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Parked on the banks of the river Vishwamitri (which derives from one of the great Saptarishis, Sage Vishwamitra), this 2000 years old city handles provenance, urbanity and name changes with equal elan. Once known as Chandanvati, after its ruler Raja Chandan, then Viravati, home of the brave, and then Vadpatraka with its abundance of banyan trees on the river banks, to Baroda and mutilated to Brodera by the travelling Englishmen and finally settling down to Vadodara in 1974. Derived from Vato Dara which means the heart of the Banyan Tree. The city lies on the fertile plain between the Mahi and Narmada Rivers, littered with ancient palaces, quaint markets and petite gourmet joints and a studied pace. A must adventure while in Vadodara is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Champaner, its Citadel and the Jama Masjid and the many mosques, and the mellifluous blend of Islamic and Hindu architectural styles. Nearby is the sacred volcanic hill of Pavagadh.
The city today is a thriving centre of industry, commerce and knowledge. Branded as Sanskari Nagari or the Cultured City, it is known as much for the colourful Garbha dance, the larger than life Kites that people soar during Uttarayan festival as also for the gravitas of the sprawling MS University campus, a landmark for education and one of the preserved jewels of the city – the Laxmi Vilas Palace.
The reign of the Mughals in Vadodara came to an end in 1732, when Pilaji Gaekwad brought the Marathas to Southern Gujarat, after which the region continued to be in the hands of the Gaekwads, initially the revenue collectors from 1734 to 1949. This was hastened by the Peshwa’s decline after the Marathas were defeated in the 3 rd battle of Panipat, 1761. The ascension of Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1875 earmarked the zenith of Maratha rule. One of the most compelling reformers, his reign was a catalyst for industry, education and administration. He initiated compulsory primary education, a literary movement to support his adult education theme, model textile and tile factories, revealing a sound grasp for development and socio-economic progress. The first modern factory (Alembic Pharmaceuticals) was established in Baroda in 1907 and subsequently enterprises like Sarabhai Chemicals, Jyoti booted up in the 1940s. With over 20 public schools, 100 private schools, Baroda takes its education extremely seriously. Baroda formally acceded to the Union of India on May 1, 1949. Its presence on the principal arteries joining Mumbai with Delhi and Ahmedabad makes it the Gateway to the Golden Corridor.
There is a saying, “Nothing grows under a banyan tree”. Well, Vadodara and its enrichment through the ages, proves that a lot and we mean a lot grows around the banyan tree.
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Uttarayan, festival of kites and “tilgud”. Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti celebrates the sun’s gradual traversal towards the northern hemisphere.
Garba, the city’s largest festival, associated with song, dance and lights and showcases local musicians playing traditional music while people dancing to the Raas and Garba moves. The festival celebrates Goddess Durga.
Baroda Prints is the must go to address for Vadodara’s hand-printed dress materials in colourful designs. Started half a century ago at Salatwada, it has kept its promise of thousands of new design blocks created every year by master craftsmen, being choosy about fabrics which are kept soaked overnight, clothes given repeated washes and undergoing a last minute under the lens check before meeting the showroom. It is well known for fabrics like Cotton, Lizy-Bizy, Satin and Butter Silk.
One of the finest centers of education, the globally renowned Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) occupies one of the largest campuses in Gujarat. It is the largest public digitalized Indian university with a wifi enabled campus in tow. The university has its origins in the Baroda College, established in 1881 by Baroda State. The main building, which houses the redoubtable Faculty of Arts, was designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840–1915) in the prevalent Indo-Saracenic architecture style. Situated opposite Sayaji Baug in leafy green surroundings and its edifice is a blend of Indian and Byzantine arches and domes in brick and polychromed stone with inspirations from the formidable Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur. The rich legacy of the University is crowned by stalwarts like Nobel Laureate Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Shri Aurobindo, Bharat Ratna Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Gyanpith awardee Shri Rajendra Shah, Dr. I. G. Patel, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, telcom whiz Sam Pitroda, Prof. K. G. Subramanyan and many more The faculty of Arts went on to define the Baroda school of art with teachers and students producing landmark work. The Baroda school was an outlier in another respect. Except for a few corporate collectorsthe artist community in Baroda has thrived without any patronage. In the absence of collectors, private support comes in the form of the several community studios. There are four such studios within a 5 kms. radius of the MSU.
Laxmi Vilas Palace, an imposing building that smacks of luxury, opulence and imperial origins. The residence of the erstwhile ruling family of the Gaekwads was built in 1890 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Built during the period when Indo Saracenic architecture was in vogue and which blended the best of Indian and Islamic styles conjured up by British architects with an extravagant vision and in that era an astronomical cost of GBP180,000, Reputed to have been the largest private residence built till date, it was four times the size of Buckingham Palace, suzerainty at that time notwithstanding. It had modern trappings including elevators and interiors that reminds one of large European country houses, with its ornate chandeliers, artworks, fountains and Belgian stained glass windows. The Durbar Hall of the place often hosts music concerts and cultural events while the museum exhibits a rich collection of artworks that belong to the royal family.
Hailed as the milk capital of India and a landmark for one of the most far reaching social entrepreneurship ventures that put India on the global map of milk. Dr. V. Kurien known as the Father of the White Revolution in India, with his billion litre idea gave birth to Operation Flood, the world's most ambitious agricultural dairy development program in a social partnership with farmers. This cooperative of farmers made India the world's largest milk producer with about 17 percent of global output in 2010–11, from being a milk-deficient nation. This saw dairy farming being transformed into a self-sustaining industry empowering villages, smashing caste barriers and fostering grassroots democracy. The Amul cooperative, one of India’s largest food brands puts 3/4th of the price of products in the hands of the producing farmer. The birthplace of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Anand with its serene rustic life and monuments like the Bharuch fort is quite a picnic destination.
The best place in the city for morning walks and more. Dedicated to the city of Vadodara, the largest garden complex of western India was built by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1879. Also known as Kamati Baug, it is spread across 13 acres, houses the Baroda picture and museum gallery, the Sayaji Baug Zoo, the Sardar Patel planetarium, a flower clock, and an operational toy train. The museum, built in 1894 resembles the Victoria & Albert Museum of London and is a repository of works of British art, Tibetan art, 109 Mughal miniatures, a rare Persian version of Mahabharata specially commissioned by Mughal Emperor Akbar, sculptures and studies on ethnography and ethnology. Designed by Major Mant and R.F. Chisholm the museum and the picture gallery are two separate two-storied buildings built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The zoo houses more than a 1000 animals including the Asiatic Lions. And to keep track of your time is a floral clock with the hands pinioned on a 20 ft (6.1 m) diameter dial. The machinery moving the clock beneath the ground, gives the impression of a giant organic timekeeper.
Located in Dandiya Bazaar, Khanderao market is one of the most lively venues. From its striking architecture to its life that starts early at the crack of dawn with wholesale merchants selling vegetables, flowers and fruits, groceries and accessories for rituals and ceremonies, prompting a visitor to remark that it sells everything one might require from the time of birth to death. Built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gekwad III , the building has two spired structures akin to a temple and a prominent clock at the center of the arch that holds the spires together. It borrows influences from European, Islamic, Maratha and Jain styles. In the early morning hours one can still see the lanterns. The fountain in the center with carved jharokhas enclosed by grilles with floral motifs around the structure show the presence of Islamic influences. The building houses the office of the Municipal Corporation.
If you don’t have the patience to go through a coursed meal, and want to jump into the all of Vadodara cuisine, the recommended place to go for a fulsome, wholesome Thali (a full course meal on a plate) at Mandap, a mini icon in its own lunchtime since 1974. The food comes served hot on bronze plates with a marathon of vegetables, lentils, soup, breads, a sweet gravy in a yoghurt base, that seem to go on and on. The Bataka nu Shaak (a preparation with potatoes), the Turiya Patara curry, Khichri and miniature Gulab Jamuns, munch...munch...blah...blah. Goes on and on and limited by your appetite.
Tambekar Wada, a 4-storey haveli and residence of Vithal Khanderao Tambekar or Bhau Tambekar – erstwhile Divan of State of Baroda. This is famous for its wall paintings from the 19th century Maratha tradition depicting scenes from the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna’s life and the Anglo-Maratha war. Even the door panels carry painted treatises on subjects as disparate as music, love, wrestling. The paintings, dating back to the 1870s made in the Secco style, a wall painting technique where pigments mixed with an organic binder and/or lime are applied onto a dry plaster.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Champaner is located 47 kms. from Vadodara. Founded by Vanraj Chavda of the Chavda Dynasty, in the 8th century, and christened so after his friend General Champa, it’s the site of the Champaner – Pavagadh archaeological park. The park’s landscape includes living cultural heritage monuments such as chalcolithic sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th-century capital of the state of Gujarat. It also cradles tombs and temples, forts of massive sandstone and impressive balconies, residential precincts, agricultural structures and water installations dating back to between the 8th and 14th century. The structures represent a perfect fusion of Hindu-Moslem architecture, mainly in the Great Mosque (Jami Masjid), which was a model for later mosque architecture in India. This special style comes from the significant period of regional sultanates. Champaner is located at the foothills of Pavagadh hill, one of the oldest rock formations in India, distinguished by its reddish – yellow colour. Rising to a height of nearly 800 m above sea level, Pavagadh hill was a famous Hindu fortress under the Solanki kings of Gujarat. The Mahakali temple located atop the Pavagadh hill is amongst the Shaktipiths (seats or shrines of the Mother goddess) and is visited by throngs of devotees.
Amul (Anand Milk Union Ltd) dairy, established in 1940 A.D. through a cooperative farmers movement and one of Asia's biggest dairy brands is still jointly owned by 3.03 million milk producers and farmers of Gujarat.
Shyam Benegal helmed biopic Manthan was shot in Anand and featured the story of the new farm co-operative called Amul which brought about one of the world’s biggest social transformations and made India’s the world’s largest milk producer.
A special track was laid between the Laxmi Vilas palace and the old Railway station (now near the polytechnic college) so that it would be easy for the royal family to travel. The palace which is 4 times the size of Buckingham, has a Haathi (Elephant room) from which the King alighted on his elephant.