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Previously known by the appellation ‘Baroda’, Vadodara; nestled on the banks of the river Vishwamitri happens to be the fourth largest and one of the most populated cities in the state of Gujarat. Positioned about 130 kilometers to the southeast of the state capital Gandhinagar and some 114 km away from Ahmedabad, Vadodara; the former seat of the princely Gaekwar State now functions as the headquarters of the Vadodara District. Boasting of its historical, cultural, architectural and archaeological legacy of more than one thousand years, Vadodara traces its genesis back to the period of 9th century AD when it existed as a small town named Ankottaka. From antediluvian eon till today, this metropolis has been a witness to ascends and declines of several civilizations and dynasties which bequeathed it with a rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Vadodara, renowned for its swanky palaces, sublime temples, cozy avenues, eloquent art galleries, eminent museums, well-laid parks, vivid festivals and graceful ambience is essentially the cultural capital of Gujarat. Rightly honored with the laurel ‘the Sanskari Nagari’ which means, ‘the city of Culture and Values’, Vadodara is also reckoned by the title ‘the Sayaji Nagari’. The phase of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III’s ascendancy is believed to be the golden era in Vadodara’s history. Also a proud home to some of the world famous educational institutes including the MS University, the present day Vadodara is a blooming industrial and commercial hub of the Gujarat State. This city has engrossed many national and international IT Companies to set up their operational centers here as people cherish residing in Vadodara due to its comparatively uncomplicated life and abundance of resources.