Sadar Manzil

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Sadar Manzil (Shaukat Mahal) served as the royal courtroom of the Nawabs who ruled Bhopal in the olden days. Today the building serves as the headquarters of the Municipal Corporation. This place is famous for its exceptional architecture and aesthetic beauty, with its brick-red color and grand design. The main entrance consists of a massive wooden door, which leads to a smaller main gate. The first floor comprises of a huge terrace and was accessible only by the royal family while the second floor is flanked by four majestic domes on the corner. The main courtyard of the building showcases a magnificent fountain. A large podium overlooking the garden once held the seat of the ruler, with windows on the sides to offer the royal women a view of the proceedings.

Sadar Manzil, situated adjacent to the Royal Enclave, served as the royal courtroom of the Nawabs ruling over the Bhopal state. Entrance of this former hall of public audience is marked with a massive wooden door, which leads into a smaller main gate. The first floor of the main gate has a huge terrace balcony, while the second floor features four domes, one in each corner. The ground and first floors are lined with a series of rooms; however, the second floor has only a high rise room with a terrace that was used for night watching.

The main gate opens into a large courtyard, centre of which is marked with a beautiful fountain. Overlooking the garden is a large podium, which once used to be the seat of the ruler. Windows have been built on each side of the stage for the royal women to watch the court proceedings. The rectangular building that houses the stage has a central open space with rooms on sides. From the stage twirls a staircase that leads to the rooms on the first floor. This depicts that the first floor was accessible only to the royal family.

Today, this brick-red edifice serves as the headquarters of Municipal Corporation of Bhopal; wherein elected representatives take important decision regarding development of the city. Once a seat of men with swords, this cantonment surrounded by precincts is now occupied by men and women with ideas. Located near Gohar Mahal, the Sadar Manzil lures plenty of tourists for its exceptional architecture and artistic beauty. Tourists willing to visit the site can either board a bus or take an auto rickshaw or taxi from the city.

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