A lavish 19th-century majestic palace of the Holkar dynasty with a mix of baroque, rococo, and neoclassical styles, the Lalbagh Palace Museum is a historical edifice which has now been converted to a museum to throw light on the lifestyle and culture of the Holkar dynasty and its rulers.
Timing: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday closed)
Location: NaiDuniya, Revenue Colony, Indira Nagar, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Entry Fees: Rs10
Renowned as one of the most magnificent and grandest monuments not only in the city of Indore but in the entire country, the Lalbagh Palace is an exquisite historic edifice that is an absolute delight to the eyes. It is a grand multi-story structure built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar of the Holkar dynasty from 1886-to 1921 and is located on the outskirts of Indore beside the bank of River Khan. The palace was constructed for residential purposes and to host several royal receptions and it reflects the lifestyle and taste of the Holkar Rulers even today.
Sprawled in an area of 28 acres of land, the royal palace is an architectural magnificence that once contained one of the best rose gardens in the country. Once the residence of the rulers of the Holkar dynasty till 1978, the palace has now been converted into a museum with some of the most splendid and exquisite artifacts pertaining to the Maratha Empire and the Holkar Dynasty along with a rare collection of coins that date back to the Mughal period.
The interiors of the Lal Bagh Palace are breathtaking which will make you forget that you are in India, owing to the myriad of decorative items and design styles from different countries. The front gates of the palace are constructed keeping in mind the design style of the gates of Buckingham Palace and were transported from London. Italian marble columns, grand chandeliers, rich Persian carpets, flying nymphs on the ceiling, Belgium-stained glass windows, Greek mythological reliefs, Italian style wall paintings, stuffed animals such as Leopards and Tigers, etc., are some of the things that make the palace even more stunning and appealing to the visitors. In technical terms, the Lal Bagh Palace Museum boasts of a unique and impressive style of architecture which is a confluence of Renaissance, Palladian, and Baroque styles which attracts visitors from all corners of the country and is definitely a must-visit place.