Jas Vilas Palace in Gwalior


Gwalior is one of the important destinations of the country and is replete with beautiful monuments and museums. Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum, Gwalior is one of them. The Palace speaks of a time when the country was in the helm of affairs. It is an Italian structure that has a fine blend of both the Tuscan and Corinthian forms. It is situated in the city of Gwalior that boasts of a rich history. The place was an ancient seat of Jain worship and has one of the best fortresses of the Hindu period.

Jas Vilas Palace has its own splendours. This palace has crystal staircase and an attractive durbar hall that has two chandeliers, which are couple of tones in weight. Those were hung only after ten elephants had checked the strength of the roof. Some impressive features of this durbar hall are Persian carpets, heavy draperies and antique furniture from Italy and France.

Madhya Pradesh located city of Gwalior is well known for its rich culture and tradition. Suraj Sen named the city of Gwalior after the Saint Gwalipa, who cured Suraj Sen from leprosy. It is also famous for the educational institutes it has. Thousands of people visit tourist attractions in Gwalior like Man Mandir Palace, Jas Vilas Palace, Karan Palace, Shah Jahan Palace, Sonagiri, Kala Vithika, Surya Mandir and many more.

'Built like an European style palace, the Jas Vilas Palace has been converted into a museum in Gwalior. A part of the Jas Vilas palace is turned into a museum now, open daily except Mondays. The royal family still resides in the other part of the Palace. The region was earlier known as Gopasetra from where Gwalior came into being.
Jas Vilas Palace is one of the impressive palace and museum from popular tourist attractions in Gwalior. This palace was built in 1809 for the welcome ceremony of 'Prince of Wales.' Present Maharaja of Gwalior resides at Jas Vilas Palace. The structure is Italianate and combination of Corinthian and Tuscan architectural modes can be viewed at Jas Vilas Palace

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Address:C-9, Sawai Jai Singh Highway, Bani Park, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India.
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The Jai Vilas palace was built by Maharaja Jiyaji Rao Scindia. A British architect was commissioned to build the palace and design it. The reason was to impress the then Prince of Wales, who visited the place in the year 1875.Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum, Gwalior was built in the 19th century by Lt.Col. Sir Michael Filose and resembled an Italian palazzo .It was constucted to welcome the ‘Prince of Wales’ on his visit to the country. For a long time Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum, Madhya Pradesh has epitomised the regal atmosphere of India of that time.

It is the story of a great king who by misfortune suffered from the deadly disease named Leprosy. In those days this disease was incurable and the sufferer was bound to loose his life once he is infected by the safe. Moreover the people considered the sufferer the worst sinner because he had been contaminated by the deadly Leprosy disease.

The king Suraj Kund was extremely depressed but then, a sage named Gwalipa came to his kingdom after hearing the news of the king's disease. He eventually changed the name of the king and cured him from the fatal disease. The king was so impressed with the sage that he renamed his kingdom as Gwalior.

The hermit also blessed the king that his Kachwaha Clan would prosper in the same land and rule for many years there. The Place came to be known as Gwalior after this beautiful historical event in the 8th Century.

Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum, Gwalior was built in the 19th century by Lt.Col. Sir Michael Filose and resembled an Italian palazzo. It was constructed to welcome the ‘Prince of Wales’ on his visit to the country. The museum displays a remarkable collection of artifacts and royal memorabilia from across the World. It has a crystal staircase, two of the World’s largest chandeleirs, weighing over three tones and an arched ceiling with captivating gold leaf work.The rooms of Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum in Gwalior in India are filled with items like Rolls Royce on rails, stuffed tigers,a life size statue of Leda, the renouned model train that carries after dinner dry fruit, cigars and brandy around the table. A German bubble car, the jeweled slippers that belonged to Chinkoo Rani and hunting trophies and portraits are also something to watch out for.

The Jas Vilas palace has an Italian structure combined with Tuscan and Corinthian architectural styles. The Jas Vilas Place is decorated beautifully with furniture from Varsailles, ornate mirrorworks, Venetian cut glass swings, Belgian Chandeliers, intricate hand made carpets, large ethnic dining table with tracks for the silver toy train that was used to carry food all over the table to different chairs.

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Gwalior Fort: This is a famous place at Gwalior that had been constructed by Raja Man Singh Tomar, during the 15th Century BC. It is 35 feet high and extends for 2 miles. The structure of the Gwalior Fort is magnificent and it is worth a visit.

Suraj Kund: The age of this building dates back to the 15th century. It has walled forts and attracts the attention by virtue of its age and grandeur.

Sas Bahu Temples: The Sas Bahu Temple consists of two different sized temples that are placed side by side. The larger Temple displays Indian Architecture at its peak, so that the engravings are splendid and nice to look at.

Jas Vilas Palace: This is another site of tourist attraction at Gwalior. It is a kind of citadel that attracts attention by its magnificence and grandeur.

Man Singh Palace: This is another fortress that is supposed to have been constructed by Raja Man Singh.

Gwalior State Archeological Museum: The museum is one of the main sources of tourist attraction because it encloses numerous architectural specimens as well as the possessions of the kings of Gwalior.

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  • Tourist Attractions in Gwalior
  • Gwalior Fort
  • Jas Vilas Palace
  • Man Singh Palace
  • Sas Bahu Temples
  • Surya Mandir
  • Archaeological Museum

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Raja Park, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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Jyothi Nagar, Lalkothi, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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Chainpura, D-Block Siddharth Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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Sindhi Camp, Jaipur, Rajasthan

2.Jaipur City Police Head Quarters
Kanwar Nagar, Ramchandra Chaukari, Jaipur, Rajasthan

3.Rajasthan Police Academy
Sanjay Colony, Jaipur, Rajasthan

4.Traffic Police Head Quarters
Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan

5.Reserve Police Line
Sindhi Camp, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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R-5, Raghu Vihar, Inderpuri, Lal Kothi, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302015

2.Manu Hospital
Saket Nagar, Shyam Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302019

3.Sahai Hospital
Tilak Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302004

4.Fortis - Escort Hospital
Malviya Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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