The Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of the most impressive Raj-era palaces in India till today. The interiors of the palace consist of well-maintained montage, artwork and chandeliers. The palace was built with the most high-tech facilities including elevators at the time of their creation so as to make it a more appropriate place with western facilities. It has 170 rooms and it was built for just two people, i.e. the Maharaja and Maharani. Major Charles Mant who was hired as the architect of the palace was said to be a perfectionist. However, he thought that his calculations were wrong which is why he hung himself to death after assuming that the palace would not last long. However, this majestic palace stands strong even after 125 years. After his death, Robert Fellowes Chisholm was hired to complete the remaining work.
The spectacular palace is styled in Indo-Saracenic Revival style of architecture. Upon entrance, the Darbar Hall is adorned with mosaic floors, period furniture, Venetian chandeliers and Belgian stained glass windows. This ornate room houses some of the best sculptures made of bronze, marble and terracotta and is often the venue for cultural events and musical concerts. This palace which is spread over 700 acres consists of the very beautiful Navlakhi stepwell, Maharaja Fatehgarh museum and a small zoo which is known to be the resting ground for crocodiles. The Fatehgarh museum has a section wherein all the paintings by Raja Ravi Verma have been showcased. Before a museum, this was the school of royal offsprings. Also, a miniature train line connected the place to the school so as to make the commuting easy for kids.
A special collection of swords and weapons of war used during the Maharaja's time is displayed in the armoury. Recently, the museum also had a new addition and exhibits headgears collected by MaharajaRanjit Singh Gaekwad. It is now one of the few museums in the country with a dedicated headgear gallery. The entranceway of the Laxmi Vilas palace has a palm courtyard adorned with an ornate fountain. Numerous marble tiles and other artworks are used in the interior of the palace. The splendid palace also has a number of gardens which were designed by the very famous botanist Sir William Goldring who also designed the famous Kew Botanical Gardens in London.