Patiala House

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Coordinates: 28°36′55″N 77°14′05″E / 28.615341°N 77.234737°E / 28.615341; 77.234737 The Patiala House is the former residence of the Maharaja of Patiala in Delhi.[1] It is situated near India Gate in central Delhi, India.


It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.[2] The building has a central dome with a "butterfly" layout, similar to other Lutyens’ buildings.[3][4]

Unlike some of the princely residences in Delhi, the Patiala House is not clad in sandstone but painted white.[citation needed]

When prime minister Indira Gandhi abolished the privy purses of the royals in the 1970s, the royal family sold it to the Indian government.[citation needed]

It has been used by District Courts of India as one of its five courts in Delhi and is known as the Patiala House Courts Complex, which has seen numerous extensions and changes that have altered the original appearance of the palace.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smith, R. V. (7 February 2016). "Stories behind the royal abodes". The Hindu.
  2. ^ Om Prakash, 1916- (2005). Cultural history of India. New Delhi: New Age International (P) Limited, Publishers. ISBN 8122415873. OCLC 660546038.
  3. ^ Peck, Lucy (Architect) (2005). Delhi, a thousand years of building. Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. New Delhi: The Lotus Collection. ISBN 8174363548. OCLC 64591382.
  4. ^ Sharma, Manoj (8 June 2011). "Of princes, palaces and plush points". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 10 October 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bhowmick, Sumanta K (2016). Princely Palaces in New Delhi. Delhi: Niyogi Books. p. 264. ISBN 978-9383098910.

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