Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara
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|Lukshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara|
Lukshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara
|Architectural style||Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture, Maratha|
|Town or city||Vadodara|
|Client||Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III|
The term Maharaja Palace actually refers to a series of palaces in Vadodara, Gujarat, India, constructed since the Gaekwad, a prominent Maratha family, started ruling the Baroda State. The first one was a building known as the Sarkar Wada. This building, not really a palace, was given up for the Nazarbaug Palace built in old classical style.
It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace. At the time of construction it boasted the most modern amenities such as elevators and the interior is reminiscent of a large European country house. It remains the residence of the Royal Family, who continue to be held in high esteem by the residents of Baroda.
The Palace compound is of over 500 acres and houses a number of buildings, particularly the LVP Banquets & Conventions, Moti Baug Palace and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building.
In the 1930s Maharaja Pratapsinh created a golf course for use by his European guests. In the 1990s Pratapsinh’s grandson Samarjitsinh, a former Ranji trophy cricket player, renovated the course and opened it to the public.
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- "Lukshmi Vilas Palace - Baroda". Gujarat Tourism.
- Grand Masti makers shoot at historical Laxmi Vilas Palace; Hindustan Times
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