Vadodara, or Baroda, is a famous historical and cultural city of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Lying on the bank of River Vishwamitri, the city is acknowledged for its thriving industry and plethora of heritage buildings. Once the capital of Gaekwads rulers, this ancient city has witnessed an eventful past together with the rise and fall of many dynasties that lends it a distinct legacy.
The Vadodara of today is known for its richness of culture and the landscape is dotted with an array of elegant buildings like palaces, museums, parks and temples. With supposed traces of pre historic times, coupled with a glorious past, the city becomes a great centre of tourism. Most of the present day charm is credited to Maharaja Sayajirao and his selfless patronage to music, art and architecture.
Over the course of its existence, Vadodara has been ruled by many an empire, including the Chalukyas, Solankis, Vaghelas, the Sultans of Delhi, the Sultans of Gujarat and Marathas. The imprints of these dynasties are visible in the heritage legacy of this city which was founded in 10th century. Thanks to the enormously rich history, the city has many tourist places that depict its true character and essence.
The 18th century Laxmi Vilas Palace is an absolute pinnacle of Indo-Saracenic style in Vadodara housing a great compilation of old sculptures and amour. The stone-made memorial for the Gaekwad Rulers – the Kirti Mandir – is one of prominent sites in the city. Pay a trip to the once renowned Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad University to gauge the erstwhile academic supremacy of the town.
For those reveling in natural worlds, the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary would be an ideal retreat. The slice of history is visible at sites like Nazarbagh Palace and Makarpura Palace. Other notable destinations here include Pratap Vilas Palace, Hajira and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. In overall, a trip to Vadodara will refresh you with its existing nuggets of a past that the city feels extremely proud of!