Famous Places to Visit in Gandhinagar
Gandhinagar, the capital of the Gujarat state in the Western India, is located approx 23km from the north of Ahmedabad. Blessed with the provision of parks, extensive planting, and a recreational area along with the River gives the city a green garden atmosphere. Currently, Gandhinagar is also selected as one of the hundred Indian cities that are to be developed as a Smart City under the flagship of PM Narendra Modi’s Smart Cities mission. Some of the best places that are must visit in Gandhinagar are:
Designated as the second home of Mahatma Gandhi, Sabarmati Ashram is a Spartan colony of tiled houses in Gandhinagar. The place is considered to have a historical importance as it was from here Gandhi orchestrated the final struggle for independence. Here one can witness his cottage called the Hriday Ashram, which has been well maintained by the authority. One can also see Gandhi’s personal assets like round eyeglasses, wooden slippers, letters and books.
Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar and situated about 25kms from Ahmedabad is dedicated to Swaminarayan and termed as the best example of contemporary architecture and style. Akshardham is considered a place of education, enlightenment and in a way entertainment. More than 2 million people mostly tourists are estimated to visit the temple every year. The major attractions of the temple are it’s ten ft. Tall golden statue of Swaminarayan; Mystic India, a film on an incredible journey of an 11-year old child yogi called Neelkanth; the light and music show called Sat Chit Anand Water show and audio-animatronic shows.
Adalaj Step Well
Step wells are quite eminent in Gujarat as previously they were the only source of water in the arid regions. Thus, the people decided to decorate and ornament these large structures and maintained them. There are many step wells, in Gujarat and the popular one is Adlaj Vav. This Adalaj step well was built in 1499 by Rudabai, the wife of a local chieftain. The stepwell is adorned with vibrant platforms and galleries. The shafts of the well are profusely carved with floral and geometric motifs, interspersed with some figurines. The carved pillars supporting the pavilions are flooded with diffused light and provide ideal resting places.
Indroda National Park
Indroda Nature Park also known as the Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park. This park is a part of the Sarita Udhyan, which is located in the Indroda village in Sector 9. Animal and species of other mammals like deer, hare, porcupine, wild boar and various reptiles can be seen here.
All round tourist attraction, the park is famous for its Deer Park and Dinosaur Park. Dinosaur Park is concerned as the Jurassic Park of India.
Geological Survey of India (GSI) established this place and is currently managed by the Gujarat Ecological and Research Foundation (GEER).
Gujarat Science City
Gujarat Science City, an initiative of the Government of Gujarat to encourage the students towards science & technology. The science city along with other attractions includes an amphitheatre, energy park, Hall of Science, Planet Earth and Life Science Park. Currently, spread in an area of 107 hectares it is proposed to extend and acquire a total area of 300 hectares for looking out science related activities. The park has a unique charm that pulls people of all age group to explore science.
Mahudi Jain Temple
The temple dedicated to Ghantakarna Mahavir. Mahudi Jain Temple is a beautiful Jain Pilgrimage in an area of around 2km in length. The artistic remnants of the temple along with the sculptures excavated from the ground are about 2000 years old as inscribed in the Brahmi Script written over them. The icon is considered to be a reincarnation of King Tungabhadra who was deemed to be a protector of the needy; therefore the statue has a bow and an arrow in the hands. The idol is also said to possess miraculous powers.
Adalaj Trimandir is a collection of 3 sanctums that together make this beautiful temple come to life. Carved with pink sandstones the temple is dedicated to many deities. The right sanctum is devoted to Lord Shiv, Parvati Devi, Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesha. The centre sanctum has Lord Simandhar Swami and the third sanctum houses Tirupati Balaji, Shreenathji, Bhadrakali Maa and Shree Amba Maa.
A little hamlet on the outskirts of Gandhinagar, Pethapur is also known as the Craftsmen’s Village. Once richly famed for its Bandhani work that includes dying and tying the cloth and recreates a typical pattern. Nowadays, the village is famous for the wooden blocks that have unique patterns and are used to hand design the fabric. These wooden blocks are exported. The vibrancy of the village will take you deep down to the roots of the local culture.