Gwalior : A visit to Jai Vilas Palace : Part 1

Last month on a Sunday we decided to go see the Jai Vilas Palace downtown Gwalior.  It is a short drive from The Fort, so we went with Mac and Ros.

Photo by Mark

Photo by Mark
Photo by Mark
Photo by Mark

The Jai Vilas Palace was built in the 19th century by an Italian architect Colonel Sir Michael Filose.

Photo by Mark
Photo by Mark

Part of the Palace is a museum.

There are all these “carts” where the queen and king were transported. These mostly covered were for the queen, because she wasn’t suppose to be seen.

Female Head – Pawaya from the area of Gwalior. From 3rd-4th Century A.D.

Siva, from Gwalior. 10th Century A.D.

Siva, Gwlior. 10th century A.D.

These reminded us of snow sleds.

From the first floor we went upstairs to the rest of the museum.  We first looked at the room dedicated to the current king’s father who passed away in 2001 in a plane crash at age of 56.  Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia.

But his real name up until 1961 when the name titles were taken away, he was:

His Highness Ali Jah, Umdat ul-Umara, Hisam us-Sultanat, Mukhtar ul-Mulk, Azim ul-Iqtidar, Rafi-us-Shan, Wala Shikoh, Muhtasham-i-Dauran, Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Shrimant Madhav Rao III Scindia Bahadur, Shrinath, Mansur-i-Zaman, Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior

He was born to the last Maharaja of Gwalior.

He attended Scindia School here at The Fort.

The view outside the window.

He met Fidel Castro.

And Mrs. Indira Gandhi.


3 thoughts on “Gwalior : A visit to Jai Vilas Palace : Part 1

  1. Chip Moreland November 4, 2011 / 10:00 pm

    My family is from Kansas City. Which actually is quite are remarkable city with great museums, arts and american history. Gwalior reminds me alot of KC. Not really a destination unless you are really doing some deep India touring but when you get there it really is an amazing place of history.

  2. naturallyfundays : marcela November 4, 2011 / 11:52 pm

    It is. But I could also see the contrast being inside this palace until you get out into the city. I think this is in lots of places in India. A land of contrasts for sure!

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