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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What travellers are saying about Laxmi Vilas Palace
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.