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Mandvi town, Gujarat offers a blend of age-old skill of hand-crafted ''ship-building'' tradition, culture native to Gujarat and a long stretch of fine, pristine beaches. This town is famous for 400 year old ship-building industry famous for ocean-going wooden ships. This place had maritime trade with west Asia and African countries like Zanzibar, etc. Yet another interesting holiday spot is Vijay Vilas palace which is about 7 km from the town . The palace is worth a visit where it houses a small museum and offers a vista of vast sheet of sea (the Arabian sea) in front of it. The visitors to the beach resort can experience the cool late afternoon breeze from the sea shores.
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A fascinating example of a blend of Rajput style and certain architectural features of other styles, the Vijay Vilas Palace at Mandvi, Gujarat with intricate details in many parts of the structure is made of best quality red sandstone. Its impressive designs ingeniously implemented by the highly talented craftsmen from Rajasthan and other parts of India make the grand structure stand apart among the Indian royal residences. Local Kutchi artisan community, the Mistris of Kutch and Suthars did play a role in the building of this impressive monument. It was .built in 1929 by King Khengarji III for his son and legal heir Rao Vijairaji who died in 1948. On the palace premises, there is a beautiful ornate chhatri dedicated in memory of the last ruler Vijairaji.
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Designed on the model of palaces of Orchha and Datia, the interesting and distinctive features of Vijay Vilas palace are its location close to the sea shore, private access to the near-by beach, beautiful big domes and pillars, lattice windows, stained glass windows, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch, Jharokas, Chhatris, etc. They were well- planed and correctly incorporated with meticulous care as to enhance the beauty of this royal residence. The palace is an fine model of broad-based mix of cultures, an unique fusion of depictions; a blend of umbrella shaped domes as seen in palaces of Bengal, cupolas of Mogul style, cenotaphs, jharokhas of Rajput architecture and columns and arches signifying the Victorian Gothic style.
A part of the palace functions as a museum and the descendants are living in the other part of this palatial palace. To accommodate the visitors to this palace, a site close to the palace, is set apart for this purpose. Built in the middle of a lush green well-planed garden with water channels and marble fountains, lots of visitors come here to enjoy the impressive architecture and the near-by serene surrounding. No doubt, the builder took nine long years from 1920 to 1929 to complete the construction work as many features incorporated in the building needed time-consuming planning and proper incorporation of embellished features.
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