We were out of town to attend a wedding over the weekend and found ourselves close to The Palace of Gold. We thought it looked like an interesting place to visit so we planned to join some of our relatives there for a tour.
The journey there was almost as interesting as the place itself. Our navigation system took us on some desolate back roads. Our adventure included stopping and waiting for a random chicken to safely cross the road as well as swerving the car to keep from crashing into an insufficiently marked area where the road had caved in. Not how I imagined a road to a palace. However, even with all of the risks in this quest, we are glad we got to see New Vrindaban.
As we came upon this unexpected palace in the fields of northern West Virginia, we were awed by its beauty. We decided to explore the grounds while waiting for the rest of our party. One of the first things we noticed was the breathtaking view of the temple near the parking area. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to visit the temple on this trip but our tour guide explained they have a vegetarian feast every Sunday and all are invited.
As we waited, we wandered around the outside of the building visiting the fountains, gift shop, lotus pond, and the rose garden. The gift shop had some beautiful handmade Turmeric soap and Patchouli incense for sale. Walking around the area was so relaxing and rejuvenating. The rose garden was undoubtedly my favorite area. So many beautiful roses in so many different colors. There was a special moment where I was given the gift of watching a bumblebee visit a pink rose.
After everyone arrived and we waited for our tour, the lady at the ticket counter presented a fresh lotus. She passed it around and allowed everyone to smell the fragrance. Words can not describe the heavenly aroma. It was stronger than I expected but very pleasant. Perhaps we will find a way to add the scent of a lotus to one of our natural products.
The tour of the palace itself was shorter than I thought it would be. Still, it was interesting to see the intricate details in each room of the palace and hear the history of all the work that went into the building. The tour guide said there were 5 lbs of gold used in the building. There was plenty of marble and beautiful needlework. The art on the walls and ceilings was fascinating. My favorite detail was how the stained glass windows formed the tailfeather of a sculpted peacock.
We enjoyed our trip to the Palace of Gold. It’s in an unexpected but very peaceful location. It was a pleasure to walk around and feel the peace of the area while connecting with nature. It was an educational experience and we hope to return and visit the temple one day.
If you’d like to plan a visit to the Palace of Gold, you can find all of the information you’ll need on their website. Just click here to visit it for more information.