Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara (Baroda), Gujrat, India is the largest dwelling unit in the world built till date. Laxmi Vilas Palace at Vadodara is of four times the size of Buckingham Palace, London. The entire Palace complex initially covered an area of 700 acres or 2.8 square kilometers, which now covers an area of around 500 acres. Laxmi Vilas Palace also has the only golf course in a palace complex in the world.
Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara was constructed by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Gaekwad dynasty of the Marathas in 1890 and is named after the Queen Laxmibai Chimnabai I. Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Top Floors of the Vadodara Laxmi Vilas Palace was the home to the Seven members of Royal family of Badora. As per Times of India News reports in 2011, The Baroda Royal family was planning to move out of the Laskshmi Vilas Palace into some other small Palace or Bungalow inside the Palace complex and had plans to convert the Laskshmi Vilas Palace into a Heritage hotel. A portion of the Palace complex can be visited by the general public. The Palace grounds are let out for events like Weddings. There is also a Museum; Maharaja Fateh Singh Museam; in the Palace complex, which has a large collection of paintings from the great artist, Raja Ravi Varma.
There is miniature railway line which connects the Museum to the main Lakshmi Vilas Palace. Maharaja Fateh Singh Museam was constructed initially as a school for the children of the Royal family, which was later converted into a Museum. The train engine is currently kept at the entrance of the Museum.
Notable among other buildings in the complex is the Moti Baug Palace. There is also the remains of a Zoo. Makarpura Palace, another notable building in the complex, which currently houses a defense installation. Pratap Vilas Palace, another main building in the Laxmi Vilas Palace complex, is now home to the National Academy of Indian Railways (formerly known as Railway Staff College of India).
How do I go to Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara (Baroda)?
Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara is well connected by road, rail and air. National Highways and Railway line connecting Mumbai and Delhi, passes through Vadodara. Vadodara Junction is one of the major railway Junctions in India, where railway lines to four different directions namely Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kota and Mumbai meets. More than 150 trains pass though this Railway Junction at Baroda alias Vadodara. There are 5 major railway stations at Vadodara namely Vadodara Junction (BRC), Pratapnagar (PRTN), Makarpura (MPR), Vishwamitri and Bajwa.
Vadodara has the best bus terminus in India named Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Bus Station.
Vadodara alias Baroda Airport’s IATA Code is BDQ. Vadodara is at around 140 km from the Gujarat state capital. Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park is at 45 kilo meters from Vadodara.