Lalgarh Palace

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Built between 1902 and 1926 for Maharaja Ganga Singh, Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner, Rajasthan stands as a splendid example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Originally commissioned by the British-controlled regency, it was named in memory of Maharaja Lal Singh, father of Ganga Singh.

Architecture and Construction

Designed by British architect Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, the complex, coated in red sandstone from the Thar Desert, was constructed around two courtyards. Laxmi Niwas, the first wing, was completed in 1902, with the entire complex finished in 1926. Despite initial cost-cutting plans, the palace became a masterpiece with finely carved stonework and exquisite features.

The palace, now owned by Princess Rajyashree Kumari, serves various purposes: Shri Sadul Museum: Located in the west wing, housing the fourth largest private library globally, open on weekdays. Bikaner Royal Family's Residence: One wing serves as the private home of the royal family. Lallgarh Palace Hotel: A heritage hotel operated by the Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji Trust. Laxmi Niwas Palace: A luxury hotel, owned by Golden Triangle Fort & Palace P. Ltd., attracting tourists with its stunning red sandstone structure.

Legacy and Heritage

Established in 1972, the Ganga Singhji Charitable Trust, founded by Maharaja Karni Singh, ensures the preservation and utilization of the palace. Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji, the 23rd ruler, created the trust to safeguard these ancient monuments. The palace's rich history includes hosting dignitaries, from Lord Curzon to film stars like Amitabh Bachchan.

Luxurious Amenities

Converted into a luxury Heritage Hotel, Lalgarh Palace offers 59 well-appointed Historical, Superior, and Standard rooms. The Padam Mahal restaurant serves indigenous and multi-cuisine, and the Sadul Niwas courtyard provides open-air dining. The Durbar Hall, once a royal venue, is now available for conferences, banquets, and weddings, blending historical charm with modern amenities. Lalgarh Palace stands not just as a symbol of royalty but also as a testament to the cultural richness and architectural grandeur of Bikaner in Rajasthan.