Bikaner Attractions - Lalgadh Palace
Built between 1902-1926 by Maharaja Ganga Singh, in the memory of his father, Maharaj Lall Singhj, Lalgadh Palace is an attractive red palace, displaying a perfect merge of Rajput and European architectural style. It is an imposing red- sand stone palace which was designed by Col. Sir Swinton Jacob, is entirely a hybrid architecture and blend of different elements of Rajput, Muslim and European styles and can be categorized as Indo- Saracenic style. The Rajput peripheral of Lallgarh Palace contrasts dramatically with the occidental décor within. The intricately dexterous carving on red stone is hall mark of great local craftsman.
It is unrivaled jewel in the Thar Desert and has played host to a number of luminaries from all over the world. The flourishing green sprawling lawns with dancing peacocks and striking bougainvilleas adorn the palace. Unwrap corridors run the length of the halls and rooms and are lined with a rare collection of old prints and vintage copies of etchings. The roofed corridors that link rooms are mounted with hunting Trophies.
This historical destination has now been converted into an attractive heritage hotel. The large and well-ventilated rooms point towards a pervasive British influence, even though the Welcome group took over it's management in 1993 and made frequent overhauls. The Shri Sadul museum forms a part of the palace, and holds vast compilations of books, photographs, manuscripts and albums that span several generations.