Baroda(Vadodara) Tourism
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Baroda(Vadodara) Tourism

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Baroda(Vadodara) Info

  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 129 m
  • Pincode: 391110
  • District: Vadodara
  • Language: Gujarati,Hindi
  • STD code: 0265
  • Weather: Summer 18 to 40°C, Winter 10 to 30°C
Vadodara, also known as Baroda, is one of the popular cities in Gujarat along with Ahmedabad and Surat. The city is located on the banks of the Vishwamitri River, the water stream named after rishi Vishwamitra. Located at a distance of 120 km from Ahmedabad, the city is one of the important centres of western India.

The name Vadodara is a dedication to its former ruler, Sayajirao Gaekwad III (1875-1939 AD). It was called as Chandravati, after its ruler Raja Chandan, then Viravati, which means ‘house of the brave’ and Vadpatra, as it featured plenty of banyan trees. The present name of Vadodara originated from Vadpatra.

According to historians, Vadodara's history is over 2,000 years old and the city has been ruled by Hindus, Pathans, Mughals and Marathas. The city houses different language speaking populace such as Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi and English.

Baroda saw the settlement of traders during 812 AD and was dominated by the Hindu kings until 1297. During the early years of the Christian era, the town was ruled by the Gupta Empire and was taken over by the Chalukya Dynasty. With the spread of Muslim rule in the country, the city was ruled by the Delhi Sultans who were later overthrown by Mughal emperors. Finally, the Marathas took over the region from the Mughals.

The best way to get around Vadodara is by an auto rickshaw. Apart from exploring tourist hotspots like the Laxmi Vilas Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Aurobindo Ashram and the Walled city among other attractions, tourists can also visit the MG University, which has made Vadodara one of the most sought-after educational hubs in the country.

Tourists visiting Vadodara can also visit the various shopping malls the city boasts of or indulge in some street shopping. They can shop for handicrafts, textiles and leather products from the various bazaars in the city, especially Nava Bazaar. As for eating out, apart from restaurants, street food available near MS University is worth a try. Hawkers serving egg dishes, vada pav and Indian-Chinese delicacies are quite renowned.

As the geographical location of the city is close to the Thar Desert, the city has tropical savannah climatic conditions. The summer temperature ranges from 45⁰ Celsius to 24⁰ Celsius. On the other hand, the winter temperature ranges between 31⁰ Celsius and 11⁰ Celsius. Keeping weather conditions in mind, the ideal time to visit Baroda is during March and April.

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Jayanta sengupta

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  • Jayanta sengupta
  • 2 Reviews
  •  23 readers

"Excellent - well up to expectations" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It was a most enjoyable, rewarding and enriching experience. I really had not enough time to do justice to Vadodara. Next time, I shall certainly make more time available, and would really recommend that any visitor should have at least 3 or 4 days for Vadodara and the surrounding places of interest.
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Hemant Sant

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  • Hemant Sant
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  • Lives in Vadodara
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  • 38 Reviews
  •  61 helpful votes
  •  37551 readers

"Educational and Cultural City" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Vadodara, Baroda was a Gaekwad Maratha state under Sayajirao Gaekwad III, Maharaja spent all his life and citizen taxes to built facades, Parks, Museums Libraries, Palaces Colleges, Hospitals, Institutions education technical fine arts music women's emancipation hubs and anything which a world citizen expects even today anywhere in the world. Baroda got most of it from 1878-1939 till he ruled this Western Indian industrial educational cultural city of three millions. It has 100 organised gardens jogging and elders children parks within its bounds. Nyay Mandir was temple of Justice, Kirti Mandir a tribute to elders a Abbey. Kala Bhawan a technical institute where great Dada Phalke learnt primary skills of movie making. Music college a first, Great fine arts faculty, Women's education training of all kinds. Today a cosmopolitan city celebrates Navratry Garba longest biggest ladies dance festival plus Kite Flying day which ends as Fire cracker show from terraces around this multicultural city. Rock shows Classical feats to Bengal Sangha to Kerala Samajam Arangetram all hues are in this garden city.
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Hetu Patel

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  • Hetu Patel
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 2 Reviews
  •  71 readers

"Crowded place but good for its food" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's all about food! Food here is great, you should try this at least once in a life, and yeah its a small city but good place to have fun. It doesn't have traffic issues though it may sometime get crowded you can plan to visit adjacent places around the city.
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Trikam Patel

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  • Trikam Patel
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review
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"Awesome City - Baroda"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This the place where I had lived before I suggest you to visit this city because this city was awesome city than I ever had seen. In this city there so many things to see the most popular place to see is Maharaja sayajirao museum, garden, zoo etc this is the awesome place to visit. This place is best for colleagues student for studying. Just one time visit here I will sure you that definitely you like it.
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Raj Singh

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  • Raj Singh
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice experience at Baroda"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a beautiful place. Every place is clean and beautiful. Every people are of nice thought and takes care of every people. Many place is there to visit like water park, shopping malls and worship place. And good place with good people we can say. I love that place and I wish again to go there.
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Parag c. Bari

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  • Parag c. Bari
  • Lives in Pune
  • 6 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1947 readers

"Good place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2015
I was on office trip in this city. I stayed near to Sursagar lake near Dandia Bazar. It's main city area and very good place for shopping for both. I was really surprised when I saw the main bus stand for State transport. It was too good, clean and well-managed. I like this city.
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Tejas Kanitkar

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  • Tejas Kanitkar
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 6 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  5323 readers

"Most peaceful and easy living city"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 13, 2015
The must visit places include Sayaji Garden, The Museum, Sindhrot, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Pavagadh & Chaponnier - A World Heritage Site, Rasulpur, Tapovan Temple and EME.

This city is the most peaceful and easy living city in the entire country. All basic necessities like housing, water, electricity, transportation and medical are available and are of great quality.
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Sandip Bhavsar

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  •  2 helpful votes
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"A beautiful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 25, 2015
It is a very beautifull place in the world. There is everything in this small place. Every food, museum, cinema, malls, everything was there. It is really nice.
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Anubhav Sachdev

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  • Anubhav Sachdev
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 21 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  10978 readers

"Truly the cultural capital of Gujarat"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 23, 2015
Visit this place to experience the culture, food and traditions of Gujarat which are kept alive by the dynamic youth of the city. Regarding places and restaurants to visit, you can read my other reviews. Overall its a city of foodie and fun loving people and the time spent here is worth writing home about.
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Nirav Shah

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  • Nirav Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 16 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  28268 readers

"Nice city to visit and well planned"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 29, 2015
I have visited Vadodara to attend one marriage function. It is a good city in Gujarat growing very fast, we visited Sayaji Baug and Zoo very clean and peaceful city. It has heavy rainfall in month of Aug, city is well planned nearby you can visit Pavagadh and Dakore.
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