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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Historical Place Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara ( Guajrat )

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Historical Place Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara ( Guajrat )

Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara

About:

The Royal Family's residence is an extravagant building in Indo- Saracenic style. The palace built by Maharaja Sayajirao in 1890 is till date the residence of the royal family. Its ornate Darbar Hall has an Italian mosaic floor and walls with mosaic decorations. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta.
Vadodara city is the administrative headquarter of the Vadodara district in Gujarat. It is often termed as Baroda and is the industrial capital of the state. The city stands on the bank of River Vishwamitri, flanked by a number of graceful buildings like palaces, parks, temples and museums. This has greatly boosted tourism in Vadodara. The cultural galore of Vadodara impels visitors to travel to this historic city. In the ancient time, it served as the capital city of Gaekwads, the former rulers of Vadodara.
Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara is one of the famous monuments in Vadodara that is high on tourist value. People visiting Vadodara make it a point to visit Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara. A wonderful exemplification of the Indo-Sarcenic architectural style, the palace is a majestic structure that warrants a special visit if you wish to marvel at the detailed and exquisite work from the close quarters. Indianholiday.com is your indispensable e-travelogue that provides you with all you needed to know on Vadodara’s Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara is spread over an area of 700 acres. The palace incorporates many buildings within its premises. Among the building situated in the palace are Museum and Motibaug Palace. It is noteworthy that the Museum was constructed for educational purposes. It is said to have been constructed for Maharaja's children. Presently, the museum houses various art works and articles belonging to the Royal family. One can also come across the paintings of Raja Ravi Verma in the museum. The palace also contains a zoo. The zoo is inhabited by a number of crocodiles and peacocks.

Location info:

Address:Dada Hri Vav,Ahmedabad,Gjrat,India
District: Vadodra
Nearest City: Vadodra
Best time to visit: October to March

Climate/Weather:

Summer : Max 46 °C, Min 24 °C ,Winter : Max 31 °C, Min 9 °C

History:

Vadodara’s Laxmi Vilas Palace was constructed during the period from 1878 to 1890. The construction of this palace was commissioned by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III. The total cost of its construction amounted to a whooping sixty lakh.

Interesting things to do:

Activities:
Resort or relaxation spot; Well, spring, oasis, aqueduct

Interesting things to Visit:

Baroda Museum and Art Gallery:
Baroda Museum and Art Gallery in Vadodara was established by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1887. The construction of this museum building was put into completion in the year 1894. However the construction of the art gallery took place in 1908. Its construction work finished in 1914. But this gallery was not opened to public until 1921. It is said that the delay in the transfer of the pieces from Europe due to First World War caused in its late opening.
Sayaji Bagh:
Baroda Sayaji Bagh is situated on river Vishwamitri and was built by Sayajirao III in 1879. Inside the Sayaji Bagh, Vadodara is the Baroda Museum and Art Gallery. It was set up by the Gaekwads in the 1890’s and situated within the Sayaji Bagh. The displayed works are on innumerable number of subjects; geology, natural history, and archeology. The Art Gallery would give you a glimpse of the Mughal miniatures and manuscripts on palm leaves by the Buddhist and Jain preachers. Sayaji Bagh in Vadodara also has a planetarium named after the Indian freedom fighter Sardar Patel.
EME Temple:
This fascinating temple attracts a large number of tourists from the different parts of India by its splendid architecture and concept. This excellent geodesic structure is enveloped with the aluminum sheets. It is one of its kind in the whole of India and is unique in its appeal.The temple houses an idol of Lord Dakshinamurth also known as “Jagadguru.” The idol faces the south and is believed to impart his teachings to the world, facing that direction. A large number of tourists and devotees flock into this temple to pay the offering and also to catch a glimpse of this lovely piece of architecture. The first time visitors of this temple are sure to get awe-struck by the beauty and appeal of this temple.
Darbar Hall in Vadodara:
Darbarr Hall is Considered as one of the most famous museums of the country it was built in 1894. The picture gallery which offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British painters Turner and constable and many others attract tourists from every part of the country. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions for those who visit the museum.Other treasure includes the famous Akota bronzes dating the 5th Century A.D., A collection of Mughal miniatures, a full fledged gallory of Tibetan Art and oils by several European masters.topicon
Khanderao Market:
This is a palatial building erected by Sayaji Rao ||| in 1906-07 at a cost of about Rs. 5 lakhs. It was presented by him as a gift to the Municipality on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of his administration. The Municipal Offices are located in this building. The main entrance resembles in architecture with that of the gate of Dabhoi Fort. The perforated stone perapers are after style of the Agra Screens.
Kirti Mandir:
Kirti Mandir is situated on the north of the statue of Prince Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad near the Vishwamitri Bridge. With a cluster of shiva temples it was built to commemorate the cremation of the members of the Gaekwad family. This "E" shaped large magnificent stone building with domes, terraces, balconies and central sikhara rising to about 33 metres. According to Sayajirao Gaekwad it was built to commemurate the benefectors of his state irrespective of their race, caste or creed. Built by Maharaja Sayajirao at the cost of Rs.50,000, it preserves in its various rooms the statues and photogaphs of the members of the royal family. The interior of this elegant structure is marble finished and on the walls of the central hall are the murals Gangavataran, battle of Mahabharat, Life of Meera and Natir Pooja-executed by the famous Bengali artist Nandalal Bose. It can be visited by everybody between 9 & 12 in the morning and 2.30 & 5.30 in the evening.

Champaner:

It is situated 47 kms from Vadodara. The town of Champaner was subjugated by Sultan Mehmud Begara in 1484 and made it his new capital. Champaner lies at the foot of Pavagarh fort. The ruins of its mosques and palaces reflected in the lake are some of the most picturesque sights in India. Citadel of Mahmud Beghada is a perfect rectangle about three-quarters of a mile long and 280 yards broad, the citadel is enclosed by a wall of massive blocks of freestone, known as Mahmud Beghada's Wall. It is strengthened by bastions at regular intervals and beautified by small carved balconies in the best Islamic style. Jama Masjid, on account of its massive grandeur and perfect finish, the Jama Masjid is one of the grandest Islamic monuments in Western India. Nagina Masjid is also called the Jewel Mosque as it is built of pure white stone.
Lehripura Gate:
Built as the western gateway to the old city in 1558, Lehripura Gate is an impressive structure with beautiful arches.

Makarpura Palace:
A beautiful palace designed in the Italianate style, the Makarpura is now used as a training school of the Indian Air Force.

Mahatma Gandhi Nagar:
This is the city's town hall and was constructed in 1954. It is used for various cultural functions.
Maharaja Fatehsinh Museum:
The museum has the royal collection of art treasures and works of old masters like Raphael, Titian and Murillo as well as modern western and Indian paintings, Graeco-Roman exhibits, Chinese and Japanese art, and a large collection of contemporary Indian art.
Maharaja Sayajirao University:
The erstwhile ruler of Baroda, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad built Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad University, also known as MSU, over a hundred years ago. The University is one of the bigger universities in Western India and the only one in Vadodara. The notable faculties here are the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Performing Arts
Mandvi Gate:
This imposing structure was built during the Mughal period and was restored in 1736 A.D. by the Governor, Malharoa Maloji under the orders of Damaji Roa II (1732-1768 A.D.).
Maqbara (Hajira):
Constructed in the memory of Kutub-ud-din the general of Akbar's army, it is the only existing Mughal monument of the city. There is also a step well in its vicinity.
Nazarbaug Palace:
Built in old classical style, the palace was used on ceremonial occasions by the Gaekwads. The royal family heirlooms are on display.

Nyaymandir:
The Nyaya Mandir, temple of justice, is a unique piece of Byzantine architecture. It houses the District Court of Baroda.
Pratap Vilas Palace at Lalbaug:
Built as the residence of the royal family, the Pratap Vilas is an extravagant and flamboyant building in the Indo-Sarcenic style. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armory and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta. The palace is a riot of columns and arches drawn from South Indian, Central Indian, North Indian and Islamic traditions. Its porticoed entrance has excquisite carvings and is embellished by stuffed tigers. The Darbar Hall however is the piece-de-resistance with mosaic floors, seven domes, 12 chandeliers, intricately sculpted cedar balconies and a silver throne. It is spread over an area of 720 acres with gardens and a golf course. One can visit Shastragar to see the Royal armory.
Sayajibaug:
Sayaji Baug (the famous park) is situated on river Vishwamitri and was built by Sayajirao III in 1879. Sprawling over 113 acres, it also includes an excellent zoo, the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, the Museum of Health and Hygiene and the Sardar Patel Planetarium.A major attraction for children is the 3.5 kms joy ride through the park on the toy train.
Sayaji Sarovar:
he Sayaji Sarovar or Ajwa lake, 22 kms away from the city is the principal source of water. It is formed by damming the Surya river and Vaghali Nala. Work on the scheme was started in 1885 and was completed in 1890. The gardens at Ajwa are patterned after the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. The illumination of fountains is a major attraction for tourists.
Darbar Hall:
The Darbar Hall in Laxmi Vilas Palace, was the court room of the Gaekwads, where musical programs were performed by musicians to entertain the royal family. The hall has Italian mosaic floor and walls are adorned with mosaic decorations. The beautiful jharokhas, the magnificent chandeliers and the intricate work on the glass windows enhance the beauty of the hall. There is also a picture gallery that exhibits the excellent collection of original works of distinguished British painters like Turner and Constable. Even today classical music concerts are held here. Outside the Darbar Hall, there is an Italian style courtyard of water fountains.

Mobile range info:


How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Vadodara railway
Nearest Airport:Vadodara,airport
Road Transport:State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect Vadodara to various towns and cities of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan.

Nearest Visiting places:

Nyay Mandir:
The Nyaya Mandir, means Temple of Justice, is a unique piece of Byzantine architecture. It houses the District Court of Vadodara city in the state of Gujarat, western India. The central hall is decorated with mosaic tiles and a statue of Chimnabai, wife of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.
Pavagadh:
Pavagadh is a narrow, tall mountain in the Panchmahal district about 46 kilometres (29 mi) away from Vadodara, Gujarat, India. It is home to a famous Mahakali temple which draws thousands of pilgrims everyday. Pavagadh is the gateway to Panchmahal. It is a tribal area populated predominantly by the Bhils. The locations of hilly areas around Halol provide good scenery. A film studio at Halol has this added advantage.
Sursagar Lake:
Earlier the Sursagar Lake was known as Chandan Talao. The lake was rebuilt with stone banks and masonry in 18th century. It has a marvelous view particularly on moonlit nights, and is now used for boating.
Naulakhi Well:
It is a fine example of a step well . Step wells were built magnificently though the main purpose was to provide water to travelers. This step well has the EME temple which is unique in having an aluminum roof. The design is such that it can store water for the entire city. The construction is so well planned that water was available even during droughts.
Akshardham:
A tribute to Lord Swaminarayan, Arkshardham is built in pink sandstone. This intricately carved monument holds a 7 foot gold-plated idol of Lord Swaminarayan. Tourists can take in all three exhibitions on Indian culture with the light and sound show, multimedia show, and an animation show.
Ambaji:
Considered the seat of Ambe Mata(mother goddess), who is celebrated during Navrati. Ambaji is situated on the Arasen Hill in the Aravale Range and is made of marble. It does not contain any idol, only a yantra engraved in a niche. Nearby is the Gabbar Hill, where it is said the goddess revealed herself, leaving behind her footprints.
Dakor:
The Krishna idol of Dakor is believed to have originated from Dwarka. Legend tells how Krishna, moved by the journey of a devotee from Dakor to Dwarka, walked the devotee back to Dakor and remained there.
Dwarkadhish Temple:
The Dwarkhadish Temple honors Krishna Bhagwan. The five-storey high building stands on 60 pillars and is filled with rich carvings. The pilgrims enter through the Swarg Dwar(Gateway to Heaven) and exit through the Moksh Dwar(Gateway of Salvation).
Mt Girna:
This sacred hill is the Pinnacle of Faith. Pilgrims must climb 4000 steps to reach the top. There are five important Jain temples and several Hindu shrines along the way.
Palitana:
Known as the Gallery of Temples, this picturesque place of pilgrimage sits atop the Shatrunjay Hill and holds 900 temples graced with beautiful sculptures. Of all Jain temples, those located at Palitana, are the most sacred. Idols of Tirthankars are exquisitely carved with jeweled eyes. The most famous of these temples are the Adinath, Kumarpal, Vimalshah, Samprati Raja, and Chomukh.
Somnath Temple:
"The Shrine Eternal". Constantly washed by the Arabian Sea, this temple was destroyed and rebuilt seven times. The present and seventh temple, was constructed in the solank style. The temple commemorates Lord Somnath. According to legend, Soma(the moon god) built the temple in gold, Ravan in silver, Krishna in wood, and King Bhimdev in stone.
Modhera:
"The Sun Temple". Despite its somewhat dilapidated look, the beauty of this temple's artistry and architecture is apparent. The canvas on the wall and pillars depict the legends of Gods and Goddesses in ancient times.Located here are an amusement park, a museum, a cafeteria, picture gallery, and library for tourists and visitors.
Janmastami:
This celebration is held in Dwarka, the city of gold and the abode of Krishna. Janmastami is the birth of Shri Krishna. Lights are lit everywhere, devotional songs are sung, and sermons are delivered. All worshipping Krishna in his infant form.
Gir National Park:
Laid out across 1412 sq kms is Gir National Park. Gir is a wildlife sanctuary that, besides Africa, is the only natural habitat of the lion. The best way to view Gir's animals is on a jeep safari. Guides and vehicles are available for hire. Amongst the hot water springs in the heart of Gir is the Tulsishyam Temple, which is dedicated to Bhim and his mother Kunti.Animals living here include the Langur Monkey, the Sambar and Chital(spotted) Deer, the Nilgai(blue bull), Chowisinha(four-horned antelope), and the Chinkara Gazelle.Also one of the finest bird sanctuaries in India, Gir is home to such birds as the Paradise Flycatcher, Bonneli's Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Hawk Eagle, Brown Fish Owl, Pygmy Woodpecker, and Jungle Quail.
Science City:
Gujarat's Science City offers an exciting combination of education and entertainment. Some current attractions are the Hall of Science, the Thrill Rider Simulator, the Dancing Musical fountain, the Energy Education Park, Amphitheatre and an IMAX.
Palitana:
Palitana houses perhaps the largest cluster of Jain temples anywhere. From the base to the peak of the Shatrunjaya Hill, where the Palitana temples are located, there are in all 863 temples. These temples were built in two phases-the 11th and 12th centuries as a part of the resurgence of temple building all over India, and in the 16th century. Some of the earliest temples built in the 11th century were destroyed by Muslim invaders in the 14th and 15th centuries. The current temples date back to 16th century onwards. Not any one person or group was responsible for the construction of these magnificent temples. It was the effort of the wealthy businessmen who were followers of Jainism that these buildings came into existence.
Narmada river:
The Narmada river originates from the Maikal ranges at Amarkantak, 1057 m above the sea-level, now in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh. In its 1312 km long journey before joining the Arabian Sea, the Narmada flows through the three states of Madhya Pradesh (MP), Maharashtra and Gujarat. Nearly 90% of the flow is in MP, and most of the remaining is in Gujarat. It flows for a very brief stretch through Maharashtra.

Nearest Petrol Pump:

Harish Petrol Pump:O/S Panigate,Ajwa Main Road, Vadodara,Gujrat,India,Ph:0265 2519911

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

Sayaji Hotel:Kala Ghoda,Sayajigunj,Vadodara,Gujarat,India,PH:0265 2226134
Hotel Yuvraj:Near Central Stbus Depot,Sayajigunj,Vadodara,Gujarat,India,PH:0265 2794439

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Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:100
Nearest Hospital:
Kesha Hospital:Vishwas Colony,Behind Alkapuri Shopping Centre,Baroda,Vadodara,Gujarat,India,Ph:0265 2338099
Balaji Hospital:Opposite Vidya Vikas School,Subhanpura, Vadodara,Gujrat,India,Ph:0265 2282111
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