Vadodara One of the top destination in India
Southeast of Ahmadabad, Vadodara offers points of interests including palaces, museums, monuments and temples.
Vadodara city, divided into eastern and western divisions by Vishwamitri River, enriched with crowded bazaars and vibrant autonomous blocks of houses (pols). Maharaja Sayajirao University and Laxmi Vilas Palace are popular tourist destinations , plus, temples, shrines, exotic gardens and exquisite architecture at Hazira Maqbara.
History of Vadodara
Vadodara (Baroda) situated on the banks of the river Vishwamitri has witnessed many civilizations. However, its recent history includes the reign of Gaekwad clan from 1734 to 1949. Modern Vadodara was its roots embedded in the ancient village Vadpatra (banyan leaf).
Its glorious past begins with an able administrator, Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III (1875-1939 AD) who made Vadodara an educational, commercial and industrial centre. He initiated an array of socio-economic reforms, encouraged the development of industries, and unflinchingly introduced compulsory primary and adult education including a library movement.
Because of his efforts, today, Vadodara is an important centre for textile, chemical and oil industries.
Tourism in Vadodara
Laxmi Vilas Palace, Nazar Baug Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace and Makarpura Palace present rich architectural and cultural heritage. For history buffs, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and Baroda Museum offer rich Indian history through the display of ancient artifacts.Maharaja Sayajirao University is for science buffs and art enthusiasts. Looking for spiritual healing? Visit Kirti Stambh, Kirti Mandir and Nyay Mandir.
Enjoy the resplendent architecture of Hazira Maqbara and the Walled City. Unwind at the panoramic gardens of Sayaji Baug, Lal Baug and Jubilee Gardens.
Laxmi Vilas Palace is a perfect blend of Indian, Islamic, and European culture. Maharaja Sayajirao III commissioned Major Charles Mant to construct is and completed by R.F. Chisolm.
Nazarbaugh Palace once a royal guesthouse, now houses Indian Railways College along with aristocratic heirloom.
Peek at Italian Renaissance architecture at Makarpura Palace, summer palace to the royal family. Used for Indian Air Force training, today.
The famous Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery in Sayaji Baug, built in 1894, offers Mughal miniatures, sculptures, textiles and objects from Tibet, Nepal, Japan and Egypt and coins from around the globe. Other exhibits include Earth Sciences, Natural History and Zoology.
Most reputed university of western India, Maharaja Sayajirao University conducts study courses under human genome research, social work, and technology. Find about the intriguing excavations at Harappan and Dev-ni-Mori sites at its Archaeological Department.
Other points of interests include Vadhvana Wetland & Eco Campsite. This irrigation reservoir and eco tourism campsite is a haven of migratory birds (October-March) like tern, ibis, stork and spoonbill. The reservoir is situated 10 kms from Dabhoi (112 Kms from Baroda).
Sursagar Talav is fabricated lake for taking a boat-ride or enjoying a picnic on a pleasant day. It receives maximum Ganesh idols during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Sri Aurobindo Niwas was the home to personal secretary of Sayajirao III and ex-Vice Principal of Vadodara College, Aurobindo Ghose. The Niwas, with a library, sales outlet and meditation space is open from 9am-7pm.
Once the capital of the princely Gaekwads, Baroda boasts of British, Persian and Indian architecture within its city walls.