Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Gujarat - why does this royal residence stand apart?

Vijay Vilas palace, Mandvi, Gujarat, India

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Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Kutch

Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Kutch

Mandvi town, Gujarat  offers a blend of age-old  skill of hand-crafted ''ship-building'' tradition, culture native to Gujarat and a long stretch of fine, pristine  beaches. This town is famous for 400 year old ship-building industry famous for ocean-going wooden ships. This place had maritime trade with west Asia and  African countries like Zanzibar, etc. Yet another interesting holiday spot is Vijay Vilas palace which is about 7 km from the town .  The palace is worth a  visit where it houses a small museum and  offers a vista of vast sheet of sea (the Arabian sea) in front of it. The visitors  to the beach resort can experience  the cool late afternoon breeze from the sea shores. 

Location map. Mandvi, Kutch, Gujarat state, 

Vijay Vilas palace, Mandvi, Gujarat.

A fascinating  example of  a blend of Rajput style and  certain architectural features of other styles, the Vijay Vilas Palace at Mandvi, Gujarat  with intricate details in many parts of the structure is made of best quality red sandstone.  Its  impressive designs ingeniously implemented by the highly talented  craftsmen  from Rajasthan and other parts of India   make the grand structure stand apart among the Indian royal residences.  Local Kutchi artisan community, the Mistris of Kutch and Suthars did play a role in the building of this impressive monument.  It was .built in 1929 by  King Khengarji III for his son and legal heir  Rao Vijairaji  who died in 1948. On the palace premises, there is a beautiful ornate chhatri  dedicated in memory of the last ruler Vijairaji. 

Vijay Vilas Palace Mandvi, Gujarat

interior part Vijay Vilas palace, Mandvi, Kutch,

Vijay Vilas palace, Mandvi, Gujarat. Chhabra

Designed   on the model of palaces of Orchha and Datia,  the interesting and distinctive features  of  Vijay Vilas palace  are  its location close to the sea shore, private access to the near-by beach, beautiful big domes and pillars,  lattice windows, stained glass windows, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch, Jharokas, Chhatris, etc. They were well- planed and correctly incorporated with meticulous care as to enhance the beauty of this royal residence. The palace  is an fine model of broad-based mix of cultures, an unique fusion of depictions; a  blend of umbrella shaped domes as seen in palaces of Bengal, cupolas  of Mogul style,  cenotaphs, jharokhas of  Rajput architecture and columns and arches signifying the Victorian Gothic style.

A part of the palace functions as a museum and the descendants are living in the other part  of this palatial palace.  To accommodate the visitors to this palace, a site close to the palace, is set apart for this purpose. Built in the middle of a lush green well-planed garden with water channels and marble fountains, lots of visitors come here to enjoy the impressive architecture and the  near-by serene surrounding. No doubt, the builder took nine long years from 1920 to 1929 to complete the construction work as many features incorporated in the building needed time-consuming planning and proper incorporation of embellished features. 

Vijay Vilas paace, Mandvi, Kutch, Gujarat.

The distinguishing features of this palace are its its stunning architecture, location close to the sea front  in a serene environment and  a two kilometer of private beach . The place is  nestled  in a land covering  450 acres of lush greenery  along with  its own personal sanctuary that protects the environment from possible degradation in the feature. The former Maharajah was so rich the first Mercedes Benz  rode on the streets here. The sheer grandeur of this well-embellished palace is just breath-taking