Vadodara (old name, Baroda) is certainly a destination off the beaten track. It is also distinct for two other reasons. It is comparably clean, devoid of the stereotypes often associated with big Indian cities. It also has a unique architectural heritage which pervades all over the city. Due to time constraints, the sights covered are limited to just a few landmarks. The railway station, if you happen to approach the city via train, will set the proper context for your sightseeing. The royal grandeur is hard to miss at the rear entrance of the city station. Nearby is the beautiful domed structures of Maharaja Sayajirao University, yet another reminder of the royal heritage of the city. The Sayaji Baug is a beautiful park where the public gather to relax and rejuvenate themselves. It houses a stunningly beautiful museum, and is caressed by the small River Vishwamitri. The Kirti Mandir complex nearby is said to host art exhibitions. Across the river is the palace of the Gaekwad dynasty which used to rule from Vadodara, the Laxmi Vilas Palace. The royal family still lives in this palace, and the royal heir is a golf enthusiast, the palace surroundings converted into golf courses. Restaurants open late, so queue up for your place at the Shress Kathiawari Khadki restaurant to relish the authentic Kathiawari delights. There are more to explore in this offbeat destination, and it is certain that none of them will be untouched by the royal ambience which is woven into the character of this city.