Vadodara, a quondam princely state on the banks of the River Vishwamitiri, is an amalgam of old world charm and modern prosperity. Popularly known as Baroda, , it houses grand old palaces and temples with swanky IT parks and corporate offices, Vadodara is also acknowledged as the cultural capital of Gujarat.
An important industrial, educational and cultural hub of western India, the city exhibits several institutions of national and regional importance. While its major industries include petrochemicals, engineering, pharmaceuticals, plastics, IT and foreign exchange services, Vadodara also has some interesting city sights like Aurobindo ashram, Nazarbaugh palace, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Tambekar wada, etc, but the main reason for coming here is the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Champaner and Pavagadh. Amongst numerous other irresistible attractions dotting this fabulous city, is the famous Pavagadh Kalika Mandir and the priceless art collection at the Fateh Singh Museum and Laxmi Vilas Palace.