Walk amid the bounties of flora and fauna with chirping birds for a company
Cycle along the untrammelled roads to find pathways to your inner self
Strum along the rhythm of nature to tug at the heartstrings of your loved ones
Indulge in some ‘Green Shopping’ at Farm Fairs that ensure blooming smiles
Experience the joys of doing nothing on lazy weekends with your family
Ticket To Nature Trails
What is Nature Trails at Lukshmi Vilas?
Indians revere land as ‘Maatrabhoomi’ – a Mother that rewards you with plenty. For centuries, farmers see fields as a family member, showering all their sweat, toil, care to see the harvest with sense of pride and joy. To them cultivating is not a chore; but it is deep rooted to their lifestyle. The produce is not measured in profit; it is accepted as a boon from Gods. Upaj bridges the vision of the city’s beloved royal family and the eternal optimism of local farmers. Avanee Jain from Upaj has a strong belief that if People, Planet & Profit, are balanced in every decision, the outcome will be beneficial to all. Upaj conceptualizes and executes in a way that people of all age groups can connect with land in an array of ways.
With generous and forward-looking patronage of The Royal Gaekwad family of Baroda, Upaj has the honour to develop a sustainable cultivation zone in the Lukshmi Vilas Palace premises. NatureTrails@LukshmiVilas is brimming with eco-activities. Nature walks in verdant green sanctuary, breathe pure oxygen as you walk, jog or cycle down the trails close up with flora and fauna. Soon, you can experience fresh vegetable patch growing activities and exhibitions. Culture blending with Nature, there will be stimulating discussions, live music and arts shows, special picnic-spots and farmers markets.
Nature Trails - The Royal Connect
"Some old fashioned things like sunshine and fresh air are hard to beat!"; says Samarjitsinh Gaekwad scion of the Royal Gaekwad family of Baroda, who has inherited his love for Nature from many generations before his. Gaekwads have famously encouraged environment conservation right from 1939, when HRH Shri Sayajirao Gaekwad committed to plant five crore trees in a span of ten years. With a vision of encouraging tree plantation, 6000 nurseries were established in the city. Land taxes were waived off for citizens cultivating trees on their land.Queen Victoria of England once addressed HRH Shri Sayajirao Gaekwad III as the ‘Green King of India’. Vadodara’s history is replete with many such stories of Maharaja Pratapsinh Rao Gaekwad as well.
Taking this rich ‘green legacy’ forward, Rajamata Shubhanginiraje Gaekwad has dedicated much time and effort in greening and cleaning the city for many decades. Her life long association with many such NGOs is a testament in itself. HRH Radhikaraje Gaekwad is raised with an unparalleled Eco-consciousness by her revolutionary father Dr. MK Ranjitsinh Jhala, whose works in the fields of wildlife conservation are known to all. A modern woman herself and mother of two, she values the advantages of engaging children in Nature related activities.