|Makarpura Palace, vadadora. Old Indian Photos|
|Makarpura Palace, vadadora.Vadodara - Baroda City|
Makarpura Palace is an impressive Italian-styled royal residence in Vadadora city, Gujarat built by Maharajah Khende Rao in 1870 of the popular Gaekwad Royal Family. It is believed to have been the summer residence of the royal family members. However, the family members avoided the summer heat on the plains and spent their time on the cooler hills of Nilgris in Tamil Nadu. In those days many affluent people including colonial rulers and Maharajahs would prefer hill resorts to get away from scorching summer period and heat waves.
This three story-structure designed with a Japanese - styled garden of 130 acres by William Goldring, who also designed the Royal Botanical garden of Kiev, was built by the ruler Khende Rao Gaekwad to use it as a hunting resort. He was quite fond of hunting and spent much of his time in a deer reserve in Dhaniavi in Makarpura, popularly known as Shikarkhana. The Italian-styled palace has more than 100 ornate brick rooms with wooden stairway and impressive frame arch balcony. The sprawling garden has a swimming pool and also a beautiful Italian-styled fountain. This fountain used to be active when the ruler and his paraphernalia stayed here while on a hunting trip. When Maharajah Malharrao Gaekwad (1870 to 1875) destroyed part of the palace, it was his successor Maharajah Sayajirao Gaekwad III who extended and renovated this palace in 1883 with the help of architect Robert Chisholm. The renovation and restoration cost was around Rs. 11.2 lakhs.The palace is now used as a training school called No.17 Tetra School by the Indian Air Force.