Baroda(Vadodara) Tourism
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Baroda(Vadodara) Tourism

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Baroda(Vadodara) Info

  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: City
  • 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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Sagar Kulkarni
  • Sagar Kulkarni
  • Lives in Gulbarga
  • 1 Review

"A peaceful city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A very peaceful place. You cant find a better place than this to chill out. There are lot of hotels and restaurants. You would just fall in love with this city. There is nice garden. The roads were wide.
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Rajat Goel
  • Rajat Goel
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Nice weather, great palace (Laxmi Vilas), & a peaceful, quiet city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Baroda is a nice, peaceful city. The airport is not very far off from the city.

Being near to coast, the weather is pleasant. However, the rains are heavy during August- October period. The drainage system was way below the my expectations (Baroda being a major city in Gujarat) and the roads had literally become nalas carrying water due to the heavy rain when I visited.

The main attraction in the city is the Laxmi Vilas palace. The palace has big lawns. The current owner lives in part of the palace, and part of it is open to visitors. You are given an audio guide, which helps in guiding one through the palace. One is shown the majestic statues in the lawns, the royal armory, and the public darbar of the maharaja during this tour.

Do try authentic local Gujarati food when in city.
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Rajesh Bharvad
  • Rajesh Bharvad
  • Lives in Kadi
  • 1 Review

"Overall a nice place to be visited" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Baroda is good destination to travel having many places to be visited, biggest mahel of Gujarat and the best Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad home and near to Baroda is Ajwa Nimeta which is also to be visited. All about Baroda is fine the only thing which irritate is mosquito bite at the night time when we go outside in but hotel facilities are such that you don't bother about this, overall it is place to be visited.
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Mohit Gandhi
  • Mohit Gandhi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing cooling place with alot of sight seeing" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Baroda an amazing place to be for everything. Cheap awesome food plus very small. Many places to see including mahals, gardens and more. Best bus station I have seen in life also its easy to be getting around without help. So finally cheap but great food, cheap stay and amazing people. Photogenic city is what i will call
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Gaurav Rai
  • Gaurav Rai
  • Lives in Vadodara
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  • 3 Reviews

"The best time of my life"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This city is full of colours of Gujarat and its identity. The palace, the big temples will surely attract the people around. The places for fun there are various famous gardens in city. For chilling around there are various lakes in city. The most famous lake here is Shivsagar lake. It is just beautiful. It is a place of cultural heritage too. The infrastructure here is very easy going for tourist. Must visit once in lifetime place.
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Suresh Ramaswamy
  • Suresh Ramaswamy
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 82 Reviews

"Vibrant city with energetic people"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The city is vibrant with energetic and commercially inclined people. Good facilities for visitors in terms of hotels, restaurants etc. Well connected with Mumbai by flight, rail and road. Also well connected with Ahmedabad by road and flight. Pleasant and friendly people. The city appears to have a reasonable cost of living. Very good weather in the cooler months of the year. Historical city to be at.
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S Sadhukhan
  • S Sadhukhan
  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 8 Reviews

"A city with good climate"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
City is small but very well managed, void of cheaters and very enthusiastic. Climate is also very suitable for travel. Airport within 10km can't be thought of nowadays, well connected by rail/ air/ road.
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Dushyant Patel
  • Dushyant Patel
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 3 Reviews

"An amazing place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I loved this city and their people who are very friendly and traditional. I like beautiful cities of vadodara like kamatibug, nazarbug place, laxmivilas place and many more. I visited very well known university maharaja sayaji rao university that was fantasitc. Overall I enjoyed a lot. This city is beautiful and very well known as "kalanagari".
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Ankush Sunkale
  • Ankush Sunkale
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 22 Reviews

"Good Tourist and business destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2014
The right time to visit is winter season. Weather is cool. There are a lot of choices for quality Gujarati Thali and Vegetarian food. Hotels are reasonable and not very costly. I was on a business visit so did not have time to do sightseeing . This is well connected by railways and road.
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Virendra Agrawal
  • Virendra Agrawal
  • Lives in Vadodara
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  • 16 Reviews

"Better place to visit in Gujrat"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 11, 2014
I think it is one of the best cities in Gujrat. Wide roads, less traffic, cleanliness, very nice people, nice malls, shopping centres, decent pricing of goods, normal city to live. People are very good and above all it is very safe, girls can move around in late evening time.
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