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Gandhinagar Tourism

Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat, is located at a distance of around 23 km from Ahmedabad on the western bank of Sabarmati river. Gandhinagar, one of India's few planned cities encompasses Akshardham Temple, one of the country's most beautiful temple.  

Gandhinagar offers a rich cultural heritage, beautiful temples and serene environment to all its visitors. Among other attractions are an enthralling Children's Park and uniquely built stepwell. The holy places in Gandhinagar like the Hanumanji Temple and the Brahmani Temple which in spite of not being so famous, are also worth visiting for an enriching experience.

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History of Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar is a relatively new city, established in 1960, catering to the requirement of a capital city when the state of Mumbai was divided into two states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Mumbai thus became the capital for Maharashtra and Gandhinagar of Gujarat. It derives its name obviously from our Father of the Nation- Mahatma Gandhi, this being his birthplace. The city holds historical relevance as it was a centre of many national freedom movements. Designed by the chief architect H.K. Mewada and his assistant Prakash M. Apte, Gandhinagar was built on the same land which was once a part of the Pethapur state in the 13th century.

Culture of Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar has a mixed culture- that of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Hinduism is the chief religion and Gujarati and Hindi are the principal languages here. Apart from Holi, Diwali and Dussehra, Gujarat Sthapana Diwas (1st May)- the foundation day of Gujarat and Navratras are the most popular festivals celebrated here. Gandhinagar has got an all veg mouth-watering cuisine- khakhra, bajra, paratha, dhokla, thepla, khandvi etc. It also has a flourishing handicraft industry and wood carving industry.

Gandhi Ashram

The Gandhi Ashram stands as an epitome of the nation's struggle for freedom and the various national movements that took place during the colonial era. This was one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, generally called Mahatma Gandhi, who lived there for about twelve years along with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi.

Restaurants and Local Food in Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar is a typical Gujarati state with a cuisine which is rich, elaborate and has many choices. The restaurants of the city, glitter with countless food options for a truly flattering experience. One can try Indian, Chinese, Mexican, South-Indian, Italian and Continental relishes here along with the most authentic and exquisite Gujrati cuisine. Indulge in an elaborate Gujarati thali and savor the traditional snacks including Chakri, Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Sev, Khandvi and Khaman. Also try the refreshing Lassi, Buttermilk or Chaas and sweets like Basundi, Puran Poli, Shrikhand, Ghevar, Malpua. Also, Gujarat is a dry state, so you wouldn't find any alcohol here.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Gandhinagar and set off for the Gandhi Ashram first. Visit the museum and observe galleries showcasing the events in the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Watch the light and sound show in the evening and relive history.

Day 2: Visit the Nal Sarovar Wetland Sanctuary early morning and enjoy bird-watching and boating. Proceed to Adlaj Step Wall, which is the oldest step wall in India. Have sumptuous lunch at the restaurants in Adalaj and then stroll down to the popular marketplaces such as Lal Darwaza and City Centre.

Day 3: Begin the day by visiting the renowned Thol Bird Sanctuary and Adalaj Trimandir. End your day on a religious note in the very famous Akshardham Temple.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Beautiful architectural forts, museums and temples. Greenest capital city in entire Asia.

What's Not So Great?

Summers can be harsh.

For Whom?

Gandhinagar is a great place to visit for those who admire Gandhi and his life. It is also a great getaway for those living in Gujarat.

How To Reach Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar is an important business centre in Gujarat, which makes the transportation system of Gandhinagar very convenient and traveler-friendly. Gandhinagar airport is a well-established airport. It is well connected to major near by cities via bus services as well. Rail connectivity is good too, with trains coming through different routes on a daily basis.

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Q. What is the distance between Ahmadabad to Gandhi agar?

Somabhai Patel 9 months ago
30 km

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Shreyas Kapoor 1 year ago
- Located in Gujarat, it faces extreme heat during summers.. Carry sun screen lotion, sun glasses, umbrellas, etc. as required. However the temperature is likely to fall up to 10å¡C in winters, so woollen clothing during this time is advisable.
Taniya Batra 1 year ago
The Adalaj step well is one of the most famous step wells in Ahmedabad. The step well has intricate designs and its structure and intricacies often attract artists and photographers. The step well has a large historical background and a unique structure. Its unique structure also allows the temperature to be cool and a welcome relief from the temperature that runs high in the city. Visitation is also free of charge and the place acquires a good amount of footfall.
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