Sayaji Baug or Kamati Baug in Vadodara
The maharaja of Vadodara, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III built a park for the citizens of his state Vadodara. Sayaji Baug was named as Kamati Baug by maharaja. This garden located in the centre of the city was built in 1879 and is the largest garden in western part of India. Tourist requires at least half a day to cover over 113 acres of garden situated on the bank of Vishwamitri River. The large area covered by Sayaji Baug is home to Sayaji Baug Zoo, the Sardar Patel Planetarium, Baroda Museum, and Picture Gallery, Bandstand, Fountains. The major attraction for children is the joy ride on the toy train of about 3.5km and Zoo which has numbers of birds and animals. Sayaji Baug has a rich flora of more than 98 species of trees. The garden also has Astronomy Park next to the planetarium which exhibits the astronomical instruments used in ancient India.
Sayaji Baug Zoo and Aquarium
Sayaji Baug Zoo was built with the garden in 1879. The Zoo provides shelter to different variety of animals and birds which include tiger, Asian lion is popular and is the main attraction, panther, deer, etc of about 35 variety of mammals, blue crown pigeon, etc of about 122 variety of birds, alligator, ghadiyals, etc of about 10 variety of reptiles. Aquarium became a part of the large garden in 1962. A number of species of fish are kept in the aquarium. 45 species of fish includes Chinese ‘magoor’, ‘kissing’ and ‘chicklet’ species, ‘oscar’, ‘koika’ etc can be seen in the aquarium.
Sardar Patel Planetarium
The planetarium is located at the entrance of Sayaji Baug. The daily public shows are held and special shows are organised for educational institutions. The planetarium shows are conducted in 3 languages. It is half an hour show which starts at 4pm in Gujarati, 5pm in English, 6pm in Hindi. Entry charges for an adult costs Rs.7/- and a Child ticket costs Rs.5/-.
Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery
The museum and the picture gallery have a rich collection of art work and paintings from different places of the world. The master pieces made by Fellici and Raja Ravi Varma. It has a huge collection of coins, art, sculpture, ethnology and ethnography. Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III travelled different places and used different sources to make this collection.
Toy Train was gifted by royal Gaekwad dynasty to the
children of Baroda. It has been the main attraction for children aged
below 12 years. It covers the entire view of the garden running 3.5km.
Many film songs have been shot on this train.
The garden has a beautiful floral clock with an hour,
second and minute hand. The diameter of the clock is about 20ft with
underground machinery work. It is the only floral 20ft clock in the
state of Gujarat.
Museum And Picture Gallery Opens at 10:30 am and closes at 5:00 pm
Museum and Picture Gallery - INR 10 for Indian residents
INR 200 for non Indian residents