My visit to Vijay Vilas will always remain special, right from exploring locations that became an integral backdrop for iconic Bollywood films, to playing live music in the presence of its visitors. Built in 1929 by Maharao Vijay Singhii, the palace is an eclectic blend of architectural styles, offering a panoramic view of the sea and is a favourite destination of Hindi filmmakers.
The palace was built during reign of Maharao Shri Khengarji III, the Maharao of Kutch, as a summer resort. The palace has been named after Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraji, the son of Maharao Shri Khengarji III. The construction of this palace began in 1920 and was completed in year 1929.
The palace is set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains replete with carved stone works of Jalis, Jharokas, Chhatris, Chhajas, murals and many other artistic stone carvings, colored glass work on windows and door panels. The campus also houses a Chhatri i.e. royal umbrella of Vijayaraji, the prince who loved this palace and passed away in 1948.
I still wonder how architects and craftsmen from places like Jaipur, Rajasthan, Bengal and Saurashtra, and local Kutchi artisan community, the Mistris of Kutch and Suthars came together to create such a marvelous palace!
For the Bollywood buffs, the song ‘Chand chupa baadal mein’ from ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was shot in Vijay Vilas Palace and even the popular dinner scene from the film was shot here. The song, ‘Saree ke fall sa’ from ‘R….Rajkumar’ was also at Vijay Vilas Palace. Now I am sure you’re going to check them out on YouTube. How about planning a trip here? Enjoy!