If you have never been to "Sanskari Nagari" or been there but haven't really got a chance to explore the city, start with this "must see" sight seeing city break at Baroda.
This weekend plan has options for:
1. Hang Out
3. Eat Out
4. & Shopping
What more is needed to fill whole day? Dive in for the details...
LAXMI VILAS PALACE: The Lakshmi Vilas Palace could turn out into a fabulous hang out destination this weekend. Entertaining yourself while still peeping into an architectural artwork of eclectic Indo-Islamic design, would surely leave you in awe. Maharaja Savajirao III commissioned Major Charles Mant to build the Lakshmi Vilas Palace. This magnificently remarkable interior is a kaleidoscope of multi-coloured marble and mosaic artwork. The palace grounds include a golf course and Sayajirao's museum that hosts original paintings by Raja Ravi Varma besides the king’s other personal belongings. If you plan to end up doing something different this weekend, than a historic tour around the palace would be worthwhile.
The museum is functional from 10:30am - 5:30pm and the entrance fee is Rs. 100/-
For a tour around the palace you need to contact Maharaja’s secretary in the palace office or call +91 265 242 6372. Both palace and museum are closed on Mondays.
SUR SAGAR TALAV: Besides the Kamati baug museum and zoo, Baroda has several spots that would catch the tourist attention. The Sursagar Lake (Chandan Talao) lies in the heart of the city. The lake is restored with stone banks and masonry and remains full of water round the year. This makes it a great place to hang out as well as boating. A concrete wall circles the lake which is used by people to sit and enjoy the evenings. A 120 ft tall statue of Lord Shiva stands in the middle of the lake. The lake offers a fantastic view with the special lightings on weekends between 8pm and 10pm. In and around the lake, you can unwind the roadside food joint and sumptuous range of local Gujarati and Indian delicacies.
TEMPTATIONS: When it comes to food, Gujaratis would want it to be a more luxurious experience. This weekend you can consider visiting ‘Temptations’. The restaurant boasts a wide menu including an array of multi cuisine delicacies. Including both contemporary and traditional dishes on its platter, the place is one of the best food joints across the city. Besides this, it has a good ambience and a service that you deserve and desire.
The restaurant serves food that is friendly for your pocket. The average cost per person would be between 150-200 Rs.
Address: Ground Floor, Taksh Paridigam 5, Charotar Society, Manishar cross roads, Near Alka Restautant, Old Padra Road, Vadodara. +(91)-(265)-3390000,339099
KHADI BHANDAR: A home for the regal Gaekwads, Baroda, hosts a variety of shopping options besides other tourist attractions. A weekend remains virtually incomplete without venturing at the local markets in the city. As the summer has taken its toll, besides everything you can visit the Khadi Bandar centre that is famous for handicrafts, fabric and ready-to-wear hand spun clothes. The city has always been famous for Gujarati handicrafts, tie and dye and fabric printing techniques. Khadi Bhandar offers a wide variety of khadi clothes, tapestries, natural edible products (honey, sharbat, fruit squashes, coconut oil), accessories (jackets, briefcase, chappals, purses) and a vast collection of gift items (flower hangers, baskets, soaps, ceramic utensils and more)
Address: Sadhana Nagar Road, Vadodara