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Vadodara (Baroda) Tourism And Travel Guide
17.8° C / 64° F
October to March
3 to 5 Days
Vadodara, previously known as Baroda, is one of the most prominent cities of India. It is the ‘Cultural Capital’ of the state of Gujarat. Full of colors and exuberance, Vadodara is an ideal place for those who love arts, culture, tradition and want to spend some peaceful time with their loved ones.
Sublime palaces, lush green gardens, historic temples, amazing food and lot of options for shopping - Vadodara will definitely be your perfect destination. You can get direct trains, flights, and busses from major cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Delhi. The cheapest way to reach Vadodara is by train. To know more about tourism in Vadodara, read the travel guide below.
How to Reach
Because of its commercial and cultural significance, Vadodara is well connected with other parts of the country.
The nearest railway station is Vadodara Junction. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India with over 350 trains halting here including Rajdhani and Shatabdi. It is 400 km away from Mumbai, 100 km away from Ahmedabad, and 1000 km away from Delhi. Tickets can be booked at www.irctc.co.in or from authorized ticket booking websites and agents.
Vadodara Airport offers direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, and other important cities. The airport is about 8 km away from Vadodara Junction railway station and tickets can be booked from any ticket booking websites and agents.
The road network is well developed that helps you connect with Vadodara directly and indirectly from almost all parts of the country. One can book private buses or public transport such as Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) from authorized ticket issuing websites and agencies.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Vadodara experiences all major weather conditions, summer, monsoon, and winter. You can visit Vadodara at any time of the year, but the best time to visit is the winter season.
Summer (March - June):
Summers in Vadodara are generally very hot. The temperature reaches well above 35◦C and occasionally to 40 C in extreme conditions.
Monsoon (July - September):
Monsoon offers one of the most pleasant weather conditions to Vadodara and is also a recommended time to visit this place. The temperature ranges between 24◦C to 33◦C, with a max of 36◦C.
Winter (October - February):
Winter is the best time to travel to Vadodara. The climate is at its most pleasant during this time with a minimum temperature of 15◦C, reaching 30◦C maximum.
Things to Do
There are many things that can be done during your vacation to Vadodara. Here is a quick rundown of things that you can do.
The Laxmi Villa Palace and Makarpura Palace are the must-visit places in Vadodara. They are beautifully designed structures with an authentic touch of westernization. These palaces are the sovereign of the Gaekwad Dynasty and will blow your mind with their magnificence.
One of the largest gardens of western India, Sayaji Gardens is home to over 90 species of trees. A visit to Sayaji Gardens will charm you with its lush green beauty. You can also visit the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery along with the Floral Clock which is inside the garden.
With more than a dozen famous temples, Vadodara is a perfect place for people seeking spirituality and peace. Some historic and newly built temples offer the best combination of Gujarati culture and tradition. The Kirti Mandir, EME Temple, ISKCON are some of the finest devotional places to visit.
Explore the Outskirts:
At just about 50 km away from the city, there is a near perfect place that has historic monuments named Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park. The architectural marvel will leave you speechless with its beauty. Explore this place and trek at the Pavagadh hills to pay homage at the Kalika Mata Temple.
Shop at the Local Bazar:
Don’t forget to fill your bags with the local Gujarati items that you can purchase at the local market. There is a huge collection of traditional items you don’t want to leave Vadodara without. Big shopping malls make the purchase of international and local brands easier and enjoyable.
Delicious Gujarati Thali and Khichdi are something that you must try in Vadodara. They are the specialty of Vadodara and available at local restaurants. Dhokla, Handvo, Khandvi, and Muthia are the other traditional dishes that are worth a shot, with a mix of special Gujarati spices.