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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Long drive to Delhi : 39 - Luxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara ii of ii

From Shirdi we continued our journey in Alto 800 towards Surat via Dang. After overnight stay in Surat we proceeded to Vadodara and we found it to be a beautiful historical city.

Baroda or Vadodara is located on the banks of river Vishwamitri about 130 km from Gandhi Nagar, capital of Gujrat. The city has had various names as Vadpatraka (leaves of banyan tree) or Vadodara. English travellers called it Brodera. In 1974 it was officially named as Vadodara. Well connected with rest of the country, it is third largest city of Gujrat.

Baroda state or province or area had been under Gupta dynasty, Chalukya dynasty & Solanki dynasty. It came under Sultans in 1297 who were later overthrown by Mughals. In 1721 it came under the rule of Gaekwads of Maratha Confederacy & later under Gaekwad dynasty as an independent state. It continued under Gaekwads till 1949 when it was merged in to Indian Union.

Rule of Maharaja of Baroda state Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III (1863 - 1939 ) is considered to be golden period in the history of Baroda. During his reign many institutions & buildings including Laxmi Vilas Palace came up. Some photos:

Beauty tames the beast

Intricate design on the ceiling & walls

Back side of the palace which faces Peacock Garden

In the Peacock Garden lawns

Barasinghas

Porch towards the lawns


Old guns gathering rust near Museum inside the palace complex

Along the walls of Luxmi Vilas Palace complex lives a commoner


More photos of the Palace are available in Part i on the following link -

 http://jogharshwardhan.blogspot.com/2015/01/long-drive-to-delhi-38-vadodara-i-of-ii.html








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