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Things To Do In Vadodara (Baroda)
Vadodara is considered as the ‘Cultural Capital’ of Gujarat. It is one of the most vibrant cities in the state after Ahmedabad. It has a mix of cultural and traditional uniqueness along with a fine touch of westernization.
If you are in Vadodara, there is a huge list of things that you can do. From visiting the temples to taking a walk down to the historical monuments, Vadodara offers you both, peace and amusement. Excited to know more about things that you can do in Vadodara? Continue reading!
Experience the Architectural Marvels
The Laxmi and Makarpura palaces are the pride of Vadodara. You can visit these places to witness the architectural wonder of the 19th century. Get mesmerized by these majestic palaces and take a walk down to the historic glory of the Gaekwad Dynasty that ruled this city at one point in time.
Pay Homage to the Gods
Vadodara is a city of temples. There are more than a dozen famous temples where you can pay a visit and attain inner peace. EME Temple, ISKCON Baroda Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar Mandir Temple, Tapovan Temple, Kuber Bhandari Temple, and Baps Swaminarayan Mandir are some of the most astonishing temples to visit.
Get to Know More About the History
Vadodara is rich in culture and tradition. It is known as the Cultural Capital of Gujarat. If you want to know more about its amazing culture, you should definitely visit the Maharaja Fatesingh Museum. It is an exhibition hall built inside the royal residence of the Maharaja, the Lukshmi Villas Palace.
Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery is another place where you can learn more about the cultural and traditional history of Vadodara. It is situated inside the Sayaji Baug or the Sayaji Gardens.
Side Trips to the Outskirts
You can take a day out from your stay and dedicate a one-day trip to the outskirts of Vadodara. About 2 hours from the city, you can visit the Kalika Mata Temple located at the top of the Pavagadh Hills.
There is also a Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, that has monuments built with the best mix of the Hindu and Muslim cultures. The Jami Masjid, Keveda Masjid, and so much more.
Explore the Hidden Gems of Vadodara
Nandalaya Haveli is a recent attraction in Vadodara. Peaceful environment and a religious place that charm the visitors. The next is the Nimeta Garden, which is a natural place with lots of food stalls. Breathe the fresh natural air in this peaceful garden. A great and fun place to be with your family. Visiting this place probably at the end of your trip to Vadodara will be a perfect finish to your great time in the city.
Try Delectable Local Food
Vadodara is indeed a heaven for foodies. Try some local, delicious cuisine that will just blow your mind away. Gujarati Khichdi: Khichdi is the staple food of Gujarat. It’s an over cooked rice and lentil mix served with buttermilk and pickle. Healthy and a flavorful dish.
Gujarati Thali: Roti, dal or kadhi, rice, and mix vegetable gravy served in traditional Indian thali is the next staple food of Gujarat. It is served with buttermilk, both plain and spicy. Rasthal Gujarati Thali and Mandap in Alkapuri are famous for this. Other things that you can try are Dhokla, Handvo, Khandvi, and Muthia.
No trip is complete without shopping and to that, Vadodara offers a lot for the shopaholics. From small kiosks to stylish street carts to mega shopping malls, there are ample options to choose from.
Alkapuri Arcade and National Plaza are the recommended places for shopping in the city as they feature some top national and international brands. Before you pack your bags for home, ensure you have filled the following items in your bag:
Bandinis and traditional Ghagra-Cholis
Marriage Costumes and Trousseau
Wall Hangings, Embroidered Fabrics, Appliquéd Quilts, Cradle Clothes
Cloth Toys, Embroidered Footwear, Lacquer Furniture
Tie-And-Die And Block-Printed Designer Fabric
Zari Women Ethnic Wear, Beadwork Saree, Decorative Mirror
Silver Jewellery and paintings
Some recommended places for shopping: Raopura, Mandvi, Teen Darwaza, Lehripura Mandir Bazaar, Alkapuri Arcade, and National Plaza.