Vadodara is a cultural and economic hub in western India. It's the third largest city in the state of Gujarat with a population of more than two million. It sits on the banks of Vishwamitri River and is just an hour's drive away from the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to a fortress and largely unexcavated archaeological ruins. The city is known as Gurjrat's cultural capital, thanks to its former ruler, Maharaja Sayajirao, who was a patron of the arts. There is also a university with his name, which has been ranked as one of the best in India.
Flights to Vadodara depart from a number of UK airports, but at present, none of them offer direct flights, so your journey will include at least one stop on the way. This is likely to be in another Indian city such as Delhi or Mumbai. You can expect an average journey time ranging from 14 - 30 hours in total, depending on how long your stopover is.
There are three main seasons in Vadodara - summer, monsoon and winter. Expect dry weather outside of the monsoon season, with temperatures at their highest in May (around 40°C). It remains hot throughout the year generally, but if you want to visit the city at its coolest, try December and January - still bring sun cream though!
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