Tajhat Palace is one of the most prominent archaeological pattern in northern Bangladesh. The majestic palace is situated at 3 kilometres south-east from the city of Rangpur. ‘Taj’ means Crown and ‘Hat’ means Local market. Tajhat Palace is one of the most attractive tourist spots in northern areas of Bangladesh.
In the beginning of the 20th century Maharaja Kumar Gopal Lal Roy built the Tajhat Palace. He was a jeweler by profession. He was the progeniture of successive royal hindu family who emigrated from Punjab. The aristocratic title of the palace ‘Tajhat’ probably comes from his profession. Gopal Lal Roy appointed near about 2000 workers and invested almost 1.5 million dollars of that time to complete the construction of his palace. However the construction of the royal palace was completed in 1917. Though Gopal Lal Roy was a Landlord of British period, he maintained a very good relation with the possessors.
The Tajhat Palce looks similar to Ahsan Manzil of Dhaka from the frontage. The palace is laid on a ‘U’ structure. It is a two storied building faces east. It’s crowned by a ribbed conical dome supported by a tall octagonal neck in the middle of the rooftop. The aristocratic palace has 28 large rooms with 11 pairs of windows. For the direct entrance from 1st floor to the 2nd, a spacious staircase is found adoring with designed lamp posts. There is a fountain of marble stone at the frontside of the palace. The entire palce complex is surrounded by full of natural beauties, lots of flower garden and presence of vast trees has taken its beauty to a different level.
In 2005 the government of Bangladesh has declared the Tajhat Palace a museum. There are huge collection of fine examples of ancient Sanskrit and Arabic manuscripts, copies of Mahabharat ,Ramayan and Quran whose place of origin is attributed to none other than the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb. The back rooms contains fewer examples of black stone hindu craving which is perhaps from Vishnu deity.
Although photography is not permitted inside the palace, but the eye catching beauty of the aristocratic Tajhat Palace is really praiseworthy.