(Last Updated on : 23/01/2013)
Talatal Ghar or the Kareng Ghar (meaning the Royal Palace in Assamese) is located Rangpur
. Swargadeo Rudra Singha commissioned the palace. Located in the western part of the Sibsagar
town this place is one of the important historical sites which has a multi-storied palace called Talatal Ghar built by Swargadeo Rajeswar Singha.
Talatal Ghar is made of brick and an indigenous type of cement which has four storied Kareng Ghar (or palace), built by Rudra Singha and his other sons. Along with the existing structure, Rajeswar Singha added three underground stories. The Talatal Ghar also had two secret underground tunnels connected to the Dikhow River and the Garhgaon Palace, which were used as escape routes in case of enemy attack.
The name of this enduring and ancient city is registered in the history of Assam
, which encloses the background of earlier times. The Sibsagar town was famous capital for the mighty rulers of Ahom dynasty. This palace also shows the Ahoms Culture
in Assam. The emperors and their sovereigns ruled several empires and captured various regions from this place. The rule of the Ahoma dynasty continued for a longer span around 600 years. Later, after so many years, their rule to capture also the regions ended when the British East India Company
came to India.
In this palace, the oldest water tank is also found here which is over two hundred years old is and known as Sibsagar Tank. This amazing tank attracts several tourists form local to international who hail from various regions to countries to visit this splendid place. Around the palace, a small garden is also developed which is adorned with various plants, trees, and vivid flowers.
Talatal Ghar often attract the visitors who can only view the ground floor and first floor and some of remaining portion of the 2nd and 3rd floor of the palace. The underground stories have been robbed and many of the wooden structure of the palace have been stolen with time. The palace is known for unique architecture, which is surrounded by a brick fortification and by an earthen fort (Garh) with dikes filled with water. There is a Khar Ghar or store house which was built to store the gun-powder and ammunition near the palace.
Thus known for its architecture, this is one of the well-built palaces of Assam. Developed with beautiful gardens this often excites the tourists of Assam.