Jagatjit Palace Kapurthala

 

In the centre of the dusty town of Kapurthala is a bizarre sight that hark back to the opulence and extravagance of the nineteenth century Sikh maharajas. The Jagatjit Singh palace, set within a 200 acre park has a spectacular architecture based on the Palace of Versailles and Fontainebleau.

Today the much renowned Sainik School, formerly known as Jagatjit Palace, is housed in the palace. It was designed by a French architect M. Marcel. Its magnificent Durbar Hall (Diwan-E-Khas) is one of the finest in India and the Plaster of Paris figures and painted ceilings represent the finest features of French art and archiecture. The construction of this palace was commenced in 1900 and completed in 1908.

It is not open to the public

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