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“Interesting if you want a lesson on empire” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lalgarh Palace and Museum

Lalgarh Palace and Museum
Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner, India
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Ranked #7 of 19 attractions in Bikaner
Type: Historic Sites
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New York City, New York
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“Interesting if you want a lesson on empire”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

So you want to pacify millions of locals thousands of miles from home with the least effort while you take the resources. The best thing to do is use the existing power structure for your own ends. But should you send your Hindu vassals and tools of empire a Christmas card? Apparently, yes!
If you wish to examine the subtleties of empire then visit the museum which is a tribute to the lives of the maharajas of Bikaner. Lots of family photos and pictures and letters. Unfortunatley, with each succeeding generation the family's links to the British royal family weaken. Personal visits become letters and then letters signed by relatives or ladies-in-waiting and finally the responses come from bureaucrats. There are also photos of a Bikaner princess who appears to be the star of the family now and really loves guns. I gave the place a three because I don't think this will appeal to too many people but in fact I enjoyed it. The palace is now a hotel and royal residence so that is not part of the experience but you can get some good exterior photos of the palace across the broad lawn. One odd thing. There is a man that rushes through the museum compulsively turning off lights in empty galleries and usually belatedly turning them on in occupied galleries. With a heritage hotel on the property and the maharaja trust and all it was peculiar to see this attention to either saving light bulbs or electricity (I am still not sure).

Visited March 2013
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“Cafe is nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Museum was closed but cafe is great. The way they served in the open garden under umbrella and courteous service was nice

Visited February 2013
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“Royal photographic gallery for the Princely State of Bikaner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

The Sadul Singh museum is perhaps more accurately described as a Royal photographic gallery for the Princely State of Bikaner, as there are only a few artefacts on display. Located within the grounds of the Lalgarh Palace, it charges a small fee but photography is not allowed.

This is a review of the museum - I've reviewed the palace separately elsewhere.

Inside, a single royal railway carriage occupies the central hall, but is displayed with black tinted windows that do not allow a peek inside, which defies the purpose somewhat. The rooms contain a rich collection of photographs on various members of the royal family, their contribution to the state and their interests, of which shooting (both hunting game, and later, of the Olympic sport variety) dominates. It serves as a useful education into the lives and history of the family. Despite being mainly a photographic gallery, it is not just a repository of old photos and portraits. Each room focuses on a particular king or family member, and the collection is arranged in chronological and well thought out order. Unlike other museums of its ilk, the prints and photo frames are new, not mildew stained sepia relics.
Depending on your interest, an hour or two would be sufficient to browse.

Visited December 2012
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Coimbatore, India
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“dissapointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

the sadol museum at lallbagh palace is pretty disappointing, it has very little to offer apart from family photographs of the royal family and some minor memorabilia.

Visited January 2013
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Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
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“Palatial but...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The place was good but there seemed to be some maintenance in progress. The museum was alright, there were some unique exhibits but on the whole nothing spectacular.

Visited January 2013
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