Laxmi Vilas Palace is my most visited place in Vadodara. Initially I knew of only a few places to see in Vadodara, so whenever somebody visited us, Laxmi Vilas Palace was the one place where we definitely took them. Last week was my 5th visit to the palace. Every time I go there, I come back thinking I should write about the palace and soon forget about it. But not this time :).
Named after the wife of Maharaja Sayaji Rao III, Laxmi vilas Palace combines the architecture of 4 religions – Hinduism, Sikh, Christianity and Islam – as you can see on the front façade itself! The clock tower of the ‘church’ is visible from long and far across Baroda. The tower, though, built for a clock, didn’t end up having it as the architect thought that the tick-tock of the clock will be very irritating for the royal family living in the palace. It has a red light which is lit up when the royal family is in the residence letting the people of Baroda know that the king is in town! 🙂 Continue reading