This palace has been the former residence of the Maharaja of Holkar of the State of Indore. It is one of the most iconic monuments in Indore and is known for its grandeur and magnificence. Spread over 76 acres, the palace is given the status of a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.
As it's said - Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was this palace! The construction of the 45-room Lala Bagh Palace spanned three phases. It began in the reign of Tukojirao Holkar II in the year 1886 and was completed by the grandson of the King, Tukojirao Holkar III, in 1926. The style of architecture of this palace is heavily influenced by the Renaissance Revival style, adding to its grandeur and making it one of India’s finest neo-classical buildings.
The palace was once home to a 20-acre rose garden, which could be reached through the vast, ornate gates that were inspired by those at Buckingham Palace. The family lived in the palace for many years, but once they left, the palace was converted into a museum. Later, the first floor of the palace was destroyed in a fire, and the palace was partially left in ruins.
The palace was then taken over by the state government, which undertook projects to reinstate the palace to its original glory. It is now one of the most visited historical places in Indore. It is open for visiting from 10 AM to 5 PM every day, and has a nominal entry fee of 10 rupees.