Vadodara – an important Cultural Centre of India that attract tourists

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Vadodra - Quick Facts

Area: 235 sq. km.
Population: 2,065,771
Altitude: 636 feet
Season: October to March
Clothing: Winter- Light woollen, Summer- Light cotton
Rainfall: 93 cm
Language: Gujrati, Hindi & English
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Vadodra (Baroda) is the capital city of the erstwhile Gaekwad rulers. It is an important cultural center of India, as it is known for its art galleries and museums. Vadodra has a number of palaces and well-laid parks that attract the tourist.

The earliest record of Vadodra city is found in a land grant dating back to AD 812. In the grant, Vadodra is referred to as Vadapadraka. It was also known as Chandanavati, after a local Rajput ruler. The city underwent periodic renaming, from Varhavati, Vatpatraka, Baroda, and, in 1971, to Vadodra. The history of Vadodra can be divided into different periods. The Hindu period lasted from ancient times until 1297. The Muslim rulers of the Delhi sultanate ruled this region from 1297 to 1401. An independent Muslim kingdom was established here, which was known as the Gujarat Sultanate. The present city was established during this period, which spanned from 1401 to 1573. Vadodra became the part of the mighty Mughal Empire when Akbar, the Mughal emperor, defeated the local Muslim ruler in 1573. The Mughal period lasted until 1734, when the Maratha period started under the Gaekwad family. From 1734 to 1947, it became the capital of the powerful Gaekwad rulers. In 1802, the British, under the banner of the East India Company, established a residency in Vadodra to cement their relation with the Gaekwads. Later this residency was responsible for all erstwhile princely states of Gujarat and Kathiawad. In 1947, when India gained independence and all princely were abolished, it became a part of the state of Gujarat.


By Air
Vadodra airport is 8 km northeast of the railway station and is linked with Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Pune.

By Rail
Vadodra railway station is located on the northwestern part of the city. As Vadodra is on the main Ahmedabad-Mumbai line a number of trains pass and stop at Vadodra.

By Road

We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.


Sayaji Bagh

The Sayaji Bagh is a big well-laid park and an important tourist attraction. Within this park, one can see the Baroda Museum and Art Gallery. The Museum has a good collection of artifacts, which not only includes Indian sculptures and ancient manuscripts, but also houses collection of Egyptian antiquities, while the art gallery has Mughal miniatures and some works of European masters. The Sayaji Bagh also has a planetarium and a small zoo within it.

Maharaj Fateh Singh Museum

Maharaj Fateh Singh Museum, located in the southern part of the city, is an important tourist spot. It houses the royal collection of copies of European masters. This museum also has a good collection of Far Eastern Art and contemporary Indian works.

Laxmi Vilas

The Laxmi Vilas Palace, north of the Maharaj Fateh Singh Museum, has a good collection of artifacts. As this museum is not generally open for public viewing, advance booking has to be made to visit it.

The Naulakhi Well
The Naulakhi Well, a fine example of a step well or baoli, and the EME temple, a unique temple with an aluminum roof, are worth paying a visit.


Pavagarh
The town of Champaner (Pavagarh) is 47 km northeast of Vadodra. It is famous for Jama Masjid, which is one of the finest mosques to be found in the state of Gujarat. It also has a medieval fort near it.

Dabohi

The town of Dabohi is 29 km southeast of Vadodra and is known for its 13th-century Hindu military architecture.

Dakor

Dakor, 50 km from Vadodra and halfway to Ahmedabad, is famous for its Temple of Ranchodrai and is a sacred place for the followers of Lord Krishna.

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad city is 100 km north of Vadodra. Ahmedabad is known for its rich past and its association with Mahatma Gandhi. The city soffers to the traveler a unique style of architecture, which is a blend of Hindu and Islamic, styles (Indo-Saracenic style of architecture). It is famous for its mosques and baolis.


Shopping in Vadodra is just as the dream comes true. It is Shopper’s paradise. There lots of flourishing trade and commerce has ensured the city is opulent in traditional colorful bazaars, shopping emporiums as well as the swank shopping malls that sell just about anything.

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