Information of Vadodara
originally Vadapadraka means a village amidst the banyan trees. The
historical findings take us back to the 9th century where we find
reference to a town called Ankottaka which can be identified as present
day Akota. Located on the right bank of the river. Baroda passed through
the hands of the Imperial Guptas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakubas, Solankis,
Sultans of Delhi, the Mughals and finally the Marathas.
Presentday Vadodara owes its grandeur to Maharaja Sayajirao III, a great
ruler, a great ruler, a socio-economic reformer a patron of art architecture
and music. It was he who visualized the development of Vadodara.
Vadodara is today the city of Palaces, Gardens & Industrial Giants. It
is also called the Sanskari nagari or the Cultural Capital of Gujarat.
Vadodara also has the distinction of being chosen to have a model airport
which has now become operational
Today Vadodara hosts IPCL,GSFC,GNFC, GIPCL ,ONGC and many other
international recognized industries. Vadodara is the city where the
chemical business is one of the largest in Asia with more then 50 000
chemical industries in four different industrial zones.
Vadodara is one of the most advanced city in terms of information
technology. Vadodara is the model district for e-governance model of
Vadodara is the city of joy and knowledge. It is the place where people
believe into harmony and love.
Places of Interest..
Founded by Gaekwad in 1894 it has an excellent collection of art and
archaeology, natural history, geology and ethnology. It has the famous
Akota bronzes dating from 5th century A.D. Also there is a full fledged
gallery of Tibetan Art, European old masters, Veronese, Giordano, some
Flemish and Dutch school paintings, Mughal miniatures, palm leaf
manuscripts of Buddhist and Jain origin.
A memorial to Gaekwad rulers, Kirti Mandir means the 'the Hall of
Fame'. Built by Maharaja Sayajirao III it is designed in Hindu style, this
'E' shaped large magnificent stone building with domes, terraces,
balconies and a central shikhara. The interior of this elegant structure
is marble finished and has murals by famous artist Nandlal Bose.
47 kms. from Vadodara the town of Champaner was subjugated by Sultan
Mehmud Begada in 1484 and made into his new capital. Here he built a
citadel and outer city walls and a magnificent Jama Masjid which ranks
amongst the finest architectural edifices in Gujarat. In Champaner the
principles of Islamic architecture were successfully combined with local
Jain traditions and workmanship to create a style of exceptional elegance
and beauty. Champaner lies at the foot of Pavagadh Fort. THe ruins of its
mosques and palaces reflected in the lake are some of the most picturesque
in India. The Pavagadh hill rises in three stages. The Plateau at an
altitude of 1471 ft. is known as Machi Haveli. The two points on the hill
are named after goddesses Bhadra Kali and Maha Kali. Pavagadh is 49 Kms.
from Vadodara and is also known as the birth place of Gujarat's famous
musician, Baiju who preceded Tansen.
Laxmi Vilas Palace
Designed in Indo-Saraceni style of architecture the palace built by
Maharaja Sayajirao III 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 house a remarkable collection of old
armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracota. A part of the
palace can be seen with special permission. Within the palace compound is
stepwell named the Navlakhi Vav dating back to 1405 A.D.
It was built around 1586, the tomb of Qutbuddin (the army general of
the great king Akbar) has beautiful windows carved in stone; there is an
old step-well in the large grounds surrounding it. It is one of the oldest
Mughal monuments of the city.
Maharaja Sayaji University
One of the most outstanding universities of India, it was
established in 1949. The campus has beautiful architectural buildings.
Some of the department of the university is internationally renowed.
Department of Archaeology Ancient History
The museum is famous for unique collection of Buddhist antiquities
discovered from Devi-Ni-Mori, which presently submerged in Meshvo Dam near
Shamlaji. Pre historic and post historic articles recovered from
archeological sites are very interesting.
It is situated in the old walled city near Mandvi Clock Tower. It is
one of the oldest palace built in old classic style by Malhar Rao Gaekwad
in the late 19th century. This palace was used during royal ceremonial
Pratap Vilas Palace
It was the residence of the royal family built in the Indo-Saracenic
style. The palace has a remarkable collection of old armoury and
sculptures in bronze. The Palace is now the main training centre of the
Indian Railways. The college has a mini railway model room showing
different types of Railway operation including traffic signalling.
The Sayaji Sarovar or the Ajwa Lake is 22 kms from the city. This
lake is the principal source of water formed by the damming of Surya river
and the Vaghali Nala. Like the Brindavan Gardens in Mysore it has a
illuminated fountain which is a major tourist attraction.