Monday, March 28, 2016

Laxmi Vilas Palace,Vadodara

Laxmi Vilas Palace at Vadodara is one of the most elegant palaces and in size it is four times the size of Buckingham Palace. 



Maharaja Sayajirao III commissioned Major Charles Mant to build this magnificent palace and it was completed in 1890 by by R.F. Chisolm. The grounds surrounding the palace has been landscaped by William Goldring.



The architecture of the palace has right mix of Indian, Islamic, and European styles. Through the big arched entrance an elephant can easily pass with a howdah on his back. 




The ornate Darbar Hall with Venetian mosaic floor, Belgium stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations has been a venue of music concerts and other cultural events for the Royal family.



The colorful interiors of the palace is as impressive as the exterior. While The floor has multi-colored marble and mosaic tile every nook and corner of the palace showcases various works of art.


The palace houses a huge collection of sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta. The palace is open to public from 11 a.m - 5 p.m and and an audio tour is available. It is closed on Mondays.

31 comments:

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful Palace. Amazing clicks.

Nora said...

Wow, this is stunning. It is extraordinary in size and beauty! How I would love to see it. You must feel very small and plain next to all this beauty. It would be fun to see an elephant entering in the gate. Your pictures show it off very well.

Tony McGurk said...

A beautiful palace Rajesh & wonderful architecture. I really like the photo of the interior with the sunlight coming through the windows.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Magnificent palace indeed.
Beautiful shots!

SandeepaChetan said...

Beautiful palace. Visit to Baroda is incomplete without seeing for sure.

joo said...

I love this set, and the interior photo is stunning!

Denise inVA said...

A very grand, magnificent palace. Thank you for sharing it.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Quite an amazing place....looks like no expense was spared when building it!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

A magnificent palace and definitely a place I'd want to visit. I'd also like to see the manicured grounds.

Fun60 said...

Now that's what I call a palace.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a beautiful place -- so many sculptures. A lot of history there!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Breathtaking craftmanship in this beautiful palace. It is huge.

Photo Cache said...

That is very large.

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Al said...

Wow - that's an extraordinary palace. So huge and beautiful!

bj said...

wonderful photos and perfect for RT

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

What a phenomenal place, Rajesh!
I have heard the name, "Lakshmi Vilas", in many commercial matters, but I would not have even guessed there would be a palace by that name.
Is the 2nd photo from the left, in the top row of the last photo, a classical musician?
I really enjoyed this post.
Have a Happy Week ahead!!
Peace :)

magiceye said...

Amazing palace beautifully captured!!

joshidaniel.com said...

that is a big one :)

Rajlakshmi said...

Beautiful architecture. It looks magnificent !!

Twinkle Eyed Traveller

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Good heavens! How spectacular and how absolutely enormous. Thanks for introducing me to it!

carol l mckenna said...

What a place and wonderful photography of it!

Wishing you peace in each day ~ ^_^

Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil said...

Amy's constant refrain:

Rajesh, I love how much you love India. Thank you for sharing your homeland with us all.

But it's true, you know. That pride is a wonderful thing to behold. I do so want to visit someday; but in the meantime, thanks again for this blog. Lovely, lovely. Peace, Amy

photowannabe said...

My goodness, what a huge and magnificient palace.

Roger Owen Green said...

That underpass is more stylish than most.
ROG, ABCW

Reader Wil said...

Beautiful as always Rajesh! The palace looks like a palace in a fairy tale.
Have a beautiful week.
Wil, ABCW Team

Melody Steenkamp said...

and again you take me on a trip to another beautiful place, thank you

Have a nice ABC-Wednesday-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-W-team)

Murthy K v v s said...

Wonderful pictures...!

Jeevan said...

Simply marvelous architecture and the details are picturesque to shoot!

2travelling sisters said...

This palace is one of a kind! There are many interesting corners which is full of intricate details inside this place.. Going through your photos was like revisit this palace...

Harshita Vinay said...

Beautiful pictures

Yogi Saraswat said...

A Laxmi Villas Palace is in Udaipur but it is a five star Hotel now . Great pictures from the palace