COOCHBEHAR RAJBARI (Palace):
This magnificent Palace was constructed by the ‘Koch’ king Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in 1887 AD. Built in bricks in the classical Western style this double-storied structure is rests on a 4 feet 9 inches above the ground and covers an area of 51309 square feet. It is 395 feet in length and 296 feet in breadth. The Palace is fronted by a series of arcaded verandahs in the ground and first floors with their piers arranged in an alternate use of single and double rows. The Palace is slightly projected at the south and northern ends and in the centre there is a projected porch to provide an entrance to the Durbar Hall. The elegantly shaped metal dome of the Durbar Hall is topped by a cylindrical louvre type ventilator (being 124 feet high from the ground level) recalling the style of the Italian Renaissance. The intrados of the dome is carved in the stepped patterns while the Corinthian columns that support the base of the cupola found a new dimension in variegated colours and designs to an entire surface. The palace comprises various halls and rooms that include the Dressing Room, Bed Room, Drawing Room, Dining Hall, Billiard hall, Library, Toshakhana, Ladies Gallery and Vestibules. Unfortunately, all the articles and the precious objects as contained by these rooms and halls are now lost and curbed slightly the crowning glory and superb manifestation of the Palace.
Check out the other photograph on Coochbehar Palace here.
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Partha_c (2029) 2007-04-01 12:01
Thanks Pinaki for yet another nice shot of the Coochbehar palace. A very good POV. Seems to be hanging around here for more magic ! Please do continue posting -- we shall definitely enjoy. Gayatri Devi used to stay here I beleive. Regards.
siolaw (38274) 2007-04-02 22:51
A good POV and framing of the monument, with British Raj influence quite visible... Good sharpness too.. i maybe would wait until sunlight hits the facade to enhance colors and exposure, and sun in your back would give a blue sky instead of a whitish one.. but a good all over presentation!
Nice instructive note too!
feather (51130) 2007-04-20 6:13
What a beautiful building this is. The panoramic format works well to emphasise the length. Although the sky is over-exposed you have captured good detail in the architecture.
stego (24028) 2007-04-24 17:26
A great view of that imposing palace, so charming with its mix of India and Victorian Architecture. Its red colour makes a pretty contrast with the green on the garden. You were very clever with the pov, achieving an impressive sense of depth. Except for the white sky, you did a good job with the exposure, something that doesn't look easy, having the sun behind. It deserved a panorama, as it is a bit frustrating not being able to appreciate the details.
This repost is a great improvement over the original. That frame was a bit tasteless and the contrast is also better.
TFS, Regards, José.
mphotographies (1976) 2007-05-10 21:36
No doubt you have good skills in organizing a subject. Though I kinda feel the subject is cropped too 'tight' in this composition. I like the wideness of the shot, it brings us the massiveness of the palace, showing the entire elevation into a good point of perspective. Regarding the other image, interesting version you did with the flowers on the foreground too.
All the best!
steliosk (4802) 2007-10-22 1:59
An excellent panoramic shot.
I like this one better than the other
I don't know if you live near by the area, if so, try to picture it again same angle, with a better sky. A morning shot perhaps
However this is a great picture