The LaliT Grand Palace Srinagar

Earlier known as Gulab Bhavan, The LaLiT Grand Palace Srinagar stands a witness to the turn of 20th century and also a spectator to the events, as they unfolded during the time India was fighting for its Independence. The four generations of rulers that ruled the state with Jammu as its capital, with Maharaja Pratap Singh having built the palace in the year 1910. The crown then passed to his nephew Maharaja Hari Singh, when Maharaja Pratap Singh died issueless.

The Palace still has the Chinar tree where Gandhiji once had a conversation with the Maharaja Hari Singh. It was his interest in architecture that Maharaja Hari Singh designed the Palace himself and decorated it with best of furniture, upholstery, fittings, paintings from local artisans, ethnic carpets and handicrafts etc. Amongst other esteemed guests at the Palace were Lord Mountbatten who visited the Palace in the year 1947 and stayed in the Viceroy and Vicereine Suites, now called the Presidential Suites.