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.

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Nov 17

National Heritage Week 2019

As a part of the National Heritage Week 2019 as many as 8 different events were organized. The first of these was the exhibition titled ‘India through European Eyes : A collection of original prints from the 18th and 19th Centuries’ which was displayed at the Faculty of Fine Arts..Read More

Sep 01

Culinary Delights of Vadodara

The Trust started a series of events titled the ‘Culinary Delights of Vadodara’ which introduces the people to the local food culture. The first of these was a Parsi Dinner which was held on September 1st 2019 at the Cooverbai Hall in Parsi Agiary, Sayajigunj. The event hosted about 40..Read More

Aug 20

A walk to the town of Bhadran

A walk to the town of Bhadran was organized on 29th August 2019 and was led by Mr. Jitendrasingh Gaekwad. The walk introduced the participants to the history of the town and the upliftment efforts carried out by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the late 19th and the early 20th..Read More

Feb 15

Bharuch Heritage Walk

The Bharuch Collector office organized a Bharuch Heritage walk that was attended by six of our members and facilitated by Bharuch based HT member Archana Patel. The district administration is showcasing Bharuch’s architectural rich legacy and has been encouraging weekend heritage walks to enable tourists to better appreciate the rich..Read More

Jan 22

Heritage Quiz

An inter-school heritage quiz organized by the Bal Bhavan’s school on the 22nd of January 2019 for the second consecutive year and was sponsored by the Heritage Trust. 78 children from 20 different schools participated in the same. The quiz was designed and conducted by WH5 consultancy. There were audio..Read More

Dec 20

Heritage Trust Publication

The Trust’s publication Once Upon A time…there was Baroda has been acquired by the United States Library of Congress’ New Delhi office. It will soon be available as part of their online catalogue with the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) as part of research on South Asia. A two..Read More

Nov 20

Dharohar Newsletter Launch

The Trust launched its Quarterly newsletter Dharohar with the first volume for 2018-19 complete with 4 issues, the latest being the one in March. This is an e-newsletter and apart from letting our members know of activities that will or have happened, cover a theme. The themes covered till now..Read More

Aug 20

Heritage at Risk workshop

A workshop titled ‘Heritage at Risk’ conducted by Dr. Rohit Jigyasu (UNESCO Chair at the Ritsumeikan University, Japan and ex-president of ICOMOS India) was conducted on 20th August 2018 from 10.30- 1.30pm in the morning. The workshop was attended by various stakeholders including officials from the VMC futuristic cell, ASI..Read More

Apr 14

Tambekar Wada

A team of HT met ASI Deputy Superintending archaeologist Arun Malik to raise the issue of the Tambekar Wada on May 14, 2018. Issues on how to ensure the back portion is conserved and to get the other stakeholder on board to provide wholesome conservation efforts were discussed too. A..Read More

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