Vodadara is the cultural capital of Gujarat. It is formally known as Baroda. Vodadara is situated on the banks of Vishwamitri River. It is the third largest city in Gujarat. It is known as best commercial and trade centre. City consists of more than 100 private schools and 20 public schools. It is also known as knowledge city. One of the top 3 arts colleges in India is MSU’s Faculty of Fine Arts. This is located here. Till India got independence it was ruled by Gaekwads. Marathas ruled this place for more than 400 years before Gaekwads. Here visitors can have best leather, textile and Handicrafts products.
What to see in Vadodara:
Mandvi Gate: During the festival seasons it looks so attractive as it decorates with beautiful lights. This was built in 1511-26 AD by Sultan Muzaffar. It is square shaped structure.
Makarpura Palace: For the royal families this is the summer rest house. Training school of Indian Air force is running here. This was built in Italian style by Maharaja Khanderao. Later it was renovated by Sayajirao Gaekwad.
Tambekarwadi: It is a four storied building. In first and second floors of the building visitors can find mural paintings which belong to 17th and 18th century.
Sayaji Baug: It consists of Flock Clock, Planetarium, Zoo and two museums. This is the largest garden in western India. Area covered by this garden is 45 hectares. It was built in 1879 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.
Picture Gallery: British painter’s pictures are kept here to attract the tourists. This was built in 1921.
Zoo: More than 1103 animal species are here. Major attraction is Asiatic Lion.
Museums: Skeleton of Blue Whale and Egyptian Mummy are the main attractions to the visitors. It is the place of best collection of art and sculptures. Museum was built in 1894.
Laxmi Vilas Palace: Manoj Charles Mant designed this palace in Indo Saracenic style. Music and Cultural events conduct in Darbar hall. Raja Ravi Varma Paintings is the special attraction in this palace. Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and Moti Baug Palace are the also located here. In 1890 this was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III.
Aurobindo Ashram: Between 1894 to 1906 this was residence place of Aurobindo Ghose. He was the vice principle of Baroda College. Now it became Ashram with Library. Works of Aurobindo can be seen here.
Nazarbaug Palace: In 1721 this was built by Malhar Rao Gaekwad in old Classical Style. It is the place where visitors can see best collection of Gaekwad Jewellery including 125 carat star of south diamond.
What to see around Vadodara:
Chandod: It is best pilgrim centre for Hindus. Temples and Bathing Ghats are located here. Mechanised boats used to see ravines, cliffs, rock formation. It is located 57 kms away from Vadodara.
The Dabhoi Fort: In 13th century this was built by Patan King. This fort is best example for Hindu Gujarati style architecture. It is situated 29 kms away from Vadodara.
Champaner – Pavangadh Archaeological Park: Best collection of tombs, Palaces, Mosques, Temples, Forts are situated here. It is located 45 kms away from Vadodara.
Getting to Vadodara: This place is well connected with Air, Road and Railways. From all the major cities such as Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad etc… a bus, trains and air bus facility is available.
Getting around Vadodara: Autos, Taxis, buses are available to visit the places around Vadodara.
Best time to visit Vadodara: Between October to February visitors enjoy their travel here.
Where to stay in Vadodara: All range of hotels are available. As per their budget and requirement tourists can choose the hotel.
Where to eat in Vadodara: Plenty of restaurants are available here. Continental, Mughalai, South Indian food is served here.