Vadodara, also known as the Sanskari Nagari (Cultural Capital) of Gujarat, is one of India’s most cosmopolitan cities. Owing to the vision of the Gaekwads, subsequent industrialization, propagation of academic activities and a strategically important geographical location, Vadodara has welcomed a wide variety of people from all over India and the globe.

The city of Vadodara has a vibrant history related to art and architecture. Since the era of the royal Gaekwad family, it has been a hub of arts and literature. It was for this that the title “Kala Nagari” was conferred on the city. The city was once the capital of the princely state of Baroda. Located on the banks of the river Vishwamitri, it is the third most populous city of Gujarat after Ahmedabad and Surat. Known for its culture, history and monuments, Vadodara is an important educational and commercial centre.

One of the largest and richest princely states during pre-Independence India, Vadodara developed into an important industrial centre under Maharaja Sayajirao III. The city still enjoys pre-eminent position as an industrial and financial hub.

A cultural hotspot, the city is an interesting blend of Marathi and Gujarati culture. Navratri festivities are the best time to witness the city’s cultural wealth. Despite the overwhelming commercialism, Vadodara has succeeded in keeping the folk dance form of the festival alive and pristine. People from across the globe flock to the city to witness this unique nine nights celebration. The city’s bazaars are a haven for shopaholics. Handicrafts, textiles and leather products are the best buys in Vadodara.

Known for its rich heritage, Vadodara is home to many beautiful temples, palaces, museums and other historic buildings and places of interest that lure tourists from all over India. Sayaji Baug, the largest garden in western India, is the city’s prime attraction. The garden houses the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, the Sayaji Baug Zoo and Aquarium, Sardar Patel Planetarium and a working Floral Clock. Maharaja Sayajirao University is another heritage site of Vadodara worth visiting.

Visit Vadodara this Vadfest 2015 and witness the city come alive.