The history of the Gaekwads gives me a lot to think about. It is a sobering lesson in Realpolitik. The British defeated a federation of Maratha chieftains in the First Anglo-Maratha War (1775-1782). Then they supported one faction of the Gaekwads against others and signed a deal that gave them suzerainty over Baroda while granting the favoured Maharaja local autonomy.
To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the popular maharaja, there was a Sufi music concert organised at the Laxmi Vilas Palace, another palace on the outskirts of the city. My local hosts had received an invitation to this event and kindly gave it to myself and my wife to attend the show.
The architectural style is the hybrid "Indo-Saracenic" or "Anglo-Mughal",
also seen in CST (VT Station) in Mumbai
It reminded me so much of the ruined temple in The Jungle Book, the haunt of King Louie and his monkeys.
More photos of the zoo are here.
That concluded our Baroda adventure.
From Baroda, we went to Jaipur, and I'll describe that part of our trip in my next post.