A royal escape into the past

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Often referred to as a jewel in the Thar desert, the refurbished WelcomHeritage Lallgarh Palace in Bikaner gets a makeover for its suites, kitchen and verandahs.

Mesmerising travellers with its imposing red sand stone, Rajput exterior, WelcomHeritage Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner now promises to entice travellers through its swish renovated interiors.

Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in memory of his father, Maharaj Lall Singhji in 1902, the Lallgarh Palace was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob.

This regal structure brings together the best of Rajput, Muslim and European styles of architecture, categorised as Indo-Saracenic. The palace has 50 well appointed rooms, a fine dining restaurant and a well stocked bar.

Emphasising on providing state-of-the-art amenities for the comfort of guests, the trustees of Maharaja Ganga Singhji Trust initiated an overall upgradation of the palace’s suites, kitchen and verandahs.

Keeping in mind the legacy of royal architecture, six suites at the Sajjan Niwas Wing of the palace have been renovated amalgamating contemporary interiors with the traditional decor.

Plush interiors with vibrant hues reflecting the resplendence of the regal era, have been put in place. Large LCD screens have been installed in each of the six suites for the entertainment of the guests.

Bathrooms have been equipped with glass shower cubicles and modern fittings along with additional dressing rooms.

Living by the motto of energy conservation, solar heating systems have been installed to supply hot water to the suites. Further enhancing the look of the suites, the dressing rooms have been adorned with Dedo railings, giving them an oriental look.

The new marble floors in the verandah make an extravagant statement that is embellished with traditional wooden doors to enhance privacy. The palace has also refurbished the approach road to the hotel’s porch along with revamping the pavement with high quality cement blocks in front of the Sajjan Niwas Wing.

Alterations have been made to the existing kitchen by adding latest energy saving equipment and gadgets. The palace has installed the latest technology EPBX system along with an electric generator of 320 KVA.

A new in-house laundry machine has been installed for better housekeeping services.

The entire work of renovation was completed in July 2010.

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