Jai Vilas Palace of Gwalior is the most magnificent architecture of the city as compared with other historical monuments in Gwalior. This palace was built by Maharajadhiraj Jayajirao Scindia Alijah Bahadur in 1874. It’s construction cost was 1 crore rupees then. Today the price of this beautiful royal palace has reached 4000 crores.
Jai Vilas Palace is a fine example of European architecture, designed and built by Sir Michael Filose. He built this palace with a combination of architectural styles- the first storey is Tuscan, the second Italian-Doric and the third Corinthian. The area of the Jai Vilas palace is 1,240,771 square feet and it is particularly famous for its large Durbar Hall.
This majestic palace was constructed to give a grand reception to the Prince of Wales, King Edward VI, who was also the residence of the Scindia dynasty and was then opened to the general public in the year 1964.
At present, there is not only a grand museum but also the present residence of the Scindia royal family in Jai Vilas Mahal, Gwalior.
The interior of the Durbar Hall is decorated with gilt and gold furnishings and adorned with a huge carpet and gigantic chandeliers. It is 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and 41 feet in height. It is said that eight elephants were gathered onto the rooftop of the Darbar Hall(Royal Court) to gauge the strength of its ceiling to check if it is strong enough to cope weight of two 12.5m high 3.5 tons chandeliers. These two chandeliers adorned 250 lamps with light bulbs. These chandeliers were also said to be the largest in the world.
Another special thing of this museum is the silver rail with its rails on the dining table. This train serves drinks in highly specialized davits. The hall has rare artefacts from Italy, France, China and many other places.