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The Bissau Palace History

Thakur Shyam Singhji
Thakur Shyam Singhji
(1772-1830)

One of the earlier Thakurs of Bissau Shyam Singh was an outstanding if somewhat unconventional ruler -
An Englishman who visited his court in 1808 had this to say "At his palace I saw four Shekhawat Chief's and
cousins - they were plain men, and seemed to be living in great harmony. While some of the others bore strong marks of the effect of opium especially noticeable in their eyes, one of them Shyam Singh seemed remarkably mild and well mannered but scarcely had I crossed the desert when I heard that Shyam Singh had murdered the three others at a feast, stabbing the first with his own hand". This story may or may not be authentic but is quite typical of times and conditions prevailing in that particular era.
To his credit, however, it must be maintained that Shyam Singh was a brilliant general and tactician who hired the services of French mercenaries in his fight against the British and the Jaipur State. Most of the armoury displayed here were a part of Shyam Singh's 'personal effects'.

A whiff of romantic nostalgia.
A 'nautch' girl in traditional attire - very much a part of the 'old world' atmosphere.


Bissau Palace is an elegant traditional hotel built in 1919 and recently renovated. Close to the walled city and overlooking the Tiger fort the Bissau offers an oasis of calm, care, comfort and respite from the 'heat and dust' of the city.

The guest rooms are spacious and comfortable. A gracious hotel with old-world charm and reputation for excellent cuisine and service. An atmosphere pregnant with intrigue, excitement, tragedy. Turreted ramparts enclosing a world of wealth.

There is the lounge and library with its vast collection of royal portraits, old silver and armoury dating back to the 17th century - all mementos of history and time exuding a languid grace of the bygone era.
Modern amenities include a coffee shop, car rentals and swimming pool. The Bissau Palace is not just a hotel, its a way of life…quiet, beautiful, distinguished.

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