Jai Vilas Palace
A splendor of a different kind exists in the Jai Vilas Palace, current residence of the Scindia family. Some 25 rooms have been turned into the Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum, and in these rooms , so evocative of a regal lifestyle, the past comes alive. Jai Vilas is an Italianate structure which combines the Tuscan and Corinthian architectural modes. The imposing Darbar Hall has two central chandeliers weighing a couple of tonnes, and hung only after ten elephants had tested the strength of the roof. Ceilings picked out in gilt, heavy draperies and tapestries , fine Persian carpets and antique furniture from France and Italy are the features of these spacious rooms. Eye catching treasures include : a silver train with cutglass wagons which served guests as it chugged around the table on miniature rails; a glass cradle from Italy used for the baby Krishna each Janmashtami, silver dinner services and swords that were once worn by Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan. These are ,besides, personal momentoes of past members of the Scindia family : the jeweled slippers that belonged to Chinkoo Rani , four-poster beds, gifts from practically every country in the world, hunting trophies and portraits. The Scindia Museum offers an unparalled glimpse into the rich culture and lifestyle of princely India.
Timings : 10.00 AM to 5:00 PM : Wensday Closed
Distance from Railway Station / Bus Stand : 1.5 -2 Kms. Approx.
How to Reach:
At present there are daily flights,seven days a week from Delhi and Indore to Gwalior .But these are subject to change so please check beforehand
Gwalior lines on the main Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai lines. The super fast shatabdi express connect it daily to Delhi Delhi,Agra,Jhansi and Bhopal. The railway station lines to the southeast of the fort area.
MP State Bus Stand is on Link Road near the Railway station, while the privat bus stand is in Lashkar