The Deeg Palace was built as a summer home for the Jat kings of nearby Bharatpur in the 16th century and was used as a luxurious holiday home for Maharajas until the 1970s.
Deeg was also the site of a large battle between the Mughals and the Jats. After Prince Suraj Mal’s victory, he eventually captured and plundered the Red Fort in Delhi and carried away valuables from the building to construct the Deeg Palace. The granite, marble and stone materials now make up the arches, halls and pillars of the palace, and the watch tower that was used to guard the palace still stands over the grounds today.
Surrounded by elegant courtyards and fountains, the palace's well-placed, patterned gardens are a highlight with numerous flower beds, shrubs and trees throughout. There is a large water tank that supplies the palace with enough water, and during the Holi festival, color is added to the fountains, making for a beautiful celebration.
The Deeg Palace is located 22 miles (35 km) north of Bharatpur. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but is closed on Fridays. Admission is 100 Indian Rupees for foreigners.