Vadodara (Baroda) is known as the cultural capital of Gujarat. It holds a special importance in the state because of the rapid growth of industrial, commercial, educational, cultural activities in the city. Situated on the banks of the river Vishwamitri, Vadodara represents a unique confluence of education, arts and business.The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU) is a highly respected institution of higher learning, globally known for its departments of fine arts, performing arts, technology, management and medicine. Due to the mushrooming of large number of reputed educational institutions, it is not surprising that Vadodara is fast becoming an IT hub of Gujarat.Cosmopolitan in culture, the city celebrates all religious and cultural festivals with verve and enthusiasm. With its ancient and illustrious history, the places worth seeing in the city include palaces, museums, gardens and historical monuments. Well known for its arts and handicrafts, shopping in Vadodara is an experience in itself.