Welcome to the grandiose Vijay Mandir Palace, a place fit for a king, or in this case, the eccentric King Maharaja Jai Singh. Built as a result of the king’s impulsive nature and love for beautiful palaces, this sprawling palace is a must-visit destination on your Alwar tour.
Located just 10 kilometers away from the city center, the palace sits in the midst of luxuriant gardens by a serene lake, making it a perfect place to unwind and soak in the beauty of Rajasthan.
This 105-room palace is well-known for its exquisite architecture and historical significance. It is said that the palace was constructed because the Maharaja was disappointed with the construction of another palace – well, who hasn’t been there? But, unlike most of us who just sulk about it, the Maharaja went on to build this splendid Vijay Mandir Palace. The palace is surrounded by a 6-mile long garden filled with vibrant flowers and lush trees that make it a perfect place to take a leisurely stroll.
Within the palace complex, there is a beautiful Sita Ram Temple dedicated to Lord Ram and his wife Sita. The temple is thronged by devotees every year during Ramnavami, and the festival is celebrated with great zest and enthusiasm. The picturesque Vijay Sagar Lake next to the palace adds to the palace’s charm, and on clear days, the entire reflection of the palace can be seen in the lake.
However, not everything is perfect in this grand palace. Some parts of the palace are in ruins, but hey, who doesn’t love a bit of history and mystery? It only adds to the palace’s allure and intrigue.
Although there is no entry fee for visiting the palace, you still need prior permission from the Maharaja of Alwar, who lives in New Delhi. So, if you’re planning a trip to Vijay Mandir Palace, make sure to get in touch with the Maharaja’s office beforehand.
Overall, the Vijay Mandir Palace is truly a fascinating sight to cheer, with its opulent rooms, lush gardens, and intriguing history. It’s no wonder why Maharaja Jai Singh was such a passionate lover of art and architecture, and who knows, maybe his impulsive nature was a blessing in disguise, leading to the creation of this magnificent palace.