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Jai Vilas Palace and Museum


What :

Jai Vilas Palace and Museum is patterned after the Palace of Versailles and combines Tuscan, Italian, and Corinthian architectural styles in sweeping grandeur. Established in 1874 by the Maharaja of Gwalior, the palace has 400 rooms, 35 of which were transformed into a museum by descendants of the Maratha Scindia dynasty that still live on the grounds.

The palace’s stunning Durbar Hall features walls adorned with gold leaves, elongated mirrors covering the length of the rooms, and a pair of stunning Belgian chandeliers weighing seven tons apiece brighten the room with 500 light bulbs. The carpet that covers the floor was woven by the prisoners who helped construct the palace, and may be the largest carpet in Asia.

The museum wing showcases an array of swords and other weapons dating back to the 17th century rule of Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal Emperor.

When :

The manicured lawns and gardens around Jai Vilas Palace are lush and verdant between July and August when the seasonal rains move through the region. The best weather for sightseeing in Gwalior city falls between October and March, and the highest temperatures are between May and June.

Where :

The Jai Vilas Palace and Museum is located in Gwalior city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Reaching the palace is easy with the private vehicle service provided to guests on our luxury tours of India.

Who :

The stunning mixed-architecture of the Jai Vilas Palace was created to welcome King Edward VII of England to India when he visited in the late 19th century. Our guests feel like royalty while walking through the opulently decorated rooms of the palace.

Appropriate Attire :

Dress for warm weather while visiting the Jai Vilas Palace to stay cool while exploring the sprawling structure’s distinct architecture, decorations, and manicured lawns.

Guest Reviews :

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  Cynthia and AJ Carter
March 2014
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March 2014
It was a dream come true! I really enjoyed the tour, the people I met, the incredible things I saw and the wonderful well mannered and caring people from India. I have traveled extensively, I consider myself a real gobble trotter, I have participated in a lot of tour company groups but nothing like Easy Tours of India!
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Ali our guide was sure a gentleman... WOW! he has so much patience he could be a teacher! the gentleman driver was so pleasant and caring, especially when he noticed I was feeling so bad.
I am already planning to go back to visit South India and this time I do not plan to be sick at all.
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