Tajhat Palace, Tajhat Rajbari, the historic historical palace of Bangladesh, is located at Tajhat in Rangpur. The palace now houses the Rangpur Museum. The Tajhat Palace is three km away. Southeast of Rangpur city, on the outskirts of the city.
The founder of Tajhat Palace
The Tajhat Palace was built by Kumar Gopal Lal Roy (188787-1955), a Hindu merchant, a jeweler by profession who was able to shape his fortune in Rangpur. He was an immigrant from Punjab.
The mysterious name of the place ‘Tajhat’ probably came from his profession. ‘Taj’ signifies ‘crown’ and ‘cap’ signifies ‘neighborhood showcase’. After the death of his father, he became the zamindar of the Tajhat estate as a minor.
Every year on the first two days of ‘Pahela Boishakh’ (Bengali New Year), Gopal Roy introduces ‘Bau Mela’ (fair to women) for women, including a kite-flying festival for children at the Tajhat Palace.
The last day of Boishakh and the first month of the Bengali calendar were also celebrated there with glorious and fanfire.
Tajhat Palace is one of the best architectural sites in Bangladesh. It is located 3 km south-east of Rangpur city. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in North Bangladesh.
This Palace was built by Maharaja Kumar Gopal Lal Roy in the early 20th century. He was a descendant of the Hindu Royal family of Punjab.
Roy migrated from Punjab to the Indian subcontinent. He was a jeweler by profession. The mysterious name of the palace ‘Tajhat’ probably came from his profession.
Although Gopal Roy was a zamindar (landlord) from the British Territory, he had a very good relationship with his tenants. Due to huge requests from his tenants, he started building a royal palace. Gopal employed 2,000 workers to complete the work of his palace.
He invested 1.5 1.5 million at the time to build the palace. The entire Tajhat Palace is surrounded by natural beauty, gorgeous bismuth, and flower gardens. It also has Kamini (Panikulta in Murara), mahogany, mango, and jackfruit trees to the north-south of the palace. The palace is similar to Ahkar Ahsan Manzil (Pink Palace).
The palace is ‘U’ shaped. It looks very nice for elements like white stone, marble stone, limestone, and red brick. There is a large space of about 76 meters in front of the palace. The three parts of the palace face west. It is crowned by a ribbed conical dome on its roof.
The four-story space has plenty of royal rooms, guest rooms, and bathrooms. On the second and third floors of the building are the personal belongings of Maharaja Gopal.
How to Go?
Firstly come Rangpur from Dhaka. You can take a rickshaw or auto-rickshaw (battery-powered rickshaw) to see this place from Rangpur.