Tambekar Wada, a 4-storey haveli, the residence of the Diwan of Vadodara acquired by the Archeological Survey of India, is famous for its wall paintings from the 19th century Maratha tradition depicting scenes from the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna's life and from the Anglo-Maratha war.
Kirti Mandir was the royal mausoleum of the Gaekwads, commissioned by Maharaja Sayajirao on his 75th birthday for his ancestors with a bronze sun, moon, earth and the map of India atop its spire. It is known for its murals by Nandlal Bose, a famous painter from Tagore's Shantiniketan, with scenes from the Mahabharata and of Mirabai's life.
Qutbuddin Hajira is a tomb over the grave of Qutbuddin Muhammed Khan, one of Mughal Emperor Akbar's generals and later the local governor, built in 1586 and now the most significant Mughal monument in the area. Its quiet charm is enhanced by an old stepwell nearby.
Nyaya Mandir, “Temple of Justice”, is an ancient building now used as the district sessions court.
How to get there
By road: Vadodara, 112 km from Ahmedabad and 420 km from Mumbai, is located on National Highway 8. There are various state transport (ST) buses and private luxury coaches from all over Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Rajasthan. Ahmedabad-Vadodara intercity buses take 2 hours and run every 15 minutes. There are also several private bus companies on or near Station Road. Tickets vary according to the type of bus, but the average rate is Rs.100/- to Ahmedabad and Rs.200/- to Mumbai. You can also rent a car with a driver to explore the city and its surroundings at the Express Hotel. Rates range from Rs.650/- without air-conditioning to Rs.2200/- for luxury vehicles, for 8 hrs or 80 km per day.
By rail: Vadodara, a major railway junction is located on the Western Railway, which connects Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad.
By air: Vadodara is connected by various domestic airlines to Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Daman, and Pune.