Laxmi Vilas Palace, Baroda(Vadodara)
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Laxmi Vilas Palace

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.30 AM - 5.30 AM , Saturday: 10.30 AM - 5.30 AM , Sunday: 10.30 AM - 5.30 AM , Public Holidays: 10.30 AM - 5.30 AM

Laxmi Vilas Palace is a huge building of the Indo-Saracenic school that was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. Designed by Major Charles Mant, this building is said to have been the largest private dwelling built till date. The interiors of this palace are reminiscent of a large European country house, and feature modern amenities like elevators. Presently, the palace serves as the residence of the royal family of Baroda.

A striking feature of the palace is its Darbar Hall, which often serves as the venue of music concerts and other cultural events. Characteristic of a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgium stained glass windows and walls decorate with mosaic, this hall opens into an Italianate courtyard of water fountains. Besides, the 700 acres compound of the palace also houses other buildings such as the Moti Baug Palace and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum.

The museum exhibits a rich collection of art works that belong to the royal family, including paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and others depicting Hindu mythology. Entrance of this beautiful museum is marked by a refurbished train engine of what was once a miniature railway line. Evidences of the past can be found elsewhere in the palace as well, such as the old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta by Fellici.

Situated adjacent to the Moti Baug Palace and the Museum is the Moti Bagh Cricket Ground, offices of the Baroda Cricket Association, and an indoor teak-floored tennis court and badminton court. The Moti Baug Palace has been transformed in the club house of Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club that houses a swimming pool, sauna and gym facilities. Other than these, the palace houses a small zoo and a fine baoli or step well called Navlakhi.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Marfatiya Mustafa

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  • Marfatiya Mustafa
  • Lives in Dahod
  • 1 Review
  •  40 readers

"Very nice place" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is a good place to visit history. The Palace is very nice. The food is good. And the area is very large. Every facilities available in the palace. Laxmi Vilas Palace is a place where the Maharaja Gaekwad lived. Must see the Palace once. If you are Barodian then you should visit once for sure.
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Alpesh Gorasia

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  • Alpesh Gorasia
  • 1 Review
  •  207 readers

"Nice visit to history"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice place to visit for history of Vadodara. Culture of Vadodara, rajas and maharajas and their living culture & passion are seen here. I like the place and most often visited in Vadodara.
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Shivam Gupta

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  • Shivam Gupta
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 2 Reviews
  •  236 readers

"Love and pride of the city"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Had huge pride that we are the part of the city and we had the Palace from the dynasty of Sayajirao Gaekwad Maharaja. One of the beautiful Palace I have ever seen.
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Manoj Saini

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  • Manoj Saini
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 54 photos
  • 23 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  3465 readers

"Gaekwad's Royal Palace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice palace to explore Gaekwad history, hundreds of acre lush green ambience with a Golf course. The main palace contains nine halls. The time visited here, some film shooting was going on in two of its hall and those were out of bound for visitors. Other hall are well mainlined and houses Royal furnitures, kitchenwares, armoury and stone carving. First floor is still the residence of the Gaekwad's and not accessible for tourists. The entry is little costly, Rs 200/- per person. Still/Video photography is prohibited inside the palace halls. But you get an audio device which will guide you to help explore the palace. Must visit if you are in Baroda.
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Sagarkumar Patel

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  • Sagarkumar Patel
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 1 Review
  •  263 readers

"Best of Baroda"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A wonderful exemplification of the Indo-Saracenic architectural style, majestic structure that warrants a special visit. Lukshmi Vilas Palace, the magnificent residence of the royal family of Baroda was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. It had taken twelve years to build and had cost around 180, 000.
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Divyesh Patel

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  • Divyesh Patel
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review
  •  272 readers

"Outstanding"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This was our first experience and it was great. I wanted to express my appreciation for the superior. We are appreciated on it, maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad made an outstanding mahel.
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Shaishav Vora

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  • Shaishav Vora
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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 83 photos
  • 19 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  2913 readers

"Must see specially for history buffs"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2015
Maharaja Fateh SIngh Museum is a must see for everyone who is interested in history. This is the palace where in one part the royal family is staying even today, the other half is converted into a museum.

They give each visitor an audio device which guides the visitor around the palace as well as explains about each artifacts and each minute details of the palace.

It was indeed an amazing experience to see and feel first hand the opulence with which our kings lived. The best thing is that since the royals still live here, it very well maintained and managed.
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Abhay Parmar

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  • Abhay Parmar
  • Lives in Bilaspur
  • 19 photos
  • 36 Reviews
  •  1457 readers

"One of the Finest Palace in Country"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 8, 2015
The massive size of palace is 4 times than Buckingham Palace. The Main Hall is very decent. Good collection and display of old age weapons. Know more about the life of Royal Families and Kings. The Best part is you get an audio guide and at each point you feel good after hearing the story about that point. A must visit place when you are in Vadodara.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 47 photos
  • 434 Reviews
  •  154 helpful votes
  •  142613 readers

"Laxmi Vilas Palace - Very good attraction of Vadodara"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 5, 2015
This place is a very big place. It is a very good attraction of Vadodara. It is looking very good from outside. It is build for Royal family. It is build with latest amenities such as elevator and the interior is reminiscent of a large European country house. Their interior is really very good and very old thing remaining there.
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Dimpy Patel

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  • Dimpy Patel
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 3 Reviews
  •  861 readers

"One of the most beautiful places in Vadodara"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2015
It's really amazing. The infrastructure is like wow. Tremendous work done by labours. Love to visit it. The site remind me of history subject we were taught in school time. It's one of the best creations in Vadodara city.
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