Welcome to Sanskari-Nagri!!
Vadodara, also known as Baroda is proudly called the “Sankari-Nagri” or the Cultural capital of Gujarat.
Here’s a little preview of what the city can offer you, from a local’s perspective.
For the Foodie’s
If you were in Vadodara and did not taste the famed local dish Sev Usal, sorry your trip was done incomplete. Sev Usal is mixture of sweet, spicy and tangy flavors which is made from peas, indian spices and garnished with Sev. One can have the best sevusal at Mahakali restaurant near polo ground.
Chat Lovers can throng to Alkapuri, near Concorde building, where great chats and other local streets food can be gulped down. Yo Frankie, Tasty Vadapav, Manmohan Samosa, Pyarelal ke kachori, Sangam Hotel are the various local popular foods places of the city, that are worth trying for. Try out Gujarati Thali at Amantran/Kansaar Hotel, there are many restaurants offering Gujarati Thali. Non veg and egg lovers need not go dissatisfied. The famous Raju Omlet centre at Muktanand, Karelibaug offers some delicious egg recipes.
For Heritage and Art Lovers
Vadodara is also known for its art and architecture. The grand Laxmi Vilas Palace, EME Temple, Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, Baps Swaminarayan Mandir, Khanderao Market, Nazabaugh Palace are some of the great pieces of architecture. Sevasi stepwell, which is more than 500 years old, is considered as the oldest and most beautiful Stepwell of Sultan Mehmud Begada’s time in 16th century. More well known art places are Sayajigunj Clock Tower, Kirti Mandir, Tambekar Wada, Qutbuddin Hajira ,Arvind Ashram, Surya Narayan Temple etc.
The Laheri pura Gate, Gandi Gate and the Mandvi gate in the Old city are impressive ones. Lehripura Gate was built as the western gateway to the old city in 1558. The Mandvi Gate was built during the Mughal period and was later restored in 1736 A.D.
Celebration is one thing, people of Vadodara love doing. And when it comes to culture love, you know Barodians are ahead. The city happens to be the most sought after location for the dance style known as garba in the entire world as per the Gujarat Tourism authority. Uttarayan (Kite Festival) is another most awaited festival, celebrated for 2 days when you find people on their terraces from morning to late evenings, food parties, crackers and garba follows.
Not only Navratri and Kite Festival but Ganesh Utsav, Diwali, and Eid are celebrated with huge spirits.
There is of course much more about this wonderful city than shared here. Have you been to Vadodara? Please share any good memories you have about the city!!