Vadodara or Baroda, situated on the banks of the river Vishwamitri was earlier the capital city of the Gaekwad state. Archaeological remains of the city dates back to two thousand years. The word Vadodara is derived from the word ‘Vatodar’. This Sanskrit word means ‘the stomach of the banyan tree’. Later during British rule this name degenerated into Baroda and was known so until recently till it returned to the original name.
In the 10th century Vadodara was ruled by the Chalukya dynasty, followed by the Solankis,the Vaghelas and the Sultans of Delhi and Gujarat. The Maratha general Pilaji Gaekwad commenced the modern era of Vadodara’s history. The city is also called as the ‘Sanskari Nagari’ or ‘The City of Culture’ because of its unprecedented patronage of culture.
During the enigmatic rule of Maharaja Sayajirao III (1875 to 1939), it was considered as the Golden Period, as it was an Era of great progress and achievements in all fields with some best initiatives like...
Vadodara is very famous for its Garba celebrations during Navratri. Diwali, Uttarayan, Holi, Eid, Gudi Padwa and Ganesh Chaturthi are some other festivals celebrated with great excitement.
The vast collection, at the Vodadara Museum and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, the Nandlal Bose murals of the Bhagvad Gita in the old Kirti Mandir, the Maharaja Sayaji University and the Picture Gallery are all examples of the rich culture of the city.
Located on the banks of the River Vishwamitri, the Vadodara city is in central Gujarat. The city is in between plains of Mahi & Narmada Rivers.
The Lukshmi Villas Palace, the Nazarbaugh Palace, the Makarpura Palace, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Ankottaka, Sayaji Baug, Sursagar Talav, are all historical places of tourist attraction. The natural parks like Vadhvana Wetland & Eco Campsite provide a wonderful opportunity to see migratory birds.The Statue of Unity is roughly 90 kms from Vadodara, a journey which usuallytakes 2 hours. Some of the famous holy places of Gujarat are located around Vadodara such as Ambaji, Dakor, Pavagadh etc.
Vadodara is well connected with Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and other parts of the country through air, trains, & buses. Within the city public transport vehicles like buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are available for commuting.