Baroda (Vadodara) Tourism

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 45 to 24 degree Celsius. On the other hand, the winter temperature ranges between 31 to 11 degree Celsius. Keeping weather conditions in mind, the ideal time to visit Baroda is during March and April.

Baroda (Vadodara) is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

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Jitendra Varma

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  • Jitendra Varma
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  1594 readers

"Nice pace to stay here" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I had an official tour of Vadodara and stayed there for 5 days. Road conditions and transportation facilities were good. I stayed at Hotel Rahi which was around 2km away from the railway station. It was observed that the bus stand and railway station are adjacent to each other
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Kamles patel

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  • Kamles patel
  • 10 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4062 readers

"Good enough city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visited 6 months back with colleagues.. Visited the Sayaji Baug and Sur Sagar Lake.. Liked the lord Shiva statue at the lake but felt that the lake needs a facelift as its not clean.. Overall the city is neat enough with historical places to be visited.. Also less crowded when compared to Ahmedabad
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  • Hrshvrdhnshah
  • 1 Review
  •  68 readers

"Very good city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
10th cleanest city in India.
We fully enjoyed the tour of us.
People of here are very friendly and of helping nature.
I wish to visit it one more time.
I also suggest you to plan a tour to Baroda.
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Mayur Shah

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  • Mayur Shah
  • Lives in Bhuj
  • 12 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1350 readers

"A place which is good to visit once."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
There are lots of places in Baroda that can be visited. There are lots of restaurants for foodies. Restaurants like kansar and Rascal offer really tasty food, but they only serve Gujarati thali which is very tasty and delicious. Then there are malls to visit. But going in the city especially in peak hours is really not to be done. There is a lot of traffic everywhere in the city. Railway Station is at the heart of the city. Be sure to cross check the rates of auto, sometimes they say very high rates. It is advisable to avoid going out in the afternoon, and please carry atleast one water bottle wherever you go.
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  • Niteshprajapati
  • 2 Reviews
  •  296 readers

"Hotel welcome"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2017
Hy this is nice hotel in Candidate? For relax and also stays with family and arrange marriage and birthday party. Hear it is all need full items and great bad and a intoreyar. Hear is well staff and well food to eat for health. So once you visits this hotel.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
  •  512 helpful votes
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"A Trip to Baroda"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 14, 2016
I had been to Baroda by train in the month of November 2016. Baroda is a must-visit attraction in the tourism circuit of Gujarat. The must-visit attractions around Baroda include the Laxmi Vilas Palace, Ajwa Nimeta Dam and the Nazarbaug Palace. The Laxmi Vilas Palace is the royal home of the Gaekwads. It's size is 4 times that of the Buckingham Palace. The style of Architecture used in building this iconic palace comprises both eastern and western types. An added attraction here is the lush green golf course and the ornate durbar halls surrounding this grand palace. The Ajwa Nimeta Dam is constructed on the Vishwamitri river and is 5 kilometers long. The Dam was constructed in the 20th century, Ajwa meaning Lake and Nimeta meaning Power Plant. The Nazarbaug Palace was constructed n the 18th century and is one of the oldest monuments in Baroda. Initially, it was a 3-storey monument and it is now in a state of continued neglect and is unfortunately confined to ruins now.
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Ramakrishnan Rajaram

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  • Ramakrishnan Rajaram
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 9 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2535 readers

"Serene city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2016
Vadodara is a city ideal for a relaxed life - good housing, inexpensive day to day life which also offers all big city centric comforts. Easy commute and cluster less living add to the comfort factor. Very manageable distances let you visit friends without much planning.
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Srijan Srivastava

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  • Srijan Srivastava
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 28 photos
  • 103 Reviews
  •  98 helpful votes
  •  64283 readers

"Some temple in this place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 13, 2016
Vadodara, Gujarat's third largest city, is considered the state's cultural capital. Pavagadh Hill, graced with a combination of Hindu and Jain shrines, towers over Champaner, the 15th c. Primula Islamic fort. Together they represent the diversity of religious influences that have pervaded Gujarat. Vadodara is situated on the Vishwamitri River and is the administrative headquarters of Vadodara District. The city is mixture of many eras and its reputation as Cultural Capital" dates largely from the late 19th c, when it was the capital of the princely state of Baroda.
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Manthan Vakil

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  • Manthan Vakil
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 18 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  26493 readers

"Should visit once!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 18, 2016
It's a good city, not that big city, some places are kammati baug, one palace is also there, but as per my view don't buy tickets to watch that palace, it's not worth it, they don't show whole palace. Some food stalls are also there, there are bit fine.
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Ishan awasthi

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  • Ishan awasthi
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  • 8 Reviews
  •  1347 readers

"Perfect religious place with parents"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 4, 2016
Very nice place and must say the route is awesome. Gujarat govt- kudos to you for maintaining such a high standard in roads, not even a single holes and breakers. Too good quality of roads.

Temples nearby the hotel and ideal place to be with parents, streets filled with infinite variety of foods and savoury dishes. Must say my love for the Gujarati food after going there.
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