The Raopura Tower a.k.a. Maharani Chimnabai tower is one of the major architectural attractions of Vadodara (Baroda) City. Located in the heart of the city near Kothi Kacheri and Mandvi, the Raopura Tower was erected in 1896 from the funds that were contributed by the citizens of Baroda in the memory of Maharani Chimnabai (1864-1885), the first wife of the visionary ruler i.e. Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. It was inaugurated by the last Nawab of Baroda – Mir Kamaluddin Hussainkhan.
The Raopura Tower is designed in Indo-Saracenic architectural style. A clock is fitted on the top of the tower. The clock has minute patterns/designs similar to ‘Chhatris’ carved on its top. In the olden times, the clock used to play a melodious music tune every 15 minutes. This clock tower provided accessibility to time from all the four directions of the city in the olden days.
The Raopura Tower or Chimnabai Tower was the Central Place of the Old Fort of Vadodara. Trams were used as transportation service in Vadodara during those days and this service was available at the Raopura Area near the clock tower.