A Walk Exploring the Indo-Saracenic Facades of Maharaja Sayajirao University

Join us on a trail through the Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), the royal legacy gifted to the city of Baroda by the Maharaja. We will be witnessing the position of Baroda in colonial India through the metamorphosis of the built facades taking shape in the peculiar Indo-Saracenic style and transforming its stylistic character. The walk will unfold several niches of the domed structure which are testaments to Sayajirao III’s generous contribution to art as a patron and connoisseur.

MSU, apart from being a seat of learning, also adds to the spectacular heritage buildings of Baroda. The royal and eye-catching architectural expanse is not only a landmark of the city but also leaves the outsider smitten with splendour. The walk inside the campus will lead us into a world that is a historical amalgamation of architecture and knowledge.

Among other places, this walk will take the participant through the tastefully done, 100-year-old intricate woodwork of  the railings and pillars, and  the magnificent dome designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm in a fusion of Indian and Byzantine architecture.

This guided tour is free.


Dhara Mayavat
Walk Leader
Dhara Mayavat has done her Bachelors in Architecture from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Art History and Aesthetics, specialising in the History of Architecture with a focus on the architecture of Baroda from Baroda College of Fine Arts. Born and brought up in Baroda, she has a unique relationship with the city and its distinctive Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Apart from attending numerous lectures and walks about the heritage and architecture of Baroda, Dhara also hosted a curatorial project titled 'Re-adaptive Monuments of Baroda', a project highlighting the heritage buildings of Baroda and how they are being re-used rather than being abandoned.