Rajwada Palace, a relic of the long & judicious rule of Holkars in Indore

So here's taking a look at the architecture and historical significance of the Rajwada Palace.

One of the biggest attractions in Indore, the Rajwada Palace is one of the most iconic places in the city. Also called the Holkar Palace, the formidable structure was built over 200 hundred years ago by the Maratha rulers who introduced Indore to great culture and have been responsible for the major reforms the city has seen.


One of the oldest structures in Indore, the Rajwada Palace has been built using Mughal, Maratha and French styles of architecture. One of the most unique and fun facts about the palace is that the Southern front of the structure showcases its Maratha influence while the Eastern front showcases the European influence. So here's taking a look at the architecture and historical significance of the Rajwada Palace.

The architectural prowess

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The Rajwada palace is built with cylindrical bastions surrounding it on all sides. It has been designed in the traditional Maratha style with stone foundations which are built upon with thin bricks that are reinforced with lime plaster and lime mortar and wood. Much like most Maratha places of residence or wada, the Rajwada (Royal Residence) Palace has been kept mostly simplistic and seamless.

The front facade stands 7 floor tall, the lower three floors are made of stone while the upper four, of wood and bricks. The entrance of the palace is a lofty wooden gate with iron studs. The entrance leads you to a beautifully done courtyard which is adorned with Maratha style ornamentation at balconies, windows and corridors. While the Darbar Hall and the Rani Ahilya throne are both designed in French style with luxe marble floors, big columns and a ceiling decked with gorgeous chandeliers.

A revered sign of good governance & rich culture, the Holkars introduced to Indore

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Since the Holkars were big believers along with being avid builders, the palace also has an arcade Ganesha hall that used to served as the venue for all the important events and religious functions. Even today, the hall plays a host to art exhibitions and classical music concerts.

The magnificent palace has been burnt three times but was recently renovated under the instruction of H. H. Ushadevi Holkar, the Maharani of Indore and that's how the palace's beauty and elegance got restored. The reconstruction work has been done with dexterity using the same materials that once were used hence the original look and feel of the building has been retained till date.

Knock Knock

The palace is a tourist hotspot, and houses a stunning garden which will leave you spellbound with its glorious fountains and great sculptures. It is also a place that has become a hub of activity for the people of the city who frequent the streets near it, be it to hog warm food at the Sarafa market or just roam the picturesque lanes. Anyway, the Rajwada Palace will always tell the tale of the Holkar dynasty and the judicious rule in the city of Indore.

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