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1lifetotravel
Mumbai, India162 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
This palace museum is a must see, not for the furniture and the clothes of royalty, but to learn facets of India outside of history text books. For that one needs to hire a guide, otherwise left alone you will be wondering why did you spend ₹300 (for Indians) or ₹850 (foreign nationals) as there aren't enough boards revealing all.

We hired a Hindi speaking guide Parul and that turned out to be an excellent decision. He was thorough and detailed, helped us appreciate the history of Scindia family starting from the time of Shivaji Maharaj and connect it to the portraits in the opening gallery.

While the palace is largely a glimpse into how the generations of Scindia family lived in the palace, the section on Maratha Empire, contribution of various Indian queens to our history and legacy, and our guide's talk about the participation of Scindia army in world wars, their hunting exploits etc were interesting too. Unlike most people (who simply walk through the rooms) we found even 2.5 hours insufficient and rushed to see everything.

Points to note:
1. This palace needs a good 3-3.5 hours if one is interested in Indian and local history,
2. While guides generally offer 45-60 mins tour, we insisted 2 hours to our guide (paid him accordingly). It was closing time else we would have spent at least another hour!
3. If you are looking for a Hindi speaking guide, do go for Parul (+919827619534). Highly recommend him.
4. Do not miss the Rolls Royce railway coaches before palace/ museum entrance
5. Save at least 20-30 mins to see the last section of the palace where state guests are entertained/ served. We had to sadly see all that in less than 10 mins as we ran out of time.
6. Ask locals for directions to the palace museum as sign boards are missing and it's a lot of twists and turns before reaching the venue. Thereafter approx 500 meters walking before reaching palace museum.
Written 23 November 2022
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somzsingh
Pune, India47 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour to Jai Vilas place. Did take us a while to locate the entry gate, but it was worth the trip to Gwalior. An amazing display and very well documented and detailed. Hats off to the Scindia's for putting this in public domain for all to see and experience thier royal heritage. The famed artifacts in the palace are to be seen to be believed.
Written 14 August 2022
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harpreeth
Chandigarh, India98 contributions
Apr 2022
Jalwa of Scindia dynasty . Rs 300/- is entry ticket. Guides are available at extra cost. 10-6 is opening time in summers.
fantastic
Written 8 May 2022
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L R S
Bengaluru, India182 contributions
Dec 2021
Beyond comprehension.... the opulence, royalty, richness of the Heritage.... leaves us spellbound. Worth a visit.
Written 14 December 2021
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RkRoadie
Pune, India625 contributions
Nov 2021
Jai Vilas Palace is the place where Scindia king used to reside. It is between Gwalior city.

We have used Gmaps to reach here which was showing 5Kms from fort but somehow the google maps made us to roam inside narrow market and then we reached at gate of this palace just to know that entry is from other end. There is no board anywhere which can direct your rightly to this palace, We reached other gate by asking locals.

There is good amount of parking for Rs.50 per car. The palace is clean and as its private property is maintained very well. The entrance fees are shockingly high which are Rs.300 per person. One has to deposit his bags and purses in lockers and take keys with him.

The palace is now royal museum where the important things to note is Train on dinning table, Silver buggie and huge chandeliers. Rest of the things are same which you can see in any other kings palace.
Written 19 November 2021
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Ankit Tripathi
Lucknow, India98 contributions
Oct 2021
shrewdness and rudeness, 2 things you absorb from the staff posted there, you're exorbitantly charged for visiting this Palace cum museum imagine INR 300 per person.. staff is such rude that you can absorb their sarcasm right from parking to the internal area. What bothers to me is the INR 600/- given to them for such treatment?? we definitely deserve something better. Also, the current king along with their children doesn't reside here anymore as told by staff, have settled abroad. so just in case, if you wish to witness the finesse and taste of lost glory, can visit but stay ready for agitating staff behaviour.
Written 18 October 2021
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rajeevatdelhi1964
New Delhi, India7 contributions
Sep 2021
Have not seen a better meuseum in this part of Country, such expansive and delightful artifacts can only be seen here
Written 14 September 2021
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A Choudhury
New Delhi, India112 contributions
Feb 2021
This museum gives an insight on the luxurious lifestyle of the royal family of Gwalior. There are thousands of artifacts on display and a complete guided tour will take an hour at least. The most attractive thing is the chandelier which is probably the biggest in the world. The entire complex is very clean and the garden outside is well maintained. Definitely worth a visit if one is in Gwalior.
Written 11 May 2021
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Gita J
Ahmedabad, India73 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Amazing collection & history of Scindia’s rulers.
Chandeliers were so beautiful & largest possibly in the world!
Took proper care during pandemic, gave masks & gloves to each visitor
The entrance charges were also reasonable!
Written 16 April 2021
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mayankpainuly
Delhi51 contributions
Mar 2021
The best place to visit Gwalior. gives a great insight into the lifestyle of the maharajas of Gwalior. the worlds biggest chandelier is a huge draw
Written 22 March 2021
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