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Vadodara Tourism

Vadodara is a mesmerizing city of Gujarat located near the banks of the Vishvamitri River. Prior to Independence the city was known as Baroda. Drastic improvements were observed during the reign of the famous ruler Sayaji Rao Gaekwad, who developed and urbanized the city. Currently, Vadodara is a vivid city owing to the emergence of ancient and contemporary architecture, cosmopolitan culture and intriguing infrastructure. Vadodara is an important centre for trade and commerce as well as culture, due to the breathtaking art galleries and museums. The city also hosts numerous palaces and nicely laid-out parks and gardens which are a major attraction among tourists. The city is a fine blend of historical structures and industrial development. In Sanskrit, the meaning of Vadodara is the stomach of the Banyan Tree, since Vad means Banyan Tree. Vadodara is the third most populated city in Gujarat following Ahmedabad and Surat. Vadodara is also called Sanskari Nagari due to its age-old traditions which are still prevalent in the city and are followed by the residents of the place. Shopping is another activity that captivates tourists to visit the dazzling city.

Vadodara Tourism

Travel in Vadodara

Travelling in Vadodara is very convenient and inexpensive. Local transport includes buses, auto-rickshaws and cabs which are easily accessible from one destination to another within the city. The city is well-linked with other major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and some more. The locals commute by owned vehicles like cars, scooters, bicycles and motorcycles.

Accommodation in Vadodara

Due to the increasing number of tourists in Vadodara, several means for accommodation are provided to them for comfortable stay and enjoyable vacations. Some of them include hotels, guest houses, lodges of all budgets and categories. Hotels range from five stars to four, three, two or standard categories which cater to all pockets and can benefit everyone. Accommodation is also chosen on the basis of the proximity from the places to visit in order to avoid excessive commuting. Subject to choice and availability various options are offered to the guests. Some of the famous hotels of Vadodara include:
  • Surya Palace Hotel (3 star)
  • Ginger Vadodara (3 star)
  • The Gateway Hotel Akota (5 star)
  • Hotel Express Residency (4 star)
  • Hotel Kalyan (2 star)
  • Siddharth Palace (3 star)
  • Hampton by Hilton ( 4 star)
  • The Fern Residency ( 3 star)
  • Royal Orchid Central (4 star)

Food in Vadodara

As far as food in Vadodara is concerned, a myriad of options is available for tourists as well as locals to fill their bellies. Food as you all know is an essential commodity as well as a very important part of vacations. Getting food in Vadodara is not at all a problem. Every nook and corner of the city serves options to indulge on serving the budgets of every person. Ranging from high to low budget places, every place has its own specialty and offers quality, quantity and affordable food. Every cuisine and dish can be found in Vadodara without making too much effort in location scouting. Although, non-vegetarian is not readily available all over Gujarat, Vadodara offers some mouth-watering delicacies which can be found at selected places.

Some of the popular eateries in Vadodara are:
  • Raju Omlet for Eggitarian Delights
  • Mirch Masala for Chaat
  • Millenium Restaurant for Biryani
  • Frigtemp for frankies
  • Vishal Sandwich
  • Goodies for bakery and fast-food delights
  • Kalyan Restaurant Multi-cuisine like Chinese, South Indian, North Indian and Sizzlers
  • Dairy Den for Ice creams
  • City South Corner for South-Indian food
  • Mahakali Sev Usal for Sev Usal a Gujarati Delicacy
  • Jay Gurudev Restaurant for authentic Gujarati food
  • Barista Lavazza
For non-vegetarians, some of the good options are:
  • Vanity
  • Nayab
  • TFabia
  • Hotel Sayaji
  • Zaika
  • Periyaar for South Indian non-vegetarian food

Sightseeing in Vadodara

Vadodara is an awe-inspiring city famous for its architecture and excavations due to its mind blowing building, museums, monuments, gardens, parks, palaces, forts and art galleries. It is also famous for its religious spots, lakes and beaches. Credit goes to the majestic ruler, Maharaj Sayaji Rao III who gave the city a facelift. Some of the architecture, however, has also been built by the British before Independence which prevails until now.

Archeological Sites in Vadodara

Archeology plays a crucial role in any place due to which some archeological sites have been built in Vadodara:
  • Chote Udepur
  • Department of Archeology
  • Dabhoi

Religious Places in Vadodara

Religion is major part in every city. Hinduism is primarily followed in Vadodara. Some temples built here are:
  • Ankottaka
  • EME Temple
  • Kirti Mandir
  • Nyay Mandir
  • Surya Mandir
  • Kayavarohan Temple

Palaces in Vadodara

Palaces mark the heritage and beauty of a place. Hence, Vadodara also hosts some palaces in the city:

  • Laxmi Vilas Palace
  • Nazarbaug Palace
  • Makarpura Palace
  • Pratap Vilas Palace

Gates in Vadodara

There are some gigantic gates built in the city which add to the glory of the place:

  • Mandvi Gate
  • Lehripura Gate

Lakes in Vadodara

Any city is incomplete without water which is in the form of lakes and rivers. The famous lakes of Vadodara are:
  • Sursagar Lake
  • Sayaji Sarovar Lake

Historical Monuments in Vadodara

History marks the beginning of a city or place. History means past. However, rich past is preserved in the form of monuments in every city. Similarly, Vadodara also offers historical monuments:
  • Qutbuddin Hajira
  • Tambekarwadi

Park and Gardens in Vadodara

Every city is incomplete without greenery. Fresh, green air is what helps in proper respiration. Gardens and parks form an integral part in exhibiting greenery. Therefore, the common parks in Vadodara include:

  • Sayaji Baug
  • Kamati Baug

Museums and Galleries in Vadodara

Museums and art galleries also form a part of the history and heritage of a place. Vadodara hosts important museums like:

  • Vadodara Museum
  • Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum
  • Darbar Hall

Shopping in Vadodara

Shopping in Vadodara is a captivating feature for tourists visiting the city. Owing to the flourishing trade and commerce industry in Vadodara, many market places, shopping malls and emporiums have been constructed for the shopaholics. Vadodara is famous for the handicrafts, apparels and merchandise. Furniture is also an attraction for shoppers in the city. Silver Jewelry is also available in shops all over the city.

Some of the widely known shops of Vadodara are:
  • Raopura
  • Mandvi
  • Teen Darwaza
  • Lehripura Mandir Bazaar
  • Alkapuri Arcade
  • National Plaza
A few acclaimed shopping malls in Vadodara include:
  • 7 Seas Mall
  • Centre Square Mall
  • ISCON Mall
  • Dev Star Mall

Weather and Best time to Visit Vadodara

Vadodara experience tropical savannah climate with varying conditions according to the seasons. Summers are hot and long, while winters are cold and dry. Monsoons are good with decent amount of rainfall. Summers prevail from March till June among which May is the hottest month. Monsoons commence in mid June and go on till September. Heavy rain showers are witnessed during these months. Winters go on from November to February. January is the coldest month in winters. However, the best time to visit Vadodara is around winters preferable October, with Navratri being a special attraction.

Tour Operators in Vadodara

There are several tour operators spread all across the city to provide the essential services, tours and packages to the tourists.

Umiya Travels
Near Digjam
Opposite Hasmukh Furniture
Ph: 0265-2428118, 5546169, 3012525
E-mail: umiyatravels@sify.com

United International Tours and Travels
105 Garden View Complex
Opposite Kalaghoda Circle
Ph: 0265-6624442, 2362444

Thomas Travel Solutions Private Limited
109 Siddharth Complex
R.C. Dutt Road
Ph: 0265-2341199, 3057800
E-mail: Thomas@thomastravelsolutions.com

Transit Tours and Travels
SB/7 Bell E Vista
Opposite Income Tax Building
Race Course Circle
Ph: 0265-5524566, 2336454, 2325778
E-mail: salil@transittours.com

Transline Tours and Travels Private Limited
98/3 Sampatrao Colony
Productivity Road
Opposite Neptune Towers
Ph: 0265-2359958, 2359971
Mobile: +91 – 9825027028
E-mail: transline99@hotmail.com

Cindrella Travels
505 Siddharth Hotel
R.C. Dutt Complex
Near Express Road
Ph: 0265-2350663, 2350672
Email: cintrl@yahoo.co.in

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