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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Very good maintained palace and it need a visit, if you are in Vadodara. Entrance fee was Rs. 170. A walkman is there guide to you through palace. Things to see: The paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, The Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Ornate Darbar Hall collection of Sculptures by Fellici and The Golf Lawn. But I had not found any food facilities available there (so look for your own self)
One of the best palaces and still among the less popular! The royal feeling passes through the veins when you roam through the palace area, corridors, garden, fountains etc. A guide or a music player with head phone will give you the in-depth details of everything you observe there. When you finish your visit, come out and don't forget to check Tibetan Market!
Darbar hall is a definite attraction. Old weapons used during wars are on display. Good collection of paintings and photographs is there. It is centrally located in the city of Vadodara. Adjoining to the palace is the 18 hole Baroda Gaekwad golf course.
Very nice palace and well maintained, the articles in display were eye catching. One can learn a lot during the sightseeing from this location one can easily go to the Laheripura market for local window-shopping.
Laxmi Palace is nearby faculty of Technology of MS University. We did not go inside but we have seen from outside of the boundary wall. People say that the children of kings stay here now and take care of the university.
The Hotel Rajpath is superb hotel in Vadodara. The main plus of this hotel in location is center...Reviewed 7 days ago
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