Heritage Trust was formed in Baroda in 1984 by like-minded architects, artists, art historians, archaeologists, historians, museologists and writers interested in conservation of different kinds of heritage of the city. The creation of awareness of heritage and related issues is the focus of the Trust. While it was decided that the Trust undertake city-centred programmes, the only exception was the Champaner-Pavagadh project.

Champaner-Pavagadh, 40 kms from Baroda, is the once prosperous medieval capital of Gujarat, that we found was completely neglected and what’s more, dangerously threatened by the operation of more than 100 stone quarries in its immediate vicinity.

It is with a sense of great pride and achievement that we can announce today that the Trust’s efforts over the last 18 years have culminated in Champaner-Pavagadh being selected as India’s nomination for World Heritage Site status in the year 2004.

Heritage Trust is registered as a Trust with the Charity Commissioner and eligible for exemption under section 80 (G) of the Income Tax Act. It is also registered with the FCRA and eligible to receive funding from foreign sources.

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Jan 01


Various notes were prepared with aid of different members of the Trust for the Vadodara Municipal Commissioner in support for the protection of the city’s heritage. The properties included were the Damajirao Dharamshala building besides the railway station, the Tambekar Wada (VMC portion), the Israeli Cemetery in Fatehgunj and for..Read More

Nov 20

World Heritage Day 2017

Nature + Heritage Walk: Wadhwana-Dabhoi /  Bilapur- Began with a drive to Wadhwana Lake to spot the winter migratory birds here with ace ‘birder’ Avi Sabawala. After breakfast the group drove on to Dabhoi- from the Hira Baghol Darwaza to other gates of this ancient town with Chandrashekhar Patil as..Read More

Nov 01

Website Launch

The Heritage Trust website was launched to reach more people as well as have a permanent showcase to the work it has conducted. Work on the same is being carried out to incorporate more of the past activities done and include future events as well.

Apr 15

My city My Heritage

An exhibition of more than three hundred school students’ posters on“My city, My Heritage” was held at Band stand, Sayaji baug from16th to 18th April 2016.It was inaugurated by the then Municipal Commissioner Shri H.S.Patel. Prizes to winners were given by Smt. Avantika Singh, the then district Collector of Vadodara.

Nov 25


A decision was taken by Heritage Trust and The Municipal Commissioner to have two three members from Heritage Trust on the board of ‘Heritage Cell’ which will be created by the Municipal Corporation. 20 Nov 2015: An exhibition of photographs by eminent artist- printmaker- photographer Prof.  Jyoti Bhatt was inaugurated..Read More

Apr 18

Dr. Rani Dharkars book on Baroda, Once upon a time.. there was Baroda

Dr. Rani Dharkar’s book on Baroda, ‘Once upon a time…….. there was Baroda’ was released on April 18, 2014 on the World Heritage Day by Raj Mata Shrimant Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad. Along with the book release, ‘Water Colours’ by Rani Dharker & Selected Photographs by Rahul Gajjar taken for the..Read More

Aug 10

Project on the Study of the Textile

A Project on the Study of the Textile and the Art Works used by the Royal Family of Baroda was started with Students of Home Science, Clothing & Textile Department MSU. Activities like cataloging and documentation culminated in the form of an exhibition.

Oct 10

Dr. Rani Dharker’s Book “Once Upon a Time there was Baroda’ published

In this book, the author seeks to capture the essence of the city, which makes it what it is. The book is divided into sections, which brings alive the magic of the old Baroda, a magic that still exists despite industrialization, giving it its unique character. The Book of Baroda..Read More

Jan 15

Children-in-Conservation workshop, Navlakhi

As a part of our Children-in-conservation initiative, the trust organized a workshop for children at Navlakhi Vav, Laxmi Villas palace grounds, on the 19th, 20th and 21st of January 2012. About 1000 children (Class VIII-IX) from 16 English and Gujarati medium schools along with two schools working with hearing impaired..Read More

Nov 20


Heritage Trust in association with Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad-Baroda annex brought the French rock band KWAK together with KADAMB, a school of Kathak, founded by renowned dancer Kumudini Lakhia. Fresh twists and turns of Kathak dance movements were synchronized in perfect harmony with western and Indian classical instrumental music. The performance..Read More

Feb 15


CITY MUSEUM – An Executive Committee meeting of Heritage Trust was organized at the Collectorate Office under the Chairmanship of the District Collector, Shri. Vijay Nehra, to discuss the starting of City Museum as well signing of an MOU between the Collectorate, the Municipal Corporation & Heritage Trust for the..Read More

Mar 15

The Book “Myths and Legends” of Champaner Pavagadh

The Book “Myths and Legends” of Champaner Pavagadh, compiled by Smt. Sonal Mittal Modi and illustrated by late Artist Jaidev Thakore & published by Heritage Trust was released by the Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri. Ahmed Hameed Ansari where Minja Yang, Director, UNESCO for India was also present. Minja..Read More

Mar 15

Publishing a calendar with pictures of Champaner

Ravi Kapoor, Managing Committee member took initiative to publish a calendar with pictures of Champaner for the year 2008. The calendar was sponsored by 12 corporates. Heritage Trust participated in the United Way Mela held in Febrauary 2008. As a part of intangible Heritage panels of Myths & Legends of..Read More

Jul 10

A set of Panels on Heritage Structures of Baroda

Heritage Trust completed the last project of ‘A set of Panels on Heritage Structures of Baroda”, out of the three projects that were sanctioned by The Vadodara Municipal Corporation and submitted to them in the month of July 07. About 275 Children from 5 schools of Baroda were taken to..Read More

Nov 11

UNESCO’s World Heritage @ Champaner

President of India Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam unveiled the UNESCO’s World Heritage Plaque at Jami Masjid, Champaner on 11th November 2006. He was accompanied by Governor of Gujarat Shri Naval Kishore Sharma and the Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi. The programme was jointly organized by Heritage..Read More

Oct 10

Collaboration with INTACH-UK

Heritage Trust collaborated on projects with the Archaeological Survey of India, the INTACH-UK Trust, INTACH, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, National Mission on Manuscripts, Faculty of Fine Arts (MSU, Baroda), University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, USA), and United Way of Baroda.

Nov 04

UNESCO World Heritage

Champaner-Pavagadh became India’s nomination to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status for 2004. The Trust instituted the Viraasat Lecture Series which will feature an eminent person in the vast field of heritage issues. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Professor George Michell, well-known architect-art historian who has done path-breaking work at..Read More

Nov 04

Visual, Historical and Architectural Documentation

The Trust completed the visual, historical, and architectural documentation of 120 heritage monuments at Champaner-Pavagadh. The Trust received 3000 pound-sterling from the INTACH-UK Trust which was used in organising a workshop on landscape development of Champaner-Pavagadh monuments with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and department of Architecture, M S..Read More

Nov 04

Task force on Champaner-Pavagadh

The government of Gujarat formed a task force on Champaner-Pavagadh for the protection, conservation, and development of the site. The Trust received US $ 20,000 from the WMF (General Electric Global Fund) towards the creation of a comprehensive management plan for the heritage site.  

Nov 04

Nomination for Champaner-Pavagadh

The Trust successfully nominated Champaner-Pavagadh to the World Monuments Fund (New York)’s 100 Most Endangered Heritage Sites of the World for the year 2000.