Why Lalbagh Royal Residence, Indore is Famous?
Blessed with a favourable tropical wet climate and several architectural wonders, Madhya Pradesh garners innumerable visitors from various parts of the country. One such marvel that the state of Madhya Pradesh has in its kitty is the Lalbagh Royal Residence, which is nestled in Indore. Welcoming guests between 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, this mesmerizing fort is under the supervision of Archeological Bureau of Madhya Pradesh. Situated at a distance of barely 5 km from Indore Railway Station (which is the lifeline of Indore), it is an admired destination among tourists and travelers from different parts of the city. Conspicuous by its style of construction and engineering, this royal residence is a way of life.
It depicts the alluring style of construction peculiar of the Holkars who had a penchant for opulence and panache. It represents an amalgam of Renaissance, Palladian and Baroque styles of architecture. Constructed with endurance by three rulers as a central point to impress foreign visitors and to host grand events, this palace is truly a timeless monument. While its construction was commissioned by Tukoji Rao in 1844, it was completed during the rule of Tukoji Rao-third in 1926. He took his last breath in the premises of this palace.
One of its kind, this palace is beautifully engineered taking inspiration from the celebrated Buckingham Palace, especially with respect to the way its doors have been designed. Spread over an expanse of 28 hectares, it has elegant European style rooms a dance room with spring-mounted floor, marble sections, a beautiful rose garden, crystal fixtures, daintily tainted glass windows and stuffed tigers, which stand for exemplary craftsmanship. It is interesting to note that the kitchen of the fort overlooks the Gopal River. It boasts of a rich collection of coins dating back to the Mughal era. It also quite a few secret shrines and conceals a cellar meant to be an escape route.
So, the next time you’re in Indore, don’t forget to visit this celebrated destination that is flocked by many tourists every year.