A vibrant sunrise at the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara, Gujarat, India
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Leading to the Interior
The palace of Darbargadh Poshina still displays its historic beauty as one enters the inner sanctum of the hotel
Majesty of Darbargadh Poshina
In Poshina, Gujarat, India is the Darbargadh Poshina, once a palace, and now a welcoming heritage hotel, with huge gateways, a massive dome, numerous pillars and arches, a pleasant courtyard, gardens, lawns and terraces, owned by the descendants of the Chalukyas, whose empire spread through much of Gujarat and Central India in the 12th century.
Taramati Mosque Golconda Fort
This mosque, outside the royal palaces at Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, was used by Qutb Shahi rulers and their nobles.
A Royal Courtyard
Perched 2,000 feet above the city of Hyderabad is Taj Falaknuma Palace, a jewel among the clouds. Built in 1894, it is the former palace of the Nizam, rumored to be the richest man in the world at one time. No photographs allowed inside, but the architecture and woodwork is astounding.
Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad
Chowmahalla Palace is the palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad State in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while they ruled their state.
It was Salabat Jung, the fourth Nizam of Hyderabad, who commissioned the construction of the Chowmahalla Palace way back in 1750. After more than 100 years, the construction was finally completed between 1857 and 1869 during the rule of Afzal ad-Dawlah, the fifth Nizam of Hyderabad.
Am impressive door in side of the Palace …..
Colors of India – Accentuating a Palace Arch
Colorful flowers enhance the beauty of an archway of a palace in India
Slide to Digital – Japan Contrasts
The contrasts of Japan – modern buildings tower ancient palaces circa 1985
Evening Glow at the Palace
The rays of the setting sun bask Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara in golden hues
The Maharaja’s Palace in Vadodara
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.
Sunsrise at the Maharaja’s Palace
A bright sunrise at the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara …..
Dawn at the Palace
A silhouette of the Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara early in the morning.
A Royal School
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 ….
Palace Windows for a View
An old palace in India has arched, open windows with pillars offering views of the countryside