About Vijay Vilas Palace
Vijay Vilas Palace is the popular one-time summer palace of Jadeja Maharao of Kutch located on the sea-beach of Mandvi in Kutch, Gujarat.
Vijay Vilas Palace, located in Mandvi, took 9 years to build and is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture in Gujarat. The complete structure is laced with tiny lattices and windows which aid in the natural airflow in the palace. The jharokhas, chhatris, chajas, murals, and paintings are all reminiscent of Rajput architecture. The palace has its own private beach with air-conditioned accommodation in the form of tents.
History of Vijay Vilas Palace
The palace was built in the reign of Maharao Shri Khengarji III, who was the Maharao of Kutch. It was meant to be a summer resort for his son and heir to the kingdom, Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraji. The palace is named ‘Vijaya Vilas Palace’ after him. The construction of the palace started in the year in 1920 and completed in 1929. Shri Vijayaraji died in 1948. A chhatri (decorative tombstone) in his memory stands on the premises of the palace.
Interesting facts about the Vijay Vilas Palace
- The whole palace is built using red sandstone.
- The architecture and plan of the palace are largely based on the palaces of Orchha and Datia.
- The current royal family of the Kutch state resides in this palace, and they made this summer resort their permanent residence after parts of Ranjit Vilas got damaged due to the Bhuj earthquake in 2001.
- The palace is named after Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraj Ji as it was built for him.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the palace is during the winter season when the temperature is not soaring high. Since it is so close to the beach, the humidity can be too much to bear during summers and the rainy season.
The Vijay Vilas Palace is open to tourists from 9 AM to 1 PM & 3PM to 6PM.
How To Reach
It is just 7kms from the Mandvi Bus Stand and is easily accessible by road.