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Vadodara, a city in Gujarat in India, also known as Baroda, is named for the vad (banyan) trees that flourish in the area.


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Vadodara City is also known as cultural capital of Gujarat. The city has a cosmopolitan mixture of Indian nationals as well as that of Non Resident Indians with various tourists visiting this city. The major residents of this City happen to be from the native land of Gujarat and speak Gujarati. Being a multicultural mix the city has people who are generally found to be able to speak Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Sindhi as well as English. Most people are easily able to speak passable English, and in certain areas you will meet people that are fluent in English. Vadodara is built across the bank of Vishwamitri River. The east part of city is old city and the west part of city beyond the Vadodara Railway Station is recent and modern parts of the city. Karelibaug, Alkapuri, Subhanpura, Gotri, Manjalpur are areas heavily frequented by NRI's (non-resident Indians) and has western restaurants (Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Subway, CCD, Barista, Barbeque Nation), stores (Adidas, Nike, Metro). So also are the areas of Mandvi and Nyay Mandir crowded market place frequented by all sectors of society for living and shopping alike. The city has a history of being industrious since the era of Gaekwad kingdom who brought the Gaekwad Railways in the city in ancient times. The industry in city include Gujarat State Fertilizer Limited, Gujarat Refinery, Reliance Industries, Gujarat Alkali Chemicals Limited, L&T Limited, TCS, Wipro, IBM, Winodw Maker, Transpek Silox, ABB Limited, Siemens, Alstom, TBEA. various industries of sectors like IT, Pharma, Manufacturing, Petrochemical, Medical, Automation and Control. People from various cities who moved here, prefer working here because of the simple life, but with all resources like schools, water and electricity.


Planning a Trip

1 Get in 1.1 By plane 1.2 By train 1.3 By car 1.4 By bus The arrival hall at Vadodara Airport By plane You can get into Vadodara on a domestic flight, and it is reasonably connected to the rest of the country by domestic airlines like Air India, Indigo and Jet Airways. The nearest international airport is about 100 km away in Ahmedabad to which is served by Air India, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines. By train 22.31173.18081 Vadodara Junction Railway Station.  - This is the busiest Railway Station in Gujarat. It is situated on the Mumbai - Delhi Western Railway Main Line. Even high speed trains on Delhi-Mumbai route, like Shatabdi and Rajdhan, make a stop at Vadodara Junction. Humble Mail/Express Trains will bring you to Vadodara from any small village and towns nearby and even in Gujarat. This railway station has 7 platforms. Exits from platform no. 1 to 5 and 7 will lead you to Sayajigunj, and exit from platform 6 will lead you to Alkapuri. By car The National Highway no.8 passes through Baroda. It is connected by excellent roads. There is an express highway to Ahmedabad, and highway travel is fairly speedy by road, at least to other places in the western part of the country. Its going to be a 6 Lane road soon. By bus Vadodara's distinctive bus station, opened in 2014 The 22.3173.18262 main bus station, ☎ +91 265 276 0060.  The main bus station is at Maharaja Sayajirao University. Non-air conditioned buses arrive from here which connect Vadodara with all the parts of Gujarat and the major cities of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Intercity buses from Ahmedabad take 2 hours on the expressway and cost ₹150 per person and up (as of January 2015). When looking up fares and schedules on bus ticketing sites, keep in mind that you may need to use the city's alternate name of Baroda to find information about buses to Vadodara.


Getting Around

22.311973.18861 Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery, Dak Bunglaw (Sayaji Baug Garden). 10:30am - 5pm. The museum displays Indian musical instruments, Mughal miniatures, sculptures, textiles and objects from Japan, Tibet, Nepal, Egypt. The museum's artifacts were collected by Maharaja Sayajirao, devoted to travel. The Picture Gallery displays paintings by British artists, also from Sayajirao's private collection  22.3314473.1919332 The EME temple. Vadodara is quite serene. It was built by the Military and one can enjoy a pleasant hour in its premises.  22.29213573.1938113 Fateh Singh Museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg (housed within the Maharaja's palace). The royal family of Baroda has a notable collection of his works. Apart from these, there are many art works of masters collected and commissioned by Maharaja Sayajirao. If you are art lover, keep aside a day for the palace and museum. The museum itself is in the palace premises. to view several Raja Ravi Verma originals  22.27781373.2066814 Hazira Maqbara (Qutubuddin Tomb), Tagore Rd/Vaijnath Mahadev Marg crossing (Danteshwar area). The mausoleum contains the graves of Qutb-ud-din Muhammad Khan and his son Naurang Khan. It is an octagonal structure in the style of Mughal tombs.  22.29653573.2012855 Khanderao Market. Another palatial building created by Sayajirao III in 1906 at a cost of 3 lakhs. It was a present by him to the Municipality to mark the Silver Jubilee as his administration. The offices of Vadodara Municipal Corporation are located in this building  22.3074873.19116 Kirti Mandir (Temple of Fame). the cenotaph of the Maharajas of Baroda  Laxmi Vilas Palace 22.293873.19167 Laxmi Vilas Palace, ☎ +91 265 242 6372. Tu-Su 11AM-5PM. To view the palace you must ask for a permit from the Maharaja’s secretary in the palace office or call the above phone. The imposing palace was built in the Indo-Saracenic tradition, with an eclectic mix of Indian, Islamic, and European elements by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1890. Major Charles Mant was the architect. The interior, full of multi-colored marble and mosaic tile , include a museum, containing portraits of the Royal family and original paintings by Raja Ravi Varma.  22.31099773.1837368 Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU). The world-famous Maharaja Sayajirao University has one of the largest campuses in Gujarat, full of beautiful historical buildings including Kala Bhavan, a former palace which is pictured in this article.  22.24219873.1957379 Makarpura Palace, Himmat Nagar, Marutidham Society (Close to the airport). not open to the public. The former royal summer palace now houses a training school by the Indian Air Force. It's a magnificent building modeled after Italian Renaissance prototypes, well worth a sight from outside  22.31823873.1191110 Sevasi Vaav (Sevasi Well) (just beside the Sevasi Bus Stand). Stepped well with some beautiful carvings on its pillars  22.30373.197311 Surya Narayan Temple (oppos. the Main Post Office, Raopura Area). The oldest temple of the city.  22.302573.199112 Tambekar Wada, Tambeaker Road, Dandia Bazar (Raopura Area). The private mansion (Haveli) of a chief minister (diwan) of Baroda who lived during the last Mughal Empire. It's a wooden four-story building notable for its miniature-style painted murals, depicting scenes from Lord Krishna’s life, from the Mahabharata, and from the Anglo-Maratha war. Tambekarwada is a heritage monument under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. Only a small part of the historical mansion is open to the public  The Old City 22.30116573.2105313 Central Library Baroda, Fatepura Road, ☎ +91 265 241 5713. One of the oldest public libraries in India.  22.2966873.21058214 Gendi Gate, Gendi Gate Rd, Moghul Wada. One of the few survived gateways to the old city.  22.30013573.21069115 Mandvi Gate, Fatepura Road, Mandvi Gate Circle.  22.30042973.21166416 Nazar Baug Palace, Panigate Road, Chhipwad. Only guided tour from 9AM-6PM. a former royal guesthouse now converted into the Railway Staff college. The palace is scheduled to be demolished in early 2015.  22.29968773.20593417 Nyaya Mandir (Temple of Justice), MG Rd.