The next destination in our list was the Rajwada which is regarded as a historical palace belonging to the Holkars. One of the locals informed us that the Palace was constructed around two
hundred years ago and consists of seven stories. It is situated close to what is known as Chhatris inside the Main Square. The very first sight of the massive Rajwada left us in awe. I was forced to pull out my DSLR
and start capturing photographs from the entrance.
We were welcomed by a lofted archway having a big wooden door protected by iron studs. It is undoubtedly one of the best examples showcasing the grandeur with which the Holkars used to live. Located in the heart of the city, it used to serve as the pivotal point for different kinds of trading occurring in Indore. On entering the Palace, we could easily figure out that the architecture comprised of styles of French, Marathas and Mughals.
Its shape represents that of gopura and is built using a combination of stone and wood. One of the guides told us that the top floors have been built of wood while the first three floors of
stone. The balcony is equipped with a number of intricately crafted windows and there were numerous corridors as well.
From the entrance, we landed at the big courtyard. We could easily spot a Ganesha Hall and many galleried rooms, both of which took care of all the religious and state functions in the olden days. On entering the hall, we found that it is currently utilized for showcasing art exhibitions and organizing classic musical concerts.
One of the saddest truths associated with the Rajwada is that it had to burn 3 times due to various reasons. It was in 1984 when the last fire occurred and resulted in the maximum amount of damage.
We also came to know that it was renovated only a few years ago due to which it has been able to restore its glorious form to a great extent. We also visited the garden on the back side of the
Palace and were spellbound with the view of a man-made waterfall, fountains and many 11 century sculptures.