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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Ramakrishnan Rajaram

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  • Ramakrishnan Rajaram
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  952 readers

"Wonderful experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
The palace is easily the high point of the trip to Vadodara. Beautifully maintained place with well organised tour with audio guide in different languages. Gives a good insight into the life of Maharajas in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Well located in the centre of the city, it is easily accessible from all parts of the city.
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Chandraleka muthusamy

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  • Chandraleka muthusamy
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  220 readers

"Photography not allowed inside"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Interesting to hear about ancient history. Building architecture is good.. Cost of entry is very high compared to all other palaces in Rajasthan.. Since photography is not allowed inside we could not have evergreen memories to be kept for future. Compared to palaces in Jaipur, it is only an average place to visit.
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Aditya Singh

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  • Aditya Singh
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 6 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
  •  26002 readers

"Beautiful palace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 20, 2016
The palace is very beautiful. The Carvings on the walls are very beautiful. The durbar hall is very beautiful with window glasses painted. Lot of weapons to see on the Armory. The museum of the palace is must to visit if you like paintings various masterpieces from various artists around the world can be seen.

Paintings of Raja Ravi Varma is a major attraction of the place. Various other sculptures are also there. Photography is prohibited but you can click pictures outside the palace. Audio tour may be boring for some.

There is also a small canteen in the palace.

There is also a fee of Rs. 225 for palace and Rs. 80 for museum.
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Arnav Mathur

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  • Arnav Mathur
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 148 photos
  • 70 Reviews
  •  38 helpful votes
  •  157834 readers

"Overhyped!"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
It has architectural value no doubt but you will get bored if you take the audio tour and follow it. The recording is interesting but equally boring. Not much of the palace is open for public unlike the palaces in Rajasthan. If you are an art lover and history lover then you can easily spend 3-4 hours over here. The entry fee is more than INR 200 which I feel is not justified.
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Hardi Parikh

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  • Hardi Parikh
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 1 Review
  •  1025 readers

"Good place to visit"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 18, 2016
It is an exceptional Palace to visit with a good ambiance around and a great ocean of knowledge about the history. Make sure to visit the place if you ever visit Vadodara
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Jayanta sengupta

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  • Jayanta sengupta
  • 13 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3107 readers

"Wonderful architecture, intricate carvings and excellent art collection"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 2, 2016
This is reputed to be the largest private residence in India, since the descendants of the erstwhile Maharajas of Baroda still reside in the palace.

However, my interest was more about the architecture, the artwork, the evocation of grandeur, the stateliness and the heritage of great culture that is manifest in every little part of the Palace.

The marriage of various styles is wonderful. The art collection, in particular, the Raja Ravi Verma canvases, are brilliant. The audio guide is a must.

Please budget around 3 hours at a leisurely pace to see what is open to public.
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Marfatiya Mustafa

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  • Marfatiya Mustafa
  • Lives in Dahod
  • 1 Review
  •  1106 readers

"Very nice place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2016
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
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"Nice visit to history"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
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
  •  1317 readers

"Love and pride of the city"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2015
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
  • 82 photos
  • 34 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  8486 readers

"Gaekwad's Royal Palace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2015
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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