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Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner

Lalgarh Palace Overview

Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob for Maharaja Ganga Singh almost-90 years ago, this is an extraordinary monument, built in red sandstone. The magnificent fort is a fascinating juxtaposition of the Oriental style and European luxury. Maharaja Ganga Singh began construction on this multi-storied, red sandstone palace in 1902. Sand dunes and rocks surround this 20th century palace. He built it in red sandstone (hence, its name) in memory of his father, Maharaja Lal Singh. It has delicate latticework and filigree work on the balconies. The Royal family of Bikaner still resides in a part of the palace and the other half is converted into a luxurious hotel.

Location : About 3 km north of the city centre.
Present palace and within : Part of the Palace has been converted into a hotel, but the rest remains a museum, displaying an excellent collection of old photographs and hunting trophies. The museum is called the Shri Sadul Museum, which houses an immense range of photographs, and an incredible collection of the former maharaja's personal possessions. The Sri Sadul Museum takes up the entire ground floor. There's also an exhibition of Indian wildlife, stuffed and photographed. A billiards room, a library, a cards room and a smoking room are some of the highlights of the palace. There are several terraced lawns and bougainvillea bushes, and peacocks stroll the yards. Also in the palace is the Anup Sanskrit Library, which contains original manuscripts and engravings. These manuscripts are on parchment, copper, and gold or silver plaques.
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