This one is for the avid birdwatcher. Home to more than 210 species of migratory birds, it is the most significant wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat. While you are here, you can spot herons, flamingoes, rosy pelicans, ducks, geese, ibises and many more nomadic species. And if you don't enjoy birdwatching that much, there are other activities like boating, horse riding along the lake and camping to enjoy at this picnic spot near Ahmedabad. All this and more Nal Sarovar one of the best places to visit near Ahmedabad within 100 kms, a escape for a day trip.
Known For : Laxmi Vilas Palace Sayaji Baug (Kamati Baug) Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III who had envisioned a dream to make this Big City an educational, industrial and commercial centre.
Best Time: October to March
The Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar city is one of the biggest temples in India, and it is a major pilgrim destination that many people swarm to. This temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and was built by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, the same organisation as the one in Delhi. Located in the capital of Gujarat, the complex took over 13 years to build and was inaugurated on October 30th, 1992. Akshardham mandir is situated in the centre of the 23-acre complex, which is built from 6,000 metric tonnes of pink sandstone from Rajasthan.
Another great option for the budding ornithologist, Thol consists of an artificial lake in the Mehsana district with over 150 species of exotic birds to be spotted. Bring your zoom lens and binoculars along because all kinds of birds, from the world's tallest bird, Sarus crane, to spoonbills and geese can be found here. You can spend a perfect day picnicking with your family or friends.
Another perfect spot for nature enthusiasts. With the height of the main waterfall being around 25 feet high, this is located on the river Vatrak in Dehgam and is an absolute visual treat. While soaking up all the peace, you can feel your weariness disappearing into the cascading sounds of the water. A Shiva temple is also present in the vicinity, and camel rides are an option in this waterfall near Ahmedabad.
Vadla is an up and coming haven for migratory birds making their way to the marshy wetlands of Gujarat, just a short drive away from Ahmedabad. Vadla still remains relatively unknown and undiscovered in comparison to the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary and is a hidden gem only known to the locals. Because of the scanty tourist populace and minimal interference in the natural habitat of the birds, Vadla provides you with a direct unperturbed access and exceptional views of the birds who are very sensitive to human presence. Vadla serves as a great opportunity for you to witness the natural behavioral aspects of the birds up close without infringing upon their inhabited area.
Modhera is an ancient village in the state of Gujarat, famed for housing the remains of the Sun Temple built by the Chalukya dynasty is a true historical treasure. The village is surrounded by a mystical aura that the Sun Temple brings along, it is also a hub for spirituality and culture. Modhera gives you a glimpse into the glory days of the royal lineage of the Chalukyas and is one of the finest testaments of the architectural excellence of the past. If history entices then this place is perfect for you with the village being neck deep in historical relics, structures and legends.
If you are a history buff and ever so curious to peek into the lives of the older generations, you really need to visit Lothal because this is a place that ties the past and present together. Located at a distance of around 85 kms from the city of Ahmedabad, on the banks of the ancient mythical river Saraswati (which has now dried up), Lothal is a popular Indus Valley Site and a 4500 years old city discovered in 1954. Even though the place is not as thriving as it once used to be, the magic of the ruins are enough to tell you the colourful tales about the lives of the people who were inhabitants of this place. This place is full of surprises and holds a great deal of historical significance. Lothal was not only amongst one of the early successful civilization but was also a hub of industrialisation adjoining different nations. Due to its fascinating excavations and dramatic discovery, Lothal is popular among geologists, historians and archaeologists.
Resting on the banks of River Sabarmati is a 400-hectare gem, the Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park. Not only is this park the second largest dinosaur-egg hatchery in the world, but it also houses skeletons of gigantic mammals like the blue whale! The premises of the park include a vast botanical garden, an amphitheatre and an interpretation centre equipped with all the camping facilities.
A perfect one-day picnic spot near Ahmedabad, Tirupati Rushivan Adventure Park is a great option if you are getting kids along. Situated on the banks of Sabarmati, it has a lot of fun rides for kids, a couple of activities like archery and paintball, a jungle safari, and a 6D theatre as well. A water park is also open to visitors during summers. Another exciting feature of this amusement park is that they have replicas of the seven wonders of the world. A great place to learn while having fun, huh?
Known For : Akshardham Temple Adalaj Stepwell Children's Park, Gandhinagar
Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat, offers a rich cultural heritage, beautiful temples and serene environment as major tourist attractions.
Best Time: October to March
Situated in the village of Makarba, 7 kms from Ahmedabad, Sarkhej Roza is a mosque and tomb complex. Bosting of absolutely striking early Islamic architectural finesse with spacious corridors and pillared domes, and surrounded by a mesmerising water tank, the tomb houses the grave of Ahmad Khattu Ganj Baksh (the former resident of the place).
Adalaj Stepwell is a magnificent structure built brilliantly to curb water crisis in and around Adalaj Village. The stepwell is located at a distance of 3 to 4 kilometres to the south-west of Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat. The Adalaj Stepwell was built in 1498 and is one of the many step wells built in India to provide access to groundwater. The entire architecture is an excellent illustration of the intelligence of the engineers and architects India had even at that time. Walk in, and you will witness a sudden yet soothing drop in temperature. Breathe in the tranquillity, absorb the beauty of the intricate carvings, make a silent wish and rest for a while before you proceed with your plan for the day.
Situated on the Sarkhej Sanand Highway in Ahmedabad, Maniar's Wonderland, true to its name, is truly a wonderland for both the adults and kids. It is the best place to beat the heat amidst snow or in the water park while having fun all the while. Among the most thrilling and popular rides are Aqua Roller, Aqua Splash, Zip Line, Wonder Chair etc.
Known For : AMUL Diary & Chocolate Factory AMUL Co-operative Museum Flo Art gallery
The city which was the epicenter of the white revolution in the country, Anand is a place known for its semi-rural set up and the Swami Narayan Mandir which is the crown jewel of the city
Best Time: October to March
The second largest lake of Ahmedabad, formerly known as Hauz-e-Qutub, Kankaria Lake was built in the 15th century and was later revamped in 2008. Located in the south-eastern part of the city, it is a complete package of entertainment for your family. A pathway circumscribes the lake which has alluring activities and adventures for people of all age groups.
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