About Vadodara

Country: India | State: Gujarat

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Vadodara: Vadodara

Best Time to Visit Vadodara: October to March

Peak Season: November to February

At a distance of 109 km from Ahmedabad, 132 km from Gandhinagar, 146 km from Surat, 192 km from Bhavnagar, 296 km from Rajkot, 339 km from Indore, 345 km from Udaipur, 386 km from Jamnagar, 396 km from Junagadh, 395 km from Gandhidham, 433 km from Mumbai, 447 km from Somnath, 476 km from Porbandar, 439 km from Bhuj, and 518 km from Dwarka, Vadodara is a beautiful city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Located on the banks of Vishwamitri River, Vadodara is one of the popular attractions you must include in Gujarat packages, and among the best places to visit near Ahmedabad.

Formerly called Baroda, Vadodara is the third-largest city in Gujarat, after Ahmedabad and Surat. Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, the tinsel town of Vadodara is the brainchild of Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III, a Maratha ruler who laid the foundation for premier institutions to make this city an educational, industrial, and commercial center. There are many tales associated with the name of the city. As per history, the city was previously called Chandanavati after its ruler Raja Chandan, later it was changed to 'Viravati 'meaning the abode of the brave, and then 'Vadpatra' due to the densely populated banyan trees on the banks of river Vishwamitri. The present name Baroda or Vadodara got derived from 'Vadpatra'.

The history of Vadodara can be traced back to the 9th century when it was a small town called Ankottaka (present Akota), famous for Jainism. The imperial Baroda province was mainly ruled by Hindu Kings till the year 1297. Vadodara was ruled by Guptas in the early years and was later seized by Chalukyas. Then, it was taken over by Solanki Rajputs, and years later the city came under the rule of Delhi Sultans until they were overthrown by the Mughals in 1573 AD. The Marathas came to the throne of Vadodara in 1734 and ruled the city till 1947. After independence, the state of Baroda was merged into the Bombay State and became a part of Gujarat state officially in 1960. The period between 1875 & 1939 is considered the golden period in the history of Baroda as the city was developed drastically in all sectors under the reign of Maharaja Sayaji Rao III.

The architectural brilliance of the city is the major highlight of Vadodara tour packages. The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda Museum, Kirti Mandir, and Sayajirao Gaekwad hospital are some of the notable architectural monuments in Vadodara. Besides, Sayaji Baug, Sursagar Lake, Nyay Mandir, EME Temple, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, etc. are some of the prominent places to visit in Vadodara.

Vadodara International Airport is the nearest airport which is about 7 km from Vadodara Railway Station. It has well-connected flights from Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. Vadodara Railway Station is well connected by trains with Bhuj, Surat, Trivandrum, Delhi, Rameswaram, Bangalore, Mumbai, Okha, Veraval, Pune, Indore, Bhavnagar, Kota, Darbhanga, Puri, Varanasi, Vishakapatnam, Lucknow, Jaipur, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Sawai Madhopur, Goa, Amritsar, Cochin, Kolkata, Udaipur, Jabalpur, Porbandar, and Jamnagar. Vadodara is well connected by road with all the major cities of Gujarat along with Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Surat, Udaipur, Jaipur, Delhi, Indore, Bangalore, and Hyderabad.

Often called the Cultural Capital of Gujarat, the city of Baroda comes alive during the Navratri celebrations. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and energy as Vadodara does. It is a 9 days long festival where huge idols of Goddess Durga are set in large pandals the inhabitants of Vadodara play Garba dance and Dandiya in the evenings.
Diwali, Uttarayan, Holi, Gudi Padwa, and Ganesh Chaturthi are the other prominent festivals that can be celebrated with much pomp and fervor in Vadodara.

The best time to visit Vadodara is during the winter months i.e. from October to March. The temperatures are mild and the weather is pleasant during these months. Better to avoid visiting Vadodara during the monsoon and summer months as the city experiences heavy rains between June to September and an extremely hot and humid climate during the summer months.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 0265
Languages Spoken: Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi & English
Major Festivals: Navratri, Uttarayan, Holi & Diwali

How to Reach Vadodara

By Air

Nearest Airport: Vadodara - Vadodara International Airport (7 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Vadodara Junction (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Vadodara Central Bus Station (1 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Vadodara

#1 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 4 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Lakshmi Vilas Palace is an opulent royal palace located in Vadodara, Gujarat. Situated in Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, it is one of the most majestic palaces in India, and among the prime tourist places in Vadodara.

Built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, Lakshmi Vilas Palace was constructed in 1890 at a cost of GBP 180,000 (Rs.27, 00,000). Designed by Major Charles Mant, it is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built to date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace. At the time of the construction, it boasted the most modern amenities such as elevators and the interior is reminiscent of a large European country house. It remains the residence of the Royal Family of Vadodara, the Gaekwads.

Spread over 700 acres, the Lakshmi Vilas Palace was built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. .....

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#2 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 4 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum is a museum situated inside the opulent Lakshmi Vilas Palace complex in Vadodara, Gujarat. Located next to Lakshmi Vilas Palace, it is one of the most popular museums in Gujarat and among the must include places in Vadodara Tour Packages.

The Fateh Singh Museum building was constructed in 1875 AD as Motibaug School for Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Maharaja Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad and later Maharaja Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad as well as other members of the royal family including Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad completed their schooling here. This beautiful building of the museum is a reflection of the Indo-Saracenic architecture style that still houses personal belongings of the Gaekwad family. The building was converted into a museum in 1961. Today a large number of works of art belonging to the Royal family have been displayed in the museum.

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#3 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 6 km from Vadodara Railway Junction, BAPS Mandir is a famous temple located in the Atladara locality of Vadodara city. It is one of the popular BAPS Mandirs in Gujarat and among the top Vadodara places to visit.

Known as a center of cultural and spiritual activities, the BAPS Mandir is dedicated to Shri Swaminarayan. The temple is adorned with immaculate architecture, flawless design, and awe-striking grandeur. Managed by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sansthan, BAPS Mandir is a sight that will leave you mesmerized and enchanted during your Vadodara trip.

The idols of Gunatitanand Swami, Swaminarayan, BAPS gurus are worshipped here. Along with exotic design and architecture, one can also see the amazing carved paintings of Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. This temple has a very good collection of paintings and sculptures that are a source of .....

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#4 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 2 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Sayaji Baug is a public park located in Vadodara, Gujarat. Also known as Kamati Baug, it is one of the largest public gardens in Western India and among the top places of sightseeing in Vadodara.

Situated on the banks of Vishwamitri River, Sayaji Baug was built by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1879. Sprawling over an area of 113 acres, the garden houses a Zoo, Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, the Museum of Health and Hygiene, the Sardar Patel Planetarium and an operational toy train. Maintained by Vadodara Municipal Corporation, the park has three entrance gates where the main gate is at Sayaji Square locally known as 'Kala Ghoda Chowk' because of an equestrian statue standing there. This gate is only 800 meters from the main railway station. The third gate is at Rana Pratap square in Fatehgunj area, while the second gate stands somewhere in between first and third gates. Sayaji Baug, decorated with sculptures placed on pedestals, .....

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#5 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 2 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Baroda Museum is a museum situated inside Sayaji Baug in the city of Vadodara, Gujarat. It is one of the popular museums in Gujarat and among the top Vadodara tourist places.

The Baroda Museum was founded by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1887 and was opened to the public in 1894. Built-in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, the museum building was designed by Major Mant & R.F. Chisholm on the lines of the Victoria & Albert Museum of London. The famed art gallery is known to have been completed in 1914 but was opened in 1921 as the transfer of special pieces from Europe that were intended to adorn the walls of the gallery were delayed due to the First World War.

Regarded as one of the prominent places to visit as part of Vadodara sightseeing packages, the museum and the picture gallery are .....

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#6 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 5 km from Vadodara Railway Station, ISKCON Temple is a Hindu Temple situated in Gotri locality of Vadodara, Gujarat. Also known as Sri Radha Shyamasundar Temple, it is one of the wonderful ISKCON temples in Gujarat and among the must see places in Vadodara.

The ISKCON temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple also has the idols of Sri Jagannath, Baladev, Subhadradevi, and Sri Gaur Nitai. Spread over an area of 6 acres, the temple complex includes the main temple hall, goshala, Govinda's Restaurant, gift shop, guesthouse and two community halls for religious functions. The darshan mandap is aesthetically decorated with relief artwork, depicting Lord Krishna's rasalilas. The Lordships are seated on an exquisitely carved wooden sinhasan. There is also a large sinhasan upon which the statue of ISKCON founder Acharya Srila Prabhupada sits. The exterior and interior of the Mandir are also decorated by hand carved pillars.

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#7 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 2.5 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Aurobindo Ashram is a famous spiritual community or ashram located in Vadodara, Gujarat. Situated at Dandia Bazar, it is one of the best places to visit in Vadodara.

Also known as Arvind Ashram or Auro Nivas, Aurobindo Ashram was served as the residence of Aurobindo Ghose during his stay in Baroda in the years 1894 to 1906. He was the private secretary to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, and also the vice-principal of Baroda College (now MSU) during that time. Later, he gained glory as a social and political thinker, a freedom fighter, a philosopher and a yogi, named Sri Aurobindo. The bungalow was then visited by famous people like Lokmanya Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal, Sister Nivedita and Sakharam Ganesh Dueskar. Frequent visitors included his wife Mrinalini Devi, his sister Sarojini Devi and younger brother Barindar Kumar Ghose.

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#8 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 49 km from Vadodara, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the ancient city of Champaner. It is one of the popular places of heritage in Gujarat, and among the prime places to visit as part of Vadodara tour packages.

Covering over an area of 1,329 hectares, Champaner - Pavagadh Archeological Park is located around the historical city of Champaner, founded by the Rajput King Vanraj Chavda in the 8th century. Due to its strategic point on the trade routes, it lured many invaders including Khalji Dynasty, Chauhan Gurjars, Solanki kings, Khichi Chauhans. Later Mahmud Begada captured the city in 1484 and rebuilt Champaner into a splendid new capital. The region faced major devastation in 1535 CE when looted by Mughal Emperor, Humayun who made Ahmedabad the capital city again to control Gujarat. This marked the start of the decline .....

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#9 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 5 km from Vadodara Railway Station, EME Temple is prominent temple located in Fatehgunj locality of Vadodara, Gujarat. Maintained by the Indian Army, it is one of its kind in India and among the must visit places in Vadodara.

Also known as Dakshinamurthy Temple, EME Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME) corps of the Indian Army in 1966. The temple was planned, sketched and constructed under the then Christian commandant, Brig A.F. Eugene of the EME School. This uniquely designed temple is covered with aluminum sheets and is the first army temple in the world.

This marvelous modern looking temple is a symbol of secularism, as the kalasha on the top of the dome represents Hinduism, the domes of the temple are built according to Islamic architecture, the entrance signifies Jainism, the tower symbolizes Christianity and the golden top of the tower represents Buddhism. The temple primarily houses a massive .....

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#10 of 22 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 7 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Tapovan Mandir is a Hindu temple situated inside the Petrochemical Township in Vadodara. It is one of the beautiful temples in Baroda and among the must include places in Vadodara Tour Packages.

Tapovan is a beautiful temple complex built by Indian Oil Corporation and now maintained by Reliance Petrochemical Industries. The architecture of the temple is unique and its ceilings are designed with perfect color combinations which are a delight to see. Surrounded by lush green garden, the temple complex consists of many shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Mansadevi, Lakshmi-Narayana, Tirupati Balaji, Navgraha, and Satyanarayan along with Buddhist style dhyan khand. Also, there is a meditation hall and Gaushala in the temple premises.

Timings: 6 AM - 11 AM & 5 PM - 9 PM

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