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Jai Vilas Palace


The Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior is the current residence of the royal Maratha family, the Scindias. An Italian structure by design, the palace combines the Tuscan and Corinthian styles of architecture, and is surrounded by well laid out lawns. Of all the rooms, about 35 have been converted into the Scindia Museum. The palace was built in the year 1809 by Maharaja Jiyaji Rao Scindia, and was designed by Lt. Col. Sir Michael Filose. The interiors of the rooms are overflowing with royal splendour, with the main durbar hall being particularly impressive, invoking memories of the glorious past.

Of the many treasures housed in Jai Vilas Mahal, the ones of note include a glass cradle from Italy used for Lord Krishna on each Janmashtami, a silver train with glass wagons which serves guests as it moves around the table on miniature rails; silver dinner services and swords once worn by Emperors Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan. Also present are personal mementoes of past members of the Scindia family, such as the jewelled slippers that belonged to Chinkoo Rani, four-poster beds, gifts from various countries of the world, hunting trophies and portraits.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Jai Vilas Palace and Gwalior itself is between the months of October and March when the weather is pleasant.


The Durbar Hall within the palace has two chandeliers, each weighing a couple of tonnes, that were hung only after ten elephants had tested the strength of the roof!


The palace is open on all days from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm except on Wednesdays.

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