Situated on the banks of the Vishwamitri River, Vadodara, commonly called Baroda,
is a city of beautiful gardens, magnificent palaces and many institutions of learning.
Formerly the capital of the princely Gaekwad state, the city is today a thriving
industrial and commercial centre. Home to an impressive museum, overwrought Indo-Saracenic
palace and beautiful Tambekar Wada, the place is also an excellent base to explore
the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage site of Champaner. If you visit Vadodara during
Navratri, the nine night festival of dance in worship of the Mother Goddess, then
you are in the most sought-after location for the event.
Summer: 40.4 - 20.4°C
Winter: 33.1 - 9.8°C
November to April
Gujarati, Hindi and English
Tourism Office: Tourist Corporation of Gujarat Ltd., Narmada Bhavan,
C-Block, Indira Avenue, Vadodara - 390 001, Tel: 2427489, Fax: 2431297. Website:
The city’s airport is connected by flights from major cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
Vadodara is a major railhead connecting several important cities in India.
Vadodara is connected by good motorable roads to all places in India.
- 371 km from Jamnagar
- 390 km from Junagadh
- 305 km from Rajkot
- 271 km from Bhavnagar
- 486 km from Bhuj
- 313 km from Udaipur
- 196 m from Mehsana
Hotels in Vadodara
R.C. Dutt Road, Alkapuri
R.C. Dutt Rd
Tel: 2330960, 2337001
Tel: 2337991, 2337899
Holiday Inn Convention Centre
Siddharth Palace Hotel
GEB Colony, Old Padra Road
Tel: 2339246, 2339273
Hotel Sudarshan Palace
R.C. Dutt Rd.
Opp. Railway Station
ONext to S.T. Depot
Hotel Tulsi Regency
Hotel Apex International
R.C. Dutt Road
R.C. Dutt Road
Opp. New India Industries
Tel: 2329728, 2329768
Near Prince Talkies
Tel: 2415142, 2422196
Near New India Industries
New India Mill Road
Hotel Som Galaxy
Tel: 2435859, 2434871
Near Railway Station
Hotel Hill Top
Behind Railway Station
Hotel Jal Sagar
Opp. BBC Tower
Near Central Bus Station
Hotel Savshanti Towers
Tel: 2334540, 2340770
Narmada Guest House
Opp. Ellora Park
Tel: 2322601, 321062
Nagar Palika Pravasi Griha
Near Railway Station
Opp. Railway Station
Places to Visit
The Lakshmi Vilas Palace
Lakshmi Vilas Palace was built in the Indo-Saracenic tradition with an eclectic
mix of Indian Islamic and European elements. The palace grounds include a golf course
and Sayajirao's personal museum, containing among other displays original paintings
by Raja Ravi Varma.
One of the famous landmarks of the city, Nayay Mandir is an architectural wonder.
Located in the outskirts of the Vadodara city the Makarpura Palace is designed in
an Indo-Italianate style. Once the residence of the ruling Gaekwad family, the palace
is now being used as a training school for the Indian Air Force. The building is
not open to the public. Still, the striking 3-storey Italian Renaissance structure
is worth peeping at from the outside.
Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum
A major attraction of Vadodara, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum has a collection of
works of art collected by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. You can also find works
by renowned 19th-century painter Raja Ravi Varma.
Built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1936, the Kirti Mandir is a memorial
to the deceased members of the Gaekwad family. The murals of the cenotaph are painted
by famous painter from Bengal Nandalal Bose.
Champaner and Pavagadh (47/ 49 Km)
A historical place, Champaner lies at the foot of the Pavagadh Fort. The ruins of
its mosques and palaces, reflected in the lake are some of the most picturesque
in India. Pavagadh is famous for Mahakali temple which draws large number of pilgrims
An ancient sea port now silted up, Khambhatt is famous for its agate industry.
Nimeta (13 Km)
Located on the way to Ajwa Lake, Nimeta is a picnic spot. You can find a water purification
Ajwa Lake (Sayaji Sarovar) (21 Km)
The water reservoir supplying water to the Vadodara city, it is an ideal picnic
spot with boating facilities.
Tuwa (27 Km)
Tuwa is known for its natural hot water springs, containing sulphur. Near the springs
there is an ancient Shiva temple, built in the Orissi style.
Dabhoi Fort (30 Km)
This ancient fortified town, originally known as Darbhavati, and given significant
mention in the Jain scriptures of Girnar, is famous for a beautifully carved gate
called 'Hirabhago'. There is a Malika Temple in the fort with a profusion
of fine carvings.
Anand (35 Km)
The place is home to Asia's largest milk co-operative, the Amul Dairy. Lakh
tonnes of milk are produced everdya and are sent to various cities of the countries.
Milk products are produced in the most modern complex. It is the finest example
of co-operative ventures in the country, which has put India on the world map as
a major producer of milk & milk products, in addition to transforming the life
of farmers in the region.
Halol (35 Km)
Halol, a suburb of Champaner, is a famous historical place. Sikander Shah, ruler
of Champaner who was assassinated by Imad-ul-Mulk, Khusqadam in 1526 AD, is buried
here along with his two brothers. A beautiful stone structure with fluted domes,
though simple, it is quite remarkable in its aesthetics and craftsmanship
Malsar (45 Km)
Located on the banks of the Narmada River, the place is famous for the sacred shrines
of Mangaleshwar Mahadeo, and Angareshwar Mahadeo. A Satyanarayana temple is situated
in the village. It is said that the Pandavas had stayed for some time in the nearby
forest, where there are temples of Pandeshwar and Bhimeshwar Mahadeo.
Sankheda (47 Km)
Sankheda, named after the demon Sankhsen, is a town with an old fort. Historical
facts reveal that the fort at Sankheda was built by Sultan Ahmedshah-I in A.D.1419.
It is also a religious centre famous for its Jwalamukhi Mata Temple and Dharmananda
Mahadev Temple. There are two mosques in the town.
Today Sankheda enjoys worldwide reputation for its finely applied and polished lattice
work (lacquer). It is called sankheda after its location and it is known internationally
in the craft world. Take a bus or a train to reach the town and watch the artists
at work or buy their craft.
Chandod (50 Km)
This city of temples is at the confluence of the Narmada, Orsang and Saraswati rivers,
and is therefore considered highly sacred. A dip in the ghats here is seen as the
most sacred of all the sites along the Narmada. It is a home to temples such as
the Kashivishwanath Mahadev temple, which has interesting wall paintings, and various
Bharuch (72 Km)
A famous port in ancient India, Bharuch is a place where the Narmada River emptied
into the sea. The port offered its sheltered waters to the shipping world and prospered
as a center of international trade. The city has a rich mythological and archaeological
history. A fort overlooks the wide Narmada River from its hilltop location and at
its base is the Jami Masjid. There is also a temple of Bhrigurishi on the river
banks from which the town derived its name Bhrigukachcha, later shortened to Bharuch.
Jambughoda Sanctuary (78 Km)
This sanctuary is famous for four-horned antelope, panthers and it is bird watchers'
paradise. Some rare species of birds can be seen very often in the lush environs.
Lasundara (85 Km)
It is known for its hot and cold springs with medicinal properties curing skin diseases.
Shuklatirth (88 Km)
16 km from Bharuch, the sacred place of Shuklatirth overlooks the river Narmada..
Kabir Vad (90 Km)
Famous for its unique attraction of a giant Banyan tree which covers an area of
3.7 acres. The island can be approached by country craft.
Dakor (94 Km)
Dakor is a holy place attracting devotees in great numbers. The idol of Lord Krishna
in the Ranchodrai Temple here, said to be the original from Dwarka. Here a large
fair is held on Sharad Purnima, the full night in October November.
Surpaneshwar (100 Km)
Located on the banks of the Narmada River, it is an important pilgrim place famous
for the ancient temple of Surpaneshwar Mahadev. Every year a fair is held in the
Krishnapaksha of Chaitra month from 11th to new moon day (March-April).
Ratan Mahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary (115 Km)
The wildlife that can be seen in these sanctuaries includes the sloth bear, panther,
chinkara, nilgai, wildboar, etc. The best season to visit is from November to March.
Dumkhal Sloth Bear Sanctuary (125 Km)
This sanctuary is famous for the sloth bear, panther, sambar, four-horned antelope,
hyena as well as a large variety of birds. Best season for to visit the sanctuary
is from December to March.