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My mini-series of people catching their forty winks....as Pixelterror JY says like a restless hunter after his prey ;-)

Jai Vilas Palace is located in the new city of Gwalior. It the house of the present Maharaja of Gwalior. This palace was designed by Lt. Col. Sir Michael Filose and resembled an Italian palazzo .It was constructed to welcome the ‘Prince of Wales’ on his visit to the country..

Its unique architecture, which is a mix of Italian, Tuscan and Corinthian, is quite amazing. Jai Vilas Palace is constructed by the Maharaja Jiyaji Rao Scindia and the fabulous palace is festooned with furniture from Versailles, Italy and France.

Although the current maharaja still lives in a portion of the palace,a large part of it is now a museum. 35 of the rooms have been made into the Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum. The rest of the rooms reflect the splendour and glory, which comes alive in the Italianate structures.

The Museum exhibits a collection of antiques belong to the Scindia reign. Two Belgian chandeliers weighing several tens will definitely catch the sight of everyone. Each article put on display in the museum is worthy to be mentioned, but some rare collections like a glass cradle from Italy, silver dinner services and swords that were once worn by the Mughal emperors Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan are conspicuous.

Here in this picture is a lavish stained glass window of the palace. But my purpose was to capture the guard catching his afternoon nap in front of the window, but I don't think i would have taken this shot, had the opulent window not been the perfect background!

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