Pics: inside Tambekar Wada, Vadodara, Gujarat

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This wooden multistoreyed townhouse is a typical Maratha mansion, once the residence of Bhau Tambekar, diwan of Baroda (1849–54). Inside are beautiful 19th-century murals featuring scenes from the Mahabharata, Krishna’s life and the 19th-century Anglo-Maratha War.

Out of the many rooms of the haveli, only some are open for public viewing. A visit here is a must for the plethora of colourful paintings intertwined with heritage.

 

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The unassuming facade of Tambekar Wada.

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As you stroll through the corridors, one by one, the paintings seem to come to life.

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Stunning window murals.

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Intricate wood carvings (Jali work) line the passage leading to one of the galleries.

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Many of the paintings are worn and poorly lit by ambient light, but they’re still impressive. They are one of the best specimens of mural paintings in Gujarat.

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Amazing floral and faunal motifs are also on display.

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These 19th-century murals feature scenes from the Mahabharata, Krishna’s life and the 19th-century Anglo-Maratha War.

Image courtesy: Sharmistha Sahoo

A painting depicting a hunter.

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Another painting depicting a European lady.

AUTHOR'S BIO: Sharmistha is a banker by dawn and a travel and lifestyle blogger by dusk. Having undeniable wanderlust, she loves exploring uncanny places, experiencing new cultures and eating unfamiliar foods. She has been to 10 countries across three continents while managing her full-time job. More on: www.thatgirlslifestories.com