New Vrindaban, West Virginia: Prabhupada's Palace of Gold

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Address:
3759 McCreary's Ridge Rd, New Vrindaban, WV
Directions:
I-470 exit 2 (Bethlehem). At the end of the ramp turn left, get in the right lane, then turn right onto Hwy 88. Drive south eight miles. At the stop sign, turn left onto Hwy 250 toward Cameron. Drive south 1.5 miles (past Limestone General Store). Turn left onto McCreary's Ridge Rd (County Road 44). Stay left on the paved road (which becomes CR 7) with the double yellow center line, and in less than four miles you'll reach the Palace of Gold.
Hours:
Th-M 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
304-843-1600
Admission:
Donations are requested for Palace upkeep.
RA Rates:
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Palace of Gold.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold

Built and run by the Hare Krishnas, the Palace is an unexpected and majestic tourist attraction, reached at the end of four miles of serpentine road. Palace tour, or wander the gardens, look at statues. Ambience of royal India.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [10/07/2013]

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Elephant.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold

A sign at the entrance says Prabhupada's Palace of Gold is undergoing an enormous renovation and should be done by Spring 2022. All of the Palace domes are being rebuilt. We visited on a rainy day, and as we watched water drip from the ceiling in almost every room, our tour guide confirmed the contractors seem to be creating more problems than they're fixing. The place is still beautiful. Hopefully renovation efforts will extend to other parts of the campus to included the chipped and cracked larger-than-life kneeling elephant down the lane. Who, by the way, looks completely stoned.

[Mike Gassmann, 09/06/2021]

Traditional historic designation happy dance.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold -- a bit of Bollywood bling in the rural hills of West Virginia -- has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. According to a story in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, the announcement was greeted with cheers by Krishna devotees; they unveiled a plaque recognizing the palace as a historic site and carried a wax statue of Prabhupada several times around the large building. One Krishna told the News and Sentinel that the recognition was deserved because the palace brought tourists to West Virginia and Prabhupada brought "elevated consciousness" to the western world.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 10/10/2019]

Palace of Gold.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold

Worth a peek.

[Steve Palmer, 03/16/2017]

The Palace of Gold is accessible in the winter, snow and roads permitting.

Palace of Gold.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold

Hidden treasure high up in the middle of nowhere. Beautiful place, now (9/16) under exterior renovation.

[Dawn Jackson, 09/08/2016]

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