Cheap Flights To Vadodara
Nestled along the banks of the Vishwamitri River and one of the most popular regions of the state of Gujarat, Vadodara is an intriguing city of contrasts, with ancient sites lying side by side with modern and cosmopolitan shopping malls. This intoxicating fusion of old and new entices thousands of visitors to the area each year. Historical records indicate that the first settlers to the area arrived circa 812 AD -- mostly traders and their families. Around that time, the populace was predominantly Hindu, but in the years following the city was governed by Muslims and Mughals.
The region enjoys a tropical Savanna climate, with scorching temperatures throughout the year. Steeped in history and culture, the city is very diverse, which is reflected in the many languages and mixed culture of its inhabitants. Although boasting a myriad of attractions and activities for visitors, without a doubt the most popular is Champaner: a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs live side by side in this region and throughout the year numerous festivals are organised to celebrate their deities and traditions. Visit during the month of October when the Navratri Festival is hosted. The nine-day event is held in honour of the Goddesses Durga or Shakti and festival goers dance the ras in Garba and the carnival-like event culminates with feasting, parades and traditional music.
Things To Do
Vadodara and the surrounding area offer a fine selection of attractions from historical and ancient sites and tranquil parks to paintball fighting. Whatever your interests or age, the city of Vadodara has something for everyone.
Paintball at Delta 9 promises a fun-filled day for all the family. The venue offers three different paintball pitches and is the largest paintball event in India. In addition to paintball, participants will find a children's play area with trampolines, slides, swings and a bouncy castle.
- For the history enthusiasts
Founded by Vanraj Chavda in the 8th Century, Champaner is a historical city containing tombs, fortresses, chalcolithic sites and a selection of archaeological finds.
The Khanderao Market is housed in the most impressive building which was gifted to the people by the King to celebrate the silver jubilee of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad. The market opens at dawn and vendors offer jewellery, fruit, vegetables, woven goods and souvenirs.
Calendar Of Events
Due to the sheer numbers of different religions and cultures residing in Vadodara, the selection of different festivals is staggering. Indian festivals are also renowned for their colour and carnival-like atmosphere and many of the events are hosted for days on end.
The Navratri Festival. Held in October, the Navratri Festival is held in honour of the Goddesses Durga or Shakti. The event features traditional song and dance, feasting and ethnic music and is hosted over a nine day period.
Uttrayana. Hosted in January, the Uttrayana Festival celebrates the sun's six-month transversal to the northern hemisphere. The event causes much jubilation and festival goers wear their best clothes and gather on the rooftops at dawn. In addition to the grand feast, which is enjoyed later in the day, participants also fly brightly coloured kites.
Vadfest. Hosted in January, Vadfest is one of the biggest events in Vadodara. The festival spans four days and celebrates the many arts of the region. Festival goers are treated to performing arts, fine art workshops, craft workshops and more.