Jai Vilas Palace

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Jai Vilas Palace is the important heritage attractions  of Gwalior city. Jai Vilas Palace was built in 1809 AD by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia at a cost of Rs. 1 crore. It is a fine example of European architecture, designed and built by Lt. Col. Sir Michael Filose. The area of the Jai Vilas palace is 12,40,771 square feet . Splendour of a different kind exists in the Jai Vilas Palace, current residence of the Scindia family. Some 35 rooms have been made into the Scindia Museum, and in these rooms, so evocative of a regal lifestyle, the past comes alive. Jai Vilas is an Italianate structure which combines the Tuscan and Corinthian; architectural modes, The imposing Darbar Hall has two central chandelles, weighing a couple of tones, and hung only after ten elephants had tested the strength of the roof. Ceilings picked out in gilt, heavy draperies and tapestries, fine Persian carpets, and tapestries, fine Persian carpets, and antique furniture from France and Italy are features of these spacious rooms. Eye catching treasures include: a silver train with cut–glass wagons which served guests as it chugged around on miniature rails on the tables; a glass cradle from Italy used for the baby Krishna each Janmasthami; silver dinner services and swords that were once worn by Augangzeb and Shah Jehan. These are, besides, personal mementoes of the past members of the Scindia family: the jeweled slippers that belonged to Chinkoo Rani, four-poster beds, gifts from practically every country in the world hunting trophies and portraits. The Scindia Museum offers an unparalleled glimpse into the rich culture and lifestyle of princely India. Throughout the city, there are number of reminders of a proud past, of the great men and women of Gwalior who have their place in the nation’s roll of honour.

Open everyday except Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm.

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