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#9 of 28 Places To Visit in Alwar
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Alwar, Rajasthan, India
entry fee
per person (Museum entry fee)
All days of the week except Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

about vinay vilas mahal

Built in the 18th century, Vinay Vilas Mahal or City Palace as its known, resides in all its majesty and grandeur at the foot of the Aravallis, right below Bala Quila. Once a resplendent palace filled with royal opulence, today what you will encounter is a grand palatial complex gone slightly to seed with some areas converted to government offices. 

A narrow, dark passage leads you up to the gates of the palace, which open out to a large courtyard, bright with marble cupolas and chhatris (elevated, dome-shaped pavilions commonly used to depict the elements of pride and honor in the Rajput architecture and widely used in palaces, forts, or to demarcate funerary sites) at different levels- a fine exemplar of Rajasthani architecture.

The ground floor is mostly government offices, including the police superintendent’s office, and off limits unless you have some work there. The first floor houses the museum- three huge rooms full of royal clothes, armoury, furniture, manuscripts-only place in Alwar where you can get a glimpse of the opulence of the Rajput and Mughal kings. It was established in 1940 by Maharaja Tej Singh Prabhakar Bahadur, the last ruling Maharaja of Alwar, who donated much of the royal family’s privately owned collection over the generations.

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