Balaram palace was the weekend retreat and hunting resort of the Lohani who ruled from Jalore in Southwestern Rajasthan and moved to Palanpur after Jalore was annexed to the kingdom of Jodhpur, Marwar. The palace was erected in the 1920s and 30s during the rule of HH Nawab Saheb sir Taley Muhamad Khan Lohani, one of the most loved of the Nawab. The palace has now been taken over by a private entrepreneur, whose family has been in the hospitality business for over 17 years.
The palace is a gracious work of neo-classical architecture, with 13 acres of private woodlands and formally landscaped gardens with Mexican lawns, exotic flowerbeds, Modern fountains and well-concealed music system. Inside the palace are some beautiful marble galleries, wooden staircases and well-appointed public areas. The terrace has breathtaking views of the Aravallis hills, specially during the sunset. The palace has been beautifully restored and renovated.
Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary And Jessore Hill Sanctuary
Fine hill forests near the palace are home to Sloth Bear, Panther, Blue Bull, 4-horned home to Sloth Bear, Panther, Blue Bull 4 horned Antelope, Jackal, etc. Excellent area for bird watching with Grey Hornbill, Grey Jugle Fowl, Flycatchers, Drongoes, etc. are among the many birds seen over here.
A number of temples of religious importance are located along Balaram River. An important religious fair takes place at Balaram annually.
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The palace is 167-km from Ahmedabad, 14-km from Palanpur Station, 3-km Off Ahmedabad - Abu National Highway - 14. It's a very convenient stop over between Ahmedabad and the destinations of Rajasthan.