Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara

Fast Facts

Opening Time- 10:00 A.M to 04:30 P.M (except Mondays and public holidays)

Entry Fees:

  • Museum entrance: INR 60 per person
  • Entrance fee for the palace: INR 170 per person 
  • NOTE: Tickets are available at the Security Desk of the palace’s Southern entry gate.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the palace

Location- Sayyaji Rao Rd, Mysuru

Best Time to Visit- Best time to visit Vadodara is during the months of October and March. 

One of Vadodara’s most prominent attractions, Laxmi Vilas Palace served and still served as the residence of Vadodara’s royal family. It was built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III between 1878 and 1890. And during that time alone the cost incurred in the construction was around 6 million INR. The architecture of this particular palace is marked as the finest representation of Indo-Saracenic style. Along with spectacular structures inside the palace, a zoo, golf course and a museum are also located. Opulent halls with stained-glasswork, mosaic and beautiful tiles are a treat to the eyes for sure, and this alone is a reason enough to pull travelers from around the world.

Architecture

Architectural style of Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodra is Indo-Saracenic Revival. The entranceway of palace is basically a palm courtyard with ornate fountain. Marble, tiles and various artworks are used in the interior. The Darbar Hall has Italian Mosaic floor, lovely stained-glass windows and walls with detailed mosaic embellishments.

The palace is spread over an area of 700 acres and has many structures in the premises, and also includes a golf course, a zoo (inhabited by peacocks and crocodiles) and a museum (Fateh Singh Museum).

History

The Laxmi Vilas Palace was built in 1890 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. It took about twelve years to complete its construction and during that time it cost not less than £180,000. Major Charles Mant was hired as the chief architect of the palace. He designed the structured in Indo-Saracenic style.

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