Lal Bagh Palace

Palace in Indore

Built between 1886 and 1921, Lal Bagh is the finest building left by the Holkar dynasty. As was the fashion among many late-Raj-era Indian nobility, the lavish interior is dominated by European styles, with striated Italian marble pillars reminiscent of a stracciatella-and-chocolate gelato, lots of chandeliers and classical columns, murals of Greek deities, a baroque-cum-rococo dining room, an English-library-style office with leather armchairs, a Renaissance sitting room and a Palladian queen’s bedroom (with sadly ripped furnishings in some rooms).

An autorickshaw from the city centre costs about ₹50. Imitations of the Buckingham Palace gates creak at the entrance to the 28-hectare grounds, where, close to the palace, there’s a statue of Queen Victoria.