is a graceful city of palaces, parks, temples and museums and considered
by many as the de-facto cultural capital of Gujarat. Once the capital of
the Gaekwads, the former rulers of Vadodara, it is also known as Baroda
and rises from the banks of River Vishwamitri. Vadodara is also the
industrial capital of Gujarat.
Archaeological findings indicate that
human habitations existed here since prehistoric times. Vadodara passed
through the hands of, the Guptas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakubas, Solankis, the
Sultans of Delhi and the Mughals before passing on to the Marathas. It
owes its present day grandeur to Maharaja Sayajirao, a great patron of
art, architecture and music.