The New Palace is also known as Shahu Palace constructed between 1877–1884. It is located in Bawada, Kolhapur. It built using black polished stone and it has been an attraction for tourists.The palace is blessed with extensive premises with a garden, fountain and wrestling ground. The whole building is eight-angled and has a tower in the middle with a clock on it which was fixed in 1877.
Even today, it is the residence of Chhatrapati Shahu, the direct descendent of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Empire. It’s a Kings Palace where the King himself lives.The ground floor of the New Palace accommodates the Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum, given over to memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers. Several tourists from across the country visit the New Palace each year. This museum exhibits royal ways of existence.
The Museum is dedicated to a fine collection of possessions of Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur like costumes, weapons, games, jewellery, embroidery and paraphernalia such as silver elephant saddles.The Shivaji Maharaja’s life events are painted on every single glass. A letter from the British Viceroy and Governor General of India is the other memorabilia. There is also one sword of Aurangzeb at the Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum.One section has stuffed Tigers, Tiger heads, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, staring Wild Buffalo, Lion, Black Panther, Wild Boar, Black Buck, a number of other Deer varieties, and a Himalayan Black Bear.The Darbar Hall occupies a huge-height space in middle of the Palace. On the side walls display lobed arches filled with stained glass illustrating scenes from the life of Shivaji Maharaj. Carved columns with temple-like brackets support the cast iron balcony above.