Jai Vilas Palace Museum
Jai Vilas Palace Museum
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  • Wander535299
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic and interesting artifacts
    Hello Everyone Visit to Jai Vikas Palace museum is worthy of your time. There are many artefacts that one must view. You definitely should not miss the Kaleem or the carpet on display. The train in the dining area is another special item. You need at least 2 -3 hours to enjoy the palace.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 September 2023
  • PANDEY JI
    Varanasi, India1,637 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit.
    5 stars to the tourist destination. A guided tour is a better option than room hopping. Although there's a brief description of the artefacts near the displays. A tour hour guided tour will cover everything on display. The history of the Scindia's is that of turn cloaks. They sided with the Mughals and then the British. They acted as wardens for both the Mughals and British. It is the Scindia's that called Rani Lakshmi Bai and tried to turn her over to the British. Rani Lakshmi Bai chose death over dishonour. The Scindia's were always smart enough to switch sides and retain 75% of the palace for personal use. If you pay attention to the details of Kings that have retained their palaces and wealth were the one's that switch sides favouring the foreign invader. There's a lot to see and learn. The tickets are INR 300 for Indians, that too is pocketed by the Scindia's.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • XaghraDream
    Island of Malta, Malta11,121 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too expensive
    We enjoyed a couple of hours strolling through the Palace and museum. Lots to see, but presentation is a little lacklustre. An upgrade to lighting, signage and some information screens is needed. Museum feels rather faded. It's also rather expensive at INR 850 for foreigners. Premium pricing should mean a premium experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
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DipuKV
Pune, India2,909 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Located in the premises of the palace, Jai Vilas Palace Museum, accessed via the combo ticket along with the palace, takes you back in time and gives you a good peek into the life & times of the Scindia royal family.
Written 21 May 2024
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XaghraDream
Island of Malta, Malta11,121 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed a couple of hours strolling through the Palace and museum. Lots to see, but presentation is a little lacklustre. An upgrade to lighting, signage and some information screens is needed. Museum feels rather faded. It's also rather expensive at INR 850 for foreigners. Premium pricing should mean a premium experience.
Written 1 March 2024
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Rahul G
New Delhi, India68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Must visit this place is beautiful outside and inside museum most pic click and enjoy this place all Gwalior this is very beautiful….
Written 13 December 2023
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PANDEY JI
Varanasi, India1,637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
5 stars to the tourist destination.
A guided tour is a better option than room hopping. Although there's a brief description of the artefacts near the displays.
A tour hour guided tour will cover everything on display.
The history of the Scindia's is that of turn cloaks. They sided with the Mughals and then the British. They acted as wardens for both the Mughals and British. It is the Scindia's that called Rani Lakshmi Bai and tried to turn her over to the British. Rani Lakshmi Bai chose death over dishonour.
The Scindia's were always smart enough to switch sides and retain 75% of the palace for personal use. If you pay attention to the details of Kings that have retained their palaces and wealth were the one's that switch sides favouring the foreign invader.
There's a lot to see and learn.
The tickets are INR 300 for Indians, that too is pocketed by the Scindia's.
Written 14 October 2023
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HrideshSharma
New Delhi, India340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A very good collection of Historical things. The lavish lifestyle of Rajaa Maharajaa's. Should see and think.
Palace management must understand that they must provide water for drinking or let the visitors take along water bottles.
Written 18 September 2023
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Wander535299
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Hello Everyone Visit to Jai Vikas Palace museum is worthy of your time. There are many artefacts that one must view. You definitely should not miss the Kaleem or the carpet on display. The train in the dining area is another special item. You need at least 2 -3 hours to enjoy the palace.
Written 12 September 2023
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Pankaj M
Kanpur, India5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
300 per person above 11 years of age. With kids u can't see much of the museum . They get bored easily and being a parent u have to listen to kids.
Written 30 June 2023
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krishna292
Hyderabad District, India1,351 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This Museum is a part of Jai Vilas Palace built by about 150 years by the erstwhile King of Gwalior, Jayaji Rao Scindia during British Raz. The architecture and Layout of the museum is based on Versailles Palace of France that fascinated Jayaji Rao Scindia, whose army fought with Allies in World War I. So unlike many palaces that exist in Rajasthan and other places in India, this museum was designed by foreign architect and many prisoners were used as artisans and laborers. The present descendant, Madhav Rao Scindia occupies a greater part of the palace and the remaining part has been converted as a museum, displaying some world famous items that are very well preserved. As reported, the present queen looks after the management of the museum and on some family functions, the museum part is also used. It is a private museum and so the entry ticket is also much more than many government controlled museums. Among the historical and attractive items displayed are the palanquin that was gifted as gift to the erstwhile Scindia king by Shah Alam II, the Moghul Emperor for restoring his throne; a silver train in the huge dining hall; a silver chariot and two huge chandeliers, each weighing 3.5 tonnes. There is a story behind these chandeliers - three to four elephants were made to climb the roof through huge wooden planks to ensure that the roof would be able to bear this much load. The missing part is that some resting arrangement is not done for elderly people if they tire out and drinking water should also be available for the tourists. The visitors are greatly fascinated by the lavish decoration and furniture, all sourced from foreign countries. Though a must visit museum, it illustrates the sad story of the princes living a luxurious life and siding with the British rule though their subjects were extremely poor and exploited during earlier times.
Written 23 March 2023
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Dr Manoj Swaminathan
Mumbai, India212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The palace is well-maintained, and one won't regret it after visiting it. The entry fee (Rs 300 for Indians and Rs 850 for others, as of Mar 2023) for an 11-year-old is the same as that for an adult or elderly.
Written 11 March 2023
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jnikhilesh
mumbai106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The Palace is really a must see. A part of the palace is open for public viewing . The Chandelier set in the palace are really amazing . Also the the train which serves drinks to the guest is a sign of opulence , though the actual running can only be viewed on a prerecorded video
Written 5 February 2023
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