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.
Area: 78 Sq. Km
Temperature: SummerMax: 40.4 Deg.C.Min: 20.4
WinterMax: 33.1 Deg.C. Min: 9.8 Deg.C.
Rainfall: 93.19 cm (Mid June to Sept)
Best Season: November to April
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
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
PLACES OF INTEREST
(Pls Give Descriptions)
Nazarbagh Palace Nyaya Mandir
Pratap Vilas Palace
Lakshmi Vilas Palace
Sardar Patel Planetarium
Timings of the Zoo - Shri Sayaji Baug Pranisangraha:
0800 to 1200 hrs & 1400 to 1800 hrs
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
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
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
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.
Hotel Surabhi Regency,
Tel: (02692) 242018, 242601
Savshanti Anadam Club,
Tel: (02692) 222870
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
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.
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
Tel: 6589172, 6589683
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.
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,
Tel: (02676) 241258
Prices subject to change. Please check before making
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
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.,
C-Block, Indira Avenue,
Vadodara - 390 001
Fax: 2431297. Website: www.gujarattourism.com
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