Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Kutch
It was our last evening in Kutch. After riding for 5 days straight on smooth, open roads – we were neither tired nor longing to get back to Bombay. Like any other great trip, the last day was a little depressing. We were in Mandvi, a coastal town and perhaps one of the most populated regions in Kutch district.
We had lunch at Zoraba the Buddha (Osho) restaurant. If you visit Mandvi, you are bound to eat at this eatery. One of the most delicious Gujarati thalis can be had here; served with a generous reception by the restaurant employees.
After a heavy lunch, that we retired to our rooms and waited for the sun to go down (it was a hot day). At around 5 pm, @RoyalEnfielder and I headed to Vijay Vilas Palace on the bike. We hadn’t read up on it or knew what it was all about. We just wanted to soak in more of Kutch on our last evening.
It is situated about 8 kilometres from the main city. As per Wikipedia, Vijaya Vilas Palace is the famous one time summer palace of Jadeja Rajas of Kutch located on sea-beach of Mandvi in Kutch, Gujarat, India. The palace is about 80 years old and not too big, but grand in its own right. The insides have been kept intact but some bits of the upholstery are in tatters.
Since we reached right when the sun was setting down, the palace looked even more beautiful. Also, some parts of the film, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, were shot at this palace. Photos from the actual film-shoot are also kept inside the palace.
Walking inside the palace made me wonder how enchanting it might be for anyone to live in a place as royal as this. Everything was so elegant;
it’s quite fascinating. As you walk through the corridors and peek into the rooms, you also see photos of the family that owns the palace stuck on the walls.
It makes the experience even more interesting.
The palace is a no-plastic zone. Which is a great positive! However, there were places where visitors had spat (the legendary Indian-paan spit!!) and it instantly makes one feel sorry about it. Sigh!
All in all, a great feast for the eyes. We proceeded to the beach from the palace and cherished a fun ride on top of a camel. I cannot describe that experience in words. I was laughing all along while the beach changed hues.