Phool Mahal Palace, Ajmer
Phool Mahal Palace has the massive Fort of Kishangarh as its backdrop and is washed by the monsoon fed Gundalao Lake in front, an architectural setting very rarely seen in Rajput history.
Dry and drab though it may seem in the summer, the first magic showers transform it into a serene and smiling land.
Originally the Payandaz Bagh or the garden at the foot of the fort, this pleasure garden of the Maharajas of Kishangarh was a source of inspiration to a number of famous Kishangarh miniature artists like Nihal Chand and it’s easy to identify it in many paintings of the 17th century. Even today its setting and the myths related to it, provide themes for the painters of Kishangarh, executing in the classic style of the Kishangarh school of painting on paper, cloth, wood, marble etc.
In 1870 Maharaja Prithee Singh, the 15th Rural of Kishangarh constructed Phool Mahal as his monsoon palace. His son and successor Maharaja Shardul Singh added on various pavilions in 1885. After 1905 his son Maharaja Madan Singh completed the additions that we see today. It has been host to many a visiting dignitaries since. For the viceroy’s visit on 1907 was constructed the Madan Burj ( the round dome ) with filigree work pillars, which can be seen from all sides. THe ‘Kamal Burj’ or the lotus Bastion which is part of this flower Palace “emerges” out of the lake and touches the heights of the impregnable fort behind it. All over whether it is the delicate pavilions in garden, the painted frescoes in the guest rooms, or some other architectural detail, the lotus motif is every where and surely this is a veritable lotus in the desert.
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21 Deluxe Rooms, Most with painted frescoes, colonial furniture, traditional yet contemporary.
Dine amongst Royal Family heirlooms. The combination of Kishangarh recipes with friendly service will surely tempt your palate.
Doctor on call, Cable T.V., Library, Laundry, Internet, ISD/STD Phone, Croquet, Jogging Track, Cycling, Conference Facilities, Yoga, Herbal Massages, Rajasthani Music & Dance.
*Artists and Artisans at work :
These craftsman numbering a few thousand can be seen at work in quaint studios and havelies, where with whole families involved in traditions of painting on varied surfaces like wood, marble, paper and cloth are turned out for the local market as well as export.
*A Visit to the stone cutting factories :
Around the new town called Madanganj on the National Highway are located innumerable stone cutting and polishing units where finest marble, granite and sand stone slabs and decorative articles are prepared for customers of India and abroad.
*Visit to the historic Kishangarh Fort :
Sightsee the private 17th century Kishangarh Fort.
*Treks and Sightseeing :
(a)The trek will go though Phool Mahal Palace Hotel, the private old Cenotaph Garden of the Rulers of Kishangarh, past some famous temples, around the scenic lake. 300 years old trees as well as different Flora and Fauna with a variety of wild birds in the lake make this a must for nature lovers.
(b) For the wild life enthusiast, a quiet walk in the private forest reserve of the Maharaja to view an assortment of wildlife like the Indian blue bull, wolf, hare and many more typical of this region.
(c) Go around the old city of Kishangarh which was established in A.D. 1611. See some exquisite work and architecture on old havelies and temples.
Phool Mahal Palace
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