township of Bikaner spreads around Junagarh Fort, the foundation for
which was laid by Raja Rai Singh, Maharaja Ganga Singh added to the fort
in the early years of this century, but this outstanding ruler also
shifted out of here to his new palace, Lalgarh, one of the smartest
palaces in Rajasthan.
The Appealing Grandeur - Lallgarh Palace
The most perfect example of a Rajput Palace, lalgarh palace was built
at the turn of the century and is a sprawling red sandstone residence
with separate wings, one of which is occupied by members of the royal
family while another wing forms a museum.
Pierced screens shade large windows from the harsh sun of the desert,
while extensive corridors lined with photographs connect with rooms and
suites where the princes once trained in the art of kingship. There are
formal lounges and meals are served in a dining hall reminiscent of the
banquets once hosted here.
Designed by a Britisher for Maharaja Ganga Singh, lalgarh palace
displays a magnificent blend of Oriental and European style. The
terraced lawns and the Bougainvillea bushes add beauty to the palace.
Peacocks stroll around Lalgarh Palace, which has been partly converted
into a hotel.
The intricate filigree work and latticework exhibit the refinements and
delicacy of craftsmanship. Lallgarh palace museum displays
well-preserved hunting trophies and old photographs. The library of the
Lalgarh palace is supposed to have the largest collection of original
Sanskrit manuscripts on parchments, copper and gold or silver plaques.