Grandeur and luxury: incredible cities in the Indian city of Vadodara

By Tychyna TetianaFeb 12, 2024 14:01 PMNews
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Grandeur and luxury: incredible cities in the Indian city of Vadodara
Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara. Source: wikipedia

Vadodara, India, is a lively and culturally rich city known for its museums, temples, ancient palaces, and delicious authentic cuisine. Notably, the city is famous for its renowned Lakshmi Vilas Palace.

Constructed in 1890 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the palace boasts 170 rooms and stands as one of India's grandest palaces. Today, it ranks among the largest private residences in India, four times the size of Buckingham Palace in London, according to News Bytes.

Another remarkable destination is the enchanting Sur Sagar lake, also known as Chand Talao, built in the 18th century by Sri Sureshwar Desai. Situated in the heart of the city, the lake features a towering 120-foot statue of Lord Shiva at its center. Visitors can relax and soak in the serene ambiance by the lake.

Grandeur and luxury: incredible cities in the Indian city of Vadodara
Saradar Patel Planetarium. Source: Wikipedia

The Kirti Mandir, also known as the Temple of Glory, was constructed in 1936 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. This architectural marvel comprises a group of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated near the Vishwamitri Bridge in Vadodara, the structure features domes, spires, terraces, and a 35-meter central shikhara. Intricate carvings adorn the interiors, adding to its grandeur.

Nestled in Dandia Bazaar, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spacious bungalow with approximately 23 rooms, along with an office, library, and shopping center. This historic residence was once inhabited by the renowned Indian philosopher and yogi Sri Aurobindo Ghosh from 1894 to 1906. Visitors can explore the collection of books authored by Ghosh and view his personal belongings.

Another must-visit attraction in Vadodara is the Sayaji Garden, also known as Kamati Baug, established by Maharaja Sayajirao in 1879. Situated along the banks of the Vishwamitri River, this sprawling garden spans 113 acres, making it one of the largest public parks in Western India. Notable features include the flowerbed clock and the Sayaji toy train, adding to the charm of this picturesque destination.

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