When in Gujarat, do as the local populace do–dance, eat, drink and make merry! A fun place with the right blend of modernism, history and religion, Vadodara ranks high on the “must visit” list of tourists from across the country and abroad. Here, you may like to steep yourself in the colourful ambience of the state, watch ornately garbed women sashay by or look forward to the charm and beauty of some its sightseeing attractions: Naulakhi Well, Nazar Bagh Palace, Laxmi Vilas Palace and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum–to name a few.
Laxmi Vilas Palace
Constructed by R.H. Chisholm, the Laxmi Vilas Palace was built at a cost of Rs. 6 million. Its unique Indo-Saracenic style exemplifies the designs of 19th century AD and is indeed worth a look. The face of the palace is crafted from red sandstone of Agra, while the intricate dressings are made from marble fetched from Rajasthan and blue trapstone carried from Pune. With spectacular interiors and an equally striking façade to its credit, Laxmi Vilas Palace is a must-see indeed. And yes, do remember to take a look at its floors and walls; they are made with marble and Venetian mosaic!
Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum
Reputed for its vast collection of fine European paintings, The Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum is often posted on the itinerary of visitors in Vadodara. Walk through its many aisles and get a firsthand feel of the rich cultural heritage and glorious past of Gujarat-the right way!
A striking wooden multi-storied town house, Tambekar Wada will remind you of the traditional Maratha mansions which were once the residential venues of Bhau Tambekar, the Diwan of Baroda. Here, you can feast your eyes on the beauty of 19th century murals–which are beautiful beyond compare.
Located in the scenic precincts of Sursagar Lake, right in the heart of Vadodara, is Kirti Mandir. This venue is home to Gaekwad Samadhi-a memorial ground.
The shady and tranquil environs of Sayaji Bagh house the popular Baroda Museum, which boasts of a large collection of Asian statues and intricately carved exhibits. It also attracts visitors with its Egyptian room and mangy zoology exhibits along with Mughal miniatures and works of European masters.
The other places worth a look in Vadodara include Nazar Bagh Palace, Makarpura Palace, Naulakhi Well and so forth. Located within easy driving distance of the city are the tourist destinations of Bharuch and Pavagadh. While in these regions of Gujarat, you can look forward to some memorable moments in one of the many hotels in Vadodara. These hotels are reputed for their well-furnished rooms and delectable cuisines. These include a host of indoor/outdoor activities, swimming pool, spa and world-class services. Providing all the amenities for a luxurious and comfortable stay, the best accommodation facilities in the city include those of The Fern Residency, Surya Palace Hotel, Royal Orchid Central, Tasha Comfort Regency, Gateway Hotel located at Dakota Gardens and so forth.
So, are you ready to savour the many attractions of Vadodara?