Vadodara, formerly also known as Baroda, is the third largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is located on the banks of the Vishwamitri river, 141 kilometers (88 mi) from the state capital Gandhinagar. Early English travelers and merchants used to call the town Brodera, and it is from this that the name Baroda was derived. In 1974, the official name of the city was changed to Vadodara. Baroda was a former Indian princely state. Vadodara's more recent history began when the Maratha general Pilaji Gaekwad conquered Songadh from the Mughals in 1726. Before the Gaekwads captured Baroda, it was ruled by the Babi Nawabs, who were the officers of the Mughal rulers.
Known for one of the most lavish palaces in India- the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, the residence of Baroda State's Maratha royal family- the Gaekwads, Vadodara is the cultural capital of Gujarat. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and pomp as Vadodara does.
Explorations & Experiences in Vadodara–
- Lakshmi Vilas Palace
- Sayaji Baug
- Nimeta Garden
- BAPS Sri Swaminarayan Mandir
- Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery
- Sur Sagar Lake
- Maharaja Sayajirao University
- Kirti Mandir
- Sardar Patel Planetarium
- Makarpura Palace
- Statue of Unity
- Navratri Festival