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8th to 10th February 2018
Vadodara, Gujarat
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Attractions in and around Vadodara city

Lukshmi Vilas Palace

The term Maharaja Palace actually refers to a series of palaces in Vadodara, constructed since the Gaekwad a prominent Maratha family started ruling the Baroda State. It is an extravagant building of the Indo-Saracenic school, was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the year 1890, known to be the largest private dwelling of the size equivalent to four times of the Buckingham Palace. It is still home to the royal family of Vadodara, the Gaekwads.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 2 km

Timings : 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday closed

Sayaji Gardens

Sayaji Gardens, as the name suggests is dedicated to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III himself. It is the largest garden in the western region of India with a sprawling 45 hectares of land.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 1 km

Timings : 5.00am to 11.00pm

Kirti Mandir

Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III was so powerful and affluent that he had an entire monument built to commemorate the cremation of his family members. This monument was called the Kirti Mandir.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 1 km

Timings : 10.00am to 6.00pm

Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery

Constructed by the Gaekwads in 1894, the Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery is host to umpteen numbers of relics relating to a wide spectrum of fields right from archeology to geology.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 1 km

Timings : 10.00am to 5.00pm Sunday closed

Sursagar City Lake

SurSagar lake also known as the Chand Talao is a lake situated in middle of the city. The lake was rebuilt with stone masonry in the 18th Century. A 120 ft tall statue of lord Shiva built by Vadodara mahanagar Seva Sadan stands in the middle of the lake. The statue of Lord Shiva is lit with lights on Mahashivratri.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 3 km

Planetarium, Sayaji garden

Air-conditioned planetarium arranges special shows for educational institutions on request. Besides, reacting the immense progress of India's space programme, it conducts several audio-visual programmes on the earth's planetary system.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 1 km

Timings : 9.00am to 6.00pm Thursday Closed

Iskcon Temple

ISKCON Temple is sitauted at Gotri Road, Vadodara. The Temple is surrounded by Greenery. ISKCON Temple (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) of Vadodara oraganises Rath Yatra every Year.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 6 km

Timings : 6.00am to 9.00pm

EME Temple

Built and run by the Indian Army authorities, this temple is made out of aluminium and other alloys. It is a place of absolute harmony where Dakshinamurthi, a form of Lord Shiva finds his devotees. One may say it is quite a modern-looking temple. The idol of the main deity is said to be facing south and imparting knowledge in that direction. A lush green garden surrounds the temple, making it a truly peaceful and holistic experience.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 3 km

Timings : 6.00am to 8.30pm

Aurobindo Ashram

Aurobindo Ashram is located at Dandia Bazar in the city of Vadodara. It was the first ever ashram to become so popular in south areas. Relics of Sri Aurobindo are present here. It is open to all for meditation. It houses a library, study room and sales emporium. Here you can find all books by and on Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 3.5 km

Timings : 9.00am to 7.00pm


Being included in the elite list of the World Heritage Sites across the globe, this marvelous archaeological park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst the Pavagadh hills is one of the most sought after places in Gujarat.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 41 km

Timings : 5.00am to 5.00pm

Vadhwana Bird Sanctuary

Apart from being a wetland, it also has an eco tourism campsite. The best time to visit the wetland is from October to March cause that is the main migratory seasons for birds which migrate here from all over the world.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 44 km

Timings : Sunday 8.00am to 5.00pm

Navabazar: Shopping street

Shopping street located in heart of the city well known for handicraft goods, ethnic outfits among others.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 3 km

Timings : 10.00am to 8.00pm Monday closed

Attractions near Country’s first UNESCO world Heritage city: Ahmedabad

Sabarmati (Mahatma Gandhi) Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat adjoining the Ashram Road, on the banks of the River Sabarmati. This was one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who lived there for about twelve years along with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi.It was from his base here that Gandhi led the Dandi march also known as the Salt Satyagraha on 12 March 1930.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 118 km

Timings : 8.30am to 6.30pm

Sabarmati River front

The project is two-level promenade situated on both sides of the river where the lower level serves only pedestrians and cyclists while the upper level is capable of hosting numerous cultural and educational events, leisure activities, large public parks and plazas.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 113 km

Timings : 6.00am to 9.00pm


Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat is a large Hindu temple complex inspired by Pramukh Swami, the former spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.. At the center of the 23-acre complex is the Akshardham mandir, which is built from 6,000 metric tons of pink sandstone from Rajasthan.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 136 km

Timings : 9.30am to 7.30pm Closed on Monday

Rani ki Vav (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Rani ki vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan. Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent, and have been constructed since the third millennium BC. Rani ki vav was built in the complex Maru-Gurjara architectural style with an inverted temple and seven levels of stairs and holds more than 500 principal sculptures.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 236 km

Timings : Closes at 6.30pm

State Attractions

Sardar Sarovar dam

The Sardar Sarovar Dam is a gravity dam on the Narmada river near Navagam. It is a part of the Narmada Valley Project, a large hydraulic engineering project involving the construction of a series of large irrigation and hydroelectric multi-purpose dams on the Narmada river.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 93 km

Timings : 9.00am to 5.00pm

Rann Utsav, Kutch Gujarat


Rann Utsav is an awesome festival of Kutch, Gujarat. It is a Carnival of Music, Dance, nature beauty of White Rann and much more then that when visit under the full Moon. Kutch Rann Utsav is the shimmering landscape that gives the enchanting moments of this Fest, which feels like as Heaven On Earth during Festival Time. In fact, it’s a Family holiday destination to explore fun moments and store in cameras for life time.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 236 km

Timings : Closes at 6.30pm

Sasan Gir

A forest and wildlife sanctuarynear Talala Gir, established in 1965, with a total area of 1,412 km2 (545 sq mi) (about 258 km2 (100 sq mi) for the fully protected area of the national park and 1,153 km2 (445 sq mi) for the Sanctuary. Its region is the sole home of the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) in the wilderness, and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 386 km

Timings : 6.00am to 6.00pm

Sun temple, Modhera (World Heritage site)

The Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya located at Modhera village of Mehsana district. No worship is offered now and is protected monument maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. The temple complex has three components: Gudhamandapa, the shrine hall; Sabhamandapa, the assembly hall and Kunda, the reservoir. The halls have intricately carved exterior and pillars. The reservoir has steps to reach bottom and numerous small shrines.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 210 km

Timings : 6.00am to 6.00pm


Dwarka is a small city located on the western shore of the Okhamandal Peninsula on the right bank of the Gomti River. Dwarka is one of the foremost Chardhams, four sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, and is one of the Sapta Puri, the seven most ancient religious cities in the country. Dwarka is often identified with the Dwarka Kingdom, the ancient kingdom of Krishna, and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat.

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 514 km

Timings : 6.30am to 1.00pm 5.00pm to 9.30pm


The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra, is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Destroyed and reconstructed several times in the past, the site of Somnath has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times on account of being a Triveni sangam (the confluence of three rivers — Kapila, Hiran and the mythical Sarasvati).

Distance from Vadodara Railway station : 484 km

Timings : 6.00am to 9.00pm