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Situated on the banks of river Vishwamitri
40 c Summer/ 24 c Winter
Latitude : 22.306549    Longitude : 73.187576

Language : Gujarati,Hindi,Urdu
Vadodara is a graceful city of palaces, parks, temples and museums and considered by many as the de-facto cultural capital of Gujarat. Once the capital of the Gaekwads, the former rulers of Vadodara, it is also known as Baroda and rises from the banks of River Vishwamitri. Vadodara is also the industrial capital of Gujarat.

Vadodara also known as Baroda is the third most-populated city in the Indian state of Gujarat after Ahmedabad and Surat. It is one of four cities in the state with a population of over 1 million, the other being Rajkot and the two cities listed above. It is also known as the Sayaji Nagari or Sanskari Nagari (Cultural Capital of Gujarat).
Baroda Museum
Baroda Museum - Museum full of Art ,Sculpture collections
The famous museum was built in 1894 on the lines of Victoria & Albert and Science Museums of London. Major Mant in association with R.F. Chisholm who refined some of Mant's finest works to make genuine Indo-Sarcenic architecture designed the Building of this Museum. It preserves a rich collection of art, sculpture, ethnography & ethnology. Several of the paintings are not only original but masterpieces at the picture gallery. The picture gallery which offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British painters Turner and constable and many others attract tourists from every part of the country. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions for those who visit the museum. Other treasure includes the famous Akota bronzes dating the 5th Century AD, A collection of Mughal miniatures, a full fledged gallery of Tibetan Art and oils by several European masters.
An interesting legend relates how Lord Krishna came to reveal himself at Dakor (KAira District) leaving his Dwarka abode. In olden times a Krishna devotee named Bholanath used to walk all the way to Dwarka from Dakor on every full moon night to worship his beloved Krishna. The all-knowing God noticed the difficulties which his devotee was undergoing. The god told Bholanath when he was visiting Dwarka that he need not walk all the way to distant Dwarka as he had decided to stay at Dakor (Dhankpuri of olden times). So God accompanied him to Dakor. It is 60 kms away from Vadodara.
EME Temple
EME Temple - Lord Dakshinamurty Temple
The EME Temple or "Dakshinamurty Temple" is a Shiva Temple run by Indian Army Authorities in the city of Vadodara in the state of Gujarat, western India. It is a unique in concept & design, geodesic structure covered with aluminium sheets. This temple is a major attraction for both tourist and devotees.
Kirti Mandir
Kirti Mandir
Meaning 'Hall of Fame', it's a memorial for the Gaekwad rulers. Designed in the Hindu style, it is a magnificent stone building with domes, terraces, balconies and a central shikhara. It is decorated with murals by the famous Indian artist, Nandlal Bose.
Laxmi Vilas Palace
Laxmi Vilas Palace - Indo-Saracenic style palace
Designed in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, the palace built by Maharaja Sayajirao 111 in 1890 is till date the residence of the Royal family. Its ornate 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.
Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum
Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum
The building was constructed as a school for the Maharaja's children. Today a large number of works of art belonging to the Royal family are displayed in the museum. The museum contains works of art collected by Maharaja Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III during his numerous trips out of India. The major works of art in this museum are the paintings by European and Indian artists including a collection of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, who was specially commissioned by the then Maharaja of Baroda. The collection includes portraits of the Royal family in addition to the paintings based on Hindu mythology for which Raja Ravi Varma was famous.
Nazarbaugh Palace
Nazarbaugh Palace
"Nazarbaug Palace" was Gaekwad Royal Palace in the city of Vadodara, Gujarat state, western India. Nazarbagh Palace was build in 1721. It has solid gold and silver guns, each barrel weighing over 100kg. It also has a Sheesh Mahal, a Glass Palace.
Pratap Vilas Palace
Pratap Vilas Palace
Built as the residence of the royal family, Pratap Vilas is an extravagant and flamboyant building in the Indo-Sarcenic style. It now houses the Railway Staff College.
Sardar Patel Planetarium
Sardar Patel Planetarium - Visual Shows of Indian Space
The planetarium situated near the main gate of the Sayajibaug runs 3 shows every evening except thursdays. Having a total seating capcity of 200 seats, the air-conditioned planetarium arranges special shows for educational instiutions on request. Besides, reflecting the immense progress of India's space programme, it conducts several audio-visual programmes on the earth's planetary system, movement of celestial bodies in space and earth's planetary system. Show Timings : 4.00 p.m. Gujarati 5.00 p.m. English 6.00 p.m. Hindi
Sayaji Baugh Zoo & Aquarium
Sayaji Baugh Zoo & Aquarium - Wild animals,Birds zoo
The Sayaji Baug Zoo, situated on both the banks of the river Vishwamitri in Sayajibaug the zoo was kept open for the entertainment of the visitors in 1879. Situated in the natural aromatic atmosphere the zoo has 35 types of mammals including the tiger, the lion, the panther, the deer and so on. It also has 122 types of colourful birds including blue crown pigeon, 10 types of reptiles including alligators, ghadials and many more. Thus the zoo offers 167 types of 1103 animals of various sizes and shapes. Asiatic lions are the biggest attraction among all. The zoo remains closed on Thursday. The aquarium was constructed in 1962 in Sayaji Baug. The aquarium has 45 species of fish, which includes rare varieties like 'oscar' and 'koika'. Apart from these, the aquarium also has Chinese 'magoor', 'kissing' and 'chicklet' species.
Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary - Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Bharuch district, the Shoolpaneshwar sanctuary stretches to an area of 608sq. kms. It boasts abundant plant and animal life. Here you can see leopards, sloth bears, sambar, wild dogs, hyena, barking deer and a variety of birds.
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