Top Things to do in the city of Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is one of the most thickly populated and bustling cities of Gujarat. It is also one of the most growing cities in the whole of India. As an industrial hub and business center Ahmedabad enjoys good reputation countrywide. Architectural marvel, rich history, great street food and bustling bazaars all combine to make Ahmedabad the most fascinating destination for a passionate traveler. When you get an opportunity to set out for Ahmedabad Sightseeing you’ll in fact be simply spoilt for choice with so much to do and see in and around Ahmedabad city. Here are some of the options you have…read on…

Soak in the Tranquility at the Famed Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

[Sabarmati Ashram]

According to history of the Indian independence struggle, the Sabarmati ashram had been Gandhi ji’s operational headquarters from the year 1917 to year 1930. Today Sabarmati ashram has been converted to a museum that showcase one of the most engaging records of Gandhi ji’s life, his philosophy and his activities pertaining to the Indian struggle for freedom.

Set out on a Memorable Heritage Walk

The heritage walk organized by the municipal corporation of Ahmedabad takes you on the trails of the older city and many unique experiences across the older Ahmadabad introduces you to the true essence of the city. The heritage walk starts from Kalupur Swaminarayan temple at about 8.00am and ends at about 10.30am at the Jama mashid. During this heritage walk you get to walk through nearly 600 typical Ahmedabad pols or neighborhoods.

Learn About new Textiles at the Calico Textile Museum

The Calico museum of textiles takes you on a journey of the past eras when some really unique textile materials were produced and worn in the country. Some of the textiles as exhibited at the museum are as old as 500 years. Rich craftsmanship, religious artwork and many other such unique textile crafts are presented to the visitors at the Calico textile museum. You get two tours; morning and afternoon tour to explore the museum.

Go on an Interesting Tour of the Ahmedabad science city

Ahmedabad science city was set up in the year 1960 to showcase the advancement in the field of science and technology. The key features and attributes of this science city are amphitheatre, IMAX 3D Theatre, exhibition hall, thrill rides. Energy education park, Hall of space, Life sciences Park, Hall of Science is the chief attractions of this science city.

Marvel at the Beauty of Kankaria Lake at the Evening

Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad

[Kankaria Lake]

This large pellucid lake dates back to the 15th century and was built by Sultan Kutubuddin. Towards the evening the lake side is decked up with a multitude of colorful, shimmering lights which enhance the beauty of the lake a tenfold. Visitors to the Kankaria Lake can amuse themselves in several ways such as taking a toy train ride around the lake, taking water rides or balloon rides or going for a stroll in the most picturesque garden that surrounds the lake.

Eat out at Manek Chowk

Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad

[Manek Chowk]

Manek Chowk is known for its huge conglomeration of street food stalls that remain open until quite late into the night. Vast array of mouthwatering delicacies, especially street foods available at Manek Chowk will definitely satiate your midnight hunger pangs. Some of the best Gujarati snacks and chutneys, sandwiches, desserts and ice creams are sold most generously by the vendors at Manek Chowk. So, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to eat out in the midst of the night.

Pick the Best Leisure Experience at Shanku’s Water Park

If you wish to take a break from the chaos of city life, Shanku’s water park covering an area of about 75 acres and more and situated amid the verdant green natural beauty can be the perfect retreat for you. Best water sports and rides, the most luxurious spa experiences, the best eating experiences available at Shanku’s water park can make your weekend special indeed.

Experience the most outstanding visual treat at the Vintage car Museum

If you are a car connoisseur then this exquisite museum with several vintage cars in display will surely entice you and enthrall you. The Auto World Museum of Ahmedabad is one of its kinds in the whole of the country and the world. The oldest of vintage cars as well as vintage motorcycles are exhibited at the museum letting you pick one of the most interesting experiences of your life.

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A Wonderful Panch Dwarka Tour That Gives You Glimpses of Gujarat and Rajasthan

The Panch Kedars and Panch Badris of Uttarakhand are quite well known but the Panch Dwarka’s are not quite as popular. Nevertheless, for devotees of Lord Krishna, they are of supreme importance. The pilgrimage spots included in Panch Dwarka are Kankroli Dwarkadhish, Shrinathji, Dwarka, Dakor and Bet Dwarka in western India. Kankroli is in Rajasthan while the other four are in Gujarat.

Trip Planning

Trip Planning

You can undertake Panch Dwarka Yatra by train or by road, the latter offering you more chances to visit and stop at places of interest along the way. Either way, the best starting point to the yatra to the panch Dwarka’s is Ahmedabad. The closest temple is the Ranchodrai temple at Dwarka, which should be your first stop. From here you can proceed to the second one, Shrinathji temple at Shamlaji on the Udaipur road. Proceed to Udaipur; spend some time exploring this Venice of the East and drive about 65 km onwards to Kankroli, stopping at Nathdwara along the way for darshan at the famed Nathdwara temple. From here you can drive back to Udaipur, take a diversion to Mount Abu and visit Ambaji temple and then take a long drive to Dwarka, the most important of the Panch Dwarka’s. Bet Dwarka, an island that submerges at high tide is next and last of the spots to visit. Then you can explore the Marine National Park off the cost of Jamnagar and the city itself has some wonderful attractions. Of course, one can go the other way around. Before you set out here is some information on each of the temples that make up the Panch Dwarka’s in India.

Kankroli Dwarkadheesh Temple

Kankroli Dwarkadhish Temple

Set in the small village of Kankroli next to the Rajsamand Lake you will come across the Vallabhacharya sect created Dwarkadheesh temple. It is said that the idol here was transported from gokuldham to Ahmedabad at the time of Mughal attacks. Maharana Raj Singhji of Udaipur wished for the idol to be relocated and it was installed in a temple at Kankroli. The temple is a fine example of Rajasthani haveli style architecture and remains open between 7 to 11 in the morning and 4 to 7 in the evening.

Nathdwara

Nathdwara

From here you can go on to Nathdwara, also an important pilgrimage spot for Krishna Bhakts since it is hope to the temple of Shrinathji, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The idol was previously resident at Mathura but was transported to its present location in 1672 and Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar contributed to construction of the temple. The temple here is in black marble with one arm raised.

Shrinathji – Shamlaji

Shrinathji - Shamlaji

The Shrinathji temple at Shamlaji in North Gujarat, on the way to Udaipur, is, strictly speaking not included in Panch Dwarka’s but because it is a Krishna dham, it is worth a visit. The temple dates back to the 11th century but it was renovated about 500 years ago. The temple sits beside the Meshwo River and it is built in white sandstone. Bathing in the Surya Lake here is believed to wash away sins. There are other interesting temples such as the Kashi Vishwanath Mahadeo temple; an underground temple with a pyramid shaped roof at ground level and the Harishchandra temple as well as Devni Mori, a Buddhist monastery.

Dwarka and Bet Dwarka

Dwarka and Bet Dwarka

Dwarka is next, located along the coast of Saurashtra and one of the four of the Major Chardham Yatra spots. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple has ancient origins and it is mentioned in the Puranas too. One of the 108 divya desam of Lord Vishnu, the temple is a magnificent example of traditional architecture and it comes alive on Janmashtami. From here to Bet Dwarka is a short distance. It is an island off the coast and the temple here is submerged each day so one must time the visit to get a darshan.

The Panch Dwarka tour not only gives you a darshan of Lord Krishna in his different forms but it also gives you a taste of the culture and cuisines of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Saurashtra, a trip you will remember.

Junagadh Tourism – Places to Visiti in Junagadh

Junagadh is the headquarters of Junagadh district Gujarat, located in the foothills of the Girnar Hills.  The name comes from ancient Uparkot fort its mean old fort, it’s also known as Sorath earlier Princely State of Junagadh. Junagadh is famous for its picturesque location, ancient forts and Ashokan rock edicts, temples and monuments.

Junagadh city at night

Junagadh City at Night

Here is the list of some poplar places, monuments, temples of Junagadh.

Religious Spots

Girnar Hill

Girnar Hill

Girnar Hill

Junagadh’s chief attraction is the Girnar Hill, located 6 km east of the city. This has been a holy site for Buddhists, Hindus and Jains since the third century BC. Over 1,080 steps lead to the top of the high hill. Asokan edicts dated to 250 BC can be found on the sides of the steps. Here you can see Ashoka’s message for peace, love and non-violence.

Neminath Temple

Neminath Temple

Neminath Temple

Half-way up the Girnar hills is a cluster of beautiful Jain temples of which the most notable one is the Neminath temple dedicated to the 22nd Jain tirthankara.

Amba Mata Temple

Amba Mata Temple

Amba Mata Temple

At the top of the Girnar Hills is the temple of Amba Mata, built in 12th century. The site is very much popular for newlyweds, who come here seeking blessings of the divine deity.

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple

About 90 kms from Junagadh is Somnath, a religious place famous for its superb Shiva temple. Somnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of India dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The temple was looted by Muslim invaders & rulers by several times for its wealth. Mahmud of Ghazni in 1026, who is said to have made off?? With camel loads of gold and precious gems leaving the edifice in ruins. The pillage and reconstruction works continued for the next 700 years. The temple in its present form was built in 1950 and was made of stone.

At a short distance from the temple, towards east is Triveni Tirth, the confluence of three rivers. This is the site where Lord Krishna’s funeral rites were performed. People visit this river site to throw ashes and to pray for their dear departed. Nearby is a 17th century Ahilya temple and Bakhla Tirth that is associated with Lord Krishna.

Historical Monuments

Mahabat Maqbara

Mahabat Maqbara

Mahabat Maqbara

Near the city’s railway station is a complex of royal mausoleums of which the most notable one is the Mahabat Maqbara with splendid silver doors and intricate carvings on it. Four large towers surround the mausoleum and can be reached at the top by staircases.

Museums

Durbar Hall Museum

Durbar Hall Museum

Durbar Hall Museum

One of the most worth visiting sites in Junagadh is the Durbar Hall Museum that houses weapons, armours and many other artifacts of the erstwhile nawabs.

Parks and Gardens

Sasan Gir National park

Sasan Gir National park

Sasan Gir National park

Spreading over an area of 259 sq. km, the Sasan Gir National Park is the only habitat left for the lions outside Africa. Almost a century ago Asiatic lions were roaming in the vast areas of India from Gujarat all the way to Bihar in the east. But in the early 19th century these animals were hunted and poached almost to the point of extinction. The Nawab of Junagadh made efforts to conserve these animals and hence created this park.

Today, Gir is a haven for a wide range of wildlife. The park has become a dwelling place for caracal, chausingha (four horned antelope), the blackbuck and a substantial population of leopard. Besides, a considerable population of chital, sambar, nilgai, grey langur, hyena, painted sandgrouse, peacocks and paradise flycatchers may be spotted on an early morning drive.

The park is 65 kms from Junagadh and 368 km from Ahmedabad. Prior permission is required from the Field Director, Sasan Gir for entry into the park.

Kutch: A Melting Pot of Tribal Cultures in a Barren Marshland

rann of kutch

Rann of Kutch

The largest Gujarati district, Kutch is like no other region of India and mostly a desert area. The emptiness in the landscape is made up by the rich myriad of tribal communities- each proud of its individual language and lifestyle yet forming an intriguing and flourishing tribal collage unique to this region of India.

History of Kutch

Just like the present day Kutch’s tapestry of cultures, the past of this tribal district is dotted with reigns under various dynasties, kingdoms and foreign settlers. These deserted places have revealed traces of the earliest Indus Valley Civilization, with the eastern tributary of the Indus River leading to the present day lake Rann. There are records of Mauryan empire wanting seize this district from the Greeks. The other reigning kingdoms include Sahiras of Sindu and much later the Samma Rajputs,

Tourism in Kutch

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Tours in Kutch are usually in time for a tribal celebration as festivals are held almost every month. From the Jat Muslim festival, Mai Bhambi in the Mai village in February, to the Ahir festival, Habaimata in the Habai village in October, visitors can enjoy the insight to these vibrant tribes and cultures. Kutch is famous for the indigenous handicraft and their amazingly decorated mud walls are mini art galleries lining the village streets.

Historic Sites

The administrative city Bhujis Tourism spot with historical significance. A fortress city during the reign the Indian kingdoms and seized by the British in 1819. The three royal palaces constructed by Rao Pragmalji, have marvellous architecture such as the Aaina Mahal known to be a most exquisite monument with its artistic qualities that shows European influence. The Kutch Museum was previously called Fergusson Museum, constructed in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji III. Built in Italian style and standing tall along the Hamirsar Lake’s banks, it is home to treasure chest of collection of the Kshatrapa inscriptions, varying archaeological artifacts and specimens of the traditional rich crafts of the Kutch district.

To step back into the times of Indus valley civilization, the ancient town of Dholavira the perfect travel destination to tour the excavation sites of the great Harappan ruins.

Beach Tours

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Scenic Kutch Mandvi beach is ideal for swimming with the backdrop of beautiful sunsets and long peaceful walks in the soft white sand. There are wind mills nearby, camel and horse rides, and shopping galore in this historic town. Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach is a magnet for water sports lovers as there are a variety of aquatic sports such as water scooting, parasailing, surfing and speed boat trips to give the adrenalin seekers a thumping good time With exciting tours for fans of history, culture and water sports, the travel itinerary for Kutch has something for any adventure seeking traveller.

Facts:

  • Area (square kilometers) -2873.5 Sq. km.
  • Population -1,526,321.
  • Elevation -300m.
  • Geographical Location (coordinates)-23.13°-24.68°N and 68.10°-71.80°E.
  • Climate-Tropical.
  • Primary Rainy season-July to September.
  • Temperatures -From 20 C in winter to 45 C in summer.
  • Languages-Gujarati, Hindi, and local dialects- Kutchi and Sindhi.
  • Best Season-Late October to early April.
  • Places to visit- Bhuj, Prag Mahal, Cenotaphs of Kutch rulers, Snake Temple at Bhujiyo Hill Fort, Swami Narayan Temple, Dholavira, Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach, Kutch Mandvi Beach, Wild Ass Sanctuary.

Transportation Services in Gujarat

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Gujarat, the country’s seventh largest state is heavily flocked by tourists each year. Also, the state is highly industrialized and densely populated, receiving guests and delegates from every corner of the globe and the nation. The good thing is that Gujarat has a robust and sturdy transportation system to facilitate such as massive inflow of crowds and traffic and often boasts of the great accessibility it allows to people by means of its well developed road networks. Let’s cast a deeper glance into the transportation system of Gujarat.

Roads of Gujarat and Road connectivity

Gujarat comes with an excellent network of state highways and national highways. The state boasts of 17 national highways running to a length of about 4032kms in total and also about 300+ state highways running to a net length of nearly 19761kms. State highways are the state arterial routes connecting major cities of the state plus district head headquarters. State highways also serve as a link between the various districts of Gujarat and the National highways of adjoining states. Also, the rural areas of Gujarat come with a robust network of Panchayat roads & sugarcane roads. Panchayat roads run to a length of nearly 30019kms in total while sugarcane roads run to a length of nearly 1746kms in total. The main vehicles plying on the road are city buses, taxis and auto rickshaws. City bus services are mainly administered by the GSRTC/Gujarat state road transport corporation. GSRTC actually comes up with a plethora of transport services in Gujarat, such as-

Mofussil Transport Services– Such services allow setting up a transport connection between the villages, small towns and major cities of Gujarat.

Intercity buses-Such buses function as a connecting link between all major cities of Gujarat such as Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Rajkot.

City bus services– Such bus services connect different parts of the city to each other. These services are available in cities such as Gandhinagar, Baroda, Surat, Rajkot.

Inter-state buses– Such bus services connect Gujarat to the other neighboring states such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh.

Parcel Services– Such services facilitate goods transportation.

Auto rickshaws in Gujarat offer the most convenient mode of transportation for short distances

Taxis in Gujarat are available amply. There are taxi stands at each bus stop, railway station and airport. Gujarat taxi/car services are heavily relied upon by tourists for various city tours

Airports of Gujarat and flight connectivity

There are 17 airports in the state in total and out of those, Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Inter-national airport alone allows access to global tourists coming by flight from other countries. The other major airports of Gujarat include Bhavnagar airport, Bhuj airport, Keshod airport, Kandla airport, Jamnagar airport. Mandvi and Mehsana airports are owned by state government. Frequent and regular flights connect Gujarat to all other major parts of the country.

Railway connectivity in Gujarat

Gujarat has a total railway network length of about 5268kms and Ahmedabad railway station serves as the most important gateway to Gujarat. The other important rail heads of Gujarat are Rajkot, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Surendra Nagar, Vadodara, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Porbander. Trains are available from these stations to different parts of the state and the country. The Royal Orient luxury train service facility available at Gujarat is one reason to make the state feel proud about itself.

Sea Ports of Gujarat

The 1600kms of coastline that Gujarat is blessed with leads to the emergence of many important and busy ports in Gujarat. Kandla port, Magdalla port, Porbandar port, Veraval port, Pipavav port, Navlakhi port are some of the most notable ports in the state of Gujarat.

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Pancha Dwaraka Temples – Lord Krishna Related Places

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Panch Dwarka Temples [Image Source]

Pancha Dwaraka Darshan or a pilgrimage to the 5 abodes of Lord Krishna are believed to free the soul from all mortal sins and grant it eternal bliss. Pancha Dwaraka Darshan is quite famous amongst all Vaishnavites and Hindus. The Pancha Dwarkas are sprawled all over Gujarat and Rajasthan. Leading tour operators of India offer standalone as well as group packages for Panch Dwarka Darshan. The Pancha Dwaraka are Dwarka, Kankroli, Dakor, Nathdwara and Somnath.

Dwarka
Dwarka or the golden city is famous for being the abode of Lord Krishna. Interestingly, Dwarka is both a part of the Char Dham and the Sapta Puri holy spots. Dwarka the name signifies door to Brahma (Dwar +Ka). The city is filled with rich replicas of history that date back to 1500 BC and have strong links to Hindu Texts like Bhagwad Gita and the Puranas. Sri Krishna who is one of the incarnations of Vishnu is believed to have resided in Dwarka and this is why the town is filled with beautiful temples. Some of these temples are Nageshwar Mahadev, Gomti Ghat Temple, Rukmini Math, Bhalka Tirth etc.

Nathdwara
Nathdwara is picturesquely located in the Hills of Aravali on the bank of the river Beas in the District Rajsamand which lies about 50 km North East to Udaipur. The most famous religious attraction of Nathdwara is the idol of Shrinathji which is believed to be the 7th incarnation of Krishna. The idol was worshipped in Mathura and was carried in 1672 from the hills of Govardhan near Mathura along the sacred Yamuna and then retained in Agra for a period of six months. The name Nathdwara literally translates to be Gateway to Srinathji. Nathdwara is very famous amongst Vaishnavites who prefer Pushti Marg as prescribed by Shuddha Advaita

Dakor
The town of Dakor lies in the eastern part of Kheda district in Gujarat. The town of Dakor is best known for the magnificent temple of Sri Krishna Sri Ranchhodraiji. On beautiful full moon nights’ people come to the temple to seek the blessings of Krishna. Around February and March there are many carnivals and fairs going on in Dakor so it’s preferable to visit Dakor during this time. Holi is celebrated with great pomp and fervour in Dakor. It is believed that Lord Krishna came to DAKOR in the incarnation of Ranchodrai on Sharad Poornima.

Bet Dwarka
Bet Dwarka is also known as Shankhodar which is a moderately populated island lying in the mouth of Gulf of Kutch that is 3 km away from the Okha coast of Gujarat. Bet Dwarka is mentioned prominently in Skanda Purana and Mahabharata. Historians and scholars have identified Bet Dwarka as the place where members of the Yadav clan travel to by boats. There are many beautiful temples like Dwarkadhish temple and Keshav Ji temple in Bet Dwarka. Many devotees throng to Hanuman Dandi and Mahaprabhu Bethak which are also major places of worship. Many archaeologists and historians found Nadaka and Brahmi script inscriptions in many areas. Remains of the late Harappan period are also present in Bet Dwarka.

Kankroli
Kankroli is situated about 70 km away from Udaipur and is famous for its majestic temple of Dwarkadhish that lies on the banks of Rajsamand Lake. The temple of Kankroli is known to be the abode of Dwarkadhish or Sri Krishna. The original deity at the Kankroli temple is believed to have been imported from Mathura. Kankroli is untouched by commercialisation and retains its pristine charm with its sprawling library and gurgling streams. The Kankroli temple also has beautiful hymn and Aarti sessions with a difference…. the temple has its own band.

Points to Remember
Most tourists visit nearby attraction like Gir National Park and Udaipur Palace while visiting Panch Dwarka. Most of the Panch Dwarka have hot and dry climate which is why it’s best to avoid the summer months between April to July when you plan for a visit.

The Best Gujarat Tours – Discover The True Essence of Gujarat

Gujarat stands out as one of the ancient states of India that has carved out a niche for itself and achieved the status of being a place of divinity, history, and tourist attractions. This is the state of Gujarat that has earned the repute of being one of the best, and most visited places by the travel mongers!

Gujarat Tourism

There is so much in Gujarat that tourists pour in huge numbers each year. Marvellous sites, mouth-watering food, colourful attire, lively festivals and fairs, invaluable artefacts, all speak strongly of a rich Gujarat tourism that the state comprises of

There are several tour packages that guarantee the best tour options of the best travel destinations of the state at the most reasonable prices. The following list bears a handful of the best travel options.

A to Z Holidays has carved out a well-planned and organized travel option that offers several plans depending on the time, budget, and places of interest of the tourists. Some prominent ones are, Kutch Tour, Treasures of North Gujarat, Glorious Gujarat, Saurashtra Darshan Tour & several others holiday packages for Gujarat. Lodging, travelling, communication etc are all taken care of by them.

Gujarat Tourism Girnar

Gujarat Four Wheel Drive is yet another organization that presents to the tourists a wide array of travel tour guide plan. They organise several activities which cover trekking, several water sports and activities, and also spiritual activities, depending on the tour plans chosen by the tourists. It also provides city wise excursion tours for a better exposure of the vast state.

Majestic Tour of Gujarat organized by Southern Travels is one of the best tour packages that is comprehensive and perfectly suits the budget. It covers all major destinations by road, thus allowing the tourists to view the best of locales and routes. They also organise lodging facilities for the travellers thus simplifying the additional troubles incurred during the travel.

If discovering the nook and corner of the best travel destinations is one’s forte and inclination, then Indian Holiday is the perfect guide to satiate one’s travel hungry mind. There is so much of diversity in the many programmes that they have tailored, specifically for a complete sightseeing of the state; that it’s rather enthralling. These tours are theme based. Some of them include, Beach Holidays, Pilgrimage Tours, Wildlife Holidays, Heritage and Cultural Tour etc.

Gujarat Wild Life

Travel Guru is also considered one of the prime travel guides that organizes superior travel plan. The programmes are divided, such that they perfectly blend with the exact needs and interests of the curious visitors. Spiritual Gujarat and Gujarat Wildlife Tours are the two broad categories that have several tourists’ programmes, having a wide range of pricing schemes that could be picked up according to the discretion of the tourists themselves.

Rann of Kutch, Gir, Saurashtra, Dwarka etc are some of the most frequented places amongst many others. The months from October to March are considered the peak time to visit Gujarat.

The spectacular places in Gujarat, complete with hospitality makes tourism one of the major business practices of the state. These travel organizations only justify the statement.