Vijay Mandir Palace
History of Vijay Mandir Palace
It is believed that the palace was constructed as a result of the whims of the unconventional ruler - Maharaja Jai Singh. Built during 1918 AD, Vijay Mandir Palace was built because the Maharaja was disappointed with the construction of another palace. Maharaja Jai Singh was an art lover and had a very deep passion for beautiful palaces and forts. During his reign, he ordered the construction of Yaswant Niwas in an Italian style of architecture. However, when the construction of the palace was complete, he was very displeased and as a result, he ordered the construction of another palace – Vijay Mandir Palace immediately.
Structure of Vijay Mandir Palace
Vijay Mandir Palace is truly one of the most luxuriant and beautiful palaces in the city. Surrounded by picturesque verdant gardens by the lake, the palace is home to 105 opulently decorated rooms, each of them exquisitely furnished. It is said that the palace was built to resemble a ship, just like all the other dazzling structures built by Maharaja Jai Singh. Vijay Mandir Palace represents the grand lifestyle of the royals in Rajasthan during that time.
Attractions of Vijay Mandir Palace
Besides the palace itself, there are a number of other features that tourists can also visit. The garden surrounding the palace is filled with a large number of vibrant flowers and lush trees. It is very poplar among tourists. There is also a famous temple inside the palace called the Sita Ram Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Ram and his wife – Sita. The best time to visit this temple is during the festival of Ramnavami, when the entire temple is beautifully decorated and thronged with thousands of devotees. This festival over here is celebrated with a lot of zest and till date, remains as one of the major attractions of Alwar. Another popular attraction is the Vijay Sagar Lake, which is located right next to the palace. It is said that when the sky is clear and the weather is agreeable, entire reflection of the palace can be seen in the lake.
Best Time to Visit Vijay Mandir Palace
The best time to visit the palace is during monsoons, when the weather over here is quite pleasant and also, when the lake is filled with water and exquisite species of migratory birds. Vijay Sagar Lake is heavily dependant on the rains for its supply of water.
Entry Requirement of Vijay Mandir Palace
Even though there is no entry fee for visiting the palace, one still needs prior permission from the Maharaja of Alwar, who lives in New Delhi, to enter Vijay Mandir Palace.
How to Reach Vijay Mandir Palace
The best way to reach the palace is to either catch a bus or a taxi from the center of Alwar city. Rajasthan State Street Transport (RSRTC) has regular bus services operating between Alwar and Vijay Mandir Palace.