About Vadodara

Vadodara is one of the most prime cities in Gujarat, after Ahmedabad and Surat. Located on the banks of river Vishwamitri, it is the administrative headquarters of Vadodara District. Strategically located, it is well connected to both, railway and road.

Fondly referred to as the ‘Cultural Capital’, it owes its royalty and legacy of art to the Gaekwads, the then rulers of Vadodara. It is also one of the most leading education hubs in the country. With leading schools and colleges, it shines at the educational front with the pioneering Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Transport

Known as the Gateway to the Golden Quadrilateral, Vadodara is connected to all major rail and road arteries joining Delhi and Mumbai with Ahmedabad.

Road

Vadodara forms the major connector of Delhi and Gandhinagar with Ahmedabad to Mumbai through NH-8. The super-speed expressway from Ahmedabad to Vadodara has further aided quick and easy transport. Within the city, all modes of transport are easily available.

Industry & Commerce

In Vadodara is the face of industrialization with various large-scale industries and manufacturing units coming up. Major PSUs and private players have made Vadodara a buzzing business destination. In the recent past, the city has attracted entrepreneurs not only from Gujarat but across the country.

Airport

Vadodara has air connectivity with Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. The International Airport is nearing completion and will be operational soon.

Garba of Vadodara during Navaratri Festival

Navratri is the most awaited festival in Vadodara. The Garba revelry is reflected at every venue where local artists perform and make barodians dance to their beats. Being a culturally rich city, Vadodara has successfully retained the traditional Garba form in both, style and music.

Places of Interest

Buildings & Monuments: Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Kirti Mandir, Aurobindo Ashram, EME Temple (Dakshinamurty Temple), Hazira Maqbara

Museums & Gardens : Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery, SayajiBaug

Excursions : Ajwa & Nimeta, Sardar Sarovar, Pavagadh, Champaner.

Railway

Vadodara is Gujarat’s busiest junction with almost 150 trains passing every day. It has one of the largest Electric Locomotives Shed in Gujarat and various trains have a loco change over at Vadodara.

Sursagar Lake in Vododara district with statue of Lord Shiva

Sur Sagar lake also known as the Chand Talao is a lake situated in the middle of the city of Vadodara. The lake was rebuilt with stone masonry in the 18th Century. The water in this lake remains in it for the whole year. A concrete wall surrounds the lake on which the people use to sit. A 120 ft tall statue of Lord Shiva built by Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan stands in the middle of the lake.
There are many underwater gates in the lake which empty the lake if it overflows. The water from the lake empties into the Vishvamitra River. The lake is used for boating. The statue of Lord Shiva is lit with lights on Mahashivratri.

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