Datia, which lies on the track from Gwalior to Jhansi. In fact it is closer to Jhansi, which is in Uttar Pradesh, than to Gwalior. This small palace town founded by the Bundela chief Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo, is about 26km to the north of Jhansi, 44 Km from Orchha.
Datia is a crowded little village with narrow lanes. The streets are lined with sweet marts, bangle sellers, cloth merchants etc. It is now known for its seven-storied fortress palace of Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo. This structure is a unique example of 17th century Bundela architecture.
The Govind Mandir or Narsingh Dev Palace is situated on an outcrop of rock overlooking Datia. It is often regarded as one of the finest domestic buildings in India, even though it was never actually occupied, it remains a testament to the architectural accomplishment of the Rajputs. The palace was completed in 1620 and took, as our guide told us, 8 years, 10 months and 26 days to build, at a huge cost of 32,90,980 Rupees, a princely sum in those days. The prime objective for Bir Singh Ju Deo to build this palace was to welcome the Mughal emperor Jehangir for one night on his visit to Orchha & Datia. Incidentally it was Bir Singh who had built the Jehangir Mahal in Orchha for the same purpose. Now, whether Jehangir stayed for one night each in both the palaces is something that nobody is sure of.
The Palace has seven stories with five stories visible. It appears much taller than its actual height of 130 ft. A central dome rising to 35m caps the palace. The dimensions of the palace is 200 metres by 200 metres & there are a total of 200 steps required to be climbed to reach the top. This palace was a favourite of Sir Edwin Lutyens, the man who designed most of British New Delhi. Underneath there is a labyrinth of large rooms hewn into the rock on different levels to provide accommodation in hot weather. This is a general view of the palace taken from the front. The palace also houses some of the fine wall paintings of the Bundela school. The palace-fort is an exemplary combination of the Rajput and Mughal architecture.
Another first entry in TE which actually shows the place…though there’s a beautiful picture of the village ladies posted by Patrick (yquem46) from Datia earlier.
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TopGeo (38080) 2009-02-05 0:13
Hi Angshuman! Excellent point and composition with perfect BG One impressive photo. Amazing colours and POV the place impresses
holmertz (31340) 2009-02-05 0:35
A magnificent castle and a well composed picture. The buffalo is perfectly placed in the corner. Very nicely saturated colours.
Gerrit (43763) 2009-02-05 0:35
excellent view on this majestic fortified palace, that very well shows the mighty position of its inhabitants.
The marshland and the ox are great foreground elements.
edytungkal (4551) 2009-02-05 0:42
How are you Angshu friend ?
Indeed India has so many historic and beautiful places and this shot is one of those, I like how you placed this palace on the right and created a nice curve to enjoy this picture. Thanks for the shot...and for the story as usual
devimeuxbe (58557) 2009-02-05 1:07
this place is really amazing. You have well composed this picture with a beautifull vision also on the valley and the buffalo
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-02-05 1:11
Hello Angshu! Wonderful cityscape and landscape. Amazing perspective, long perspective. Good capture. Original work. Well done!
Budapestman (82620) 2009-02-05 1:14
Great shot of this beautiful place. The diagonal composition is very spectacular, the palace on the hill is an amazing sight. Excellent clarity and colours, Congratulations. Have a nice day!
ChrisJ (91292) 2009-02-05 2:12
The water buffalo makes a fine focal point at left. A wonderful blue sky, with the hilltop fort at right,k counterbalancing the compo, & adding additional interest. Tfs!
japiey (10163) 2009-02-05 3:26
Fine way to compose such a beauty.
Smiles to you :)
Dpbours (222) 2009-02-05 3:34
An a jewel it is! I like the inclusion of the water and the water buffalo in the lower left side. I might have cut off a part of the top and bottom to make it more of a panoramic presentation, since it would have given more focus on the palace. The grass in the foreground is not just a bit too sharp for me, but that is a choice if you want to get the water buffalo on there in good sharpness.
feather (51128) 2009-02-05 3:36
Very well composed with the Palace high on the hill, placed to the right, so all the lines lead down to the water meadow. The water buffalo is an excellent detail, along with the buildings and spires in the background.
bukitgolfb301 (32668) 2009-02-05 3:48
Hello my dear Prof. Angshuman
Great photo as usual. Nice capture, framework and color management. Specially small water buffalor can be a good acsent. Wahoo.
Best regards and many thanks
carper (96) 2009-02-05 4:15
very nice Anghu,
a well taken shot here, good balance, fine contrast, very good photo job, thanks for sharing, have a nice day.
Bartleby (13238) 2009-02-05 4:55
Interesting POV Angshu, with the hill leading the eye to your subject. Light is a bit dull but still the overall effect is pleasing.
marietom (34607) 2009-02-05 10:26
Superbe composition, avec ce magnifique château et ce premier plan avec cet animal que je n'identifie pas (trop petit...)
pauloog (11739) 2009-02-05 14:19
A beautiful and interesting view, with a good foreground to put the palace in its environment.
adores (30841) 2009-02-05 16:34
Another great palace:)! Very good pov here. I like to see the cow in foreground. You give a very good idea of the place and colours are just great.
Graal (92174) 2009-02-05 23:51
beautiful view, landscape and old architecture in one. Great palace on the hill. An interesting informations. Well photojob. I like it.
josepmarin (56489) 2009-02-06 1:15
this composition is very pleasant at sight. The framing has a good balance of its elements, the palace on the hill stands out on the landscape and the sky, showing its beautiful architecture, and I like the soft light that illuminates the whole set.
The warm colors also help to obtain this great photographic result.
dip (22130) 2009-02-06 1:24
Impressive view of the palace,I like your photo very much!
the point of view and the framing are very good,
riclopes (35567) 2009-02-06 1:49
taken in Christmas day...Olá Angshu, another new place on TE, another impressive Palace. You are great embassador of your country. Fine view from a distance and nice to see the buffalo passing by on the mud at left, even if not so visible as 'we' would like. They knew how to do things in the past, building on the highest places. The architecture stands out beautifully against the sky.
papagolf21 (79582) 2009-02-06 1:52
Cher ami Angshu,
Comment faites-vous pour trouver des vues aussi magnifiques ? vous possédez un trésor patrimonial extraordinaire. Un grand merci de nous faire partager ces si belles compositions. C'est toujours avec grand plaisir de regarder vos compositions.
pierrefonds (51040) 2009-02-06 3:30
The presence of the animal in the foreground has an effect of scale. The point of view takes our eyes toward the Narshing Dev Palace, it is alos allowing us to see the detaila and colors of the architecture of the palace. The trees are framing well the building. The light is enhancing the colors under a nice blue sky. Have a nice day.
patdeph (35744) 2009-02-06 11:14
one more time you have chosen a great POV to present this woonderful architecture built at the top of the hill!The light and the warm colours are wonderful,and I like the life given by the buffalo and the town at the horizon!Superb!
Emile (20348) 2009-02-06 14:31
Very amazing palace with a beautiful architecture, well placed in your photo and with an interesting marshland and ox in the foreground, nice colors and sharpness. Your composition is very good.
jafadabret (56497) 2009-02-06 23:41
Ce summum d'architecture est présenté ici dans son environnement.
Il y a même un buffle qui parcourt le premier plan. Excellente composition pour présenter cette merveille !
jhm (128073) 2009-02-07 1:02
The point of view takes our eyes toward the Narshing Dev Palace, it is also allowing us to see the detail a and colors of the architecture of the palace
The light and the warm colours are wonderful,and I like the life given by the buffalo and the town at the horizon.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
emjleclercq (15778) 2009-02-07 14:04
Nice point of view on the place on its hill, a realt symbolic of domination here. I was initially thinking that the picture would be better with less of the swamp like field in the foreground, but the buffalo is a very nice detail.
All the best,
siolaw (37642) 2009-02-08 23:42
Build such a residence for someone to spend a night and never occupy it! That shows the mind set and living standards of some people at the time!
Nice compo with palace on the side overlooking the small town... good FG too with buffalo in the seemingly very marshy area... maybe lots of mosquitoes there!?
Atousa (7123) 2009-02-11 0:11
I like this composition with the palace on top n the nature around it.. its architecture seems really elegant n the details are interesting to look at..nicely done.. thank you.
Best regards, A
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (52936)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-12-25
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: From Budelkhand to Princely Gwalior
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-05 0:02