|Elysee Palace, Kapurthala, Punjab. blog.railyatri.i|
|location map. Kapurthala. mapsofindia.com|
Built at a cost of Rs.3.4 million (a whooping sum in those days) in 1862 by Maharajah Kanwar Bikram Singh, the Elysee Palace in Kapurthala is a good example of an Indo-French style of architecture and lots of tourists come here to see this historical structure, that was once the personal residence of the Maharajah. The palace work began in the early years of the 18th century and completed specifically in the year 1862. It took a while for the ruler to complete the palace and make it functional. In the present day scenario, taking cost overruns, raw materials, labor, etc., into account, it could be around 450 core rupees. The wily British had their eye glued on this kingdom of Kapurthala and its resources.
However, the rulers had been in touch with the French and their influence is reflected on the exterior of the fort which is tinted in pink; it was designed by a French architect. Believed to be one of the best-preserved palaces in the state of Punjab, it is well-known for its French influence. Inspiring front - view set amidst a big lush green and well-manicured garden with statues of life-size animals and nice fountains, and tiger made of metal and steel kept at the rear end of the place show the traits of French style. Elysee Palace with is surrounding area is a sprawling one, covering 300 acres which makes it one of the largest palaces in the state. The facade of the well- designed palace and the vast area around it enhance the grandeur and beauty of it which is just 36 km from Jalandhar city. Punjab, India. Kanwar Bikram Singh happened to be one of the most influential Sikh rulers of the state of Kapurthala from 1835 to 1887.