict triangular projections in classical Greek Architectural style, which are fitted over ornate false columns
The Palace is now a lovely museum and a centre of artistic excellence in Jammu. Take a look at these pictures. (Photos enlarge when clicked)

We clicked this picture in the twilight of the evening.

If you pass by Jammu, make sure you pay a visit to this lovely place. The palace is located in the sprawling royal estate which also houses the lovely heritage hotel “Hari Niwas Palace”.

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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