After having good lunch from a hotel in Indore we planned to visit the Lal Baag Palace. The artifacts and arts displayed in the central museum captivated us. We reached our next destination the Lal Baag Palace. The Palace is situated away from the city; hence we took a cab and reached the palace.
Lal Baag Palace, Indore | Image Resource: 35idampcon.in
The Palace is open to the visitors between 10 am and 5 pm on all days except Mondays. As we entered into the garden we were spell bound by the beauty of the palace. The palace stands majestically witnessing the history of Madhya Pradesh with its beauty and grandeur. The palace spreads over 28 acres of land well-maintained by the Govt of MP. The garden is decorated marvelously with beautiful flowers, roses, lawns, sculptures and fountains.
Spectacular View of Lalbagh Palace | Image Resource : nevertiredoftravelling.files.wordpress.com
Built between 1886- 1921 Lal Bagh Palace is indeed an architectural marvel. It witnessed several royal receptions and meetings. Even today it showcased the royalty, heritage, culture and life style of the Holkar rulers. This three stored splendor is the most beautiful and spectacular building in Indore. It took 35 years to complete the construction of this massive structure. It ws built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar and every nook and corner of the palace reflects the richness of that period.
Interior Structure of Lalbaag Palace | Image Resource : indoremerijaan.in
The front marble hall welcomed us with it’s the massive size where displayed several pre-historic artifacts of Muslim period. We were awestruck by the interior designed and carvings. The interiors of the palace showcased a medieval European palaces and Versailles Palaces. It is evident that the Holkar rulers are very much attracted towards the Italian and European style of architecture.
The palace is filled with extravagant decorations such as chandeliers, Persian carpets, stuffed Tigers and Leopards, Paintings and murals from Belgium. We were stunned by the massive gates of the palace which are the replica of Buckingham Palace. These gates were casted and imported from England in the 19th Century. The kitchen of the palace was constructed on the other side of a river and it was connected with an underground tunnel. The rich decorations and spectacular constructions showcase the extravaganza of Holkar Rulers and how they enjoyed their life.