Vadodara which is also known as Baroda, is the third largest city in the state of Gujarat. The city isn’t as vibrant as the culturally active Ahmedabad or as bright as the industrially sharp Gandhinagar, but still there are several fantastic places in the city which creates a separate niche. Let’s take a look at those fantastic places in Vadodara.
The city of Vadodara is situated on the banks of Vishwamitri river. After a long battle with the Britishers, the Maratha Empire took control of the region in the medieval period. Amongst them it was the Gaekwad clan who made Vadodara as their capital and established Maharaja Sayajirao III as the founder of the modern city. At that time, Vadodara was known as one of the fastest growing cities of Gujarat which also promoted education system. As a result of which Vadodara, today, is regarded as the cultural capital of the state.
Each year the cultural vibrancy of the city attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. If you’re coming from Mumbai, which is the nearest metro city, and are planning for a fun filled trip to this city you can either opt for flights and trains or even take a Mumbai to Vadodara taxi, to reach the destination. Let’s take a look at some of the best wonders to visit in the city.
Ajwa Nimeta Dam – The dam got its name from Ajwa, the lake, and Nimeta, the power generating plant located at the dam. Built on the Vishwamitri river, the dam fulfils the water requirements of the citizens. The dam was constructed in the 20th century is stretches for 5 km in length. The dam also has a mesmerizing garden area, with colorful dancing fountains to explore. The place also has a fun park and is hit amongst the locals.
Laxmi Niwas Palace – This majestic palace once used to be the royal home to the Gaekwad family, and is considered to be the largest private home to be constructed in the state. If you aren’t yet aware with its size, it’s four times the size of the Buckingham Palace and comes with all the modern amenities. This huge palace comes with plush interior decorations and an amazing blend of the eastern and western style of architecture. The lavish interiors, sprawling green golf course, huge courtyards and spacious rooms of the palace can even put European luxuries to shame.
Dakshinamurthy Temple – Popularly known as the EME Temple, this famous temple is one of the prime attractions Vadodara tourism has to offer. The term EME actually stands for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps., and the temple is one of its kind showcasing the five main religions of the country – the kalash signifying the Hindu religion, the dome for Islam, tower representing Christianity, the golden structure over the tower for Buddhism and the entrance of the temple stands for Jainism. Owing to the EME background, the temple showcases an army style of architecture and is a pleasant sight to view. Lord Dakshinamurthy is the chief deity of the temple, which translates as ‘southern facing idol’ which it actually is.