Tourist Destinations

Vadodara Tour

Area: 108.22 Sq. Km.
Altitude: 35.5 meters above sea level
Rainfall: 939.6 mm. average yearly
Climate :Summers 23 - 44 C. Winters 10 -36 C
Languages: Gujarati, Hindi and English
Best time to visit :October-February
Vadodara STD Code (Area Code): 0265  

History of Vadodara

Vadodara history dates back to 812 AD. During this time, the city existed as a small settlement, away from its present location. According to the history of Vadodara, the city was ruled by Hindu kings until 1297. In 1297, the Hindu kingdom of Vadodara gave way to Delhi Sultanate: the control of the city passed in the hands of the Sultans. It was ruled by Gujarat Sultan during 1573. The Gujarat Sultan ruled the territory for over a century. After the Sultans, the Mughals came to the throne of Vadodara. The Mughals were followed by the Maratha rulers. The Marathas came to the throne of Vadodara in 1730s, after defeating the Gujarat Sultans.

Vadodara became the capital of the Marathas in 1735. The Marathas ruled the city till the Independence of India in 1947. Moreover, Maharaja Sayaji Rao III was one of the most progressive Maratha rulers of Vadodara. He is said to introduce a number of civic reforms. He also established many judicial and educational institutions in the city. In 1802, the British established their supremacy over the city. The British had established a resident in the city with an aim to strengthen their relations with the Bhils and the princely states of the Kathiawar Peninsula and Gujarat. With the Independence of India in 1947, Vadodara was merged with the Indian states. Post independence, the city was merged with the state of Gujarat. Presentlu, Vadodara is a major industrial hub of glass and pharmaceutical industries. It is also renowned as a one of the centers of academic excellence.


Classical music and dance have their patrons, and so does the modern stage and pop culture. Gujrati, Marathi and Hindi are the prominent spoken language of Vadodara. The fine arts faculty is famous worldwide for its contribution in arts.

Sightseeing in Vadodara

EME Temple Vadodara also known as Dakshinamurthy temple is one of the most popular holly shrines in the entires state of Gujarat. The temple has been constructed beautifully geodesic style. This temple worships the image of Lord Dakshinamurthy and Lord Shiva. The temple is located amidst lush green surroundings and there are 5 banyan trees encircling this holy shrine. The specialty of the temple is its architecture, which represents 5 religions which are namely the Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Jainism.

Kirti Mandir is known for its exquisite architecture and is known to Laxmi Vilas Palacebe the resting place for the royal family of the Gaekwads. Within the complex of the Kirti Mandir art exhibitions are held.  

Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of the most magnificent buildings located within the city. The palace has been built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III in an Indo-Sarcenic style. The palace floor is made out of pristine white marble. The palace is exquisitely furnished and is replete with various artifacts and relics.

Khanderao market was established by Sayaji Rao III in the year 1906. Various cultural celebrations take place within this complex. The entrance gate of this great building is exquisitely structured in the likeness of Dabhoi Fort. Khanderao market

Sayaji Bagh Vadodara is one of the most eminent monumental structures built by Sayajirao III. The entire complex of Sayaji Bagh consists of art gallery, a zoo, museums, toy trains and rides. This tourist attraction is well known for Kamati Baug. The well-maintained gardens and lawns are also worth admiring.  

Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum is situated within the complex of the LaxmiVilas Palace which is one of the most eye-catching sites within the palace premises. It is a muti-purpose museum that houses the exotic collection of the royal Gaekwad family.  

Museums in Vadodara abounds in historical relics and precious artifacts. Baroda Museum and Art GalleryThe museums are well-maintained by the tourist department of Vadodara. These museums display the glorious and rich historical background of Vadodara.

Baroda Museum and Art Gallery is known for its collection of artifacts and various other items of the past. The museum houses a rich collection of sculptures, ethnology, art and ethnography. Among the attractions of the museum are the skeleton of a blue whale and an Egyptian mummy. It is also known to possess Akota bronzes belonging to the 5th century. Miniature works belonging to the Mughal era, Tibetan art and paintings by various European artists are among the famous exhibits of the museum. Baroda Museum and Art Gallery of Vadodara also contains ancient manuscripts, sculptures and antiques belonging to India, as well as Egypt. One can come across various original paintings by British painters Turner and Constable at the museum in Vadodara.  

Makarpura Palace: This beautiful palace was designed in Italian style; this place is now used as training schoolboy the Indian air force. 

Lehripura Gate: Lehripura gate was built as the western gateway to the old city in 1558.
Makarpura Palace

How To Reach Vadodara

By Road 118 Km from Ahmedabad 420 km from Bombay and 1,039 km from Delhi via Jaipur and Udaipur. State transport buses available from all parts of the state. For local transport, taxis, autorickshaws, tangas and city buses are available.

ByRail: Vadodara situated on the mail rail link between Mumbai and Delhi. All super fast and express trains halt at Vadodara (Vadodara) Railway station.

By Air Vadodra airport is 8 km northeast of the railway station. The Indian airlines has daily flights to Delhi and Mumbai. Jet airways operates daily flights to Mumbai, while Gujarat airways has three flights in a week for Mumbai and Ahmedabad and six flights in a week for Pune.