Laxmi Vilas Palace: A Beauty to Behold

By Shivam Pathak

Laxmi Vilas Palace was built by Maharaja Sayajirao III of the Gaekwad family (who ruled the Baroda State).
Maharaja Sayajirao summoned a British architect, named Charles Mant, in his court in order design the Palace.

The palace was built in the year of 1890. The construction of the palae took a long time of twelve years. The palace was
named after the beloved third wife of Maharaja Sayaji Rao III. The total cost of the construction of the palace was twenty-seven lakh rupees, which was a handsome amount at that time.

The size of the Laxmi Vilas palace is expected to be the four times bigger than the size of Buckingham Palace, England. The architecture of the place outlines the
elements of Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture. The palace covers in total 500 acres and entails several establishments within the palace complex some of them are LVP Banquets & Conventions, Moti Bagh Palace and the
Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building.

It also contains a number of modern amenities like elevators, and more. The
interior of the palace has a very close resemblance to a European Country House. It is believe that the Lakshmi
Vilas Palace has more number of stained glasses comparing with any other palace in the world. Today it stands tall in Vadodara, Gujarat. Many tourists, throughout the world, pay their visit to this palace to admire its beauty and grandeur.