The Vegetarian Bhukkad in Baroda #1: 36 hours In and Around the City!
nothing teaches you more life lessons than travel, and this is something I aim
to make my life mantra.
when I found a 36 hour gap in my work schedule, the first thing I did was
next flight to a destination unknown to me.
place that came to my mind was Baroda, for a couple of reasons:
a lot about the place and the royal family of Baroda.
Forever ready to explore regions of my native state.
hours in Baroda, very less time to explore any place; and took to Twitter for
recommendations. What to do and what not. That is where Mehul (@MehulGohil)
connected me to his friend, Sameer (@TheCoolZephyr), who within minutes had an
itinerary of sorts ready for me.
See, Where To Shop And But Of Course What To Eat.
was alone on this trip and Baroda is among the few places in Gujarat where I
have no relatives, and like all Indian mothers, I too was given instructions –
but hey! That’s what all mummies do; don’t they? They love, they care, they
feed and they worry!!
is what my 36 hours in Baroda that included 2 nights looked like: Eat – Sleep –
Travel (roam around practically) –Eat –Sleep.
write out about part 1 of the 3 part series on Baroda, I shall be talking about
the roaming around part today and shall move on to the other two in my next
Baug/Sayaji Rao Museum:
a must! While the Greater India room housed handicrafts from Japan, China and
Bhutan dating back to as early as 13 AD.
And if that wasn’t enough, walk towards the exit and you shall see an arrow that takes you to the basement and guess what the basement houses? A Museum of Osteology (a skeleton and fossil museum) that houses everything, a blue whale that died in 1944 to a bottle nosed dolphin to a dinosaur and what not. How these bones shook me up!
I was very keen on some traditional bandhni dupattas and I must say that the lane adjoining Bank of Baroda, Mandvi houses some wonderful stores that will give you some incredible stuff at very good rates.
There obviously will be a separate post on my food experience in Baroda, but that will about the hotel where I stayed because that is where I had most of my meals, but there are a few places you simply cannot leave Baroda without visiting. They are:
the person who invented Baroda’s famous Lilo Chevdo a hundred years ago. While
a lot of stores with this name have opened across Baroda, the original one is
the one near the ST bus depot, in the basement. Must haves at his store include
the chevdo, mini bhakarvadis and the freshly made farsan!
next is my staycation experience in Baroda!