Places of Interest
Lakshmi Vilas Palace
Lakshmi Vilas Palace, situated on Rajmahal road is an extravagant building of the Indo-Saracenic school built by Maharaja Sayajirao in 1890 and till date the residence of the royal family. Its ornate Darbar Hall has an Italian mosaic floor and walls with mosaic decorations. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta. The Palace ‘compound’ as known here is of over 700 acres and houses a number of buildings, particularly the Moti Baug Palace and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building. Adjacent to the Motibaug Palace and the Museum is the Moti Baug Stadium, the erstwhile home of the Baroda Cricket Association.
Nazar Baug Palace
Built in the old classical style, the palace was used on ceremonial occasions by the Gaekwads. It now houses the royal family heirlooms.
A beautiful palace designed in the Italianate style, the Makarpura is now used as a training school of the Indian Air Force.
Pratap Vilas Palace
Originally built as the residence of the royal family, the palace is a riot of columns and arches drawn from a variety of traditions including South Indian, Central Indian, North Indian and Islam. The palace now houses the prestigious Railway Staff College of India.
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Named after Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the visionary ruler of Baroda, this is one of the premier universities in India the largest in the city of Baroda in Gujarat state. The University is known throughout Asia for the Faculty of Fine Arts.
The Temple of Fame, built in the memory of the Gaekwad family in 1936, is a central spire of 110 feet in height. Kirti Mandir is the family vault of the Gaekwad rule decorated by a series of frescoes by the famous artist Nandlal Bose. The sun, the moon and the earth in bronze with the undivided map on India adorn the shikar of Kirti Mandir.
As the name clearly indicates, Nyay Mandir means the Temple of Justice. It is a unique piece of Byzantine architecture. It houses the District Court of Vadodara. Located in the heart of the city, it is close to the traditional shopping area, particularly, gold and silver ornaments and household goods.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram is located in Dandia Bazar in the city. Relics of Shri Aurobindo are present here and the ashram is open to all for meditation. It houses a library, study room and sales emporium.
EME Temple (Dakshinamurty Temple)
EME Temple or a temple of Sri Gyana Dakshinamoorthy is built by the E.M.E. School in the cantonment and managed by the Indian Army Authorities in Baroda. The monument is in concept and design. Its geodesic wooden structure is covered with aluminum sheets. This temple is a major attraction for both tourist and devotees.
Built around 1586, this tomb of Qutbuddin (the army general of the Great Moghul king Akbar) is one of the oldest Moghul monuments of the city of Vadodara. It has beautiful windows carved in stone and there is an old step-well in the large grounds surrounding the memorial.
Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum
The building was constructed as a school for the Maharaja’s children. Today it serves as the royal collection of art treasures of old masters like Raphael, Titian and Murillo as well as modern ,western and Indian painting, Graeco – Roman exhibits, Chinese and Japanese art and a large collection of contemporary Indian art. The most remarkable of these is the fabulous collection of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. The collection includes portraits of the Royal family in addition to the paintings based on Hindu mythology. The museum also houses a beautiful collection of sculptures in bronze and marble.
Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery
Founded by the Gaekwads in 1894, this museum was built on the lines of Victoria & Albert and Science Museums of London. It preserves impressive collections of art, sculpture, ethnography and ethnology. The picture gallery offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British painters Turner and Constable and many other miniature paintings and narrative paintings by different artists. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions for those who visit the museum. Other treasures include the famous Akota bronzes dating from 5th Century A.D., a full-fledged gallery of Tibetan Art and several European Paintings.
Sayaji Baug, well known as Kamati Baug on the river Vishwamitri is a garden dedicated to the citizens of Baroda. The garden is the largest in Western India stretching over 113 acres with well-maintained lawns, decorated with sculptures placed on pedestals. The park has fountains and a rich flora with more than 98 specimens of trees. The garden also houses other attractions:
Zoo & Aquarium Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Planetarium Museum for Health and Hygiene Floral clock, Band stand Toy train and joy rides for children
- Mcdonald’s – in Inox Multiplex and Old Padra Road
- Wrapido – Quick Food Café – Fatehgunj and Old Padra Road
- Shiv Sagar – near Race Course Circle Mirch Masala – near Race Course Circle
- Goodies – Fatehgunj and near Natubhai Circle
- Copper Chimney – near Race Course Circle
- Pizza Hut – near Race Course Circle Dominos – Ellora Park
- Barista – near Race Course Circle Café Coffe Day – Sayajigunj and in Inox Multiplex
- Breads and More – Jetalpur Road
Shopping & Leisure
- Alkapuri: Considered as one of the posh localities, the vicinity of Alkapuri is the destination for all shopping pleasures. The best of shopping complexes that include the hottest brands are found here. On R.C. Dutt road, you will find National Plaza, Siddharth Complex, Dwarkesh, Panorama, Alkapuri Arcade and the Shreem Shalini – that cater to all the needs of fashion: designer clothes; gold, silver, diamond and artificial jewellery, shoes, other equipment, etc.
- Crossword: The well-known hub for book lovers, near Kunj circle, Alkapuri and Old Padra Road
- Landmark: A hot destination for books, music and decorative items, next to Westside.
- Friendship: The best in collection for traditional and contemporary fabrics, sarees and dress material, on BPC road
- Deepkala: The boutique shop for silk collections, on BPC Road
- Fab India: The popular boutique for cotton clothing, off Productivity Road
- Footwear: Adidas, Nike, Metro, Regal, Mochi, Rocia (Alkapuri)
- Jewellery: Narayan Jewellers, CH Jewellers, Damodardas, Mukt Jewellers (Alkapuri)
- Vadodara Central, near Sarabhai Circle
- Westside, in Amrakunj
- Pantaloons, in Amrakunj (in Inox Multiplex)
- Shreem-Shalini, opposite Concord Building, R.C. Dutt Road
- M-Cube, on Jetalpur Road
- Sterling Health Mall, on Old Padra Road
- Inox Multiplex, in Amrakunj
- PVR Deep Multiplex, Chaani Road
- Chandan Multiplex, Sindhrot
Ajwa or Sayaji Sarovar
The Sayaji Sarovar or Ajwa lake, 22 kms away from the city is the principal source of water. It is formed by damming the Surya river and Vaghali Nala. Adjacent to the earthern dam that has the ability to attend the water requirements of about 300,000 people residing in the eastern parts of the city, are the Ajwa gardens also known as Vrindavan Garden, an adaptation of the famous Vrindavan Garden in Mysore. It is very famous especially in the evenings for its coloured fountains and musical fountain.
Pavagadh & Champaner
Pavagadh is a narrow, tall mountain in Panchmahal, a district about 46 km away from Baroda. The hill top is home to a famous Mahakali temple which draws thousands of pilgrims everyday. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 2004. There is a concentration of largely unexcavated Archaeological, historical and living cultural heritage properties cradled in an impressive landscape which includes prehistoric sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th century capital of Gujarat. The site is the only complete and unchanged Islamic pre-Mughal city.
Sindhrot Nature Park
Located on the road which joins the highway to Saurashtra, Sindhrot is just 11 kms from Baroda city. This pristine getaway is a nature lover’s delight and is just the place where you can find a varied habitat that will provide you with the variety of avifauna you could dream off. The Gujarat Nature Conservation Society has built a nature park which provides forest cover. And to add the final topping the river Mahisagar winds its way through this area in its flow towards the sea. The result, trekking through this area can give a birdwatcher an opportunity to sight birds known to haunt a variety of habitats.
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