Vadodara (earlier Baroda) is located about 105km towards southeast of Ahmedabad. It just takes an hour to reach the city through National Expressway 1. The city is blessed with palaces, temples, museums that depict the stories of the past. Apart from these really inviting natural as well as monumental sites, Vadodara also offers a visit to the amazing Unesco World Heritage Site of Champaner and Pavagadh. Tourists from all around the world visit the city which also servs as industrial capital of Gujarat state. Baroda is also known as 'Garden City' of the state. In ancient times, Vadodara used to be known as 'Vadapadraka' that refers to a village surrounded by Banyan trees. Today the city is well-connected and serves as a popular tourist spot.