Glory of Swat’s White Palace: Carved from the same stone as the Taj Mahal

White Palace of SWAT

There are various things that keep pushing me regulary, to visit the Marghazar Valley in Swat,Mount Elum, the emerald  gorgeous landscape, sublime environment, its historical background, and above all, the White Palace of the current era in its lap. Swat white palace is located about 13 kilometres southward from Saidu Sharif, the magnificent royal building of the White Palace sits among the lush greenery of the narrow valley of Marghazar, in wait to shower a magical spell over visitors as soon they take their first step into its grand lawn.

White Palace of SWAT

Swat White Palace

Lawn of White Palace Murghzar Swat Region

Lawn of White Palace

Seeing the spectecluar landscape, there is minute surprise that the first ruler of the modern day  Swat state, Abdul Wadood had decided in 1935 to craft a royal summer destination here. 

The white marbles for this building were fetched from the marble quarry in Jaipur in India, the same quarry from which the Taj Mahal’s marble was utilised. 

According to Miangul Shehryar Amir Zeb, who stands as  the grandson of Miangul Jahanzeb (the last ruler of Swat), Miangul Abdul Wadood Badshah sahab paid visit to  Rajasthan in India, and was stunned by the white marble used for the palace of the Maharaja of Rajasthan.

“Abdul Wadood sahab was so impressed by the white sparkling marble that he fetched it from Jaipur in India on his return to Swat,” he said.

“It was the first structure in the whole region constructed on Victorian architecture. It has a multilayered roof, starting from a bronze layer to the wooden layer of deodar tree, lime layer, mud layer, and again a deodar layer with an iron layer to the outer top.”

Furniture of White Palace swat

Furniture of White Palace swat

Its bronze, used in the upper ceiling, was taken from Belgium, and its artisan from Empire of Turkey. Its ceiling fans and its electrical equipment were imported from then British Empire, and they’re all still getting along well. 

It was initially  named Swati Taj Mahal, then called Moti Mahal but nowadays it is quoted as , Sufaid Mahal.

The flora and fauna is being well taken care of , which adds to the beauty and curves of the palace. Currently, the palace is being run as a hotel where a large number of visitors come only for its breathtaking architecture and ancient background.

balcony view white palace swat

Balcony view white palace

There are large collections of anicient  photos in one of the halls of the White Palace, including those of Miangul Abdul Wadood and Miangul Jahanzeb Abdul Haq  whole were the last ruler of the modern state  and Queen Elizabeth II, during her visit to Swat.

carved stones of white palace laid on lush green emerald of Grass.

carved stones of white palace laid on lush green emerald of Grass.

white palace interior room view

white palace interior

Ambiance of white palace

Ambiance of white palace

Snow covered White Palace in winter season.

Snow covered White Palace in winter season.

This palace is an national heritage that should be preserved but our government is paying no heed to it. The lack of interest is clearly damaging the palace and various historical items are on risk of being lost in helm. This palace has potential to become one of the most visited place in Pakistan as visitors come in winter as well as summer. 

Ejaz Hussain
Ejaz Hussain

Ejaz hussain is Entrepreneur running a successful Web Design and Development Business in Rawalpindi. His Management Degree gives him power to handle his dedicated professional team. He is passionate writer and loves travelling.

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