The name Vadodara is derived from the Sanskrit word Vadodara, meaning – the heart of Banyan trees. With a copious amount of banyan trees surrounding the city’s cosmopolitan culture welcomes everyone with the same amount of gratitude, irrespective of the background.
Situated on the banks of river Vishwamitri, Vadodara has a rich heritage and is also the third-largest city in Gujarat. For a very long time, it was ruled by the Gaekwad family. It was Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad’s vision to make this city a cultural and educational hub. His vision was supported by some tireless work which resulted in the Princely State of Baroda witnessing an era of progress and achievements in all fields.
With ample importance given to economic development, a number of established industries made Baroda their home. A number of social reforms were also introduced and primary education was made compulsory following with the establishment of The Maharaja Sayajirao University, which to this day is one of the most prestigious and renowned educational institutes.
The city will forever be indebted to this great and virtuous ruler for putting Baroda (now Vadodara) on the map for its beauty, educational reforms, architecture, and culture.
Even though Vadodara isn’t a metro or the biggest city in Gujarat, it has a lot of things to show for.