Built in a combination of the Indo-Saracenic style with European inflections, the pillared galleries and balconies resting under the five domes of Hazur Palace (formerly Utelia Palace) in the 18th century replaced an older wooden mansion of the Vaghela Rajput rulers of this area. Now there are 14 bedrooms appointed for guests, with modern tiled bathrooms and sometimes a private balcony. Old woodwork has been restored beautifully and decorative plasterwork and patterned floors likewise, complemented by period furniture and old-fashioned light fixtures.
There’s jeep safaris, horse and bullock-cart rides by day, folk music performances by evening. The dining hall offers ‘Indian Chinese’ as well as regional Indian cuisines, and some attempts at Continental, there’s nowhere else to eat Nearby, though, and the tariffs and meal costs are a tad on the higher side, all told.
Nearby The area is home to the nomadic Jeth; and Rebari tribes and the bird trappingPadhar tribes, if you are interested in rural tourism and are lucky enough to run into them. The Lothal archaeological site with relics of the Harappancivilization is 1.5 km from the palace. Jeep safaris can take you to Velavadhar national park and NalSarovar bird sanctuary. Much closer, there is a hot water spring and a dargah of the Muslim pir Makhdam shaJhaniya.
Dining hall, TV in common area
4 km off the Ahmedabad–Bhavnagar highway, the palace is 5 km from the LothalBurkhi railway station and 78 km from Ahmedabad.