Vadodara – home of India’s most beautiful palace and an array of breathtaking attractions to see
Vadodara is one of the largest cities in the state of Gujarat, the mystical and culturally-rich state of India. The city has a population of just over 2 million residents and hosts some of the country’s important political and royal families of the region. Top tourist attractions include Laxmi Vilas Palace, Sursagar Lake and EME Temple.
Set your sights on one of India’s gems, with cheap flights to Vadodara available for a limited period of time! Vadodara is home to Vadodara Airport (BDQ), located on a 25-minute drive from the city centre. Vadodara Airport serves a number of airlines, including Etihad Airways and Jet Airways. There are no direct flights to Vadodara but popular connecting flights are available from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration is approximately 22 hours and 40 minutes.
Popular flights to Vadodara
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Vadodara
The Laxmi Vilas Palace is the top attraction in the city, and is home to the royal family of the city. The palace has a museum and beautiful grounds for the public to explore.
Enjoy the city views from Sursagar Lake on a relaxing boat ride or even just alongside the water, with sunsets that are said to be stunning.
Vadodara has some wonderful ashrams to visit during your time there. Reconnect with your inner self and immerse yourself in meditation.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
Indian Rupee (INR)
1 ZAR = 4.95 INR
Vadodara Airport (BDQ)
Best time to visit Vadodara
Vadodara is a situated in the hot state of Gujarat, known for its blazing hot summers and warm, pleasant winters. During the summer, June to July, the days can reach temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius. It can also get very humid. The best time to visit would be during the winter months which fall between November and February. During this time, visitors to the area can expect warm days with temperatures that range around 25 degrees Celsius.
Weather & Climate in Vadodara
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Vadodara is the beautiful city in the Indian state of Gujarat. The city is known as the cultural hub of Gujarat, with rich, cultural architecture and religious buildings that adorn the city with colours and festive activity over special days. There is quite a bit to do in Vadodara, including spending time at the wonderful Sursaga Lake and visiting the Laxmi Vilas Palace. The city has a large student population, attending the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. There are plenty of cafes and quaint boutiques to enjoy and meet up with the fresh-mined individuals.
For the historians, Vadodara is the place to be. The city is where ancient Indian kingdoms once ruled and across the city you will find palaces and statues, in remembrance of the regions previous rulers. Vadodara is also known as Baroda, named after all of the lush greenery that is found in the city.
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South African passport holders require a visa to visit India. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least 6 months and 2 empty pages for entry stamps.
An Indian E-visa is valid for 30 days from your date of entry into the country. For more information, You can apply through Indian Visa Online or at a VFS Global Application Centre, located in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
For travel to India, please ensure that all of your routine vaccinations are up to date. It is recommended to get additional shots for hepatitis A & B, as well as for typhoid, cholera and malaria.
The city of Vadodara is considered a safe city for travel. Please be aware that the usual vigilance still applies. Do not flash any of your valuable belongings in public and store important paperwork in your hotel safe. Women are encouraged to travel in groups after dark.