Lukshmi Vilas Palace
Lukshmi Vilas Palace
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lukshmi Villas Palace is the Official residence of the Maharaja Of Baroda.The royal family still resides in this magnificent palace builtin 1889.A part of the palace is open for visitors during the day 10 am to 5 pm. Mondays is the weekly off day. Weekends can get crowded , so best to come on any other day.The ticket cost Rs. 200 And it includes a complimentary audio tour guide in either english , hindi & marathi.Photographs inside the palace are not permitted. The tour takes about an hour. Water & other cold beverages are available at a charge for visitors
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  • P M V
    Nagpur, India3,880 contributions
    Beautiful Palace.
    Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara. Lakshmi Vilas Palace was, built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. It is said that it was four times the size of Buckingham palace and at that time largest private dwelling in the world. Even in those times, it had a cost of £180,000 (₹27,00,000). It had all the modern and latest facilities like elevators and telephone communication between all the rooms. It was then and even today the largest private dwelling. It so happens that after buying the tickets you have to go to the reception. The reception room has two doors one opens on the front side of the palace and the other to the rear. It is this rear door to which you are directed. So we literally had a backdoor entry. Once in, the reception room, all are given a prerecorded audio Pendrive of the guided tour.  There are a total of 15 points covered in this prerecorded guided tour. All the points are signposted so that you know where you are. When you are going sequentially you get the information relevant to that point. The tape starts from point number 2 which is near the dried-up sunken fountain in the garden right in front of the palace. This point has a huge porcelain vase with peacocks. Once you reach there you switch on the audio and hear the information about that point. After that, as you start for point number 3, put the audio on pause and switch it on at point three which is near the portico. As you progress the audio tells you about the paintings or the statues or the artefacts on display around that point. The recorded tour guide is quite well made and gives you good information about what all you are observing at that particular point. If I remember correctly point number 15 is the Durbar Hall which s the last point of the tour. Between these points, you see beautiful paintings, statues, and artefacts one better and more beautiful than the previous one. One can only imagine how it must have felt to live amongst all those beautiful collector’s items. Wonder did they really enjoy living amid the showpieces. Palace is beautiful and worth seeing. However, one thing stuck out like a sore thumb. The man dome and at some places there was dried grass. The very fact that the grass was allowed to grow on the domes and or on any of the palace structures and allowed to remain till it dried up indicates that there was a lack of care and maintenance. The same thing goes for rotten sunscreens made of bamboo and hung across the first-floor front windows of the palace. Sorry to see that such a beautiful place is not being looked after.  Another sore point was that photography inside the palace was prohibited. Would have loved to capture all those beautiful objects in my phone.  
    Visited September 2022
    Written December 13, 2022
  • LailaFreddy
    Pune, India241 contributions
    A MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE, WELL MAINTAINED
    A great tourist destination, but not very tourist friendly, with a lot of rules, as a part of the palace is still being used as a residence. The palace is definitely one of the grandest we've visited, and beautifully maintained. Better signage would have been useful, but I guess most people use the audio guides now. Besides a magnificent exterior. Corridors of history, armoury rooms, courtyards and a large hall with statues of erstwhile Gaekwad rulers of the state. Some very pretty stained glass windows. The museum next door had A beautiful collection of yesteryear paintings especially the Raja Ravi Varma ones. And exquisite sculptures, china ware and calzone vases. The satsuma collection was unfortunately mixed in with the Chinese memorabilia and lost its unique charm among fierce dragons, Quan yings and Guan dongs. Unfortunately the combo ticket needs to be used within the same exhibition day.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 17, 2023
  • Mukesh_Mumbai
    Mumbai, India408 contributions
    Just Good place
    Very limited places open to visit within palace for tourist. Rs. 250/- per adult found higher side wrt area available to visit by tourists. audio guide is nice concept.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
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Daydream61021607438
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Nov. 2023 • Family
Rs.250 Charges is very high to visit some corner of the Palace.
Location is good but charges should be Rs.100 only
Don't waste money to visit this palace.
Written November 20, 2023
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captvishwas
Pune, India66 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Must see. The architecture and the collection is amazing. However the local security people are very arrogant and insensitive to senior citizens
Written October 13, 2023
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Mukesh_Mumbai
Mumbai, India408 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Very limited places open to visit within palace for tourist. Rs. 250/- per adult found higher side wrt area available to visit by tourists. audio guide is nice concept.
Written September 30, 2023
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JAN
Waikato Region, New Zealand10 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
A nice place to spend an hour or two. The recorded guide was good and headset was easy to use. There is a seating area for a tasty cafe snack
Written September 17, 2023
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Cruiser52642078849
Mumbai, India1 contribution
Aug. 2023 • Friends
The Charges are very high considering the palace and entries which they are showing!!!! Why audio guide is included in the entry ticket !!!! Just to earn money !!! i would prefer to avoid such places which are high in price and nothing worth it .. only thing which i liked was golf ground and entry was restricted .. To sum up this place is to mint money in the name of palace
Written August 22, 2023
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AartiAmbare
2 contributions
Apr. 2023
They charger Indians like foreigners….just to visit few corners of palace they charge 375…waste of money and time ….better to visit palace of jaipur they are worth visiting
Written May 2, 2023
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Kilroy_Mariner
Mumbai, India636 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Family
Great experience. Must see / do visit, whilst in Baroda. Audio pod provide with language options.
Photography is not permitted.

The Darbar Hall contains Raja Ravi Verma's iconic paintings.
Armoury is amazing, with an excellent / well documented + description of all weapons.

Stain glass with Indian gods is probably the only one I have ever seen
Written April 24, 2023
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ANKOOR
Vadodara, India60 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Friends
Amazing place. Must visit if you are in Vadodara. It’s a grand palace. You can visit a small portion of it and see life of king. The King actually lives in other part. It has a golf course around it.
Written April 21, 2023
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Excursion27341558361
1 contribution
Mar. 2023
The above statue is not Miriam, eventually it has to be Moses mother(Jochebed). According to the Bible this is the story; To save her son's life, she waterproofed a basket and put the child in it. Jochebed placed Moses in a basket and released him in the flow of River Nile. The basket fell in the hands of the Pharaoh's daughter who was bathing in the river. Moved with compassion when she discovered the child, she decided to adopt him.
Written April 14, 2023
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Gulab Singh
Jaipur District, India3 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Business
One of the best palaces I have visited in my life. The only thing I want to suggest very strongly and it's very important to consider is to change the audio devices and replace them with bigger and good ones. I was there with a foreigner Group and they complaint that the Audios are very small and it's not easy to see the numbers and switches. So I request the concerned persons to look into this matter and do needful.
Written March 12, 2023
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