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Vadodara

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Vadodara
Laxmi Vilas Palace


Vadodara is a city of beautiful gardens, magnificent palaces and many institutions of learning. Formerly the capital of a princely state, Vadodara owes its development and prosperity to Sayajirao Gaikwad III and has today, developed as a thriving industrial and commercial centre.


GENERAL INFORMATION
Area: 78 Sq. Km
Altitude:35.50 Meters
Temperature: SummerMax: 40.4 Deg.C.Min: 20.4 Deg.C.
WinterMax: 33.1 Deg.C. Min: 9.8 Deg.C.
Rainfall: 93.19 cm (Mid June to Sept)
Best Season: November to April
STD Code:0265


TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION
Air: Vadodara is connected by air with Mumbai and Delhi.
Rail: Vadodara is a railway station on the Western Railway broad gauge line, connected with important cities and towns.
Road: Vadodara is connected by motorable roads with Ahmedabad 118 Km,


Anand 39 Km
Jamnagar 371
Palanpur 258 Km

Ankleshwar 82 Km
Junagadh 390 Km
Rajkot 305 Km

Bharuch 72 Km
Khambhat 78 Km
Surat 160 Km

Bhavnagar 271 Km
Lothal 119 Km
Udaipur 313 Km

Bhuj 486 Km
Mehsana 196 Km
Valsad 236 Km

Daman 251 Km
Mount Abu 331 Km

Delhi 1039 Km
Mumbai 432 Km

Dumas 158 Km

Godhra 78 Km

Indore 344 Km


ACCOMODATION
PLACES OF INTEREST


(Pls Give Descriptions)
Aurobindo Society

Baroda Dairy
Maqbara Hazira

Bhadra Palace
M.S. University

Dakshinamurthy Temple
Nazarbagh Palace Nyaya Mandir

Kirti Mandir
Pratap Vilas Palace

Lakshmi Vilas Palace
Sardar Patel Planetarium

Makarpura Palace
Sursagar Lake

Sayajibaug
Tambekarwada.



Timings of the Zoo - Shri Sayaji Baug Pranisangraha:

0800 to 1200 hrs & 1400 to 1800 hrs

Closed on Mondays and public holidays.


MUSEUMS
Health Museum - Timings: 1100 to 1800 hrs

Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum - Timings: 0900 to 1200 hrs, 1530 to 1830 hrs closed on Mondays and Govt. holidays

Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery - Timings: 1000 to 1700 hrs closed on Mondays and Govt. holidays


EXCURSIONS

Khambhatt (Cambay): An ancient sea port now silted up, famous for its agate industry.
Nimeta (13 Km): On the way to Ajwa lake, Nimeta is a picnic spot. A water purification plant is operated here.
Ajwa Lake (Sayaji Sarovar) (21 Km): The water reservoir for the city it is an ideal picnic spot with boating facilities.
Tuwa (27 Km): Tuwa is known for its natural hot water springs, containing sulphur. Near the springs there is an ancient Shiva temple, built in the Orissi style.
Dabhoi Fort (30 Km): It is famous for a beautifully carved gate called 'Hirabhago'. There is a Malika Temple in the fort with a profusion of fine carvings. The town is considered to be the birthplace of the Gujarat style of architecture.
Anand (35 Km): Here one can see Asia's largest milk co-operative, the Amul Dairy. This milk co-operative produces around 10 lakh tonnes of milk everyday and 70% of the milk produced are sent to various cities. Milk products are produced in the most modern complex. It is the finest example of co-operative ventures in the country, which has put India on the world map as a major producer of milk & milk products, in addition to transforming the life of farmers in the region.

Accommodation :
Hotel Surabhi Regency,
Tel: (02692) 242018, 242601
Fax: 242279.

Savshanti Anadam Club,
Tel: (02692) 222870
Fax: 241845

Halol (35 Km): Halol was a suburb of Champaner, containing beautiful gardens during the Muslim regime. There is a dargah here, of Sikander Shah, a general of Mohammed Begara. Sikander Shah was murdered in the palace of Champaner by the Umrao Imad-Ub-Mulk in 1526 and his body was buried at Halol. Over his tomb, there is a huge beautiful stone structure which is partly broken today.

Malsar (45 Km): Situated on the banks of the Narmada river. The sacred shrines of Mangaleshwar Mahadeo, and Angareshwar Mahadeo and a Satyanarayana temple are situated in the village. It is said that the Pandavas had stayed for some time in the nearby forest, where there are temples of Pandeshwar and Bhimeshwar Mahadeo.

Sankheda (47 Km): Sankheda, named after the demon Sankhsen is a town with an old fort. Historical facts reveal that the fort at Sankheda was built by Sultan Ahmedshah-I in A.D.1419. It is also a religious centre famous for its Jwalamukhi Mata Temple and Dharmananda Mahadev Temple. There are two mosques in the town.

Today Sankheda enjoys world wide reputation for its attractive lacquer furniture, which comes in bright shades of red, maroon and ochre and makes very good bedsteads, coffee tables, low chairs, swings, divans and a wide range of furniture, which look delicate but have an astonishingly long life.

Chandod (50 Km): A place of great sanctity, due to the confluence of the Narmada, Osrang and the mythological Saraswati. The Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple here is believed to be of great antiquity.

Champaner and Pavagadh (47/ 49 Km): Champaner lies at the foot of the Pavagadh Fort. The ruins of its mosques and palaces, reflected in the lake are some of the most picturesque in India. The hill of Pavagadh rises from Champaner in three stages.


Accommodation :
Hotel Champaner (TCGL),
Pavagadh, Tel: (02676) 245641

Tariff: A/c Dbl. Rs.750/- ; Dlx Non A/c Rs.400/-; Ord Rs.300/-; Dormitory Rs.75/- per person Tariffs subject to change. Please check before making reservations.

Reservation: Manager (Hotels), TCGL, H.K. House, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad.
Tel: 6589172, 6589683
Fax: 6582183

Bharuch (72 Km): This very old town was mentioned in historical records nearly 2000 years ago. In the 17th century, English and Dutch factories were established here. A fort overlooks the wide Narmada River from its hilltop location and at its base is the Jami Masjid. There is also a temple of Bhrigurishi on the river banks from which the town derived its name Bhrigukachcha, later shortened to Bharuch.

Accommodation:
Hotel Palmland, Tel: 243618
Hotel Anupama, Tel: 234932
Hotel Classic, Tel: 232264, 233328
Hotel Hari Mangala, Tel: 247630
Krishna Guest House, Tel: 231278
Hotel Maharaja, Tel: 231846
Hotel Natraj, Tel: 232612, 233692
Hotel President, Tel: 263306
Hotel Shalimar, Tel: 243537.


Jambughoda Sanctuary (78 Km): This sanctuary is famous for four-horned antelope, panthers and it is bird watchers' paradise; some rare birds can be seen very often in the lush environs. Accommodation: Jambughoda Palace,
Tariff: Rs.800-1500/-
Tel: (02676) 241258


Prices subject to change. Please check before making reservations.

Lasundara (85 Km): It is known for its hot and cold springs with medicinal properties curing skin diseases.

Shuklatirth (88 Km): The holy place of Shuklatirth, overlooking the river Narmada, is 16 Kms. from Bharuch.

Kabir Vad (90 Km): its unique attraction is a giant Banyan tree which covers an area of 3.7 acres. One can reach this island, by country craft.

Dakor (94 Km): Dakor is a pilgrim place. The image of Lord Krishna in the Ranchodrai Temple here, said to be the original from Dwarka. Dakor holds a large fair on Sharad Purnima, the full night in October November.

Surpaneshwar (100 Km): It is an important pilgrim place, on the banks of the river Narmada, with an ancient temple of Surpaneshwar mahadev. Every year a fair is held in the Krishnapaksha of Chaitra month from 11th to new moon day (March-April).
Ratan Mahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary (115 Km): The wildlife that can be seen in these sanctuaries includes the sloth bear, panther, chinkara, nilgai, wildboar, etc. The best season to visit is from November to March.

Dumkhal Sloth Bear Sanctuary (125 Km): This sanctuary is famous for the sloth bear, panther, sambar, four-horned antelope, hyena as well as a large variety of birds. Best season for a visit is from December to March.


TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
Tourist Corporation of Gujarat Ltd.,
Narmada Bhavan,
C-Block, Indira Avenue,
Vadodara - 390 001
Tel: 2427489
Fax: 2431297. Website: www.gujarattourism.com


 



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