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#1 of 23 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 places to visit 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 till 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 Lukshmi Vilas Palace was built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The entranceway of the palace is basically a palm courtyard with ornate fountain. It has 170 rooms and it was built just .....

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Museum

#2 of 23 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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#4 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

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

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.

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 attraction for the tourists. The temple has its own economical hospital also. The teachings of this temple focus on maintain the Indian culture, family .....

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Park

#5 of 23 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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Museum

#6 of 23 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.

The museum and the picture gallery are located in separate two - storeyed buildings that are connected by a covered bridge passage. The general outline of the museum is of traditional Maratha architecture with wooden framework filled with brick wall and the ground .....

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#9 of 23 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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#12 of 23 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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Heritage

#14 of 23 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 India and among the prime places to visit as part of Vadodara 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 in order to control Gujarat. This marked the start of the decline of Champaner, which slowly fell into ruins. Later, ASI had rediscovered the city with 39 standing .....

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Museum

#21 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 3 km from Sardar Sarovar Dam and 90 km from Vadodara, The statue of unity is a giant statue located on an islet on the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia village in Gujarat. Situated on the Sadhu Bet Island, it is the most popular attractions in Gujarat and among the must visit places near Vadodara as part of Gujarat tour.

The Statue of Unity is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and the Ironman of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950) who was the first Home minister of India. The statue was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in 2018. The project was carried out by the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) which was established for this purpose. Designed by the Indian Sculptor, Ram Vanji Sutar, the construction was taken up by the Indian company Larson & Toubro. The Rs. 2,989 crore project took 42 months, and round-the-clock work by 3,400 labourers and 250 engineers to complete. The .....

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#3 of 23 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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#7 of 23 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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Heritage

#8 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 1.5 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Kirti Mandir is the cenotaph of the Gaekwads situated near Vishwamitri Bridge in Baroda. Also known as the Temple of Fame, it is one of the popular and important places to visit in Vadodara.

The Kirti Mandir is actually a cluster of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in 1936 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of the Gaekwad dynasty to perpetuate the glorious memory of his beloved ancestors. Built as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the outstanding E- shaped building was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens & V R Talwarkar.

The Kirti Mandir is adorned with terraces, balconies, domes and a central sikhara that rises to approximately 35 m height. The sikhara of this temple represents the sun, the moon and the earth in bronze with the undivided map of India. The interiors of the Kirti Mandir are marble treated and brilliantly decorated with intricately carved murals. The walls .....

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Backwaters

#10 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 3 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Sursagar Lake is a beautiful lake situated in the middle of Vadodara city in Gujarat. It is one of the oldest lakes in Vadodara and among the major tourist places in Vadodara.

Formerly known as Chandan Talao, Sursagar Lake got its present name after Sureshwar Desai, who was renovated and built earthen ghats with embankments in the 18th century. Later, Malharrao Gaekwad made 'pucca' embankments. There are many underwater gates in the lake which empty the lake if it overflows. The water from the lake empties into the Vishvamitri River. A concrete wall surrounds the lake that is often used by people to sit and enjoy the evenings.

The lake remains full of water throughout the year and in 2002, Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan constructed a 120 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva in the middle of the lake. On every Saturday and Sunday evenings, special lightings are done around the lake. Also, the Statue of Lord Shiva is decorated with .....

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#11 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 2.5 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Surya Mandir is a Hindu temple located in Vadodara, Gujarat. Just opposite to Kharivav General Post Office, it is one of the historical temples in Vadodara and among the important places to visit in Baroda.

Dedicated to Surya Bhagwan, Surya Narayan Mandir is one of the most legendary temples of Vadodara. The temple is situated amidst the lush green surroundings of Surya Narayan Baug. Built with yellow stones, the temple was erected by Raoji Aapaji Deewan during the reign of Shri Govindrao Gaekwad before 200 Years. There is a black Elephant statue in the temple compound which is quite impressive. The temple was built in a way that the morning rays of sun directly enter into the temple.

Timings: 7 AM - 7 PM

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Heritage

#13 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 3 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Nyay Mandir is a historical monument in Vadodara, Gujarat. Situated near Sursagar Lake, it is one of the heritage buildings in Baroda and among the must visit Vadodara Tourist Places.

Literally means Temple of Justice, the Nyay Mandir is a piece of Byzantine architecture in India. It was built in 1896 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in memory of his late wife Maharani Chimnabai. This spectacular monument was designed by Robert Chisholm who is credited with several other buildings designed in the city. Originally built as Maharani Chimnabai Market, it was later turned into Town Hall & then Court.

Spread over an area of 4 acres, Nyay Mandir was called Chimnabai Nyay Mandir in Old time. Built with a cost of about Rs. 7, 00, 000, it has a massive central hall with a statue of Chimnabai and a facade with Italian marbles. The staircase is made up of wood and gives you a feel of ancient times. Baroda's last ruler Pratapsinhrao .....

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Wildlife

#15 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 70 km from Vadodara, Jambughoda is a wildlife sanctuary located in the Panchmahal district of Central Gujarat. Situated near Jambughoda, it is one of the wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat and among the top places to visit near Vadodara.

Jambughoda Sanctuary was a part of the princely state of Jambughoda prior to independence. The sanctuary was established in 1990 at the behest of the late Prime Minister of India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. Sprawling over an area of 130 sq. km, Jambughoda is a magnificent forest of teak, bamboos and other miscellaneous species. The area has two water reservoirs- one at Kada and the other at Targol. The most striking feature of the area is the undulating hills having a good forest cover, with the valleys having small tribal hamlets.

The sanctuary harbors several wild animals, birds and flora, including plants and herbs of medicinal value. Leopard is the top predator here whose population has been increasing. The habitat is shared by other .....

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Park

#16 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 23 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Ajwa Garden is a well laid-out garden situated on the banks of Ajwa Dam near Vadodara, Gujarat. It is an ideal weekend hangout for the people of Vadodara.

Covering an area of 130 acres, the garden is adorned with sprawling green manicured lawns and towering palm trees. It was developed by Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan on the lines of the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. The major attraction of the garden is the 100-meter row of perfectly aligned musical fountains that mesmerize visitors with coordinated water shoots in the background of lively colours. Fountains are operated only on every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and other public holidays i.e. Independence Day, Republic Day, Christmas, Ramzan, Sharad purnima, Gaurivrat (Jagran). Also, the park contains colourful flowering trees, palm trees and children play area.

The garden is surrounded by a number of attractions like water parks, amusement parks and hotels. Just adjacent .....

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#17 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 62 km from Vadodara, Nilkanthdham Swaminarayan Temple is a beautiful Hindu temple located at Poicha Village in Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Narmada River, it is one of the amazing temples in Gujarat and among the popular places to visit near Vadodara.

Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, the temple was built in 2013 by Shri Vadtal Swaminarayan Temple. Built mainly out of sandstone, the main temple is encircled by an artificial pond with a Shivling and a beautiful fountain. The shivling in the artificial pond can be accessed via a peacock shaped boat. The temple walls are exquisitely carved with figures from Hindu mythological scriptures. Every mandap has its own flag that waves in the breeze and the stark blue water juxtaposed with the sand coloured stone come together in perfect harmony to offer a visual treat.

Also known as Poicha Temple, the area is so clean and well maintained. In the main temple there are idols of God Vishnu with Sheshnag, Lord Ganesha, .....

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#18 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 13 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Shri Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Mandir is a holy temple situated at Sokhada in the outskirts of Vadodara. It is one of the beautiful temples in the region and among the best place to visit in Vadodara.

Popularly called as Haridham Mandir, this beautiful temple is having marble idols of Lord Swaminarayan and his disciples. Established on the principles of 'Vasudhaiv Kutambakam', the Haridham Mandir redefines the idea of religion, spirituality and our curious nature to seek the divine power and spread love and joy. Spread over a huge area, the temple is open to people of all caste, faith, and religion. The marble work with beautiful inlay work seen all across the floor compliments the grand design of the temple and is one of its highlights.

The interior of the temple has an exquisitely carved wooden ceiling that is worked seamlessly to form the frame of the idols in the temple. One can go for a walk and can have glimpses .....

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Waterfall

#19 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 34 km from Champaner and 78 km from Vadodara, Hathni Mata Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall situated near Shivrajpur in Gujarat. It is one of the scenic waterfalls near Vadodara.

Flanked by richly green hills, the Hathni Mata Waterfalls is a haven of divine beauty. This is a 100-metre long water body that falls beautifully along a cliff. The fresh waterfall flows at its best mainly during the monsoons. A small temple dedicated to Hathni Mata is located in the cave adjacent to the waterfalls. The name Hathni was derived by the local tribal community from the rock that looks like a baby elephant in the base of the waterfall.

Although Hathni Mata waterfall is popular among youngsters and local communities, due to location and seasonal rush, it is one of many unspoiled jewels of Jambughoda. The road leading to this site is good but very narrow. This place is crowded on weekends. This is a remote place so one needs to carry food and water.

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Backwaters

#20 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 94 km from Vadodara, Sardar Sarovar Dam is a gravity dam on the Narmada River near Kevadia village in Gujarat, India. It is one of the largest dams in India and among the top tourist places in Gujarat as part of Vadodara Tour Packages.

Also known as Narmada Dam, the Sardar Sarovar project was a vision of the first deputy prime minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The foundation stone of the project was laid out in 1961 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The project took form in 1979 as part of a development scheme to increase irrigation and produce hydroelectricity. The dam provides water to generate power and supply water for drinking and irrigation to states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Having a length of 1.2 km and a depth of 163 m, it is the third highest concrete dam in India and the 2nd biggest concrete dam in the world. It is a part of the Narmada Valley Project, a large hydraulic .....

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#22 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 75 km from Vadodara and 160 km from Ahmedabad, Stambeshwar Mahadev Temple is a 150 years old Hindu temple located in the town of Kavi Kamboi near Vadodara in Gujarat. Situated between Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Cambay, it is one of the incredible places to visit in Gujarat and among the prime tourist places near Vadodara.

Stambeshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture of the temple is very simple and is built on pillars, but it is still a very unusual must visit religious sites of India. The temple is mainly supported on pillars, hence called 'Stambeshwar Mahadev.' Popularly known as the Disappearing Shiva Temple, the temple is unique because the temple submerges every day during high tide and as the tide starts to get low it again starts emerging out of the sea, unveiling the 4 feet high Shiva Linga.

According to the mythology, this Shiva Linga was installed by Lord Kartikeya himself. Legend says that, Lord Kartikeya feels guilty .....

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Heritage | City

#23 of 23 Places to Visit in Vadodara

At a distance of 29 km from Gandhinagar, 109 km from Vadodara, 175 km from Bhavnagar, 220 km from Rajkot, 230 km from Mount Abu, 250 km from Udaipur, 257 km from Surat, 310 km from Jamnagar, 534 km from Mumbai, 585 km from Bhopal, 681 km from Jaipur and 905 km from Delhi, Ahmedabad is the largest city and also the former capital of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is India's first UNESCO World Heritage City and also regarded as one of the fastest growing cities in India.

Also known as Amdavad, the city of Ahmedabad is the commercial hub and also the living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat state. Popularly called as the Land of Gandhi, Ahmedabad is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation. It has been one of the most important centers of trade and commerce in western India since medieval times. Presently it is famous for its textile mills and is often referred to as the 'Manchester of the East'.

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Distance (From Vadodara): 109 Kms
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