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BARODA SIGHTSEEING

 

POPULATION:1,100,000 BARODA WAS THE CAPITAL OF THE PRINCELY GAEKWAD STATE PRIOR TO INDEPENDENCE PRESENT DAY VADODARA IS A PLEASANT, MEDIUMIZED CITY WITH SOME INTRESTING MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIED AND A FINE PARK.THE CITY'S WELL KNOWN FINE ARTS COLLEGE ATTRACTS STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND ABROAD. IT'S A GOOD PLACE FOR A SHORT PAUSE. *ORIENTATION AND INFORMATION THE RAILWAY STATION, BUS STAND AND A CLUSTER OF A CHEAPER HOTELS ARE ALL ON ONE SIDE OF THE CITY. THE TOURIST OFFICE IS IN A SMALL, UPSTAIRS ROOM ACROSS FROM THE STATION TO THE LEFT.TILAK RD RUNS STRAIGHT OUT FROM THE STATION, ACROSS THE RIVER BY THE SAYAJIBAGH AND IN TO THE MAIN PART OF THE TOWN. THE STATE BANK OF INDIA, NEAR THE KIRTI MANDIR, IS OPEN FROM 11 AM TO 3PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND 11AM TO 1PM SATURDAY. *SAYAJI BAGH AND VADODARA MUSEUM THE EXTENSIVE PARK, ENCIRCLED BY A MINI RAILWAY,IS A POPULAR SPOT FOR AN EVENING STROLL. WITH IN THE PARK IS THE VADODARA MUSEM AND ART GALLERY, OPEN FROM 9.30AM TO 4.45 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SATURDAY WHEN IT OPENS AT 10 AM THE MUSEUM HAS VARIOUS EXHIBITS,WHILE THE GALLERY HAS MOGHUL MINITATURES AND A COLLECTION OF EUROPEAN MASTERS. ALSO WITHIN THE PARK GROUND IS THE RELATIVELY NEW PLANETARIUM WHERE THERE IS AN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE EACH EVENING,AND THERE IS ALSO A SMALL ZOO.


BARODA SIGHTSEEING

 

*MAHARAJA FATEH SINGH MUSEUM A LITTLE SOUTH OF THE CENTRE,THIS ROYAL ART COLLECTION INCLUDES EUROPEAN WORKS BY RAPHAEL,TITIAN AND MURILLO AND EXAMPLES OF GRECO-ROMAN,CHINESE AND JAPANESE ART, AS INDIAN EXHIBITS. THE MUSEUM IS IN THE PLACE GROUNDS AND IS OPEN FROM 9 AM TO NOON AND 3 TO 6 PM BETWEEN JULY AND MARCH,4 TO 7 PM FROM APRIL TO JUNE. IT IS CLOSED ON MONDAY. *OTHER ATTRACTIONS THE FLAMBOYANT LAXMI VILAS PALACE HAS A LARGE COLLECTION OF ARMOUR AND SCULPTURES BUT IS NOT NORMALLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.THE NAULAKHI WELL,A FINE BAOLI IS 50 METRES NORTH OF THE PALACE. THESE INTRESTING MULTILEVEL WELLS ARE UNIQUE TO WESTERN INDIA.THERE ARE OTHERS IN AHMEDBAD AS WELL AS JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY. THE RAILWAY STAFF COLLEGE NOW OCCUPIES THE PRATAP VILAS PALACE;THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER PALACES IN THE CITY.THE GAEKWAD RULER'SFAMILY VAULT, THE KIRTI MANDIR,IS DECORATED WITH MURALS CREATED WITH INDIAN ARTIST NANDIAL BOSE.THE TOWN CENTERE IS BUILT AROUND A LAKE SWARMING WITH FISH- VENDORS SELL FOOD TO THROW TO THEM *ORGANISED TOURS CHECK WITH THE TOURIST OFFICE ABOUT THE DAILY TOURS OF VADODARA.


BARODA SIGHTSEEING PLACES TO STAY

 

*PLACES TO STAY-BOTTOM END THERE ARE A LOT OF CHEAPER HOTELS WITH IN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE RAILWAY STATION,ALTHOUGH LATER IN THE DAY YOU MAY HAVE LITTLE CHOICE AS PLACES SEEM TO FII UP AS THE DAY WEARS ON. IF YOU HEAD STRAIGHT OUT FROM THE STATION AND TAKE THE THIRD ROAD ON THE RIGHT,YOU'LL FIND THE JAGDISH HINDU LODGE,WITH GLOOMY AND BASIC BUT REASONABLY CLEAN ROOM RANGED AROUND ACOURTYARD.IT'S THE BEST OF THE CHEAPIS AND ALSO ONE OF THE CHEAPEST,AT RS 50 FOR A DOUBLE WITH BATHROOM ATTACHED. IN THE SAME STREET AND A NOTCH UP THE SCALE,IS THE HOTEL VIKRAM (TEL327737) WHICH CHARGES RS 80/125 FOR SINGLES/DOUBLES WITH BATHROOM ATTACHED,OR RS 140/180 WITH AIR-CON. IN THE NEXT STREET BACK TOWARDS THE STATION IS THE PLEASANT AND WELL-KEPT APSARA HOTEL (328251), WITH COMFORTABLE ROOMS AT RS 90/130 WITH IN BATHROOM ACROSS THE ROAD AND LITTLE FURTHER DOWN IS THE BIG AMBASSADOR HOTEL(327653) WITH LARGE QUIET ROOMS FROM RS 105/166, OR RS 162/287 WITH AIRCON.THEY HAVE A COUPLE OF GLOOMY,CUPBOARD SIZED CELLS ON THE GROUND FLOOR WHICH THEY MAY TRY TO FOB OFF ON YOU, SO ASK FOR A ROOM UPSTAIRS.CHECKOUT TIME IS 24 HOURS AFTER CHECK-IN. ON RC DUTT RD,THE GREEN HOTEL(63111) IS IN PLEASANT OLDER-STYLE BUILDING SET BACK FROM THE ROAD AND BOASTS 'HOMELY COMFARTS'!IT'S CLEAN,WELL MAINTAINED AND GOOD VALUE AT RS 50 PER PERSON WITH BATHROOM ATTACHED.


BARODA SIGHTSEEING PLACES TO STAY-MIDDLE

 

RIGHT NEXT TO AMBASSADOR HOTEL IS THE SPARKING NEW RAMA INN(TEL32-8192), WITH TOP-END FACILITIES SUCH AS SWIMMING POOL,CABLE TV IN EACH ROOM AND A DECENT RESTAURANT.AT RS225/375,OR RS325/500 WITH AIR-CON,THIS IS REMARKABLE VALUE.CHECHOUT TIME IS 24 HOURS AFTER CHECK-IN. THE HOTEL SURYA(TEL32-8282),OPPOSITE THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL,IS SOMEWHAT CHEAPER AT RS200/250,OR RS350/450 WITH AIR-CON,BUT IS OLDER AND HAS LESS IN THE WAY OF FACILITIES. THE EXPRESS HOTEL(TEL32-3131)ON R C DUTT RD,ONE KM WEST OF THE RAILWAY STATION,AS AIR-CON AT RS360/600.THERE'S A 24-HOUR COFFE SHOP AS WELL AS A RESTAURANT WHICH OFFERS A VARITY OF CUISINES. **PLACES TO ETA** ALONG THE MAN ROAD FROM THE STATION TOWARDS THE GARDENS AND THE RIVER, THERE'S A REASONABLE KAWALITY AND THE HAVMOR.EXPECT TO PAY ATLEAST RS40 FOR A MEAL AT EITHER PLACE.THE RAILWAY STATION ALSO HAS A GOOD RESTAURANT. FOR CHINESE FOOD TRY THE CHUNG FA ON R C DUTT RD.


BARODA GETTING THERE & AWAY

 

AIR =>THE INDIAN AIRLINES OFFICE IS ON UNIVERSITY ROAD FATEH GANJ.THERE ARE INDIAN AIRLINES FILGHT FROM VADODARA TO BOMBAY,DELHI AND AHMEDABAD.


BARODA AROUND

 

CHAMPANER=>THIS CITY,47KM NORTH EAST OF VADODARA WAS TAKEN BY SULTAN MAHMUD BEGARA IN 1484,AND RENAME IT MUHAMMADABAD.THE JAMI MASJID HERE IS THE FINEST MOSQUES IN GUJRAT AND IS SIMILAR IN STYLE TO THE JAMI MASJID OF AHMEDABAD. THE HILL OF PAVAGADH,WITH ITS RUINED FORT,RASIES BESIDES CHAMPANER IN THREE STAGES.IN 1553 THE MOGHULS,LED BY HUMAUYUN HIMSEFL,SCALED THE FORT WALLS USING IRON SPIKES DRIVEN IN TO THE ROCKS AND CAPTURED BOTH FORT AND ITS CITY.PARTS OF THE MASSIVE FORT WAS STILL STAND.ACCORDING TO HINDU HIMALYAN MOUNTAIN SIDE WHICH THE MONKEY GOD HANUMAN CARTED OFF TO LANKA IN AN EPISODE TO THE RAMAYANA HENCE THE NAME PAVAGADH,WHICH MEANS QUATER OF A HILL.TOO IMPORTANT FESTVALS ARE HELD HERE EACH YEAR. **PLACES TO STAY=>THE STATE TOURIST ORGANISATION RUNS HOTELS CHAMPANER IT HAS 15 DORM BEDS FOR RS10 PER PERSONS AND 32 DOUBLE ROOMS FOR RS125.CHECK OUT TIME IS 11am. **DABHOI FORT=>THE 13TH CENTURY FORT OF DABHOI IS 29KM SOUTHEAST OF VADODARA.FINE EXAMPLE OF HINDU MILITARY ARCHITECTURE,IT IS NOTEBLE FOR THE DESIGN OF ITS FOUR GATEWAYS PERTICULARLY THE HIRA,OR DIAMOND GATE. **DAKOR=>EQUIDISTANT FROM VADODARA AND AHMEDABAD,THE TEMPLE OF RANCHODRAI IN DAKOR IS SACRED TO LORD KRISHNA AND IS THE MOJAR CENTER FOR THE SHARAD PURNIMA FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER OR NOVMBER.


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