Spreading across 28.4 acres, the Jai Vilas Mahal belonged to the Maharaja of Gwalior, Jayajirao Scindia. Established in the 19th-century, this palace is an epitome of European architecture finesse. It is a three-storey structure, all featuring different styles of architecture. The first floor has Tuscan influences, the second floor is Italian-Doric, and the third floor is of Corinthian architectural style. The main highlight of the palace is the Durbar Hall that features gold furnishings, exquisite chandeliers and huge posh carpets. This royal palace now serves as a museum that features old weaponry, the antiquity of the royal era, historic documents, and other artifacts that offer an insightful glimpse into the history of the region. From April to September, the palace remains open from 10 am to 4:45pm; and from October to March, 10 am to 4:30pm and closed on Wednesdays.
We were running on tight schedule in morning. This place was the only one left from Gwalior. We reached well before time that is 0930 and took the tickets which were crazy expensive. ₹120 per head, and ₹100 extra for mobile phone. The structure is worth watching and can visit here once.
Again a lovely day with a bit of drizzle in the city. Later I proceeded to the Gurudwara. It was great visiting the Gurudwara and there onto proceeded towards the Jai Vilas Mahal which is quite elite and is elegant to our eyes. Later proceeded to the Gujari Mahal and Teli ka Mandir. Overnight I had my stay in Gwalior.
The grand Jai Vilas Mahal was established by the then Maharaja of Gwalior, Jayajirao Scindia. The palace has been home to the royal Maratha Scindia family since 1874 and continues to house the descendants of the great founder. It was known that Maharaja Jayajirao was a connoisseur of fine design and furniture, hence the interiors of the palace have been decorated with accessories from all over the world, such as England, Egypt, Japan, China and Italy.