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BARODA CITY

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Introduction

Baroda or Vadodara was the capital city of an erstwhile princely state ruled by Gaekwads.Modern Baroda is a beautiful city with its spacious parks, palaces, museums, art galleries, temple and abroad avenues. Baroda has an excellent University and its oriental institute is quite famous. Baroda has an excellent rail, road and air connections with all the major states and parts of the country.

Orientation

The city of Baroda is divided into two sections by the river Vishvamitri. The city is located on the fertile plain between the Mahi & Narmada Rivers.

History

Baroda which holds a good stand in education and culture was for a long period in the reigns of Gaekwads from 1734 to 1949.It was also ruled by various other kingdoms like Hindus, Pathans, Moghuls and Marathas. The Mughals could not control the fiery independent spirit of the Marathas and the year 1721 saw Pilaji Gaekwad seizing control of the city. The city was virtually under the Gaekwads even during the British Raj.But whatever the history of Baroda is dated back to more than two thousand years.

Festivals

All the Indian festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm in Baroda. The festival of Shivratri, is celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva. Holi is celebrated every year in February-March. As in the rest of Gujarat, the nine day festival of Navratri is celebrated with great fanfare. It ends with Dussehra, followed twenty days later by Diwali. The Kite festival is celebrated on 14th January each year to mark the end of winter. This festival has become an international event these days.

Monuments

Lakshmi Vilas Palace

 The most important historical monument in the city of Baroda is the "Lakshmi Vilas Palace". This was the palace of the Gaekwads, built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III. This palace boasts of an ornately decorated Durbar hall, which was used by the Gaekwads to watch live performances.

 Kirti Mandir

The "Kirti Mandir" or the "Temple of fame". Here one would find the statues and the photographs of all royal family members.

The Muqabra

Another monument in Baroda is "The Muqabra" which is dedicated to the Moghul King Kutubudin. This is said to be one of the oldest monuments in the city.

Places of worship

Temples

EME temple

The EME temple was built by the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps, and is run by the Indian army. This is the most famous temple in Baroda, which is dedicated to Dhakshinamurthy, who was a reincarnation of Lord Shiva. This temple is unique in its architecture since it has been built entirely out of aluminium sheets. The temple represents the five main religions of India. The ‘kalash’ on the top of the dome symbolizes Hinduism, the ‘dome’ stands for Islam, Christianity is represented by the ‘tower,’ the golden-structure above the tower represents Buddhism and the entrance of the temple stands for Jainism.

There are other smaller temples for Hanuman, Lord Ganesh a Jain temple.

ISKCON Temple, Vasna Saiyad, Vadodara

Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Vishwamitri, Vadodara

Swaminarayan Temple, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS), Atladara, Vadodara

Hanuman Temple, Ravaliya Mahudevegon, Vadodara

Ayyapp Temple, Sama, Vadodara

Jalaram Temple, Karelibaug, Vadodara

Bhimnath Temple, Sayajigunj, Vadodara

Swami Nayaran Mandir, Karelibaug, Vadodara

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Babajipuar, Vadodara

Mai Mandir, Bapunagar, Vadodara

Geeta Mandir, Wadi, Vadodara

Nageshwar Temple, Bapunagar, Vadodara

Dwarkadhish Temple, Dakbunglar, Vadodara

Gajanan Maharaj Temple, Dakbunglar, Vadodara

Nageshwar Temple, Bapunagar, Vadodara

Township Temple, Gujarat Refinery Township, Vadodara

Somnath Temple, Somnath Nagar, Makarpura, Vadodara

IPCL Temple, Vadodara

Swaminarayan Mandir, Dev Nagar, Saiyed Vasna, Vadodara

Sai Baba Mandir, Mandvi, Vadodara

Swaminarayan Mandir and Sansthan, Warasiya, Vadodara

Gajanan Maharaj Temple, Dakbunglar, Vadodara

Chitrakut Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, Suryanagar, Vadodara

Jain Temple, Bapunagar, Vadodara

Govardhan Nathji Haveli, Productivity Road, Haripura, Vadodara

Raghavendra Swami Mutt, Laxmipura, Vadodara

Ganpati Mandir, Shiyabaug, Kevdabaug, Vadodara

Bhathiji Maharaja Temple, Akota Village, Haripura, Vadodara

Bhid Bhanjan Hanuman Temple, Wadi, Vadodara

Sai Baba Temple, Tarsali, Vadodara

Shiva Mandir, Babajipura, Vadodara

Kashivishweshwar Temple Complex, Chikuwadi, Alkapuri, Vadodara

Kailashpati Mandir, Industrial Society, Nr. Shivam Society, Vadodara

Shiv Temple, Kadam Nagar, Sama, Vadodara

Hanuman Mandir, Manjalpur, Vadodara

Hanuman Temple, Haripura, Vadodara

Atmajyothi Ashram, Hari Nagar, Vadodara

Magleshwar Mahadev, Vadodara

Hanuman Mandir, Bapunagar, Vadodara

Jagannath Temple, Vadodara

Ayyappa Temple, Vasna Saiyad, Vadodara

Ganesh Temple, Alkapuri, Vadodara

Hanuman Temple, Old Padra Road, Haripura, Vadodara

Dakshineshwar Mahadev Temple, Tarsali, Vadodara

Raneshwar Temple, Tandalja, Vadodara

Parmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Gotri, Vadodara

Chandramouliswar Mahadev Temple, Gokul Nagar, Vadodara

Hanuman Temple, Bajwada, Mandvi, Vadodara

Mahadev Mandir, Bapunagar, Vadodara

Kanteshwar Mahadev, Shiyabaug, Kevdabaug, Vadodara

Kodiyar Mata Mandir, Khodiyar Nagar, Harni, Vadodara

Gayathri Mataji Temple, Nani Bapod, Vadodara

Mahoni Mata nu Mandir, Karadiya, Vadodara

 

Derasar, Subhanpura, Vadodara

Jain Temple, Bhavanipura Society, Nizampura, Vadodara

Digambar Jain Mandir, Adhyapak Nagar, Karelibaug, Vadodara

Dogambar Jain Mandir-Ghantivada, Choksi Bazar, Vadodara

Derasar, Nani Bapod, Vadodara

Shantinath Jain Derasar, Chhani, Vadodara

 

Pathar Gate Gurudwara, Old Lakkad Pitha, Babajipura, Vadodara

Gurdwara Chhani, Vadodara

Gurdwara Nanakwadi, Vadodara

Gurdwara at EME (Army) , Vadodara

Gurdwara at Airforce Makurpura, Vadodara

 

Parsee Agyari, Sayajilgunj, Vadodara

Mosques

The Jama Masjid mosque is one of the finest mosques in Gujarat and is situated in the town of Champaner, about 47 Kms from Baroda.

Masjid, University Road, Dakbunglarj, Vadodara

Tower Char Rasta Masjid,  Mandvi, Vadodara

Lehripura Masjid, MG Road, Mandvi,  Vadodara

Jama Masjid, Choksi Bazar, Vadodara

Zakaria Masjid, Babajipura, Vadodara

Hathikhana Masjid, Tulsiwadi, Vadodara

Sara Masjid, Navapura, Vadodara

Ajmeri Masjid, Tandalja Road, Vadodara

Jahangirpura Masjid, Moghul Wada, Jahangir Pura, Vadodara

Noorani Masjid, Suryanagar, Vadodara

Alavi Vohra Mosque, Moghul Wada Jahangir Pura, Vadodara, Gujarat

Churches

There are several churches in Baroda. The Centenary Methodist church is the biggest protestant church in Baroda. It is over 100 years old.

Alpha Church, 26, Patrakar Soc, Fatehgunj Main Rd, Fatehgunj, Vadodara

Bishop of Baroda, 71,Alkapuri Bishop House,Jyoti Bunglow, Vadodara

City Christ Church, Gendigate, Vadodara

Sharon Methodist Church, Nizampura, Vadodara

Marthoma Syrian Church, Marthoma Church, Rd-10, Vadsar, Vadodara

Parish Marthoma Syrian Church, Fatehgunj, Vadodara

St. Mary's Chappel, Nr Chankaya Conn At Principal MGM School, New Sama Road, Vadodara

Mar Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church, Basil School Compound,Mukti Nagar,Tandalja Road,Alkapuri, Vadodara

St. George Chappel, St. Basil School, Maneja, Vadodara

St. Thomas Chappel, St. Mary's School, Gorwa, Vadodara

Shaeron Fellowship Church, 401/B, Samrudhi Plaza, Mk Pura Road, Vadodara

Trinity Methodist Church, Gotri Road,, Vadodara

Canan Methodist Church, A\16,Santok Nagar Society,Navayard,, Vadodara

Century Methodist Church, Fatehgunj, Vadodara

Methodist Church, Fatehgunj, -, Vadodara

Our Lady of  Rosary Church, Pratap Gunj, -, Vadodara

Jivanjyot Methodist, Bajwa Chhani Road,Bajwa, Vadodara

Fategung Methodist Church, Church, Fatehgunj Main Road, Vadodara

Sharon Fellowship Church, Ashok Chamber,Fatehgunj,Nr Eagle Apartment, Vadodara

St James Church, St James Church Compound, Fatehgunj,, Vadodara

 

Places of Interests

Vadodara Baroda Museum and Art Gallery

Vadodara Baroda Museum and Art Gallery exhibits a rich collection of artifacts. This collection comprises of Indian sculptures, ancient manuscripts and Egyptian antiquities. In the art gallery of this museum Mughal miniatures and works of great European masters are exhibited.

 Sayaji Bagh

Sayaji Bagh is a major attraction in Baroda. This is a garden, with a lot of greenery, sprawling over a 100 acres and boasts of a mini rail track and a planetarium. There is a very informative show conducted here for duration of 35 minutes.

 Nazarbaug Palace

This palace is known for its old classical style of architecture and it was used on ceremonial occasions by the Gaekwads.

 

Lakshmi Vilas Palace

This is the residence of the royal family and was built by Maharaja Sayajirao in 1890 which is known or its Indo- Saracenic style of construction. The palace also has exhibits of bronze, marble & terracotta. Its ornate Darbar Hall has an Italian mosaic floor.

Kirti Mandir

This mandir built in the style of Hindu architecture has murals by the famous Indian artist, Nandlal Bose.Kirti Mandir is a magnificent stone building with domes, terraces, balconies and a central 'shikhara'.

Makarpura Palace

This training school of the Indian Air Force was initially a palace designed in the Italianate style.

Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad University

This university was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad and it is supposed to be one of the bigger universities in Western India.

Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary  

This sanctuary is known for its leopards, sloth bears, sambar, wild dogs, hyena, barking deer and a variety of birds, is situated in Bharuch district.

Accommodation

Luxury Hotels

1. The Gateway Hotel,(Taj Group),  Akota Gardens,  Baroda - 390020     0265 6617676

2. Hotel Surya Palace,  Sayajigunj, Baroda 390 005        0265 2226000 / 2363366 / 77
3. Welcome Hotel, R.C Dutt Road, Alkapuri, Vadodara, Gujarat.     0265 2330050 / 2330033

4. Hotel Presidency Towers, Next to National Plaza, R.C.Dutt Road, Alkapuri, Vadodara - 390005       0265 2340050

Budget Hotels

1.Ginger Vadodara (Taj Enterprise), Survey 4(2)B, Fatehgunj Camp Road, Vadodara City, Vadodara -390 002       0265 663 3333

2.Prakruti Resort. NH-8, Chhani, Vadodara- 391740        0265 2762500

3.Hotel Yuvraj, Near Central St Bus depot, Sayajigunj, Vadodara - 390002     0265 2794439/2794785

4.Hotel Surya Palace, Sayajigunj, Vadodara - 390050        0265 23623366

5.Revival Hotel, Sayaji Gardens, Near Kala Ghoda, Sayajigunj, Vadodara 309050      0265 2794896

Eat Outs

1. Havmor Restaurant - RC Dutt Road, Near Kala Ghoda Circle, Baroda, Gujarat.

2. Mac Donald's Restaurant - Old Padra Road, Baroda, Gujarat

3. Smokin Joe's - Old Padra Road, Akota, Baroda, Gujarat

4. Jai Hind Restaurant - Opposite Kumar School I, Raopura, Vadodara, Gujarat

5. Dawat Restaurant - Manjalpur Naka,Opposite Shreyas School, Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat

Shopping

You get good silver jewellery including oxidised in Raopura, Teen Darwaza and Mandvi.Other handicrafts and handspun cotton clothes are available in the local Khadi Bhandar center.However the major part of shopping in Baroda is not complete without Camel leather and related arts of embedding pure gold and stone colors, on camel leather. The textiles showcase a distinct range of designs, colors and stitches. Sarees in Vadodara display an amazing variety with inlaid Zari works, beadwork, embellished mirrors, sequins and shells as well as tie-and-dye and block-printed designs. Vadodara shopping is very satisfying if you are in search of Patola Silk sarees, Bandhnis and traditional Gagra-Cholis, Marriage costumes, Wall hangings, Embroidered, appliquéd quilts, Cradle clothes, Cloth toys, embroidered footwear, Lacquer furniture and Curios.

Getting there

By Air

Vadodara is well connected by air from Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Daman. Most of the domestic carriers operate daily flight services to Vadodara.

By Rail

Reaching Vadodara by rail is very easy because most of the trains pass through Vadodara. The main railway junction is situated in the Western Railway that links it with Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad.

By Road

Getting to Vadodara is not only easy and convenient but fun also. A host of transport facilities and services truly make a journey to this city most unforgettable experience of life. To arrive here by road you can avail any of the state transport bus and private luxury coach services from any of the numerous towns and cities of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Rajasthan.

 


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