, also known as Baroda, is the third largest city in the western state of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Vishwamitri River, this city is at a distance of 139 kilometres from the state capital Gandhinagar
. Besides being the administrative headquarters of Vadodara
District, the city is an important industrial, cultural, and educational hub of western India. It is also known as Sanskari Nagari, and it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country.
is often termed as the Gateway to the Golden Quadrilateral, due to its position on the major road and rail arteries that join Mumbai
Airport connects to several major cities. A new terminal is being constructed here, and by 2016 Vadodara
is expected to have an International Airport. Vadodara
Junction Railway Station is Gujarats busiest station with almost 150 trains passing through every day. Important trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and other mail/express trains halt here. There are 10 major railway stations in the city. National Highway 8, which connects Delhi
, passes through Vadodara
. The Indian National Expressway 1, a super highway stretching across 97 kilometres connects the city with Ahmedabad
. This project has been placed on a fast track priority, and currently it is at the stage of land acquisition. There are plans to extend it southwards from Vadodara
all the way till Mumbai
, in the near future. An airport like bus terminal was recently inaugurated here. A bus rapid transport system (BRTS) has also been planned for the city.
There has been a boom in the residential houses as well as commercial complexes in Vadodara
by several leading builders. Several NRIs are also investing in local property her, and with the implementation of townships, posh bungalows, luxurious apartments, spectacular villas and penthouses in the city, the city is witnessing a bright real estate scenario in recent times. Vadodara
does not suffer from scarcity of land unlike many large cities, which is attracting homebuyers to look for property here. The affordable prices, coupled with the vast opportunities and prospects that the city holds owing to the flourishing IT sector and other industries, makes this a hotspot for real estate investment.
The city hosts a number of palaces such as Laxmi Vilas Palace, Nazarbaug Palace, Makarpura
Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace, etc. The well-known buildings and monuments include Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Kirti Mandir, Kirti Stambh, Nyay Mandir, Aurobindo Ashram, Dakshinamurty Temple, Hazira Maqbara, Kala Ghoda, and Mairal Ganpati Mandir. There are also a few museums and gardens gracing the city, such as Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, and Sayaji Baug. Vadodara
also houses several venues for excursion, like Ajwa
, Pavagadh, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Kayavarohan, Sursagar Lake, Vadhavana Bird Sanctuary, Dakor, etc. The oldest cricket ground in Asia, called Moti Baug, is located here. Several new colleges and educational institutions have cropped up in the city. The festivals that are celebrated with great fervor include Diwali, Uttarayana (festival of kites), Holi, Eid, Gudi Padwa, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Navratri (Garba).