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Baroda | Bhavnagar | Jamnagar | Junagadh | Rajkot | Surat

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Carved  cedar  ceiling, silver  throne  and Italian mosaic,  3  pleasant  courtyards  filled  with  palms  and  European statutory, and  a profusion  of  Italian marble  and  stained  glass.  But  one  of  the outhouses  of  the palace  is  now  Maharajah Fatehsinhji  museum,  with  a  fine  collection  of  sculpture by Italian  artist Felici,  bronzes,  paintings(including  oils  by  Raja Ravi Varma), royal portraits,  Chinese-Japanese  art, Indian  art, inlaid  doors  and chandeliers,and  another  is  now part  of  the Motibagh  golf  club. Near  the palace is  the  polo  club  of  royal origins. The Lalbagh palace  with  a  splendid  Baroque  facades  and Renaissance  domes,   is  now  a  railway  staff  training  college, the Nazzar  bagh palace  is  still  a  private  royal  property,  the  Makarpura  palace  is  now  the airforce  station, other  old  buildings  are  govt  buildings.

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Rajmahal  road, Baroda

The  city museum,  another  royal  initiative  of  HH Sayajrao,  built  in  the  1890s  by  Major Charles Mant  and  completed  by Chisolm  after  his  death, is  one  of  the  finest  in India. It  has  an  extensive  collection  of European  paintings(originals  and  reproductions  of  masters),  rare  manuscripts  and  miniature paintings, South Indian  narrative  paintings, Tibetan Buddhist  artifacts, historic  inscriptions, 11th  century  South Indian sculpture, 9th  century  ivory  box, classical  works  in  plaster  and other media  as  models for  art students, architectural  fragments  of  old  temples, folk  art,  utensils  and  costumes  of  various  tribes,  an Egyptian mummy,  bones  of  a  whale,  eggs  of  dinosaur, stuffed  animals, and  a portrait  gallery, among other  out-standing  exhibits. Do  not  miss  the Kirti Mandir, royal  cenotaph,with  wall  paintings  by  Nandlal Bose  and  busts  of  various  rulers  of  Baroda,  and  the Tambakarwada  haveli,  with  wood  carvings  and murals. pilgrimage.

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Kirti Mandir, Baroda

Around Baroda  are  many  recreation  spots-Ajwa  lake, Nimeta  park, Water  park, Ajwa  fun  world. You  can  experience  history  at  Dabhoi  and Champaner, take  a  cable  car  ride  or  pilgrimage  to Pawagadh over Champaner, or  visit  spots  of  the  river  Narmada for  boating, picnic.

GETTING THERE

By road 2-2 1/2 hours (113 kms) Frequent trains and ST buses.

PLACES TO STAY

 

- LUXURY

Welcomegroup Vadodara, Express, Express Alkapuri, Rama Inn best Western

- DELUXE

Surya palace, Surya, Aditi, Kaviraj, Sayaji, Yuvraj

- MODERATE

 

- BUDGET/GUEST HOUSE

Rajdhani, Utsav, Apsara, Green

PLACES TO EAT

All the luxury and deluxe hotels have good places to eat.  Some have buffets.  Other than hotels, Havmore (a/c, multi-cusine), Volga(Mughlai), Swati(S Indian, N Indian snacks, fast food), Chung-fa(Chinese), Oriental spice(Chiese), Copper coin(Western), Pizza king(fast food), Alka(Indian), Gokul(Indian),Kansa/Kansara(Gujarati),Sahyog(thalis),Woodlands (S Indian), Dairy Den(icecream), Generation 2000(night club).  Also good, reasonably pricedeating places near rly station and at Padmawati shopping centre.

Baroda | Bhavnagar | Jamnagar | Junagadh | Rajkot | Surat

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