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Rajwada Palace

Madhya Pradesh Tourism

INTRODUCTION
Rajwada palace is a popular tourist spot inside Indore city of Madhya Pradesh state. It is in western part of Madhya Pradesh. While going for Indore local sightseeing you will observe that it is one of the oldest historical structure in the city. It was built in 1747 A.D. by founder of Holkar dynasty -Malhar Rao Holkar. In and around Indore city we will notice most of the historical monuments and marks are of Holkar dynasty as they ruled here for long duration and was the last dynasty before Britishers. Malhar Rao Holkar used Rajwada as his residence and stayed here till 1880 A.D. This remarkable mammoth 7 storied palace stands in the heart of the busiest part (Khajuri Bazaar) of the town. It is also close to the Chhatris. After independence Indore city expanded with development of new areas. Now a days it is considered as old Indore. Facing it is a garden with a statue of the great Queen Ahilya Bai. The face that enclose the gateway of the palace gives an impression of a rather forbidding wizard`s castle. This remarkable palace serves as an living example of the Grandeur of Holkars dynasty.

ART & ARCHITECTURE
The architecture of this building is a mixture of Maratha, Mugal and French style. If we observe its southern portion, we will notice the impression of Mughal architectural style where eastern part has European style. Darbar Hall, Rani Ahilya Throne and Ganesha Hall was developed in French style. The monuments made up of gopura stone and wood structure, balconies and windows studded with flanked bastions, arch-shaped entrance, wooden door with iron studs provides the testimony of the past grandeur of Holkars. The three lower stories are made up of stone and are painted in a dark brown format. The upper floor is made up of wood, which made it very vulnerable to be destruction by fire. In the history Rajwada was burnt 3 times and the fire that led in 1984 caused the most destruction and then it was converted into a garden. In 2006 the present Maharani of Indore H.H.Ushadevi Holkar decided to rebuilt the ford and bring back its past glory & prestige. Architects Himanshu Dudwadkar and Shreya bhargava were called to redesign this fort. In 2007 was completed and again attained his place in the history. It also became the first building in India which has been rebuilt with the same material, style and method that was been used in the previous time to construct the Rajwada palace.The three floors rising above them have their windows outline in white giving the impression of multiple eyes grazing down at one from a well-defended fortress. Its huge entrance archway made above the huge wooden doors coated with iron studs, leads into a vast court yard enclosed by the gallery rooms and arcaded Ganesh hall. It was the place where religious functions of the states were once held. Art exhibitions and classical music concerts take place here. While walking through the gates of the palace there are bright sunlit, quadrangles which are surrounded with beautiful galleries and delicate arches which are considered as very delicate arches with great elegance. As the in the palace Holkars has followed the example of there Queen Rani Ahilyabai the surrounding made here is very welcoming and been accessible to the humblest of there subject.

HOW TO REACH
Rajwada was the popular place of Indore city since its history as it was the residence of the founder of dynasty who ruled and developed the city. It was the power center of region. Later Indore city developed in all directions, maintaining it as in Center of city. Now a days, area is wholesale cotton market and center of trade. It still maintain its importance among visitors and for those who are in trade of Cotton & vessels.
By Air: As it is in Indore city, Ahilyabai Airport of Indore is the nearest airport for reaching it by air. It is well linked with other important cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Raipur, Hyderabad, Jabalpur etc. The city is growing and becoming industrial capital of Central India, its air-connectivity will increase very soon.
By Train: City has more than one railway station among which Indore Junction in city is the main railway station. City is well connected directly by train from major cities and tourist destinations like: Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Nagpur, Bhopal, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Chennai, Tivandrum, Surat, Gaya, Kolkata, Varanasi etc.
By Road: Being important trade center and largest city in Central India, road connectivity of Indore is very good. 03 National Highways and 02 State Highways passes through Indore city which connects it with important places like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Betul, Jhansi, Burhanpur, Bhopal etc.
DISTANCE CHART
LOCATION MAP
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Distance
(in Kms)
Ujjain 65
Omkareshwar 90
Maheshwar 90
Mandu 95
Sanchi 250
Pachmarhi 390

CLIMATE & WEATHER
Indore city in which Rajwada is located, lies on Malwa Plateau. Climate here between trophical dry to humid subtropical climate. All 3 seasons: Winter, Summers & Monsoon can be observed here. Winters begins from November to February. Summers can be observed from March to June where as Monsoon can be enjoyed from July to October. It received south-west monsoon from Arabian & Indian Ocean sea. Here we can't observe extreme climatic condition.

BEST TIME TO VISIT
Rajwada is open for visitors, through out the year. It can be visited in any season during visitor hours. During summers, being located in Malwa plateau, city receives straight sun-rays causing temperature to rise up to 45°C. During summers visitors avoid to come out of their establishment unless or untill they have some special reason. During this time, visitors to Rajwada also decreases. Otherwise from October to March, one can enjoy the visit to Rajwada as climatic conditions favor you and also most of the festivals held in this time. Considering the surrounding pilgrim destinations, this time suits to tourist to enjoy their trip with more than satisfaction.

ACCOMMODATION
All the hotels of Indore city are available for accommodation for visitors to Rajwada. Here in Indore city you can have hotels from 500 INR to 10000 INR. Per Night which means city accommodates visitor of any economic class & category. Here you can find small guest houses, lodges, budget hotels, 3-Star hotels, 4-Star hotels and even 5-Star category luxury hotels for important visitors.

NEXT TO
Indore is a important tourist hub for pilgrim & heritage tours of Central India. It is surrounded by pilgrim destinations like Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar with river side temples & ashrams. Similarly popular historical destinations like Mandu, Dhar, Bagh Caves, Burhanpur, Bhimbetka, Sanchi etc. can also be visited next to Indore. They all are within 250kms radius of city.

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