The earliest mention of Vadodara is in a grant or charter of 812 that identifies it as Vadapadraka, a village attached to the nearby town of Ankottaka. In the 10th century Vadapadraka replaced Ankottaka as the main town. The city was once called Chandravati, after its ruler Raja Chandan, then Viravati, the abode of the brave, and then Vadpatra because of the abundance of banyan trees on the banks of the Vishwamitri. From Vadpatra it derived its present name Vadodara.
FESTIVAL: The people of Vadodara, call their city a ?Sanskari Nagari', that is, a ?Cultured City'. Vadodara is one of India's most cosmopolitan cities. Thanks to the vision and broadmindedness of the Gaekwads , the subsequent industrialisation, the proliferation of academic activities and a strategically important geographical location, Baroda has welcomed a wide variety of people from all over India and also from all over the world. In all of this, the sprawling and cosmopolitan MS University campus and the large number of local, national and foreign industries act as a catalysing and unifying force.
The great museums on the palace grounds such as the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and art gallery are unique and carry artifacts from around the nation and the world. There are Gujarati film studios in the city as well as a large number of large old-style movie theatres in addition to the newer multiplexes that have sprung up in the past few years.
Diwali , Uttarayan , Holi , Ganesh Chaturthi , Eid , Christmas and New Year are celebrated with great fervour. Classical music and dance have their patrons, and so does the modern stage and pop culture. The culture and the traditions are both alive and being forever experimented with.
Winter Temperature: Max 31 °C, Min 11 °C
Summer Temperature: Max 45 °C, Min 24 °C
Rainfall (mid-June to mid-September): 931.9 mm
Ankleshwa Temple - Ankleshwar
ANKLESHWAR INDUSTRIES - Ankleshwar
Attractions and Places to Visit in Ankleshwar
- Laxmi Vilas Palace
- Najar Baug Palace
- Sayaji Baug
- Ajwa - Nimeta
- Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
- Temples - Kirti Mandir, EME Temple
- Malls and Multiplexes - Deep, Chandan, Inox, Westside
- Baroda museum and picture gallery
- Champaner -Pavagadh (40 kilometres north-east of Baroda, and UNESCO world heritage site)
- Sursagar lake
- Raopura Tower
- Walled City gates - Mandvi, Gendigate, Champaner Darwaza, Laheripura gate,
- Sardar Patel Planetarium
- Khanderao Market
- Gandhi Nagar Gruh
How to Reach Ankleshwar
(A) Nearest international airports : Mumbai-375 KMs, Ahmedabad-200 KMs (B) Nearest domestic airport-Vadodara-75 KMs. Vadodara is well connected with Mumbai & Delhi by air with daily flights. (C) Train : Bharuch & Ankleshwar are well connected with Mumbai, Delhi & South India by rail.