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General Information
Vadodara Vadodara also known as Baroda is situated at the bank of Vishwamitri river. Vadodara is located in southeast of Ahmedabad. Vadodara is famous for its palaces, parks, temples and museums. Vadodara is number one industrial city of Gujarat. Vadodara is also called as 'Sanskari Nagari' for its rich culture traditions. Vadodara is one of india's most cosmopolition cities.

Vadodara is also famous for education. MS University of Baroda is the only university in Gujarat with English as the medium of instruction. It has 13 faculties and 17 residential hostels, 4 of them for girls. The university caters to over 30,000 students

How to reach Vadodara
By Air : Vadodara is well connected to Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Daman, and Pune by domestic airlines. Some of the domestic airlines that make getting to Vadodara a pleasurable experience of journey include:
  • Jet Airways
  • Indian Airlines
  • Air Sahara
  • SpiceJet
By Rail: Reaching Vadodara by rail is again a very comfortable task. The main railway junction of the city is situated in the Western Railway that links it with Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad.

By Road: Getting to Vadodara is not only easy and convenient but fun also. A host of transport facilities and services truly make a journey to this city most unforgettable experience of life. To arrive here by road you can avail any of the state transport bus and private luxury coach services from any of the numerous towns and cities of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Rajasthan.

Weather Overview
Vadodara weather is dry in nature. The climate of Vadodara is hot between the months of March and July. The maximum temperature of the city during these months is 36° C or 97° F. The minimum temperature between the months of March and July is 23° C or 73° F. The maximum temperature in Vadodara from November to February is 30° C or 85° F. The average minimum temperature during these months are 15° C or 59° F. The climate is marked by a dry weather between the months of November to February. Cold northerly winds in the month of January is responsible for a mild chill.

The climate in Vadodara becomes humid during the monsoon season. From mid-June to mid-September, the city experiences monsoon season. The average rainfall of Vadodara is recorded as 93 cm. Vadodara weather is also characterized by infrequent torrential rainfall that causes flood in the city. The heavy rainfall between June and September causes the river Vishwamitri, as well as the other rivers of Vadodara to flood. The maximum temperature of the city during monsoon is 46° C or 116.6° F. The lowest temperature during this season is 1° C or 41° F.

Places Of Interest
Aurbindo Society in Vadodara
Aurbindo Society in Vadodara Maharshi Aurobindo Ghosh who one of the eminent freedom fighters and also a renouned philosopher resided in Vadodara from 1894 to 1906 as a private secretary to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad. He also worked as vice principal and professor of English in Baroda college. His residence popularly known as Aurobindo Society is situated in Dandia Bazar area is the only national memorial. Yoga and meditation are taught here regularly. Surrounded by a nicely maincured garden this magnificent building provides an opportunity to pass a few minutes in solace. Various useful articles prepared at Pondichery are sold in an emporium on the ground floor. A nicely displayed small museum on the life of Shri Aurobindo's contribution can also be visited here.

Baroda Museum & Gallery in Vadodara
Baroda Museum & Gallery in Vadodara Considered as one of the most famous museums of the country it was built in 1894. The picture gallery which offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British painters Turner and constable and many others attract tourists from every part of the country. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions for those who visit the museum.Other treasure includes the famous Akota bronzes dating the 5th Century A.D., A collection of Mughal miniatures, a full fledged gallory of Tibetan Art and oils by several European masters.

Darbar Hall in Vadodara
Darbar Hall in Vadodara Considered as one of the most famous museums of the country it was built in 1894. The picture gallery which offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British painters Turner and constable and many others attract tourists from every part of the country. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions for those who visit the museum.Other treasure includes the famous Akota bronzes dating the 5th Century A.D., A collection of Mughal miniatures, a full fledged gallory of Tibetan Art and oils by several European masters.

EME Temple in Vadodara
EME Temple in Vadodara Situated in the cantonment near Fatehgunj is the beautiful Shiva temple. Managed and maintained by the "Jawans" of E.M.E., this temple is made of alluminium and some alloys. Unlike all other temples, this beautiful Shiva temple is made of alluminium and it is a place of religious armony. A cultural centre has also been developed by the E.M.E. around the temple here good sculptures of Gujarat, pavilions etc. are nicely preserved. Idols of Gods and Godesses are beautifully placed on both the side walkways and they look very attractive when illuminated at night everyday. Visit to this temple is a must for everyone who visit Vadodara.

Khanderao Market in Vadodara
Khanderao Market in Vadodara This is a palatial building erected by Sayaji Rao in 1906-07 at a cost of about Rs. 5 lakhs. It was presented by him as a gift to the Municipality on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of his administration. The Municipal Offices are located in this building. The main entrance resembles in architecture with that of the gate of Dabhoi Fort. The perforated stone perapers are after style of the Agra Screens.

Lehripura Gate in Vadodara
Built as the western gateway to the old city in 1558, Lehripura Gate is an impressive structure with beautiful arches.

Kirti Mandir in Vadodara
Kirti Mandir in Vadodara Kirti Mandir is situated on the north of the statue of Prince Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad near the Vishwamitri Bridge. With a cluster of shiva temples it was built to commemorate the cremation of the members of the Gaekwad family. This "E" shaped large magnificent stone building with domes, terraces, balconies and central sikhara rising to about 33 metres. According to Sayajirao Gaekwad it was built to commemurate the benefectors of his state irrespective of their race, caste or creed. Built by Maharaja Sayajirao at the cost of Rs.50,000, it preserves in its various rooms the statues and photogaphs of the members of the royal family. The interior of this elegant structure is marble finished and on the walls of the central hall are the murals Gangavataran, battle of Mahabharat, Life of Meera and Natir Pooja-executed by the famous Bengali artist Nandalal Bose. It can be visited by everybody between 9 & 12 in the morning and 2.30 & 5.30 in the evening.

Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara
Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara The Royal Family's residence is an extravagant building in Indo- Saracenic style. The palace built by Maharaja Sayajirao in 1890 is till date the residence of the royal family. Its ornate Darbar Hall has an Italian mosaic floor and walls with mosaic decorations. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta.

Makarpura Palace in Vadodara
A beautiful palace designed in the Italianate style, the Makarpura is now used as a training school of the Indian Air Force.

Mandvi Gate in Vadodara
Mandvi Gate in Vadodara This imposing structure was built during the Mughal period and was restored in 1736 A.D. by the Governor, Malharoa Maloji under the orders of Damaji Roa II (1732-1768 A.D.).

Sardar Patel Planetarium
Show Timings : 4.00 p.m. Gujarati 5.00 p.m. English 6.00 p.m. Hindi The planetarium situated near the main gate of the Sayajibaug runs three shows every evening except thursdays. Having a total seating capcity of 200 seats, the air-conditioned planetarium arranges special shows for educational instiutions on request. Besides, reflecting the immense progress of India's space programme, it conducts several audio-visual programmes on the earth's planetary system.

Nazarbaug Palace in Vadodara
Built in old classical style, the palace was used on ceremonial occasions by the Gaekwads. The royal family heirlooms are on display.

Nyaymandir in Vadodara
Nyaya Mandir, temple of justice, is a unique piece of Byzantine architecture. It houses the District Court of Baroda.

Pratap Vilas Palace at Lalbaug in Vadodara
Built as the residence of the royal family, the Pratap Vilas is an extravagant and flamboyant building in the Indo-Sarcenic style. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armory and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta. The palace is a riot of columns and arches drawn from South Indian, Central Indian, North Indian and Islamic traditions. Its porticoed entrance has excquisite carvings and is embellished by stuffed tigers. The Darbar Hall however is the piece-de-resistance with mosaic floors, seven domes, 12 chandeliers, intricately sculpted cedar balconies and a silver throne. It is spread over an area of 720 acres with gardens and a golf course. One can visit Shastragar to see the Royal armory.

Sayajibaug in Vadodara
Sayajibaug in Vadodara Sayaji Baug (the famous park) is situated on river Vishwamitri and was built by Sayajirao III in 1879. Sprawling over 113 acres, it also includes an excellent zoo, the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, the Museum of Health and Hygiene and the Sardar Patel Planetarium.A major attraction for children is the 3.5 kms joy ride through the park on the toy train.

Sayaji Sarovar in Vadodara
The Sayaji Sarovar or Ajwa lake, 22 kms away from the city is the principal source of water. It is formed by damming the Surya river and Vaghali Nala. Work on the scheme was started in 1885 and was completed in 1890. The gardens at Ajwa are patterned after the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. The illumination of fountains is a major attraction for tourists.

Shopping
Vadodara shopping is a big draw with the tourists who visit the cosmopolitan Gujarat city. In fact, Vadodara city is a shopper's paradise. The erstwhile Baroda city is a coveted tourist destination in the Indian subcontinent that has emerged at the forefront of industrial enterprises. The flourishing trade and commerce has ensured the city is opulent in traditional colorful bazaars, shopping emporiums as well as the swank shopping malls that sell just about anything.

Shopping in the archetypal bazaars of Vadodara reflect the quintessential Vadodara culture. The city is endowed with some fantastic market places that sell a mind blowing array of merchandise that range from factory made goods to the intricate hand crafted furniture as well as the exquisite Gujarati handicraft items. Lehripura Mandir Bazaar, Mandvi, Raopura and Teen Darwaza are some of the popular local bazaars. Apart from widespread collection of handicraft items and souvenirs and gifts, the milieu of the colorful kaleidoscope of the market place makes shopping in Vadodara an exciting and fun filled affair.

Vadodara also has a number of shops that sell fashionable garments and accessories that are very much in vogue. These chic and modern stores are housed mainly in the sprawling and upmarket Alkapuri Arcade and National Plaza.

Eating Out
Maruti Restaurant in Nand Complex serves original Kathiawadi cuisine. Try the Undheu, which offers as many 15 vegetables cooked together over the coals in an earthen handi Periyar in Ambrosia Complex serves cuisine from all four South Indian states both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights.Picasso at the Ambrosia Complex is good for multicuisine, especially for kebabs. The studio kitchen is entertaining. Mirch Masala on Race Course Road gives you the typical Punjabi 'dhaba' experience Lazeez in Vishwas Colony is good for Mughlai food, particularly the biryani.

Nightlife
The active and busy social calender of the citizens of Vadodara is a hallmark of the enjoyment quotient of the Vadodara Entertainment services. Although Vadodara does not have a rocking nightlife, the cosmopolitan city has it all. Be it the swank and snazzy malls, plush multiplexes, cinema halls, restaurants and bars, cozy coffee joints, bistros, fast food outlets as well as a handful of discotheques and nightclubs. The city is opulent in Gujarati film studios as well as several impressive old style cinema halls that have been refurbished to maintain their grand appearance.
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