Have plans to shift to the city of Vadodara or SANSKARI NAGARI? (other-wise abbreviated as ‘Baroda’) ?
Get ready to dive into the cultural vibes that various tourist destinations in Vadodara have to offer. All you need is to reach Vadodara by either plane, train or bus and then make use of local city buses and auto-rickshaws to explore the city.
If you don’t have a place to stay in Vadodara, the city offers a wide range of hotels to keep your stay comfortable. While hotels like ITC, The Gateway, Express Hotel, Hotel Hampton Inn by Hilton give excellent amenities to make sure that you get the best out of your stay, on the same hand, popular hotels like Hotel Surya, PM Regency, Hotel Apex International, Comfort Residency make sure that your wallets don’t dry out while you get all the needful amenities.
Also known as the ‘Gateway to the Golden quadrilateral’, the city of Vadodara connects Mumbai and Ahmedabad via railways and national capital Delhi by NH8. Located on the banks of Vishwamitri river, Vadodara is 139 kilometres from the state capital Gandhinagar and is home to considerable industries including Petrochemicals, Engineering, Chemicals, and IT. Some of the companies based out of Vadodara are L&T, Siemens, ONGC, IPCL, ABB, GACL, Sun Pharma. The city experiences a semi-arid climate in general with hot weather (not exceeding 40 degrees in normal conditions) during summer and not less than 10 degrees during winters. When it comes to monsoon season, the city experiences mild rains with an average rainfall of 93 cm.
Vadodara is ranked amongst top 5 safest cities to live in India. This makes living in Vadodara more suitable and happening. Some of the most populous yet preferable areas to stay include Alkapuri, Akota, Gotri, Atladra, etc. However, some of these areas may also cost you high on your wallet. To name a few, Alkapuri, Race Course, Gotri, Akota, Elora Park and Old Padra Road are some of the posh areas where most villas and business tycoons happen to stay. However, if you do not want to tighten your monthly budget, areas such as Waghodia Road, Makarpura, Sama Road, Fatehgunj can be the places to look forward to for staying. The city has seen an upward trend in the rental as well as buy rate prices in last 6 months with areas such as Akota, Alkapuri having average rental rates for 2 bedrooms at Rs.15000. If you are going for the option to take a place for rent, most brokers/owners will ask you to sign for a minimum of 11-month agreement and pay 2-month rent as security amount.
While the city is high on energy during the festival times, food is what keeps that energy going and the city has plenty of spots to offer the same under its hood. If eating some authentic food is what you die for, places like Barbeque Nation, Periyaar, Tomato’s and La Quello – Mediterranean Kitchen completes your search. However, if street food is what makes your taste buds get excited, don’t forget to drop by at Mahakali Sev Usal (Palace Rd.), Vishal samosa sandwich(Alkapuri), Pyarelal’s Kachori(Mangal bazaar), Bun samosas at Polo round, Café Bistro(Akota), Egg Station(Alkapuri), and other such places in Alkapuri area. Other places which you can go to enjoy a quality family lunch/ dinner include Havmor, Fiorella Italian Restaurant and Zaika.
Education is one of the important factors taken into consideration today while settling into a new place. Vadodara boasts more than 150 plus English medium schools affiliated CBSE/ICSE/ISC/State board. Some of the top schools with high reputation include Navrachana School (located in Sama), DPS (Vatsar Road), Vibgyor High (Bhaili), Ambe School (Manjalpur), Podar World School (Koyali), Bright Day School (Vasna Road), Kendriya Vidyalaya (Makarpura), etc. Most of these schools have an average admission fee of Rs.25000 after which the average annual fees stands at Rs.70000 for Class 1-5th, Rs.85000 for Class 6th-10th, Rs.95000 for Class 11th-12th.
Keeping schools aside, the city also has various colleges with popular streams of education. If one is lucky enough to get admissions through the merit list released by GTU, the fees can be as low as Rs.10000 for an annual term. Coming to private colleges, institutes such as Parul University, Navrachana University, etc. charge up-to Rs.90000 as annual fees for engineering related courses.
And not to forget the world famous Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) which is located in the city of Vadodara offering a wide variety of courses to its students on its large lush green campus.
The city of Vadodara has a lot more to offer to its visitors, especially. (FYI, Vadodara is known to be the most sought after location for Garba during Navratri). The city has an excellent golf course known as ‘Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club’ to make sure you don’t stay back at your place during weekends. During Uttarayan and Ganesh Chaturthi, and the city does not lag behind other major cities when it comes to celebrating these festivals with zeal. The city gets illuminated with crackers, fire balloons and kandils during night hours of Uttarayan which make the city look more beautiful. The city also celebrates almost every other festivals with great joy and it is rare to happen that you are the lone one in your society celebrating a festival.
Imagine that you need to reach a place at a designated time and the on-road traffic stops you from reaching the place within that stipulated time. You definitely will not feel good about it. Thanks to the efficient work done by the Traffic Control Police of Vadodara, the city rarely has to experience long hours of traffic. Barring the evening hours, when some of the areas like Alkapuri, Ellora Park and Akota face traffic, the city handles the movement of the vehicle on road with ease.
The city offers a seamless fusion of the past and present. For people who like to roam around in open spaces during their evening hours, Sursagar Lake, Sayaji Baug, and Ajwa & Nimeta garden are the places to visit However, if your goal is to dive deep into the history of the city, Baroda Museum (with its art gallery), Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Kadia Dungar Caves and Laxmi Vilas Palace are some of the places you should not miss out on.
Your stay is incomplete in Vadodara if you missed out on exploring the shopping places in the city. The main attraction of the city for its shopping lovers are the little markets with their knick-knacks. The shops at Raopura, Mandvi, Teen Darwaza and Lehripura Mandir Bazar cater to the needs of people looking out to buy clothes or other home-based products such as handcrafted furniture and silver jewellery. Places such as Alkapuri and National Plaza offer alternatives to malls and multiplexes selling modern fashion apparel and furnishings. However, if malls are your ultimate choice for shopping, then Inorbit Mall, Vadodara Central and Centre Square Mall are a few places to visit.