Vadodara, previously known as Baroda, is the third largest city in Gujarat. Named after the Vad (banyan) tree that grows abundantly in this area, it is also known as the cultural capital of Gujarat. Built on the banks of the Vishwamitri River in central Gujarat, it is not only one of the fastest growing cities of Gujarat but also an institutional hub. The industries in the city date back to the era of the Gaekwad kingdom. The major businesses flourishing in the city are petrochemicals, engineering, plastics, information technology, foreign exchange and chemicals. The famous Lakshmi Vilas Palace situated in Vadodara, currently known as Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, is the largest university in Gujarat. It is a popular tourist destination as well where people visit from all parts of the country.
Places to Visit in Vadodara
- Fatehsingh Museum and Laxmi Vilas Palace- These are the most interesting places, and here you can explore original works of Raja Ravi Verma along with some royal paintings.
- Sankheda - Located near Vadodara is a place where one can see the making of beautiful lacquer coated furniture.
- Makarpura Palace - Used as a summer palace by the Gaekwads, this palace has a distinct Italian influence.
- Maharaja Sayajirao University - An elite place of education filled with beautiful historical buildings.
- Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery - This Museum contain relics relating to various fields from geology to archaeology.
- Ajwa Nimeta Dam and Gardens- The dam was constructed in the 20th century and is about 5 km long. It gets its name from Ajwa- the Lake and Nimeta- the Power Plant operating on the dam. The Gardens of Ajwa Nimeta are famous for colourful dancing fountains.
- Laxmi Vilas Palace- The size of the palace is about four times of the Buckingham Palace and has all the modern amenities.
- EME Temple- Also known as the Dakshinamurthi Temple, this is built by the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps. The temple is one of its kinds as it depicts five main religions of India. The EME temple built by the military should be visited for its serenity.
- Nazarbaug Palace- One of the oldest monuments of Vadodara, the palace was built in the early 18th Century and is a three -storey monument.
- Kirti Stambh- Built in 1935, it is one of the highest towers of the city.
- More places worth exploring - Apart from that, people can also visit other popular spots in Vadodara, such as Ajwa and Nimeta, Dabhoi, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Vadhavana Bird Sanctuary. Lumbini Buddha Vihar-Harni, Vanchhara Derasar and Pavagadh Kalika Mandir are the most desirable religious places in Vadodara.
Weather & Temperature in Vadodara
Summer season (April to July) in Vadodara has temperatures ranging between 28˚C and 42˚C. Winters are mild and pleasant with temperature varying from 16˚C to 30˚C. The monsoons in Vadodara are from July to September and the temperatures range from 24˚C to 38˚C.
Best Time to Visit Vadodara
The best time to visit Vadodara is from October to March. Book cheap air tickets to Vadodara on Cleartrip!