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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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 228 Reviews
  •  451 helpful votes
  •  527964 readers

"A Trip to Baroda"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1456 readers

"Serene city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • 25 photos
  • 102 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  34935 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
  • 2 photos
  • 18 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  23605 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
  • 6 Reviews
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"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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Priyank Soni

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  • Priyank Soni
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 1 Review
  •  1066 readers

"Nice place to go!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
Vadodara is a very good place. Nice to move around very clean city many places are there to visit the Kamatibaug, The maharaja sayajirao Gaekwad palace, the hajira, many places are there Ajwa dam a natures creation. A place were such atmosphere is there with mother nature.
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Vivek .

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  • Vivek .
  • Lives in Bhopal
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  1738 readers

"Known for its cultural capital"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2016
Vadodara was just a rest over for me while visiting Champaner-Pavagadh. I utilized few hours left in evening after visiting Pavagadh and later I regret it wish I had one more day to explore the city. The city is known as cultural capital of Gujarat and indeed it's worth the title. Tour to Laxmi Vilas Palace takes you to days of royal Gaikwad's. The museum in vicinity of palace exhibits original creations of Raja Ravi Varma along with other art pieces. There are few great cuisine corners in city as well if you want to enjoy Gujarati food.
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Bhanu Garg

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  • Bhanu Garg
  • 1 Review
  •  1008 readers

"Famous city in India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2016
This is the so great place of India, I visit this place 4 year ago. I enjoy this city very much. The people of this city is so sweet. It is also very clean city. I also enjoy in Narmada river near this place, I have a great fun here. I never miss this place.
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Jigar Vanjara

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  • Jigar Vanjara
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 18, 2016
I first visit Baroda and was really very nice experience. Baroda is very nice city. I was journey by train. Really had lot of fun with guys. There was all Maharaja Syajirav Gaikwad Samrajay. Was traditional value system. Everything was amazing.
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Jayanta sengupta

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  • Jayanta sengupta
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  • 10 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Excellent - well up to expectations"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
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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