Vadodara, in Gujarat is also called as ‘Sanskari Nagari’ (cultured city). Earlier known as Baroda it is located at a distance of 131 km from Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat. There are numerous tourist spots which make this city a famous tourist destination. Located on the banks of the Vishwamitri River, the city refers to 'the stomach of the banyan tree'. Important places of interest include Kadia Dungar Caves, the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Nazarbaugh Palace, Makarpura Palace, Sayaji Baug and Sursagar Talav. The Sayaji Baug also called Kamati Baug includes 45 hectares of garden grounds, a flower clock, two museums, a planetarium, a zoo and a toy train. There is an astronomy park in the vicinity which showcases ancient Indian astronomical instruments. The Sursagar Talav is an artificial lake with boating facilities for tourists.
Most of Lord Ganesha idols are immersed here on Ganesha Chaturthi. The Sri Aurobindo Niwas is located at Dandia Bazar locality of the city. Rishi Aurobindo resided here during his stay in Gujarat and the ashram houses the relics of this great freedom fighter and yogi. Vadodara is famous for its Garba celebrations during Navratri all over Gujarat. During this festive occasion, Raasa and Garba dances often continue past midnight. For more information about this place, you can refer to travel guide to Vadodara.