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To mark the beginning of his reign and the renewal he wanted to bring to his kingdom, Maharaja Singh decided to build this immense red sandstone palace in 1900. He entrusted the execution to the famous British architect Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob.

The Lalgarh (or Red House) continues to reside in the current Sovereign, Narendra Singh, and his family.

Part of the residence has been transformed into a luxury hotel.

Another party houses the Maharaja Sardul Singh Museum. His somewhat outdated presentation plunges the visitor into the room atmosphere of the early th century. The Hindu princes then compete with the English nobility, which they envied and to which they owe their prosperity. The museum would have more than 30 000 photographs reminiscent of this sumptuous period, receptions, couronnées visits and inevitable tiger hunting parties. In particular, you will notice a photo (still one) of Georges Clemenceau, taken during these bloody festive celebrations. The nickname of the former President of the French Council, "the Tiger", greatly amused Maharaja Ganga Singh. Moreover, he had bought a figurine representing the politician with a tiger body.

Among the bric of objects that belonged to the royal family, you will notice the cart with which Ganga Singh drew the first sillon of the canal bearing his name and irrigating the northern part of the region.

The huge tin jar, weighing more than 100 kg and exposed in the gallery, was used to collect taxes in the countryside. A collector was carrying it from village to slug village.

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The museum is open every day, except Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Admission: Rs50; about Rs50 for a camera and Rs100 for a camera.

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