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Laxmi Vi­las Palace

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATT -

EX­PLORE THE LIFE OF THE erst­while rulers of Bar­oda as you stroll through the precincts of the royal Laxmi Vi­las Palace in Vado­dara known to be the largest pri­vate dwelling of any royal fam­ily. The Gaek­wad fam­ily has opened up a sec­tion of the mag­nif­i­cent palace, built in Indo-Sarcenic ar­chi­tec­tural style, to visitors. The 700 acre prop­erty houses the Motibaug Palace and

the Ma­haraja Fatehs­ingh Mu­seum which has an en­vi­able col­lec­tion of orig­i­nal Raja Ravi Varma paint­ings that were spe­cially com­mis­sioned by the royal fam­ily. Walk through the cor­ri­dors, plug in the au­dio guide and re­live the glo­ri­ous life of the kings and queens. Stop at the Dur­bar Hall, done up with a Vene­tian mo­saic floor, Bel­gium stained glass win­dows and walls with in­tri­cate dec­o­ra­tions or step out to ad­mire the Ital­ian-styled court­yard with foun­tains. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to watch a con­cert in the Dur­bar Hall. AT Laxmi Vi­las Palace, Vado­dara DEAILS gaek­wad­sof­bar­oda.com

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