Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III who had envisioned a dream to make this Big City an educational, industrial and commercial centre.
With a prominent part of it being occupied by the Gujaratis, this place is the most sought after during the nine days of the Navratri festival. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and exuberance as Vadodara does. It houses one of the premier universities of India- the Maharaja Sayajirao University, one of the most lavish palaces in India- the Lakshmi Vilas Palace and plenty more legendary monuments.
Culturally rich. Easily accessible.
Summers can be very harsh.
Vadodara is a great getaway for all the people living in Gujarat. It is also a great place to visit for people of all generations.
Vadodara has a large range of restaurants serving typical Gujarati thalis and also other cuisines, which means that the tourists do not have limited options in terms of food. Though there are more vegetarian restaurants in this city than there are non vegetarian. But the Gujrati cuisine offers a lot of variety in food and with so much variety in eating vegetarian food, the famous Indian British cookbook writer Madhur Jaffrey has termed Gujarati cuisine as "the haute cuisine of vegetarianism" in one of her TV serials about Indian food.
A wide range of accommodation facilities are available in this city, given the fact that it is the 3rd largest city in the state of Gujarat. Budget hotels, mid range hotels and luxurious hotels are all available in this city. One would be able to find a shelter even without pre booking their rooms. Some of the best hotels here are Royal Orchid Central Akota, Hotel Express Towers, Hotel Furatt International and 1589 Generation X Hotel.
Intra city commuting is very convenient and affordable. One can get around the city in city buses and auto rickshaws which are extremely cheap and also easily available. The VITCOS City Buses take you to all parts of the city and the VITCOS Bus Stand is right opposite to the Railway Station. These buses are also cheap, they charge Rs 1 per 1.2 kms.
Day 1- Begin day at the EME Temple. Then visit the Inorbit Mall, Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum and Gandhinagar Gruh Town Hall. Day 2- Begin day at Iskon Temple, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery and Sayaji Baug.
A trip to Vadodara would mean taking a break fro. the commercial ambience of Gujarat. Located by the beautiful Vishwamitri River, there are several beautiful gardens, museums and art galleries. Vadodara has preserved the culture of Gujarat as well of its rulers and different kingdoms across the years.
Gujarat being a dry state, has completely banned alcohol. Though, foreign nationals can procure alcohol after getting a permit. The wine shop at the Hotel Kaviraj (the hotel is currently being refurbished but the wine shop is open on the side of the building) is open from