Historical Galkot Durbar of Harichaur in deserted look
Galkot Durbar, the palace of the then king of Galkot principality, is gradually becoming dilapidated. In absence of repair and maintenance, it is losing its grandeur. The palace is located at Harichaur of Galkot, spreading over nearly 5 ropani area.
Galkot was one of the powerful kingdoms among the 24 principalities before Nepal could get unified. The colour of the palace has started getting discoloured due to rain and sun. The sorry condition of the Durbar greets from the gate itself. The walls, pond, garden, granary, resting place and a temple within the Durbar’s premises are also becoming decrepit. The steps and stairs inside the palace have also started falling off. The pond is sans water and its beauty. There are no flowers blooming in the palace garden. The doors and verandahs have rotten. The rooms and walls have become disfigured.
This heritage structure was in its prime until 2017 BS. Members of the Galkot king’s family used to live in this palace until then and they had taken good care of their ancestral property. The first people-elected government in 1959 decided to abolish the then extant principalities. It was Bharat Bam Malla himself, who had taken a proposal for the same in the Council of Ministers that time. Even after the abolishment of the Galkot principality, members of the then Royal family used to reside in the place and own up the responsibility of its care and protection.
The two-storey palace dating back to 1989 BS is made of stones, bricks and timbers. It has a sufficient open space. Structures used for different administration purposes still stand here. There is a temple of Hindu God Narayan and a huge garden behind the palace. Regular puja is conducted in the temple.