An inconspicuous gateway lies along the main road in a quiet part of Vadodara city. A simple sign in Hindi, has ‘Madhav Bagh’ inscribed in the marble panel of the gate post.
I step onto the short driveway, oblivious of what treasure lies at the other end. Trees flank my path as I make my way through the branches that arch in welcome over my head and then I gasp with surprise as the red and white mansion suddenly looms large amongst the dense green foliage, like a light at the end of a tunnel.
I stand there spellbound for a while, trying to take in the glorious view of the majestic sight that lies before me.
I have entered the environs of the Madhav Bagh – Royal Heritage Stay and I feel a sense of great delight and excitement at the history that lies in wait for me within its bright exterior.