Maharashtra has been home to a number of monuments. Among these, the palaces of Maharashtra are proof of the great grandeur and rich history of the state.
- Jai Vilas Palace
Timings: 10:00 am- 5:30 pm.
Entry Fees: N/A.
Jai Vilas Palace (formerly known as Raj Bari) was built by Yashwant Rao Mukane. The entire palace is made up of pink stone (Syenite). The palace is surrounded by cashew nut plantations. It showcases the lifestyle and culture of the tribal kings in the Mukane family.
- Shaniwarwada Palace
Timings: 8:00 am- 6:30 pm.
Entry Fees: Indians- Rs. 5, Foreigners- Rs. 125.
Shaniwarwada Palace was built in the 18th Century by the Peshwas during the tenure of Peshwa Baji Rao I. The palace is surrounded by 5 gates. A sixteen petal lotus-shaped fountain and huge garden is a major attraction of the palace. Shaniwarwada palace is also said to be haunted by the ghost of Peshwa Narayanrao, the last Peshwa who was murdered.
- Soneri Mahal
Timings: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm.
Entry Fees: Indians- Rs. 10, Foreigners- Rs. 100.
Soneri Mahal is located in the campus of B.R. Ambedkar Marathwada University. It gets its name from the paintings made with pure gold, which once hung inside the palace. It was built by Paharsingh, a Bundelkhand chief. The palace is now a museum which houses various artefacts like paintings, sculptures, weapons, ancient pottery, etc.
- Aga Khan Palace
Timings: 9:00 am- 5:30 pm.
Entry Fees: Indians- Rs. 5, Foreigners- Rs. 100, Children- Rs. 2.
Aga Khan Palace is a picturesque place, built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III. The palace is notable for its Italian arches, spacious lawns, memorials, etc. The palace was used as a jail for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi and secretary Mahadev Desai during the Quit India Movement.
- Sawantwadi Palace
Location: Sawantwadi, Sindhudurg.
Timings: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm.
Entry Fees: Indians: Adults- Rs. 25, Children (Below 12 years)- Rs. 10. Foreigners: Adults- Rs. 50, Children (Below 12 years)- Rs. 20.
Sawantwadi Palace was built by Khem Sawant Bhonsle. The palace has now been converted into a museum which showcases photographs on the history of Sawantwadi, the palace durbar, paintings, lacquer ware goods and gifts presented to the royal family over time among others. There are also Ganjifa art (a traditional form of art) workshops held in the palace.
Which interesting palaces in Maharashtra have you visited lately?