Baliati Palace – Dosh-ani zamindar bari

screenshot_388Baliati Palace is one of the most gorgeously crafty palaces among the ancient landlords of Bengal. The palace is also known as ‘Dosh-ani zamindar bari’. Baliati Palace is situated in Saturia Upazila of Manikganj District. This palace is about 5 miles east of Manikganj district headquarter and about 35 miles nort-west of the capital city Dhaka. Baliati Palace is among one of the less known tourist spots of Bangladesh to the outer world.

Baliati Palace is one of the most dazzling piece of embodiment of 19th century monuments of renaissance colonial style of Bangladesh. A prominent salt merchant of the 18th century named Govinda Ram Shaha was the founder of Baliati Palace. He was also the landlord of that region at that time. The four sons of Govinda Ram Shaha added the rest of the buildings to the palace complex.Many of us are not aware of the fact that the famous Jagannath College (currently Jagannath Unversity) was founded by one of the Baliati family members named Babu Kishori Lal Roy Chowdhury.

The Palace complex includes five alike but separate blocks. The main mansion is south faced with 400 feet high frontage. Among the other four, two blocks are two storied while the rest two are three storied. The middle block of upper section in main mansion represents a well decorated mahal (hall) called Rang Mahal which is currently used as museum.The entire complex is surrounded by a high wall with three look alike gateways having the sculpture of lion crowned each of them.

The Baliati Palace was declared as a protected cultural heritage in 1987. The aristocratic design and eye catching beauty of this beautiful palace is worth describing.