Lukshmi Vilas Palace is a stunning piece of architecture and it’s unlike any other palace I’ve been to. The architecture is heavily influenced by Europe. It is four times the size of Buckingham Palace. Audio guides are complimentary with the Rs.250 entry tickets and are available in Hindi, English, Gujarati, and Marathi (again I was surprised) languages. I was under the impression that these audio guides would be boring, but they were very interesting and informative. If all audio guides are like this, I’ll definitely prefer an audio guide to an actual guide. Photography is prohibited inside the palace.
For A Moment, I forgot The Spicy Sounds Of The Crowd Around Me And The Chirping Of The Birds.I Was In Beautiful Royal Palace Called Laxmi Vilas Palace Near Dandiya Bazar Bridge In My Vadodara City.The View Of Laxmi Vilas Palace Near Sunset Could Not Stop Me From Going There.I Cound Not Take My Eyes Off From the 16 Feet Tall Ceramic Mosaic Art On The Wall.This 16 Feet Tall Mosaic Art With Some Columns Was In The Beautiful lush Garden.This Was Something Different From The Other Art That I Initially Had.The Mosaic Art In the Beautiful Garden Was Felt In the Back Of The Darbar Hall.These Mosaics Are in The Palace Sections Commissioned By MAHARAJA SAYAJIRAO GAIEKWAD ||| Between 1878 And 1890.They Followed A Design Created By Architects Major CHARLES MANT and CHISHLOM.About Four Times The Size Of Buckingham Palace, This Enormous Edifice Employed 12 Italian Artist Craftsman For 18 Months.The Mosaicists Were From The Famed Venice And Murano Glass And Mosaic Company.MANGO HINGURAO, A Curator Of A Museum On the Palace Grounds,Provided This information But He Didn't Know Who Had Made Designs for The Mosaics But Information From London's Royal Institute of British Architects Library.Mr JOHN O' BRIEN Reported That Mr HASJEE, A Local Draftsman,Probably Designed The Mosaics, Which the Italian Mosaic Ist Then Interpreted.This Spectacular Outdoor Mosaic Made of Smalti, Features Beautifully Detailed Full Length Portraits Of Men and Women Wearing Traditional Costumes In a Setting Similar to That of A Celebration Or Festival.Interestingly The Mosaic Has Christian Overtones In the Form of An Angel.Also Notable Are the Necklaces,Made From Custom Glass Cane Or Filati, On the Female Figures.The Turbans Worn By the Men Are Skillfully Modeled.A Number Of Life-Sized Female figures Draped In  Traditional Dress Set In a Gold Smalti Background,Adorn One of the Palace's Enterences.Some Of The Gold Smalti Apparently Fell Out, And The Figures Have Been Repaired With Inexpensive Modern Gold-glazed Ceramic Tile.I Can Truthfully Say That Vadodara, One of  gujarat's Most Prosperous City, Is a Good Destination For Mosaic Seeker, And The Traveler Will Find Plenty Of Other Art And Crafts Between Mosaic Destinations.WHERE IS LAXMI VILAS PALACE :-LAXMI VILAS PALACE (LVP) Is In Vadodara And 4 Km From Vadodara Center.Lvp is closed on Monday.Tikits for per head is around 250 rs.There Are Many hotels To Stay In Vadodara but My Recommendation is GRAND MERCURY SURYA PALACE . You can Plan Your Trip For Vadodara Atleast 2-3 days, Keeping In Mind The Many Places to See In And Around LAXMI VILAS PALACE However I Will Do A Seperate Post On Some Of These Little Destination Which are A Treasure Trove of Stories.
Lakshmi Vilas Palace is the most notable structure of the Vadodara Skyline. You can find the painting or model of Lakshmi Vilas Palace from airport to railway station or anywhere else where Vadodara is mentioned. It is not only a landmark but become a symbol of Vadodara.At the entrance of the palace from the main road there is small security check where are you and your vehicle will be frisked. After this there is a parking lot and ticket office next to each other which are properly marked. You can buy the visitor ticket from here. There are two options: one for the Palace only and second for the Palace along with the Maharaja Fateh Singh museum. Credit cards are accepted at the ticket office.The palace staff at the ticket office told me that due to some event Durbar hall is not available for viewing. At this point I have no other option but to go ahead with my plan of visiting the palace.
I booked the cab for Vadodara to see Lakshmi Vilas Palace, I was awestuck when I first saw its picture, couldn’t believe it exist in India. On other people demand also added Statue of Unity to the list.Day started with Fafda, dholka and jalebi at Astodiya near Raipur gate. The fafda with gujarati style kadhi is must try and you are gona love it for sure. After breakfast we started for Vadodara, the expressway connects the two city. There is no u-turn on the road and its straight with less curves.The palace is made with British style architecture, you get the audio guide to get an insight into the history of artifacts and structure of the palace. Cameras are not allowed but you can click photos with phone from outside….something strange. Palace has a museum on the next gate where they have displayed the precious relics gifted to king and original paintings of Ravi Verma. Many people doesn’t make a visit to museum, the place is of interest for the budding artist and admirer.