Ghar Palace

Palace in Jhalawar

Inside the walled fort in the town centre, this sprawling cream-and-terracotta palace was built by Maharaja Madan Singh in 1838. It currently houses courts and a warren of dusty government offices filled with piles of ledgers, but the offices are in the gradual process of being moved elsewhere so that the palace can be spruced up for tourism.

Nevertheless, try to get a look at the former District Rural Development Authority offices, a set of rooms around a courtyard filled with Ramayana and Krishna murals and paintings of poets; the former Superintendent of Police’s office, with portraits of Jhalawar rulers and lovely flower-pattern murals; and the Aina Mahal, a sadly dilapidated mirror hall. Also inside the palace is the Bhawani Natyashala, a Parsi theatre built in 1921 and modelled on Western opera houses, with a unique design including special underground constructions that allowed horses and carriages onto the stage.