Also known as Holkar Palace, Rajawada is an important historical site in Indore that the Holkars constructed (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 placed near the Chhatris. One of the popular tourist attractions of Indore, Rajwada Palace is one of the oldest structures too.
History of Rajwada Palace Indore
The palace was constructed by Malhar Rao Holkar, the founder of the Holkar Dynasty, in 1747 A.D. The palace was his residence and remained so till 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 with a statue of Queen Ahilya Bai, fountains, and an artificial waterfall.
Architecture of the Rajwada
The palace is a blend of Maratha, Mughal, and French styles of architecture. From the southern side, the structure looks like 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 the arched entrance, bastions, and wooden doors studded with iron. The lower 3 floors are of stone and have been painted in dark brown, and the upper floors are made of wood. Rajawada palace has faced damage thrice because of fire.
In 2006, H.H.Ushadevi Holkar, the present Maharani of Indore, decided to reconstruct the palace. The process was completed in a year, and the palace looks equally stunning. It is the first structure of the country that was constructed again in the same style and with the same method and the 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, which 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. Today's building is rectangular with cylindrical bastions on the four corners. The palace now consists of the office of the Joint Director, Archeology, and a Souvenir Shop managed by the Archeology Department of the State.
Q. How to reach Rajwada Palace?
Ans. Rajwada Palace is located in the middle of the city near M.G. Road, Chhatris, and Main Square. Cycle rickshaws are available at the palace, or you can drive your own car. Buses from cities near Indore are available too, like Ratlam and Bhopal.