The contrasts of Japan – modern buildings tower ancient palaces circa 1985
The rays of the setting sun bask Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara in golden hues
Lakshmi Villas Palace, Vadodara was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890 at a cost of 180,000 British Pounds. Major Charles Mant was the architect. It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace.
At the time of construction it boasted the most modern amenities such as elevators and the interior is reminiscent of a large European country house. It remains the residence of the Royal Family, who continue to be held in high esteem by the residents of Vadodara.
Its ornate Darbar Hall, which is sometimes the venue of music concerts and other cultural events, has a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgium stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations. Outside of the Darbar Hall is a courtyard of water fountains. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armory and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta by Fellici.
The grounds were landscaped by William Goldring, a specialist from Kew Gardens.
A bright sunrise at the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara …..
A silhouette of the Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara early in the morning.
The Daly College is a co-educational residential and day boarding school located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. It was founded by Sir Henry Daly of the British Indian Army during India’s colonial British Raj.
Going to school seems like going to a palace ….
An old palace in India has arched, open windows with pillars offering views of the countryside