Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India

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Photo of Jai Vilas Palace, Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India by Umang Dave

It was my first ever visit to this heritage city Gwalior. I reached Gwalior from Ahmedabad around 6 am in morning to appear for an interview for Admission in IITTM. After having tea outside the railway station I went to Gwalior fort and stayed there in the Gurudwara for night. Next day I went to explore the streets of Gwalior. The first place I visited was this grandest building of Gwalior, Jai Vilas Palace or Scindia Palace museum.

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

I reached around 9:00 am in morning and the museum was still closed as it opens for visitors at 10:00 am. I met the watchman there and talk with him. He had lived in Gujarat so we talked many things about Gujarat and gwalior. He shared some interesting stories of Gwalior and the Scindia family. Finally, the museum was open. There were few tourists at that time. I bought my tickets and started my amazing visit to the palace.

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

The palace is majestic in every terms. It is among the grandest palaces of the world and is the only private palace in India. The palace is painted in White from outside and the green lush gardens are beautifully maintain surrounding the palace.

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

At the entrance, there are many statues and sculptures of ancient time.

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

The rooms are painted in different colors and have various designs of windows , doors and other architectures.

There are many beautiful art pieces in every room. 

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

The museum has collection of classic old oil paints, chariots, clothes and accessories etc.

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

It also has a museum inside the room.

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

A gallery has all the photographs of the Scindia family.

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave
Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

The main hall is at the first floor. The ceiling of this grand hall is decorated with gold. It has 3 giant chandeliers which weighs 3 tons each.

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

The dining room has this unique train and track on which the food is served.

Photo of Jai Vilas Palace: One of the Grandest Palaces of India by Umang Dave

It was an amazing experience to visit the palace and museum and to learn more about our history.

How to reach: Auto and Taxi is available from every place of Gwalior city

Attraction: Museum, Palace, Garden, Architecture

Amenities: Eatery is available

Timings: Open all days of the week except Monday and national holidays

10:00am- 4:45pm (April- September)

10:00am- 4:30pm (October- March)

Entry fees: 

INR 100 per person for Indians

INR 600 per person for Foreigners

INR 70 for Camera/Mobile

INR 150 for Video camera

(*Free entry to children up to 05 years)

(**Free entry to physically challenged persons)

Best Time to Visit: October to March