Lalgarh Palace in BikanerThe Lalgarh Palace located in Bikaner was built by Maharaja of Bikaner, Sir Ganga Singh from 1902 to 1926. The British-controlled regency commissioned the building for Maharaja Ganga Singh. Ganga Singh decided to build this palace in the memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh.
Karni Singh M.P, developed the Ganga Singhji Charitable Trust in 1972. He endowed a portion of the Lalgarh Palace that was used in the service of the Trust. Independent hotels were created in two wings. The income was generated from the Lalgarh Palace Hotel, which was a heritage hotel used for supporting the trust. Today, the palace is owned by his daughter Princess Rajyashree Kumari.
Design and Construction of Lalgarh PalaceSir Samuel Swinton Jacob designed the complex. After a ritual ceremony, the construction began in 1896. The palace spread around two courtyards, the impressive Laxmi Niwas wing was completed in 1902. Three of the remaining wings were completed in the final stages of completion in 1926. The first notable guest was Lord Curzon. Ganga Singh was legendary for the hunts, at the hunting preserve in Gajner. There were many hosts invited including Georges Clemenceau, Lord Irwin, Lord Harding, Queen Mary and King George V.
Originally the palace was designed to cost 100,000 rupees. With use of cheaper materials and stucco instead of the carved stones, a lot of money could be saved. However, soon cost cutting was abandoned and the cost for construction went up to 1 million rupees. Finest materials were used and widespread employment ensured finest art works.
Lalgarh palace is a three-storey complex that is coated with sandstone obtained from the Thar Desert. You can explore the excellent features of the complex with smoking rooms, drawing rooms, several grand halls, guest suits, cupalos, pavilions, several grand halls, along with a dining hall with 400 seats for diners. The complex features include elaborate fireplace, magnificent pillars, filigree work, intricate latticework and Italian colonnades.
In the Karni Niwas wing you can find swimming pool with art deco and a darbar hall.
Inside Lalgarh PalaceThe lovely Lalgarh Palace today, serves a royal family, houses a museum and a hotel.
Shri Sadul Museum: This museum is located in the west wing of the palace and contains the fourth largest library in the world. You can visit the museum anytime from 10 am to 5 pm on all weekdays apart from Sunday.
House of a Royal Bokaneri Family: There is the home of the royal Bikaner family in one of the wings.
Lalgarh Palace Hotel: The hotel is owned and run by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji Trust. This is marketed by the Maharaja Heritage Resorts Limited under the Franchise and Marketing Services Agreement.
Dr Karni Singhji Rd
Bikaner, Rajasthan 334001
Phone: 0151 220 2777