Sheesh Mahal

Museum in Patiala

The totally over-the-top Sheesh Mahal, graced by two wedding-cake towers and an ornamental suspension bridge, is arguably one of the prettiest buildings in Punjab. Inside the lavishly decorated interior is a gallery displaying royal treasures including paintings, coins, medallions and various finely crafted objects of art. The tree-shaded parks fronting the mansion boast some exquisite marble statues of kings and queens, including a larger-than-life 1903 sculpture of Queen Victoria by noted British sculptor Francis Derwent Wood.

A spate of renovations is expected to run on the main palace building until the end of 2017. Through this phase, the gallery is shut, but admission to the compound is free.