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The Jai Vilas Mahal, also known as the Jai Vilas Palace, is a nineteenth-century palace in Gwalior, India. It was established in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia, the palace was designed to be an exceptional feat in grandeur at every level. It went on to become an imperial residence for the members of the Scindia royal family. The Palace covers an area of 124,771 square feet, exclusive of the inner square, which is 321 by 321% feet. The building is double-storied, and the wings and turrets are three- and five-storied. Its total length is 106 feet. Supposedly, eight elephants were suspended from the durbar (royal court) hall ceiling to check it could cope with two 12.5m-high, 3.5-tonne chandeliers with 250 light bulbs, said to be the largest pair in the world. The first story is Tuscan, the second Italian Doric and the third Corinthian order of architecture. Travellers who venture to this regal destination will find plenty of Indian history and European architecture that’s worth exploring. According to reports in Business Insider, the palace valued at Rs 1 crore back then, is worth over Rs 4000 crore today. The area of the garden is about one square mile; there are several waterfalls and a number of fountains in it. Forty of Jai Vilas Mahal's 400 rooms have been transformed into a remarkable museum that showcases the history, culture and daily lifestyle of old-school India’s royal elite.
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Jai Vilas Palace, Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474007, India View on Map
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