History & Culture of Vadodara

Welcome to Vadodara, an exquisite city of palaces, temples, gardens and museums.

Vadodara, is also known as "Sanskari Nagari" because of its rich culture and traditions and is also an Industrial and Cultural capital of Gujarat. Thus while visiting and exploring VCCI exhibition many visitors took time to visit some sightseeing spots of Vadodara. The worth visiting places included :

Laxmi Vilas Palace: The Royal Family's residence is an extravagant building in Indo- Saracenic style. Its Darbar Hall has an Italian mosaic floor and walls with mosaic decorations. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta.

Kirti Mandir: With a cluster of shiva temples was built to commemorate the cremation of the members of the erstwhile royal Gaekwad family. It is an "E" shaped large magnificent building with domes, terraces, balconies and central sikhara.

EME Temple: Situated in the cantonment near Fatehgunj is the beautiful Shiva temple managed and maintained by the "Jawans" of E.M.E. Unlike all other temples, this beautiful Shiva temple is made of aluminum with a strong influence of Pagodas.

Sayajibaug: It is a beautiful garden which includes lively zoo, the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery and the Sardar Patel Planetarium. A major attraction for children is the 3.5 km joy ride through the park on the toy train, run on steam.

Maharaja Fatehsinh Museum: The museum has the royal collection of art treasures, works of old masters like Raphael, Titian and Murillo, Graeco-Roman exhibits, Chinese and Japanese art, and large collection of contemporary Indian art.

Vadodara Museum and Gallery: is considered as one of the most famous museums and it was built in 1894. The picture gallery offers an excellent collection of original paintings by painters Turner, Constable and many others. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions.

Maharaja Sayajirao University: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad built Maharaja Sayajirao University, over a hundred years ago. The University is one of the largest universities in Western India and the only one in Vadodara.

Champaner: Situated about 47 km from Vadodara, lies at the foot of Pavagarh fort. The ruins of its mosques and palaces reflected in the lake are some of the most picturesque sights.

Sindhrot: If one likes a locale which gives varied habitats as scrubland, forests, fields and wetlands, Sindhrot 11 km away from Vadodara is a nature lover's delight.

Jamughoda: Situated about 70 kms from Vadodara is a magnificent forest of teak, bamboos and other miscellaneous species. The area has two water reservoirs - one at Kada and the other at Targol.

Ajwa Lake : 22 km away from the city is the principal source of water. The gardens at Ajwa are patterned after the famous Brindavan Garden of Mysore. The illumination of fountains is a major attraction for tourists.

There are many other worth visiting places like Mandvi Gate, Makarpura Palace, Lehripura Gate, Aurobindo Ashram. The Vadodara Central, Center Square and Seven Seas mall are a craze among youngsters for shopping. Similarly there are many beautiful places of significance around Vadodara.

So while exploring and finding new avenues for business it is worth spending some time to visit culturally rich city and magnificent places around it.

Colours of Culture

A look at the young and vibrant culture of the Banyan City

The city of Vadodara offers a rich culture. The outstanding trait about Vadodara's cultural life is that it is remarkably cosmopolitan. The culture of the city is not just in its history or heritage; it is in its dynamism, which makes it come alive. Thanks to the vision and broad minded ness of the Gaekwads, the subsequent industrialization, the proliferation of academic activities and a strategically important geographical location Vadodara has been fortunate enough to retain the beauty of its rich social fabric.

While there are hundreds of different identities, everyone participates in all activities. More or less every Indian community has an active identity in this city. And this happy co¬existence is reflected in the social and cultural life of the people. In all this, the sprawling and cosmopolitan MS University campus and the large number of local, national and foreign industries act as a catalyzing and unifying force. The people here are known as Barodians and not just as Gujaratis, Marathis or Punjabis. A Barodian is open to the world and overflowing with hospitality, as the history and growth of the city aptly testify. Vadodara's cultural enthusiasm is at the apex during any festive occasion be it Navratri, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Bid, New Year, Uttarayan, Holi, campus fun fairs, etc. Navratri or Garba is the city's largest festival, with song, dance and lights every year. The people of Vadodara have preserved the original and the traditional part of the festival of Navratri. Garba in Vadodara attracts a fairly large number of international tourists. This is also a time when the youth are more visible outdoors and until late hours than other times of the year.

The great museums on the Laxmivillas palace grounds such as the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and art gallery are unique and carry artifacts from around the nation and the world. The Faculties of Fine arts and performing arts of M.S.university act as epicenters of cultural activity. Classical music and dance also find patronage in the city. The culture and the traditions are both alive and being forever experimented with. Vadodara also offers a varied platter of cuisines. Barodians are known to have a keen interest in experimenting with their food. As a result, one finds restaurants and food festivals of various types of cuisine. The people of Vadodara have not only hung on to the cultural heritage, they embellish it as they exuberantly go on with their daily lives. There is a saying that nothing grows under the banyan tree, but this is not true of Vadodara, which is also rightly called the "Sanskari Nagari".