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VADODARA(BARODA)         General Information of Vadodara 

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 state.

Vadodara is the city of joy and knowledge. It is the place where people believe into harmony and  love.

Places of Interest..  

Baroda Museum
 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.

Kirti Mandir
 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.

Nazarbaug Palace
 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 occassions.

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.

Sayaji Sarovar(Ajwa)
 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.

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