Impressive Vijaya Vilas Palace, Mandvi

Vijaya Vilas Palace,Mandavi

Vijaya Vilas Palace on the sea shore of Mandavi in Kutch, Gujarat was once the summer palace of Jadeja Rajas of Kutch. Built  as a summer resort for the royal family members by Maharao Shri Khengarji III, the Maharao of Kutch, it is named after  the Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraji.

Vijaya Vilas Palace,Mandavi

The construction of palace took a while, nearly nine long years from 1920 to 1929. The design followed here is that of Rajput architecture and red stone is widely used to make it more attractive is built with red sandstone. The palace is  constructed  in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains.  The palace is consists of an attractive central high  dome on the pillars, the Bengal-type  domes on the sides, ornate jalis, stained glass windows, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch, Jharokas, Chhatris,etc. These features are incorporated  in a manner that they increase the splendor of this palace. Including door and window panels, all were done by the talented craftsmen and artisans from Rajasthan, Kutch, Gujarat and Bengal.
ijay Vilas Palace | Kachchh District, MandviTripAdvisor

 The architecture of the Vijaya Vilas Palace is on the model of palaces of Orchha and Datia.  One can get a fine view of the surrounding areas from the balconies perching atop the building.. Yet another nice feature is the minutely carved tiny intricate windows are meant to let the cool air from the sea flow freely into the interior areas.

 Presently, the royal family members occupy part of the palace that has its own private beach. It is a popular tourist spot in Gujarat and some Bollywood films were shot here. There is also a museum here where countless rare and antique items  are on display. This enchanting palace is about 8 km from Mandi town.