Population : 950,000
Altitude : 35 m
Area : 139 square km
Vadodara, also known as Baroda is a cultured,
harmonious university town, situated about 100 kms.
southeast of Ahmedabad. Before independence, Vadodara
was the capital of the one of the most powerful
princely states of Baroda and covered 21,144 square
kms. The family name Gaekwad means Protector of Cows.
The Gaekwad stood high in the order of precedence and
was only one of five
rulers who received a 21
gun salute. He was reputedly so rich that he had a carpet
woven of diamonds and pearls and cannons cast in gold.
Parks, lakes and palaces dominate the old city. It is now a
rapidly expanding industrial centre, yet still a pleasant
place to visit. Today, Vadodara prides itself as an
educational centre and home to the sprawling MS University.
Tourist Attractions in
The tourist attractions in Vadodara are the Laxmi Vilas
Palace, Naulakhi Well, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and Nazar
Bagh Palace. The Laxmi Vilas Palace was built by R.H.
Chisholm. The palace is faced in red Agra sandstone with
dressings of blue trapstone from Pune and Rajasthani marble.
The Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum contins some fine European
How to reach Vadodara
The airport is situated 8 kms. northeast of the town. The
regular flights are available to Mumbai and Delhi from
Vadodara is connected with trains to Ahmedabad, Jamnagar and
Vadodara is connected with Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar,
Junagadh and Bhuj.