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 Vadodara (Gujarat)

History: Situated on the banks of the river Vishwamitri, Baroda is a city that went through several name changes. Once called Chandravati after its ruler Raja chandan, it was later changed to Viravati, the home of the brave, and then Vadpatra because of the abundance of banyan trees on the banks of the earlier mentioned river. From Vadpatra it resulted to its present name Baroda or Vadodara. Vadodara is also called as 'Sanskari Nagari' for its rich culture traditions.

Description: Baroda was the capital of one of the most powerful princely state prior to independence. Baroda now called Vadodara is a pleasant, medium sized city with some interesting museums and art galleries. Vadodara is also famous for education MS University of Baroda is the only university in Gujarat. The oil refinery, fertilizer factory and petrochemical complex here have triggered the growth of engineering, chemical and other industries in and around the city. Embroidery with gold, silver and silk thread, gold and silver ornaments, engraving on ebony, sandalwood and other wood and lacquer work (which is made at world famous Sankheda) are the traditional handicrafts of the area.

Vadodara Quick facts

  • Vadodara Geography and Climate

    Vadodara is located at 22.30°N and 73.19°E in western India at an elevation of 39 meters. It is the 18th largest city of India with an area of 148.95 Km square and a population of 1.6 millions. The vadodara district is bounded by Panchmahal and Dahod districts to the north, Anand and Kheda district to the west, bharuch and narmada distict to the south and the state of madhya Pradesh to the east. The tallest point of the region is the hill of Pavagadh. The city sits on the bank of Vishvamitri river. The south and north areas of Vadodara is bounded by Narmada and Mahi river. 

  • Best time to visit Vadodara

    The best time to visit Vadodra is in winters, between october and february. 

  • Vadodara Orientation

    Vadodara is also called `Sanskari Nagar` means `city of Culture`. It is also one of India`s cosmopolitan cities. 

  • Vadodara Near Getaways

    Champaner:  (45 km) is an old 15th century fortress in the Girnar hills built by local Rajput chieftains. Inside the old quarter of Champaner are many 15th and 16th  century mosques built by muslim conquerors who wrested control in 1484. The neighbouring fort of Pawagadh  is a mere 4km away.

    Chandod: The place is a hindu pilgrimage site with its picturesque bathing ghats and temples. Most interesting for most visitors is a ride on mechanised boats down the river to see some amazing rock formations past spectacular cliffs and ravines.

  • Vadodara Distance(s)

    100 km south of  Ahmedabad.
    392 km north of  Mumbai.
    Dabohi is 29 km.

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  • How to reach Vadodara by Road

    118 Km from Ahmedabad 420 km from Bombay and 1,039 km from Delhi via Jaipur and Udaipur. State transport buses available from all parts of the state. For local transport, taxis, autorickshaws, tangas and city buses are available.

  • How to reach Vadodara by Rail

    From Ahmedabad, Bombay or Delhi.

  • How to reach Vadodara by Air

    Vadodra airport is 8 km northeast of the railway station. The Indian airlines has daily flights to Delhi and Mumbai. Jet airways operates daily flights to Mumbai, while Gujarat airways has three flights in a week for Mumbai and Ahmedabad and six flights in a week for Pune.

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    Vadodara Festivals and culture

  • Vadodara Festivals

    Diwali, uttarayan, holi, ganesh chaturthi, eid, christmas and new year are celebrated with great enthusiasm. Navratri or Garba is the city`s largest celebrated festival. In the month of october many of the residents spend their evenings at their local Garba grounds where local musician play traditional music and people dance the Rass and Garba dance. Uttarayana or Makar Sankranti is another gala festival of Vadodara that celebrates the sun's gradual traversal towards the northern hemisphere. During the lionization of the festival, the citizens of Vadadora put on new clothes, eat, drink and make merry.

  • Vadodara Culture

    Classical music and dance have their patrons, and so does the modern stage and pop culture. Gujrati, Marathi and Hindi are the prominent spoken language of Vadodara. The fine arts faculty is famous worldwide for its contribution in arts. 

  • Vadodara Religious Places

    EME Temple: EME temple is a unique design of geodesic structure covered with aluminum sheets.

  • Vadodara Monuments

    Laxmi Vilas palace: This palace was designed in Indo-Saracenic style and was built by King Sayaji RaoIII. Started in the year 1878 and completed in the year 1890. It is the residence of Royal family.

    Kirti Mandir: Kirti Mandir was built in the year 1936 by Sayaji Rao to perpetuate the glorious memory of his beloved ancestors.

    Lehripura Gate: Lehripura gate was built as the western gateway to the old city in 1558.

    Makarpura Palace: This beautiful palace was designed in Italian style; this place is now used as training schoolboy the Indian air force. 

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    Vadodara Entertainment and Night Life

  • Vadodara Shopping

    Vadodara has some good markets that sell everything from factory made, mass production items to hand crafted furniture, textiles and the entire selection of handicrafts that Gujarat is so famous for. The bulk of shopping is done in the shops at raopura, mandvi, teen darwaza and lehripura mandir bazar. 

  • Vadodara Museum and Hill Stations

    Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery: Baroda Museum has impressive collection of art and archeology, natural history, geology and ethnology. It has an excellent collection of arts, paintings, Mughal miniatures and palm-leaf manuscripts etc.

    Maharaja Fatehsinh Museum: The Museum has royal collection of art treasures and works of old masters like Raphel, Titian and Murilo as well as modern western and Italian paintings. 

  • Gardens and Parks at Vadodara

    Sayajibaug: Sayaji Baug (the famous park) is situated on river Vishwamitri and was built by Sayajirao III in 1879. It also includes an excellent zoo, the Baroda museum and picture gallery, the museum of health and hygiene and the Sardar patel planetarium. A major attraction for children is the 3.5 kms joy ride through the park on the toy train.

  • Lake at Vadodara

    Sayaji Sarovar: Sayaji Sarovar or Ajwa lake, 22 kms away from the city is the principal source of water. It is formed by damming the Surya river and Vaghali Nala. Work on the scheme was started in 1885 and was completed in 1890. 

  • Vadodara Seasonals

    There are mainly three seasons , summer, winter and monsoon realized in Vadodara. Most of the time the weather of the city is dry. The average summer temperature is maximum36°C and minimum23°C.  During winter the average of maximum is 30°C and minimum is 15°C. The average rainfall is 931.9mm.

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    Vadodara Tips

  • Vadodara Tourist Offices

    Tourist Corporation of Gujarat Ltd,
    Narmada Bhavan,
    Indira Avenue,
    Vadodara - 390 001

  • Vadodara ATM's

    Syndicate Bank,
    Vadodara Baroda Main,
    Dhayber Shopping Centre,
    Gendigate Road Pb No 8,
    Vadodara- 390 017

    Corporation Bank,
    14-15, National Plaza,
    I Floor, R C Dutt Road,
    Vadodara - 390 005,

    Indusland Bank
    Vanijya Bhavan,
    Race Course Circle ,
    Vadodara - 390007

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