Still the residence of Vadodara’s royal family, Laxmi Vilas was built in full-throttle 19th-century Indo-Saracenic flourish at a cost of ₹6 million. The most impressive Raj-era palace in Gujarat, its elaborate interiors boast well-maintained mosaics, chandeliers and artworks, as well as a highly impressive collection of weaponry. It’s set in expansive park-like grounds, which include a golf course. A one-hour audio guide is included with admission.

There are plans to turn some of the rooms into a heritage hotel.