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Vadodara

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.

Fast Facts

Temperature : Summer: 40.4 - 20.4°C
Winter: 33.1 - 9.8°C
Season : November to April
Clothing : Tropical
Languages Spoken : Gujarati, Hindi and English
STD Code : 0265

Tourism Office: Tourist Corporation of Gujarat Ltd., Narmada Bhavan, C-Block, Indira Avenue, Vadodara - 390 001, Tel: 2427489, Fax: 2431297. Website: www.gujarattourism.com

Getting There

Air
The city’s airport is connected by flights from major cities like Mumbai and Delhi.

Rail
Vadodara is a major railhead connecting several important cities in India.

Road
Vadodara is connected by good motorable roads to all places in India.
Vadodara is

  • 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

Welcomgroup Vadodara
R.C. Dutt Road, Alkapuri
Tel: 2330033
Fax: 2330050

Express Hotel
R.C. Dutt Rd
Tel: 2330960, 2337001

Express Alkapuri
Alkapuri
Tel: 2337991, 2337899

Holiday Inn Convention Centre
Akota Gardens
Tel: 2355001-2
Fax: 2355010

Revival Hotel
Sayaji Gardens
Tel: 2793535/4896

Siddharth Palace Hotel
GEB Colony, Old Padra Road
Tel: 2339246, 2339273
Fax: 2320247

Hotel Sudarshan Palace
R.C. Dutt Rd.
Tel: 2357161

Hotel Yuvraj
Opp. Railway Station
Tel: 2795252
Fax: 2794439

Hotel Gaurav
ONext to S.T. Depot
Tel: 2792001/11
Fax: 2793704

Hotel Tulsi Regency
Jetalpur Road
Tel: 2342848

Hotel Raajpath
Alkapuri
Tel: 332037
Fax: 2351659

Hotel Sayaji
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2363030
Fax: 2363434

Hotel Surya
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2361361
Fax: 2361555

Aditi Hotel
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2361188

Hotel Ambassador
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2327417

Hotel Apsara
Sayajigung
Tel: 2362825

Hotel Apex International
Tel: 2362551

Green Hotel
R.C. Dutt Road
Alkapuri
Tel: 2323111-2

Kalyan Hotel
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2329191

Hotel Kaviraj
R.C. Dutt Road
Tel: 2329768

Hotel Natraj
Alkapuri
Tel: 2324740

Hotel Panchsheel
R.C.Dutt Road
Tel: 2337491-93
Fax: 2337494

Hotel Rainbow
Tel: 2363040

Hotel Rajdhani
Shivaji Road
Tel: 2438383

Hotel Rasoi
Opp. New India Industries
Tel: 2329728, 2329768

Hotel Sagar
Near Prince Talkies
Tel: 2415142, 2422196

Hotel Sanman
Near New India Industries
Tel: 2324119

Hotel Skylab
New India Mill Road
Tel: 2313573

Hotel Som Galaxy
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2327644

Hotel Utsav
Raopura
Tel: 2435859, 2434871
Fax: 2425567

Hotel Alpha
Phoenix Sayajigunj
Tel: 2363555

Hotel Ambassador
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2362726

Hotel Amity
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2361041

Hotel Bansal
Near Railway Station
Tel: 2342932

Hotel Hill Top
Behind Railway Station
Tel: 2314734

Hotel Jal Sagar
Opp. BBC Tower
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2361110

Hotel Gaurav
Near Central Bus Station
Tel: 2792001

Hotel Kalyan
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2362211

Hotel Prudent
Sayajigunj
Tel: 22363345

Hotel Radiant
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2362770

Hotel Rainbow
Commerce Centre
Sayajigunj
Tel: 2363040

Hotel Savshanti Towers
Alkapuri
Tel: 2334540, 2340770

Circuit House
Alkapuri
Tel: 2322111

Narmada Guest House
Opp. Ellora Park
Tel: 2322601, 321062

Vishram Griha
Nagar Palika Pravasi Griha
Near Railway Station
Tel: 2329655

Pathik Bhavan
Opp. Railway Station
Tel: 2328957

Youth Hostel
Fatehgunj
Tel: 2323626

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.

Nayay Mandir
One of the famous landmarks of the city, Nayay Mandir is an architectural wonder.

Makarpura Palace
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.

Kirti Mandir
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.

Excursions

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 every day.

Khambhatt (Cambay)
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 plant here.

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 others.

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.