The property comprises of the Jaswant Niwas Palace, Rang Mahal, the Cactus Garden and the Sailana Palace Museum. It is encompassed by the town marketplace in the front and by farmlands behind it.
Built in 1845 by Raja Takht Singhji, Rang Mahal is the older of the two palaces and was formerly the zenana section. Jaswant Niwas was built in 1898 by H.H Raja Sir Jaswant Singhji Bahadur K.C.I.E of Sailana. The Palace was built during a famine to provide employment to the people of Sailana.
The property also includes The Sailana Palace museum, which is currently under work. The museum displays old weaponry, artefacts and pictures from the family’s personal collection. Also on display is a large selection of animal trophies and a collection of paintings by Late Maharaj Jai Singhji, younger brother of H.H Raja Vikram Singhji.
The Cactus Garden
Hidden behind the Palace is the famous Cactus garden of Sailana, started by Late H.H Raja Digvijay Singhji, a celebrated plant collector and expert on roses, cacti and succulents. The garden is more than 70 years old and has more than 200 varieties of cacti and succulents. It is the oldest cactus garden in Asia with the biggest collection of cacti in India. The collection still comprises of cacti that were planted 70 years back, that have now grown to more than 25 feet. Many of the plants, including the Golden barrel cactus, the Organ pipe cactus & Mexican Giant cactus were imported from America. Other varieties that are in the garden include the Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus, the Blue Myrtle Cactus and the Night-blooming cereus, which as the name suggests blooms only in the night.
A number of small animals and birds are frequently spotted in the garden and around the property including the Common Palm Civet, Grey Indian Hornbill, Indian barn owl and collared owlet.
In & around sailana
Sailana is a small town located in the Ratlam District of Madhya Pradesh. It is 20 kms away from the city of Ratlam and 50 kms from Banswara in Rajasthan. Other nearby cities include Ujjain, Indore, Mandu and Maheshwar
The Kharmour Bird Sanctuary also known as the Sailana Bird Sanctuary is situated near the town. It is the breeding habitat of the highly endangered Lesser Florican or Kharmour bird and also a home to a number of migratory birds.
Sailana is also famous for the two Kedareshwar temples-Bada Kedareshwar and Chota Kedareshwar-situated in the town. The temples are situated in man-made caves, carved out of a cliff.
Sailana is 20kms away from the city of Ratlam. The nearest railway station is the Ratlam Junction Railway station. The nearest airport is Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar airport, Indore. Sailana is a 3 hour drive from Indore.
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