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Sayaji Baug was dedicated to the citizens of Vadodara by Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III in 1879. Sayajirao III built Sayaji Baug, well known as Kamati Baug, on the river Vishwamitri. It is one of the largest public gardens in Western India, sprawling over 113 acres (0.46 km2). It has a rich flora of more than 98 species of trees. It is one of the finest gardens in India, and is maintained by Vadodara Municipal Corporation. Thousands of citizens of the city come here for their morning walk as well as for pleasant view of the garden. The garden is home to the Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery, the Sardar Patel Planetarium, and the Sayaji Baug Zoo.
There are three entrance gates. The main gate is at Sayaji square (informally known as "Kala Ghoda Chowk" or "black horse square" because of an equestrian statue standing there). This gate is only 800 meters from the main city railway station and even less from the city bus stand. The third gate is at Rana Pratap square in Fatehganj area, and the second gate stands somewhere in between first and third gates.
Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery
The museum was built in 1894 to resemble the Victoria & Albert Museum of London. The building was designed by Major Mant and R.F. Chisholm. It preserves a rich collection of art, sculpture, ethnography & ethnology. The picture gallery has diverse works of art from both India and abroad, including works by British painters J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, a gallery of Tibetan art, Akota bronzed dating to the fifth century AD, and a collection of Mughal miniature paintings.
Sardar Patel Planetarium
The planetarium is situated near the main gate of Sayaji Baug. It has daily public shows as well as offering special shows to educational institutions. it has shows in Hindi, English and Gujarati.The planetarium also gives you information about a variety of planets and stars. For some months it is closed due to reconstruction.
The toy train ride runs on a track of width 10 inches (250 mm) covering a distance of 3.5 km giving the entire view of the garden to riders. The ride was a gift to the children of Vadodara from the royal Gaekwad dynasty.
Now a new train has been introduced instead of this small toy train. Its name is joy train in which even adults can sit. Joy train is slight bigger than the toy train. A new platform "Swami Vivekananda Station" is created for this train. The train timings are from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. and it is closed on Thursdays. During the full journey of about 20 minutes the people are informed about the heritage of Vadodara an that of Kamati baug(garden) through speakers in the train.
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The Zoo and Aquarium
The Sayaji Baug Zoo, situated on both the banks of the Vishwamitri river, in Sayajibaug the zoo was opened as part of the original park in 1879. The zoo offers 167 types of 1103 animals of various sizes and shapes. Asiatic lions are the most popular of the attractions. it also has a different bird zoo which has many different types of birds.
An aquarium was added to the zoo in 1962. It contains 45 species of fish.
The floral clock was the first of its kind in the state. It consists of an hour, minute and seconds hand that move on the 20 ft (6.1 m) diameter dial. The machinery moving the clock is underground, giving the clock a natural look.