Also known as Holkar Palace, Rajawada is an important historical site in Indore that was constructed by the Holkars (belonging to the Maratha Dynasty) around 2 centuries ago. An example of the fine architectural skill and magnificence of those times, the palace is an impressive 7 storey structure that is placed near the Chhatris. One of the popular tourist attractions of Indore, Rajwada Palace is one of the oldest structures too. The palace was constructed by Malhar Rao Holkar, the founder of Holkar Dynasty in the year 1747 A.D. The palace was his residence and remained so till the year 1880 A.D. this remarkable structure is placed in Khajuri Bazaar, right in the middle of the city. Rajwada palace faces a well-maintained garden that has a statue of Queen Ahilya Bai, fountains and an artificial waterfall.
The palace is a blend of Maratha, Mughal and French styles of architecture. When one looks from the southern side, the structure looks Mughal while from the eastern side, it looks European. Rani Ahilya throne, Darbar Hall and Ganesha Hall are styled French-like. While the monuments are in wood and Gopura stone, the windows and balconies are decorated and are bordered by arched entrance, bastions and wooden door with studded with iron. The lower 3 floors are in stone and have been pained in dark brown and the upper floors are made in wood. Rajawada palace has faced damage thrice because of fire.
In the year 2006, H.H.Ushadevi Holkar, the present Maharani of Indore decided to reconstruct the palace. The process was completed in a year’s time and the palace looks equally stunning. It is the first structure of the country that was constructed again in same style and with same method and same material. The windows are outlined and give an impression of several eyes looking right back at the street. The arched entrance is huge and the wooden doors have iron studs. As you enter, you are greeted by a huge courtyard, encircled by gallery rooms and Ganesh hall that became the venue of religious functions in the olden times. There are a few balconies with Mughal adornments, corridors and windows. Now, the place hosts classical music concerts and art exhibitions. The building today is rectangular in shape with cylindrical bastions on the four corners. The palace now consists of office of the Joint Director, Archeology and a Souvenir Shop managed by the Archeology Department of the State.