Ahmadabad Tour Information
Adalaj Vav (19km)
The famous step well (vav) located on the outskirts of Adalaj village was built in 1499, by Queen Rudabai. The intricately carved step well is built several stories in depth and is a unique specimen of architecture.
The capital city of Gujarat lies at the centre around which are thirty self-sufficient sectors. A lot of space has been provided for parks and gardens, which makes Gandhinagar, the greenest capital of the world.
This architectural wonder of 20th century is the most famous temple of the Swaminarayan sect, one of the richest religious sects in the world. The temple complex sprawls across an area of 23 acres and the main shrine stands 108 feet tall amidst lush green lawns. About 6,000 tonnes of pink sandstone was used to create this giant edifice and no steel or any other metal was used in the building. The shrine houses a marvellously sculpted 7ft high gold leafed statue of Lord Swami Narayan. There is also an amusement park, a museum picture gallery and library.
It covers an area of over 168 hectare across the once barren ravines of the Sabarmati river. There is a deer park, camp site, botanical garden, a walk-in-aviary, whale skeleton enclosure, snake house, crocodile ponds, tortoise and turtle pits and several other animal enclosures.
Ambaji & Kumbharia (178km)
It is one of the most important pilgrim centres of Gujarat. The famous shrine of Goddess Ambaji, built over Arasur hill is one of the ‘Shakti Peeths’. The famous Kumbharia Jain temples are located nearby. The nearest railhead for Ambaji is Abu Road (19km) in Rajasthan.
It was an important port town of the Harappan era, dating back to 2nd century BC. A well planned city was discovered under the mound near Saragwala village in 1954. The mound was called Lothal, which means dead in the local dialect. The presence of a dockyard and terracotta’s showing an Assyrian and an Egyptian mummy indicates trade links with Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Egypt.
The Sun temple here is one of the finest monuments of Gujarat and the best example of Solanki temple architecture. The ornately carved temple was built in 1026-27 by Bhimadev I and is dedicated to Lord Surya or sun God. It was destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni. Adjacent to the temple is a huge ‘Sun Kund’ (Rama Kund) surrounded by step terraces with 108 smaller temples. The nearest railhead is a Mahesana (35km).
This jain and Hindu pilgrim centre was a great centre of art, culture, literature and education under the Solankis. It is dotted with several Jain and Shavite shrines. The Shastraling Lake built by King Siddhraj Jaising is surrounded by 1000 Shiva temples. Patan is also renowned as a Patola weaving centre.
Taranga Hill (127km)
The Jain pilgrim centre amidst the hills of Taranga is known for the temple of Lord Ajitnath, the 22nd tirthankara. It is also famous for exceptional scenic surroundings and excellent architecture. Connected by Rail and road.