Vadodara... Cultured City

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Shiv Murti at Sur Sagar Lake
Vadodara is my current location, is the third most-populated city in the Indian state of Gujarat after Ahmedabad and Surat. Vadodara has a rich historical background. The ardent historian can trace Vadodara's history over 2000 years and more. Vadodara is also known as Baroda.

The City of Vadodara aptly described by a medieval Jain writer as a Tilak on the Brove of Lata was a nodal center of the coastal plain of Gujarat.  It was strategically situated at a junction of the main highways linking Gujarat with Rajputana and the Punjab in the north, Malwa and the Ganga  valley in the north-east, Konkan in the south and Khandesh in the south-east.
Nyaymandir
Significantly Vadodara today is a junction on the western railway of the lines leading to Ahmedabad, Delhi & Mumbai. This confirms the historic role of Vadodara in the communication pattern for movements of people and culture. The history of Vadodara city amply bears out its cultural and commercial activities during the last two thousand years. Apart from the traditional stories, our knowledge of the history of Vadodara is based mainly on Jain literature and a few old inscriptions pertaining to Vadodara.

Vadodara enjoys a special place in the state of Gujarat. It has all types of Major Industries, Multi-national companies, IT companies.

The city is on the major rail and road arteries joining Mumbai with Delhi and Mumbai with Ahmedabad. Due to this Vadodara is known as a Gateway to the Golden Quadrilateral.  It is well connected with the Metropolises of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai with multiple daily flights to these locations.
Vadodara is also known as ‘Sanskari Nagari’, i.
Palace
e. Cultured City. Vadodara is one of India’s most cosmopolitan cities. Thanks to the vision and broadmindedness of the Gaekwads, the subsequent industrialisation, the proliferation of academic activities and a strategically important geographical location, Baroda has welcomed a wide variety of people from all over India and also from all over the world. In all of this, the sprawling and cosmopolitan MS University campus and the large number of local, national and foreign industries act as a catalysing and unifying force.

The great museums on the palace grounds such as the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and art gallery are unique and carry artifacts from around the nation and the world. There are Gujarati film studios in the city as well as a large number of large old-style movie theatres in addition to the newer multiplexes that have sprung up in the past few years.

Diwali, Uttarayan, Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with great fervour. Classical music and dance have their patrons, and so does the modern stage and pop culture. The culture and the traditions are both alive and being forever experimented with.

Navratri or Garba is the city's largest festival, with song, dance and lights during every October or November.

Many of the residents spend their evenings at their local Garba grounds where local musicians play traditional music while people dance the Rass and Garbadances which often goes on past midnight. This is also a time when the youth are more visible outdoors and until later than other times of the year. The people of Vadodara have preserved the original and the traditional part of the Navratri. Garba in borada attracts a fairly large number of international tourists. This festival continues of 9 nights. It is an festival of Dance, Music, fun, colors. The details and photos of Navaratri shall be covered in some other blog.

The patronage of education started with Maharaja Sayajirao and the city has built further on the academic infrastructure established by him.

The present educational foundation rests on over 20 public schools and over 100 private schools. Towering over all is the MS University, the jewel in the Baroda crown, so to speak. MSU is the only university in Gujarat with English as the only medium of instruction. It has 13 faculties and 17 residential hostels, 4 of them for women students. The university caters to over 100,000 students. There are various courses on offer, ranging from Medicine to Commerce.

The university has been divided into several departments and there are number of courses offered in each of the department. The Fine Arts faculty is famous worldwide for its contribution in arts. The faculty of Performing Arts is also a very reputed institution teaching music, drama, dancing etc. There are other institutes located in city include Sigma Institute of Management Studies, Technology & Engineering, Babaria Institute of Technology and Parul Institute of Engineering and Technology. Baroda has many public and private schools, imparting quality education.

The recent decision of CII to develop Vadodara as 'KNOWLEDGE CITY', has been well received by the Barodians all over the world.

Students around the world, come here for education. Many students from this univesity are located around the world.

Places of Interest:
  • Other Interesting Places: Malls and Multiplexes (Vadodara Central, 7 Seas, Big Bazaar, Center Square Mall, Spencers, PVR Deep multiplex, Chandan multiplex, Inox multiplex, Westside, More, View of Sursagar), Gandhi Nagar Gruh (Town Hall), Vadodara Central Library, ABS Tower Art Gallery
Best time to visit: October, November. During this time the festivals of Navratri and Diwali are celebrated.

See you around !!!! Till then keep Traveling and Enjoying ....


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Shiv Murti at Sur Sagar Lake
Shiv Murti at Sur Sagar Lake
Nyaymandir
Nyaymandir
Palace
Palace
Inox Multiplex
Inox Multiplex
Fire works in dipawali
Fire works in dipawali
Pavagadh - A holy place, near vado…
Pavagadh - A holy place, near vad…
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Bridge
Bridge
Navaratri, Festival of Dance... Fo…
Navaratri, Festival of Dance... F…
Various colors
Various colors
Garden
Garden
Kite festival
Kite festival
Kirtistum
Kirtistum
Sunset view at Sur Sagar Lake
Sunset view at Sur Sagar Lake
Garden
Garden
Fire works in diwali...
Fire works in diwali...
Genda circle
Genda circle
old bridge
old bridge
Chapaner, Near vadodara
Chapaner, Near vadodara
Diwali time
Diwali time
MS University
MS University
Kala Goda
Kala Goda
Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden
Auto rickshaw overloaded ??
Auto rickshaw overloaded ??
Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden
MS University
MS University
Palace
Palace
MS University
MS University
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Musical Fountain at Ajwa Nimeta
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Chapaner, Near Vadodara
Holy bath, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Holy bath, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Monkeys, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Monkeys, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Monkeys, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Monkeys, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Rope way, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Rope way, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Foggy day, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Foggy day, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
On the edge, Pavagadh, Near Vadoda…
On the edge, Pavagadh, Near Vadod…
Holy lake, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Holy lake, Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Pavagadh, Near Vadodara
Jain Temple, Pavagadh, Near Vadoda…
Jain Temple, Pavagadh, Near Vadod…
Jain Temple, Pavagadh, Near Vadoda…
Jain Temple, Pavagadh, Near Vadod…
Foggy, Jain Temple, Pavagadh, Near…
Foggy, Jain Temple, Pavagadh, Nea…
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