Visiting Places

 

 PLACES TO VISIT IN VADODARA

Aurbindo Society in Vadodara

Aurbindo Society, Baroda, Gujarat, India.

Maharshi Aurobindo Ghosh who one of the eminent freedom fighters and also arenouned philosopher resided in Vadodara from 1894 to 1906 as a private secretary to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad. He also worked as vice principal and professor of English in Baroda college. His residence popularly known as Aurobindo Society is situated in Dandia Bazar area is the only national memorial. Yoga and meditation are taught here regularly. Surrounded by a nicely maincured garden this magnificent building provides an opportunity to pass a few minutes in solace. Various useful articles prepared at Pondichery are sold in an emporium on the ground floor. A nicely displayed small museum on the life of Shri Aurobindo's contribution can also be visited here.

Baroda Museum & Gallery in VadodaraBardoa Museum & Picture Gallery, Baroda, Gujarat. Considered as one of the most famous museums of the country it was built in 1894. The picture gallery which offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British painters Turner and constable and many others attract tourists from every part of the country. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions for those who visit the museum.Other treasure includes the famous Akota bronzes dating the 5th Century A.D., A collection of Mughal miniatures, a full fledged galloryof Tibetan Art and oils by several European masters.
Darbar Hall in VadodaraDarbarr Hall, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Considered as one of the most famous museums of the country it was built in 1894. The picture gallery which offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British painters Turner and constable and many others attract tourists from every part of the country. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions for those who visit the museum.Other treasure includes the famous Akota bronzes dating the 5th Century A.D., A collection of Mughal miniatures, a full fledged galloryof Tibetan Art and oils by several European masters.
EME Temple in VadodaraEME Temple, Baroda, Guajrat. Situated in the cantonment near Fatehgunj is the beautiful Shiva temple. Managed and maintained by the "Jawans" of E.M.E., this temple is made of alluminium and some alloys. Unlike all other temples, this beautiful Shiva temple is made ofalluminium and it is a place of religious armony. A cultural centre has also been developed by the E.M.E. around the temple here good sculptures of Gujarat, pavilions etc. are nicely preserved. Idols of Gods and Godesses are beautifully placed on both the side walkways and they look very attractive when illuminated at night everyday. Visit to this temple is a must for everyone who visit Vadodara.
Khanderao Market in VadodaraKhanderao Market, Baroda, Gujarat, India. This is a palatial building erected by Sayaji Rao ||| in 1906-07 at a cost of about Rs. 5 lakhs. It was presented by him as a gift to the Municipality on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of his administration. The Municipal Offices are located in this building. The main entrance resembles in architecture with that of the gate ofDabhoi Fort. The perforated stone perapers are after style of the Agra Screens.
Kirti Mandir in VadodaraKirti Mandir, Baroda, Gujarat, India. Kirti Mandir is situated on the north of the statue of Prince Fatehsinhrao Gaekwadnear the Vishwamitri Bridge. With a cluster of shiva temples it was built to commemorate the cremation of the members of the Gaekwad family. This "E" shaped large magnificent stone building with domes, terraces, balconies and centralsikhara rising to about 33 metres. According to Sayajirao Gaekwad it was built tocommemurate the benefectors of his state irrespective of their race, caste or creed. Built by Maharaja Sayajirao at the cost of Rs.50,000, it preserves in its various rooms the statues and photogaphs of the members of the royal family. The interior of this elegant structure is marble finished and on the walls of the central hall are the murals Gangavataran, battle of Mahabharat, Life of Meera and Natir Pooja-executed by the famous Bengali artist Nandalal Bose. It can be visited by everybody between 9 & 12 in the morning and 2.30 & 5.30 in the evening.
Champaner in VadodaraChampaner, Baroda, Gujarat, India. It is situated 47 kms from Vadodara. The town of Champaner was subjugated by Sultan Mehmud Begara in 1484 and made it his new capital. Champaner lies at the foot of Pavagarh fort. The ruins of its mosques and palaces reflected in the lake are some of the most picturesque sights in India. Citadel of Mahmud Beghada is a perfect rectangle about three-quarters of a mile long and 280 yards broad, the citadel is enclosed by a wall of massive blocks of freestone, known as Mahmud Beghada'sWall. It is strengthened by bastions at regular intervals and beautified by small carved balconies in the best Islamic style. Jama Masjid, on account of its massive grandeur and perfect finish, the Jama Masjid is one of the grandest Islamic monuments in Western India. Nagina Masjid is also called the Jewel Mosque as it is built of pure white stone.
Lehripura Gate in VadodaraLaheripua Gate, Baroda, Gujarat, India. Built as the western gateway to the old city in 1558, Lehripura Gate is an impressive structure with beautiful arches.
Laxmi Vilas Palace in VadodaraLaxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The Royal Family's residence is an extravagant building in Indo- Saracenic style. The palace built by Maharaja Sayajirao in 1890 is 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 & terracotta.
Makarpura Palace in VadodaraMakarpura Palace, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. A beautiful palace designed in the Italianate style, the Makarpura is now used as a training school of the Indian Air Force.
Mahatma Gandhi Nagar Gruhin VadodaraMahatma Gandhi Nagar Gruh, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. This is the city's town hall and was constructed in 1954. It is used for various cultural functions.
Maharaja Fatehsinh Museum in VadodaraMaharaja Fatehsinh Museum, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The museum has the royal collection of art treasures and works of old masters like Raphael, Titian and Murillo as well as modern western and Indian paintings, Graeco-Roman exhibits, Chinese and Japanese art, and a large collection of contemporary Indian art
Maharaja Sayajirao Universityin VadodaraMaharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The erstwhile ruler of Baroda, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad built Maharaja SayajiraoGaekwad University, also known as MSU, over a hundred years ago. The University is one of the bigger universities in Western India and the only one in Vadodara. The notable faculties here are the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Performing Arts
Mandvi Gate in VadodaraMandvi Gate, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. This imposing structure was built during the Mughal period and was restored in 1736 A.D. by the Governor, Malharoa Maloji under the orders of Damaji Roa II (1732-1768 A.D.).
Maqbara (Hajira) in VadodaraMaqbara(Hajira), Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Constructed in the memory of Kutub-ud-din the general of Akbar's army, it is the only existing Mughal monument of the city. There is also a step well in its vicinity
Nazarbaug Palace in VadodaraNazarbaug Palace, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Built in old classical style, the palace was used on ceremonial occasions by theGaekwads. The royal family heirlooms are on display
Nyaymandir in VadodaraNyay Mandir, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The Nyaya Mandir, temple of justice, is a unique piece of Byzantine architecture. It houses the District Court of Baroda.
Pratap Vilas Palace at Lalbaugin VadodaraPratap Vilas Palace at Lalbaug, Vadodara, India. Built as the residence of the royal family, the Pratap Vilas is an extravagant and flamboyant building in the Indo-Sarcenic style. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armory and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta. The palace is a riot of columns and arches drawn from South Indian, Central Indian, North Indian and Islamic traditions. Its porticoed entrance has excquisite carvings and is embellished by stuffed tigers. The Darbar Hall however is the piece-de-resistance with mosaic floors, seven domes, 12 chandeliers, intricately sculpted cedar balconies and a silver throne. It is spread over an area of 720 acres with gardens and a golf course. One can visit Shastragar to see the Royal armory.
Sayajibaug in VadodaraSayajibaug, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Sayaji Baug (the famous park) is situated on river Vishwamitri and was built bySayajirao III in 1879. Sprawling over 113 acres, it also includes an excellent zoo, theBaroda Museum and Picture Gallery, the Museum of Health and Hygiene and theSardar Patel Planetarium.A major attraction for children is the 3.5 kms joy ride through the park on the toy train.
ayaji Sarovar in VadodaraSayaji Sarovar, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. he 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. Work on the scheme was started in 1885 and was completed in 1890. The gardens at Ajwa are patterned after the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. The illumination of fountains is a major attraction for tourists.

 Pavagadh  

 Champaner Pavagadh

Sardar sarovar dam