When I had to write about my favorite city, it had to be the one I am living in since last 10 years now – Vadodara
I would not have done justice had I written about any other city as it would not come from my heart. I have known this place for so long, studied here, got my first paycheck here, saw the hostel life, then a Paying Guest, to a rental and finally moved to my own home.
Vadodara also known as Baroda is the third largest city of Gujarat after Ahmedabad and Surat. The word Vadodara has originated from the word Vadpatra because of the presence of many banyan trees in the city on the river banks of Vishwamitri.
The city is totally rich in heritage and culture why it is also known as the “Sanskari nagri” ie the “Cultured city”.
Apart from the abundance in culture & heritage, the city has very flawless infrastructure facilities in terms of design, drive and connect.
Design: Vadodara is a industrial hub with the presence of many giant national and multi-national industries here which makes it the industrial capital of Gujarat. The mall culture rose considerably in the last few years with chains like Hypercity & Spencer also joining the market. The city is also known as city of palaces, parks, museums and temples. The presence of Maharaja Sajayirao University has brought a large number of local, national and foreign cultures to the city. The university serves as the source of higher studies to thousands of students.
Drive: The roads of Gujarat are already known to be very well built. Vadodara is getting taste of new flyovers which have made the life of the people quite easy. There are few more flyovers coming up soon which are in progress. National Highway 8, connecting Delhi and Gandhinagar with Ahmedabad to Surat and Mumbai, passes through the city. Vadodara is also connected with Ahmedabad through Indian National Expressway 1.
Connect : Vadodara is very well connected to other cities and very easily accessible. The railway station and the Bus station are very close and hence serves the transport purpose just in the perfect way to the visitors.
Vadodara’s railway junction is known to be the busiest junction of Gujarat. 2014 saw Vadodara getting a brand new first of its kind airport like bus station
The city is on the major rail and road arteries joining Mumbai with Delhi and Mumbai with Ahmedabad. Due to this Vadodara is known as a Gateway to the Golden Quadrilateral.
To sum up, this city is a combination of cultural, educational as well as industrial flavors.