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The Lalbagh Palace Indore



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The Lalbagh Palace of the Holkars is located on the banks of the Khan river and is one of the grandest monuments of the Holkar dynasty left to Indore city. A diffraction of their taste, grandeur and life style, Lalbagh Palace’s construction started in 1886 under Tukoji Rao Holkar II, and was carried out in three conditions, the final phase completed in 1921 under Tukoji Rao Holkar III. Lalbagh Palace is a combination of the baroque and renaissance styles, and in its days was one of the most aristocratic residences in India. It is being refined by the Government of Madhya Pradesh as a cultural centre. The main fascination are the beautifully proportioned and furnished rooms, with frescoed ceilings and guilded ornamental impression. The construction and decoration of Lalbagh Palace, developed by the Holkars till 1978 reflect the highly westernized creative sensibility of the later Holkars. Tukojirao III was the last compelling of this magnificent palace. The entire complex has a total area of 28 acres and also at one time had one of the best rose gardens of the country.

Though simple to look from outside, the transcendent interior of Lalbagh Palace takes one into a dreamland of past glory. grately decorated in the style of Varsailles Palace, its italian marble columns, grand chandeliers, rich persian carpets, flying nymphs on the roofs, Belgium contaminated glass windows, Greek mythological reliefs, Italian style wall paintings, stuffed leopards and tigers are astonishing. The ballroom contains wooden floor on springs for extra bounce. The kitchen was constructed on the opposite bank of the river and was linked to the palace by a well lighted underground tunnel. The magnificient gates of the Lalbagh Palace are unique in Asia. A mimic of the gates of Buckingham palace (London), are about twice their size , were moulded in cast iron and shipped from England. They transport the Holkar state emblem which means "He who tries will succeed".