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“Rude and mannerless authority” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Marble Palace Kolkata

Marble Palace Kolkata
46 Muktaram Basu St | off Chittaranjan Ave, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700040, India
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Type: Museums, Cultural
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
1 review
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“Rude and mannerless authority”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Me and two of friends visited the much coveted Marble Palace on the Christmas Day in the afternoon. The palace is indeed wonderful with its exemplary architecture. But the administrative personnel present in the palace ground was very rude and indecent. First of all we were asked to show Government Passes to enter, and when I asked for an explanation he showed me a torn out self made board stating that tourists need passes to visit. Then he said that we can enter, but on our exit we need to pay 200 bucks. As soon as we entered, some other people in khaki uniform impeded us to roam further, even we were not allowed to go near the aviary. But, the locals were having real good fun on the ground. We were treated very badly as our cameras were not in our bag, but we didn't click any pictures. Then totally frustrated and irritated we decided to leave. On the exit that guy asked for his 200 bucks, and when we demanded receipt he made us cognizant that no receipt system is there. We didn't pay any and we left. West Bengal Tourism should consider how to maintain this historical place. They should replace these disgusting administrative people who do not know how to behave properly with tourists.

Visited December 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Palace in urgent need of Restoration.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

The Marble Palace is a wonderful place to see the lovely art work collected by the Raja during his lifetime. The palace is now in urgent need of restoration especially for the lovely art work that is housed there including a painting by Peter Paul Rubens and about four by Raja Ravi Verma. There are many beautiful artefacts like a silver dog and a golden table clock besides a lot of Chinese and Japanese porcelain vases, Belgian glass, etc. Do not forget to get your permission to enter the place from the Tourism Bureau as they generally do not allow walk in visitors. We were lucky to get in with a special request and also met and talked to one of the youngest descendants of the Raja's family.

Visited December 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Faded Grandeur”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Free to enter, but you need to get a permit from the tourist office first.
The obligatory guides will want a tip, who with broken English made the old place come alive.
Not as big as i thought it might have been.
This is a splendid old Maharajah's Palace full to capacity of original oil painting, Chinese vases, French chandeliers.
When you come out there is small zoo.

Visited December 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“India could survive on tourism alone, if only........”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

What a great shame. Such a beautiful and amazing monument to India's great history in such a terrible state of disrepair and neglect, going to wreck and ruin. To think this is a UN World Heritage Site, an accolade it rightfully deserves. I wonder where all the money given for this award goes to, certainly not on upkeep or maintenance? Saying that, it is an 'attraction' you surely must not miss. Worth 10 times more than the 100 rupees or so tip to the guide. There is no entrance fee. Anywhere else in the world you would happily pay 20 to 30 times more to see such an unbelievable museum. The building itself is a treasure to behold, and the gardens and pond are lovely to stroll around, even in their present condition! The works of art inside must be priceless. India could survive on tourism alone, if only the powers that be didn't take it's heritage for granted. Whatever you do in Kolkata, turn a blind eye to it's shortfalls but don't miss out on this hidden gem!

Visited November 2012
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Forgotten era”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Built in 1835 ,by a wealthy Bengali merchant,Raja Rajendra Mullick. It is a house of treasure with beautiful marble sculptures and victorian furniture. Even some of the local people of Kolkata have not visited this place. It is one of the "must see" places in Kolkata..

Some of the sculptures are in pairs,idential in nature... for this you must ask your guide about the story behind it.

Visited May 2012
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