The Jai Vilas Palace - Gwalior

H.H. Maharaj Sir Jiwaji, Rao Scindia Museum,

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JaiVilas Palace was constructed by Maharaja Jayaji Rao scindia in 1874 at a cost of Rs. One crore. It is a fine example of Europian architecture, designed and built by Sir Michael Filose. Filose was rewarded with a well-deserved knighthood. It is particularly famous for its large Durbar Hall. The area of the JaiVilas palace is 12,40,771 square feet. The first storey is of the Tuscan, the second of the Italian-Doric and the third is of the Corinthian order of architecture. The interior of the Durbar Hall is 100 feet long, 50 wide and 41 in height. Gilt and gold furnishings were used for decorating the Durbar Hall, which is adorned with a huge carpet and gigantic chandeliers.


Bizarre items fill the rooms: Belgian cut-glass furniture and stuffed tigers.


A model railway with silver train that carried after-dinner brandy and cigars around the table.

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The Jai Vilas Palace

H.H. Maharaj Sir Jiwaji, Rao Scindia Museum, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

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