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Nazarbaug Palace


The Nazarbaug Palace is the royal palace of the Gaekwad's, situated in the city of Vadodara in Gujarat. The palace was built in the year 1721, and is characterised by its three storeys. The oldest palace in Vadodara, Nazarbaug Palace was constructed by Malhar Rao Gaekwad in the late 19th century.

Used occasionally on ceremonial occasions, the palace today houses the heirlooms of the royal family. It also has solid guns made of gold and silver, with each barrel weighing over 100 kg. The palace ground also houses the Sheesh Mahal, or the Palace of Glass.

The white-stucco Nazarbaug Palace once held the jewels of the Gaekwad family, with the worth of the collection estimated to be around $10,000,000 in the year 1927, including a diamond necklace that carried both the Star of the South diamond, weighing around 125 carats, as well as the English Dresden. Also a part of the treasure was a cloth embroidered with precious stones and seed pearls, made to cover the tomb of Mohammad.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the palace and Vadodara itself is between the months of October and March.


The palace houses works of old masters such as Raphael, Titian and Murillo, besides a sizeable collection of Indian paintings, Graeco-Roman, Chinese and Japanese arts.


The palace is open for viewing of the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all weekdays except on Thursdays.

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