This city is also known as Baroda and is one of the famous cities in Gujarat. Vadodra is known as the City of Palaces and it is the cultural capital of Gujarat too. Vadodra is the site of Lakshmi Vilas Palace and residence of Maharaja of Baroda and some other royal families as well. Vadodra is also the home of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda which is the largest university in Gujarat and is also an important place for industrial, educational and cultural hub. This city is even selected as one of the cities among hundred which are going to develop as a smart city under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Smart Cities Mission. This city is located on a fertile area which is situated between Mahi and Narmada Rivers. Vadodra also has large number of corporate which has its headquarters in Vadodra, apart from all this Vadodra has many tourist attractions also which one can explore on Vadodra tour.
Late March to July, Hot and warm
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Best Places to Visit in Vadodra
It is selected to develop as one of the smart cities in India out of hundred cities selected by Prime minister under his Smart Cities Mission. This city has several tourist attractions and many activities too which one can do in Vadodra while exploring the enticing places to visit. However there are many places which hold religious and historic importance. Below is the list of famous visiting and sightseeing places in Vadodra which one can explore on Vadodra tour.
The Lakshmi Vilas Palace
This is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vadodra and the main attraction of this Lakshmi Vilas Palace is the Darbar Hall. This amazing attraction is the splendid example of European architecture with Belgium style stained glass windows, Venetian styled mosaic floors and different colors of marbles which are used in pillars. This amazing palace is spread over 700 acres and was earlier the residence of the royal Gaekwad family.
Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
This majestic temple is shrouded with peace and serenity. The sight of this temple can mesmerize anyone. This temple is managed by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and it is dedicated to Swaminarayan bhagwan. If you are planning a tour to Vadodra make sure this temple should be on your itinerary.
The Makarpura Palace
This palace was built in 1870 by Maharaja Khende Rao and is popular for its architectural splendor. This is an imposing structure and built in Italian Renaissance style. This structure is grand and charming but it is close for public viewing but it is still an eye-catching place for any tourist who passes by this amazing palace.
Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery
If you are a history enthusiast then this museum will surely going to give you an opportunity to have a glimpse into the past of Vadodra and its wide history. This museum was built in 1894 in Sayajirao and designed by Mant and Chisholm. This museum houses numerous artifacts and architectural stuffs and an Egyptian Mummy too. One can here find several antiques from other countries and the picture gallery of this museum has several pictures of Tibetan arts. Moreover the museum has a zoology section and a library too which houses 23000 books.
This is the most visited place in Vadodra for picnic and having some quality time with your believed; this artificial lake is always thronged by people and there is a Shiva statue with a trishul in between the lake which will soothe your soul and will fill you with spirituality and divinity.
The Nazarbaugh Palace
This three storey Nazarbaugh Palace was built in 1721 by Malhar Rao Gaekwad and is considered to be one of the oldest palaces in Vadodra. This palace was earlier the guest house of the royal family .This palace houses many artifacts and has lot more to offer to its visitors. Other artifacts include Chinese, Japanese, Greco-Roman and Indian artifacts. If you wish to explore more then head towards the Sheesh Mahal which is one of the major attractions of this enticing palace.
This Kirti Mandir of Vadodra is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most popular Hindu temples in Vadodra. This temple has architectural beauty and has various designs on the walls. It is one of the must visit place in Vadodra.
This tomb is in the main city and is easily accessible by auto rickshaw. This is one of the famous places and was built in remembrance of Qutbuddin Muhammed Khan. This museum is known for its intricately carved jaali works. This whole palace is a architectural beauty even the windows has eye catching designs on it and Mughal architecture can be seen very clearly. This old charm is a must visit at least once in lifetime.
This temple is also known as the Temple of Justice and is located in the mid of the city and is famous because it houses Vadodra District Court and it’s designed in Indo Arsenic style. This structure is a perfect combination of Byzantine architecture and Indian. This temple also has a statue of Chimnabai who was the wife of the royal king Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III and it is moreover beautified by the tiles of different color.
This is a fortified ancient town in Vadodra and has been founded by King Siddhraj Jaisinh before 13 century and this old city will surely take you back in time because of its ancient architectural structure and intricately designed walls. This small town is famous for the narrow gauge railway station in Asia.
Tamberkar wada is a four storeyed wooden haveli. Earlier this haveli was the residence of Bhau Tambekar who was once the Diwan of Vadodra but currently this haveli is under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India. Only few rooms are open for public. This is a perfect place to explore ancient art and culture.
This is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vadodra. Sayaji Baug is also known as Kamati Baug and can charm anyone with its vibrant green laws and several varieties of floras. This heavenly garden was constructed in 1879 and was named after its builder Maharaja Sayajirao. It is located on the banks of River Vishvamitra. This is one of the major tourist attractions in Vadodra.
This temple is one of its kind and one of the most unique temple of Dakshinamurthi one of the various names of Lord Shiva. This temple has structures made up of aluminum and its pouter structure will make you think twice if it is actually a temple or not.
Places to Visit around Vadodra
Sankheda It is located around 50 km away from the main city and this place is a hub lacquer work in the whole country. The town has a famous Kharadi community which is famous for their artistic woodwork they do with teak wood. One can pick rare crafted wooden stuffs which has a good demand all over the world. Tourist should make the best use of the visit to this amazing town and should buy the stuff by their own.