My cousin, Divye and I reached the Zoo inside Sayaji Gardens or Baug at 12:30 pm. We spent around 2 hours at the zoo. The zoo offers 167 types of 1103 animals of various sizes and shapes. Enjoyed seeing the animals, felt that the Lions enclosure was small compared to the big enclosures of the Tigers. Sayaji Gardens is a must visit place in Vadodara. Sayaji Gardens was dedicated to the citizens of Vadodara by Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III in 1879. Sayajirao III built Sayaji Gardens, well known as Kamati Baug, on the river Vishwamitri. Sayaji Gardens is the largest garden in Western India, stretching over 113 acres. It has a rich flora of more than 98 species of trees. Sayaji Gardens is home to the Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery, the Sardar Patel Planetarium, and the Sayaji Baug Zoo. There is also a Toy Train ride for children below 12 years of age. Also, a beautiful floral clock is present in the Sayaji gardens. 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.
In the evening, we went to my wife’s Uncles place and he took us for dinner at Jashn-e-Mehfil restaurant on Alkapuri road near Inox theatre. Excellent food especially the Awadhi cuisine. Awadhi cuisine is from the city of Lucknow, which is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh in Central-South Asia and Northern India. The cuisine consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Awadh has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Persia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad; and the city is known for Nawabi foods. Then we had hand made ice cream at Sarvodaya, Pina Orange and Black Jamun were really good flavors.