Situated on the banks of the river Vishwamitri Vadodra (Baroda) is the capital city of the erstwhile Gaekwad rulers and is also known as the garden city of Gujarat. Baroda is the western derivative of the term; ‘Vadodara’ meaning ‘City of Banyan Trees’. It is an important cultural center of India, known for its art galleries and museums. Vadodra is located in the eastern part of the state of Gujarat and is a pleasant, medium sized city.
Vadodara is known for its palaces, museums and parks. The Sayaji Bagh is a big well-laid park and an important tourist attraction. Within this park, one can see the Vadodara Museum and Art Gallery, which has a good collection of artifacts, Indian sculptures and ancient manuscripts, Egyptian antiquities, Mughal miniatures and some works of European masters. The Sayaji Bagh also has a planetarium and a small zoo within it. Maharaj Fateh Singh Museum, located in the southern part of the city, houses the royal collection of copies of European masters, Far Eastern Art and contemporary Indian works. The Laxmi Vilas Palace, north of the Maharaj Fateh Singh Museum, has a good collection of artifacts. The Naulakhi Well, a fine example of a step well or baoli, and the EME temple, a unique temple with an aluminum roof, are worth paying a visit..