The construction of Lal Bagh Palace, or the Red Palace, began in the late nineteenth century and was completed in 1926 by the Holkar dynasty, one of the most powerful Maratha rulers of India. The architecture reflects Italian Renaissance Revival style, making it one of India’s finest neo-classical buildings. It is renowned for its European influenced interiors, among the finest surviving of this period in India.
The garden can be reached through Lal Bagh’s vast entrance gates bearing the Holkar coat of arms. Though it is reputed to have been the best garden palace in central India, today Lal Bagh is in dire need of conservation. Once the family left the palace it fell into decay. Peeling plaster, damage to the roof, water infiltration, and the faded splendor of the richly furnished rooms all require urgent attention.