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An interesting excursion from Junagadh, about 64 km away, Gondal has many tourist attractions. The 17th century Naulakha Palace is particularly beautiful, with stone carvings, a pillared courtyard, magnificent jharokhas (balconies), carved arches, a spiral staircase, a grand durbar hall and gilt wooden furniture. A stone's throw away lies the majestic Riverside Palace, situated on the banks of River Gondali. Set amidst gardens and lawns, the palace boasts a marvellous living room that exudes colonial charm with antique wooden furniture, British-style chandeliers and sofas. The Indian room is a must-visit as the decorations of brassware, paintings and beadwork are quite enchanting. There are many pretty sit-outs on the terrace, from where tourists can get spectacular views of the river and gardens. The Riverside Palace was built by Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji, of the princely Gonda state, for his son Yuvraj Bhojraji in 1875 AD. A museum housed in the palace gives an account of the glorious days gone by through exhibits like the silver caskets that carried gifts and messages for Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji, etc.