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Datia, Gwalior

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Known in Mahabharata as Daityavakra, Daita is known for its seven-storied palace of Raja Bir Singh Deo. This structure is a unique example of 17th century architecture. And if you happen to be a temple freak, do visit the Gopeshwar temple. It is also a pilgrimage spot for devotees of Siddhapeeth Shri Peetambara Devi. The other sight is a temple with Mughal frescoes. The seven-storied palace built in brick and stone by Raja Bir Singh Deo is one of the finest examples of Bundela architecture, built in 1614. The palace houses some of the fine Bundela paintings. The imposing Gopinath temple is a confluence of cultures with Mughal frescoes adorning the temple. This is a town of great historic significance, and Datia's seven-storeyed palace was built entirely of stone and brick. Within the palace are some fine wall paintings of the Bundela school. The fort is an exemplary combination of the Rajput and Mughal architecture. In 1818 Datia played host to then British Governer-General, Lord Hastings and a splendid durbar was held in 1902 for the Viceroy, Lord Curzon. The sunset from the fort is absolutely spectacular. This would be your favourite site. The buildings require so much imagination to be really appreciated. This palace stands on its own.

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