Vadodara is a city located in the Indian state of Gujarat, in the western end of the country and along the Vishwamitri River. With a population of about 2 million inhabitants is the most populated city in the state and the third largest after Ahmedabad and Surat. The city was known over the years with different names like Baroda, Virakshetra or Chandanavati and was part of various empires as the Gupta or the Maratha and different dynasties like the Chalukya or the Solanki, receiving its current name and status in 1974.
Known as the cultural capital of Gujarat, Vadodara has many attractions for tourism including traditional and religious festivals like Navratri, Uttarayana, Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi. Among the must-see places of interest are palaces like Laxmi Vilas, Makarpura or Pratap Vilas, museums such as Fatehsingh, Maharaja Fateh Singh or Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery and characteristic buildings as the EME temple, the Maharaja Sayajirao University, the Kirti Mandir, the Nyay Mandir or the Khanderao Market.
Vadodara is also an ideal place to savor Gujarati cuisine, mostly vegetarian and with traditional dishes including breads like Thepla, Puran Poli or Pooda, rice dishes like Khichu, Pulao or Khichdi and vegetables curries as Parwal Bateta nu Shaak or Panchkutiyu Shaak. The main economic activities in Vadadora include tourism and petrochemical, engineering, plastics and pharmaceuticals industries.