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Discover the Palace

Overlooking the Appalachian hills and valleys, Palace of Gold is reminiscent of an Indian kingdom. Award winning rose gardens and over one hundred water fountains adorn these royal pleasure gardens.

Inside, see sunlight colors through thirty-one stained glass windows reflected in crystal chandeliers and mirrored ceilings. Walk upon intricate marble floors and inlaid walls. Fifty-two varieties of marble and onyx imported from Europe, Asia and Africa.

In the Grand Hall hangs a giant French chandelier over 150 years old. Murals depicting ancient Indian classics are painted on the ceiling in the tradition of Renaissance masters. Walls and pillars are accented with semi-precious stones and pure gold. Under the thirty-ton main dome is a 4200 piece crystal ceiling.

Four royal peacock windows display more than 1,500 pieces of hand-crafted stained glass. Peacock and lotus motifs pervade the Palace, etched into numerous windows and carved into doors. Peacocks are traditionally associated with Royalty and Lord Krishna, who wears a peacock feather in His hair.

Palace Rose Garden

The Palace of Gold is home to one of the 100 top award-winning rose gardens in the U.S.A. The rose garden is a vivid bouquet of color set amidst the green hills, where you can see over 150 varieties of roses.

The Garden of Time to the east of the Palace is resplendent with color from spring to late fall with Geraniums, marigolds, zinnias, blue salvias and dahlias. Walkways divide the flowers into islands that surround the central fountain like the segments of a sundial.

One visitor wrote, ”The rose garden is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen and the vistas are breathtaking. This garden alone made the trip worthwhile.”

The Palace Rose Garden has three different blooms, starting in early June to mid-July, followed by a second bloom late July to early August, and the third bloom is late September.

Lotus Pond & Natural Beauty

Another highlight located behind the Palace is the breath-taking Lotus Pond. The beauty of the lotus flower is sung in ancient poetry and has a fragrance unlike any flower on earth. It is said that lotuses create an atmosphere of transcendence. Our lotus pond is often visited by the white swans who reside at our temple lake. Enjoy a walk around the Lotus pond in full bloom (June-August) nestled on a hilltop with gorgeous vistas of three different states.

Explore the idyllic atmosphere of the grounds and gardens during your visit. Down by the main temple is a small lake surrounded by trails ideal for picnics. This lake is home to our swans and is the site of our annual swan-boat festival. This area is also home to a special breed of ducks and roving peacocks letting out their unique call.

Palace Gift Shop

Visit the Palace Gift shop for exotic souvenirs and gifts imported from India. The shop carries a wide variety of traditional Indian devotional clothes, incense, curios, sacred objects, and classical books of wisdom. The gift shop is located to the left of the Palace entrance.

Hours

  • April - June: weekends only - 10 am - 6 pm
  • July - August: open Noon to 5 on weekdays, 10 – 6 on weekends
  • September - October: open weekends only 10 am – 6 pm
  • Extended hours during bus and group tours and festivals.
New Vrindaban Temple

After touring the Palace, pay a visit to the stunning main temple, central shrine of worship of the New Vrindaban Hare Krishna community, open to the public throughout the year. Worship begins at 5am and continues throughout the day, visitors are welcome to observe and participate anytime. Walk through the gigantic temple entrance doors, flanked by two giant guards and be transported to another dimension. Inside, marvel at the recreation of an ancient Indian temple with twenty-four pillars topped with sculpted lions leading up to intricately worked ceilings. Look up even higher and spot the parrots hidden in the four-story high stained glass atrium ceiling. The central golden altar, from which the presiding deities of the community give Their audience, is considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful, truly a must-see. The temple walls are hung with oversized original works of art. Also on display in the temple room is a priceless hand-carved teak-wood festival chariot. An incredibly opulent ceremonial golden swing, taking thousands of man hours to create, can be viewed in the rear-left of the temple room.

New Vrindaban Goshalla

Our Goshalla is essentially a working dairy, but with a very special difference. Not only do we care for our milking cows, but we also maintain the older cows that no longer produce milk. This traditional Indian practice is based on a sense of basic gratitude and dignity. Since we are all nourished by cow’s milk, she is therefore like our mother and should not be sent for slaughter after no longer milking. Instead, our cows are cared for and loved until the end of their days.

Pay a visit to the Goshalla and see our beautiful and very happy cows. If you come early enough, you might get a try at having a go at milking yourself!

New Vrindaban Gardens

The New Vrindaban Gardens have both a teaching garden and the Garden of Seven Gates. The vegetables, fruits, and flowers grown here at New Vrindaban are used for the deity kitchen, prasadam (food for guests and residents), and Govinda’s Restaurant. The organization responsible for the planning, maintenance, and harvesting is ECOV. ECOV is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to cow protection, local production of food, sustainable housing, alternative energy production and energy conservation.