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Destination Covered: Ahmedabad, Una - Gir Somnath, Vadodara - Baroda, Rajkot, Gandhinagar - Ahmedabad
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1 ST DAY FULL AHMEDABAD TOUR
AHMEDABAD SIGHTSEEING POINT
1 ST POINT Sabarmati Ashram At a distance of 8 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Gandhi Ashram is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is one of the prime places to visit in Ahmedabad.
Formerly known as Satyagraha Ashram, the Sabarmati Ashram was established by Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1915 at the Kocharab Bungalow of Jivanlal Desai, a barrister friend of Gandhi. Later on it was shifted to the banks of Sabarmati River and then it came to be known as 'Sabarmati Ashram'. This was one of the residences of Gandhi, who lived here with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi from 1917 to 1930 CE.
The ashram was served as one of the main centers of the Indian freedom struggle. Gandhiji led the Dandi March or the Salt Satyagraha from this Ashram on 12th March 1930 and had taken a vow that he will not return to Sabarmati Ashram until India gained independence. In gratitude of the substantial impact Dandi March had on the Indian independence movement, the Indian government has recognized the Ashram as a national monument.
Today it serves as a source of inspiration, guidance, and stands as a monument to Gandhi's life mission and a testimony to others who have fought a similar struggle. The main section of the Ashram is the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya which is a pictorial museum. In 1963, architect Charles Correa designed and built the museum. Along with the museum, this ashram houses a library, auditorium and photo galleries depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Archives of letters written by Gandhi, manuscripts of his articles and films based on India's freedom struggle are housed within the walls of the ashram. The library of the Ashram holds a collection of 35,000 books, all of which are based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and Indian freedom movement.
Visitors can explore the ashram in the 90 minutes guided tour that is organised by the Ashram trust. The tour starts with the slide show and takes the tourists to various parts of ashram like Magan Niwas, Upasana Mandir, Hriday Kunj and Vinoba-Mira Kutir. Other parts like Nandini, Udyog Mandir, Somnath Chattralaya, Teacher's Niwas and Gandhi in Ahmedabad can also be visited. The 90 minutes long tour ends after visiting Painting Gallery, 'My life is my message', and Library and Archives.
Timings: 8.30 AM to 6.30 PM
2 ND POINT Sabarmati Riverfront
At a distance of 4 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Sabarmati Riverfront is a waterfront developed along the banks of Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. It is one of the beautiful places to visit in Ahmedabad.
Sabarmati Riverfront is a project undertaken by Gujarat Government in order to preserve the river and promote tourism. Even though the project was proposed in 1960s, the construction was began in 2005. Since 2012, the waterfront is gradually opened to public with various facilities. The prime agendas of this project include environment improvement, social infrastructure and sustainable development.
The main feature of this 11 km long riverfront project is a two-level promenade situated on both sides of the river where the lower level serves only pedestrians and cyclists while the upper level is capable of hosting numerous cultural and educational events, leisure activities, large public parks and plazas and a few areas for commercial and retail development. This is an ideal spot to enjoy picnic with family.
It consists of a magnificent walkway over the River Sabarmati. Boat Riding & Evening Walks are the prime activities here. The entire riverfront offers a panoramic view of the city's landscape. Every year in the month of January, the Sabarmati riverfront is decorated to celebrate the International kite festival.
Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM
Entry: Rs. 10 for Adults & Rs. 5 for Children
Boating: Rs. 20 for Person for Motor Boat, Rs. 100 for Person for Speed Boat
3 RD POINT Kalupur Swaminarayan Temple At a distance of 2 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Swaminarayan Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Kalupur area of Ahmedabad. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Ahmedabad.
Dedicated to Lord NarNarayan, Kalupur Swaminarayan Temple is the first and foremost temple of the Swaminarayan Sect. Swaminarayan Sampraday is categorized into two sections namely the NarNarayan Dev Gadi and the Lakshmi Narayan Dev Gadi. Swaminarayan Temple at Kalupur serves as the headquarters of the NarNarayan Dev Gadi. According to history, the land for construction of this temple was given by the British Imperial Government in 1822 CE. The task of constructing this temple was hand over to Anandanand Swami by Swaminarayan.
The structure of the temple is mesmerizing and has been designed like a mansion. The temple is carved in Burmese teak, and every arch and bracket is painted with bright colors. It is adorned with brilliantly ornamented domes and galleries. The interiors and exteriors of the temple have been adorned with the typical Gujarati designs that depict different aspects of the Gujarati culture and lifestyle.
The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the image of Narayan Dev made of marble. The idol of Radhakrishna Dev is set on his right. To the left of the main deity are the images of Dharmdev, Bhakti Mata and Harikrishna. There are several idols installed by Swaminarayan himself, as well as a display of some of his personal items and sculptures. On the southern side of the temple, there are nine tombs, which are more popularly known as 'Nau Gaz Pir' or 'Nine Yard Saints'.
A historic walk, organized by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, starts from this auspicious Swaminarayan temple which navigates through 20 historic sites before calling it off at the Jama Masjid.
Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM .
4 TH POINT Kankaria Lake At a distance of 3 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Kankaria Lake is a manmade lake situated at Maninagar area of Ahmedabad. Formerly known as Hauj-e-Qutub, Kankaria Lake is the second largest lake in Ahmedabad and among the popular places to visit in Ahmedabad.
Covering an area of 76 acres, Kankaria Lake was built by Sultan Qutub-ud-Din in the year 1451 AD. It is basically an artificial lake with 34 sides and having shore length of quarter mile. The lake has slopes instead of steps at six places to reach water and is covered by square cupolas each raised on 12 pillars.
Lying on the south eastern side of the Ahmedabad city, Kankaria Lake is one of the most favorite picnic spots of the people of Ahmedabad. There is a beautiful island in the center of the lake known as Nagina Wadi or Bagh-e Nagina which houses a small summer palace and a musical fountain with multicolored laser lights that are displayed during night. An evening walk around the lake when the entire area is lit-up is simply delightful.
A lakefront is developed around it, which has many public attractions such as a Zoo, Toy Train, Kid's City, Balloon Ride, Water Park, Food Stalls, and many entertainment facilities. The lakefront was renovated in 2008. The toy train ride is a wonderful experience to take a round around the lake. Besides, one can also enjoy boating in Kankaria Lake.
One of the main attractions of Kankaria Lake is Kamala Nehru Zoological Park which is widely spread over 31 acres founded by Rueben David in 1951 CE. It was rated as the best zoo in Asia in 1974. It is a treasure of wild animals like tigers, lions, python, anaconda, snakes, elephant, albinos (white), like the rhesus monkey, spotted deer, white blackbuck, chinkara, elephants, emu, jungle babbler, bush-quail and common palm civet. Kankaria Zoo has also records in breeding of rare species in the Zoo like pythons, crocodiles, bearcats and wild asses.
Kankaria Carnival is a week-long festival held at the lake premises in the last week of December every year. Many cultural, art and social activities are organised during the carnival. Some of the fun events and adventures included are- Magic Show, Rangoli-making competition, debate, essay or painting competitions, dog show, scuba-diving, laser show and gymnastics.
Timings: 9 AM to 10 PM, Closed on Monday
Zoo Timings: 9 AM - 5.30 PM, closed on Monday
Entry: Rs. 20 for Adults & Rs. 10 for Children for Lake and Rs. 20 for Adults & Rs. 10 for Children for Zoo, Rs. 25 for Adults & Rs. 10 for Children for Toy Train
5 TH POINT Science City At a distance of 15 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Science City is an educational center located in Hebatpur locality of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Focused on Science and Technology, it is one of the best places to visit in Ahmedabad.
The Science City was set up in 2001 with a motive to spread awareness about the progression of science and its application in human life. Ventured by state government of Gujarat, this science city is a blend of education and entertainment. It showcases contemporary and imaginative exhibits, working models, virtual reality, activity corners, labs and live demonstrations to provide an understanding of science and technology to the common man.
Covering an area of more than 107 hectares, the Gujarat Science City houses an IMAX 3D theatre, an energy park, a hall of science, Planet Earth, an amphitheater, Life Science Park and musical fountains. With a variety of working exhibits, visitors discover science by themselves in the Hall of Science. They can turn handles, press buttons, look through peepholes, perform fascinating experiments and be amazed at their own capability of making things work. Interactive and educative exhibits of Hall of Space gives the visitor an insight into the working of satellites, mobile telephone, Internet and the application and usage of these technologies in real life.
The Planet Earth pavilion will depict the live experiences of various natural disasters, disaster management with various hands-on and minds-on exhibits and activities. The main section of the Planet Earth pavilion includes Underground Coal Mine, Disaster of Bhuj Earth Quake, Dynamotion, Disaster Management, Children Activity Corner, Life in Water, and many more. The Musical Fountain at science city is claimed to be the Asia's largest one. It has more than 20 kinds of water styles including floating fountain, seagulls, chasing waves, peacocks, swinging, and flower baskets. At the IMAX 3D Theatre, there are several shows throughout the day, which start at 2.30 PM and last till 7.30 PM. Some Thrill Rides are also available at the Science Centre.
The center also organizes a program called Vacation Training Program on Bioresources for school children with the help of government funds to encourage students regarding Bioresources. It is a month-long program for students who gave their SSC exams, each from every district of the state.
Timings: 10. 30 AM to 9 PM
Musical Fountain: 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Person, Rs. 15 for Planetarium, Rs. 20 for Musical Fountain, Rs. 50 for 4D Theatre & Rs. 125 for 3D Show
6 TH POINT Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple At a distance of 29 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Swaminarayan Akshardham is a Hindu temple located in Gandhinagar city of Gujarat State. It is one of the most magnificent temples in India and among the top places to visit in Ahmedabad.
Dedicated to Swaminarayan, Akshardham Temple was commissioned by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) after initiation by its promoter, Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 1979. It took 13 years to complete and was inaugurated in 1992. It is a Hindu house of worship and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, education and unification. A specimen of fine craftsmanship, the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar is one of the largest and most prominent temples in the entire state of Gujarat.
Sprawling across an area of 23 acres, the temple complex consists of a splendid shrine, large prayer halls, exhibition halls, verdant garden and research center. Built by using tons of pink stones, this gigantic temple is 108 feet in height, 240 feet long and 131 feet wide. The Akshardham mandir consists of 97 intricately carved pillars, 17 ornate domes, 220 stone beams, 57 stone screens, 3 porticos, and 256 statues of spiritual personalities. The temple is found in the midst of the spacious garden called Sahajanand Van.
The sanctum sanctorum contains 1.2 ton gold-plated idol of Lord Swaminarayan, the chief deity of Akshardham temple. The 7-foot tall idol of Swaminarayan is in sitting posture with his right hand raised in abhaya mudra. He is flanked by his disciples Swami Gunatitanand on his right and Swami Gopalanand on his left. There is an attractive display of lights that happens every Saturdays and Sundays. This light display heightens the exotic beauty of Akshardham temple.
There are 5 Exhibition Halls in Akshardham temple and each use beautiful audio visual techniques along with life sized dioramas to understand several themes in Hinduism. The Halls of Sahajanand and Neelkath show the life of Swaminarayan and his philosophy, teachings etc. A water show named Sat-Chit-Anand is also organised here, which narrates a famous story from the Upanishads. Akshardham also has a research center and library, where only enlisted scholars are allowed.
Timings: 9.30 AM to 7.30 PM, Closed on Monday
Light & Sound Show: 7.30 PM to 8.30 PM
Entry: Free, Rs. 50 per Person for Ahishek, Rs. 60 for Adults & Rs. 40 for Children for Exhibition, and Rs. 90 for Adults & Rs. 60 for Children for Water Show.
NIGHT HOTEL / RESORT
2 ND DAY SOMNARTH TOUR
SOMNARTH SIGHTSEEIHG POINT
1 ST POINT Somnath Temple
At a distance of 2 km from Somnath Railway Station, Somnath Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Prabhas Patan on the coast of Arabian Sea in Gujarat. It is one of the most important places of pilgrimages in India for Hindus and among the top places to visit in Somnath as part of Gujarat tour packages.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Somnath Temple is believed to be first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Somnath means 'Lord of the Soma', an epithet of Shiva. According to history scholars, the site of Somnath has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times as it was said to be the confluence point of three rivers, Kapila, Hiran and the mythical Saraswati. The confluence was called as Triveni Sangam and is believed to be the place where Soma, the Moon god bathed and regained his luster.
According to Puranas, the original temple of Somnath was built in gold by the moon god Soma, in silver by the sun god Ravi, in wood by Krishna and in stone by the Solanki Rajputs in the 11th century. According to history, The temple had been destroyed as many as seventeen times by Muslim rulers- Junamad in 722 CE, Mahmud of Ghazni in 1024 CE, Allaudin Khilji in 1299 CE, Mohammed Begeda in 1451, Portuguese in 1546 and finally by Aurangzeb in 1702, which was the worst of all attacks when a great wealth was stolen and a large number of people were killed. The temple was rebuilt every time with the reconstructive spirit of the people. The modern temple was reconstructed with the resolve of Sardar Patel who visited the ruins of Somnath Temple in 1947 and then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, installed the Jyotirlinga in the present temple in 1951.
The present temple, Kailash Mahameru Prasad, was reconstructed in Chalukya style of temple architecture. The sikhara or main spire of the temple is 15 m in height and it has an 8 m tall flag pole at the top. The temple architecture reflects the skills of the Sompura Salats, one of Gujarat's master masons. Commanding a breathtaking view from the tip of the Saurashtra peninsula, kissed by the waves of the Arabian coast, the temple's imposing architecture includes intricate carvings, silver doors, an impressive Nandi idol and the central shivalinga. One can also see a Ba?astambha on the sea protection wall of the temple which mentions that the temple stands at a point that there is no land in a straight line between Somnath seashore until Antarctica. One can also visit Shri Kapardi Vinayak, Shri Hanuman Temple and Vallabhghat.
The temple is illuminated in every evening. The Sound & Light Show 'Jay Somnath' is also displayed every night, which allows the pilgrims an ethereal experience in the backdrop of grand Somnath temple and the holy wave sounds of the Ocean.
Somnath Mahadev Fair is the major festival celebrated in this temple held on the Kartika Purnima of November/December. Besides, Shivratri, Golokdham Utsav and Somnath Sthapana Divas are the other significant festivals celebrated in Somnath Temple.
Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM
Aarti Timings: 7 AM, 12 PM & 7 PM
Sound & Light Show: 8 PM to 9 PM
Entry: Free & Rs. 25 per person for Sound & Light Show
2 ND POINT SOMNARTH BEACH At a distance of 750 m from Somnath Temple and 1.5 km from Somnath Railway Station, Somnath Beach is a serene beach situated near the Somnath Temple in the town of Somnath. On the coast of Arabian Sea, it is one of the famous beaches in Gujarat and among the must include places in Somnath Tour Packages.
Somnath Beach is known for its sparkling waves, clear waters and long stretches of fine sand. The view of the beach is spectacular, especially during sunrise and sunset. The place is crowded by devotees who visit the pristine beach of Somnath to spend some time in solitude in the embrace of nature. The entire stretch of the Somnath Beach is without any trace of shade but tourists don't generally get bothered by the sun because of the cool breeze that blows across the beach.
Somnath Beach is not ideal for swimming as the waves are very high and violent. However tourists come to this seaside destination to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. The sight of witnessing the rise and fall of thunderous waves is a very exhilarating experience, one that will leave you spellbound for long. While on the beach, one can enjoy the scrumptious spread of food at the local stalls along with bumpy camel rides.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
3 RD POINT Triveni Mahasangam Ghat At a distance of 1 km from Somnath Temple and 2 km from Somnath Railway Station, Triveni Ghat is a holy place located in the pilgrimage town of Somnath. Situated near Somnath Beach, it is one of the most important holy places in Somnath.
Also known as Triveni Sangam, Triveni Ghat is the meeting place of three rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati and then empties together into the Arabian Sea. These stages of rivers where they meet and then flow together to the sea symbolize human birth, life and death. Triveni Ghat holds a significant place in the Hindu Mythology and Puranas and also finds a mention in the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that a bath at Triveni Sangam can wash off all sins and also facilitate Moksha by merging with the God.
As per Hindu mythology, this is the place visited by Krishna after being hit by an arrow and is considered to be the cremation ground of Lord Krishna. A temple has been dedicated to him to mark the place. This is also the place where the chhatri of the Lord Krishna is constructed. One can also pay a visit to the popular temples of Gita Mandir and Lakshmi Narayan temple that are located on the banks of the ghat.
Several ghats and changing rooms have been made to provide assistance in bathing. People who have 'Pitrudosha' regularly come here to perform shraddha tarpan or ancestral worship. Due to the scarcity of water, a small dam has been built which makes this river bank perennial. Don't miss an opportunity to take a boat ride to the confluence point.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
4 TH POINT Kamnath Mahadev Temple At a distance of 2 km from Somnath Railway Station, Kamnath Mahadev Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated close to Triveni Sangam Ghat in Somnath town of Gujarat. Situated opposite to Panch Pandav Gufa, it is one of the significant temples in Somnath and among the must include places in Somnath Packages.
Kamnath Mahadev Temple is a massive temple complex constructed 200 years ago by King Mayurdhwaj. A huge temple of the main deity, Kamnath, occupies the center surrounded by many small structures. There are two huge water bodies inside the periphery, a holy pond known as Dudhiyu Talav and a bathing pool called as 'Mahadev no Kund'. It is widely believed that King Mayurdhwaj recovered from leprosy after bathing in Dudhiyu Talav and hence many devotees come to take a dip in this pond.
Dedicated to Lord Mahadev, this temple is also the seat of Shri Sharada Peetam of Sri Adi Shankara. Within the temple complex one can also see the temple of Maa Sharada and a long, narrow cave called Shankara Cave where Adi Shankaracharya meditated for years. A spectacular presentation of all the twelve jyotirlingas of Shiva is shown at the opening of this cave.
This is a very famous religious attraction in Gujarat. Devotees from every corner of India throng this place during the end of the month of Shravan when a grand fair is held to mark the culmination of this holy period.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
5 TH POINT Shri Ram Mandir At a distance of 1 km from Somnath Temple and 2 km from Somnath Railway Station, Shri Ram Temple is a Hindu temple built near Triveni Sangam Ghat in the temple town of Somnath. It is one of the splendid temples to visit in Somnath.
Shri Ram Mandir is dedicated to Lord Rama. The temple was built by Shree Somnath Trust in 2017. The temple is the newest addition to the array of religious places in and around Somnath. The temple is graceful and the sanctum has artistic idols of Lord Rama, Sita Devi and Lord Lakshmana. There are also two mini shrines dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesh beside the sanctum. All the idols are made of marble.
Built from Bansi Pahanpul pink stone, the mandir has two floors. It has auditorium and kirtan hall on the ground floor. It has also a theater with 260-280 chairs in which the life of Shri Ram will be presented on large screen. The gate of this temple is in shape of Shri Ram's dhanushya. One can get a glimpse of Somnath temple, Somnath coast, Trivei Sangam, Sun temple and Gita temples from the balcony of the temple.
One can also visit Shri Parshuram Temple within the complex of Ram Mandir. The main sanctorum has a black Parshuram idol holding an axe on his hand and is flanked by Kama and Kala on both sides. There are other shrines of Ganesh, Hanuman and Maa Renuka here.
Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM
NIGHT HOTEL / RESORT
3 RD HAIF DAY GIR NATIONAL PARK TOUR
GIR NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING POINT
1 ST POINT Gir Jungle Trail / Jeep Safari At a distance of 500 m from Sasan Gir Bus Stand, Jungle Safari is the major attraction and one of the most popular options to spot animal movement and admire beautiful landscape in Gir National Park. Sasan Gir is the most celebrated wildlife sanctuary in India as it is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions and essentially the only place on earth where these majestic beasts roam freely after Africa.
Only Jeep safari is available at Gir National Park. There is no canter safari or elephant safari unlike to the other national parks of India. There are eight safari routes, although most overlap with each other, with different entry and exit points. These routes have been made within the tourism zone of the Sanctuary with an average length of 35 km each. They are randomly assigned by the computer along with a driver and guide when you present your permit at the Reception Center, Sinh Sadan, Sasan Gir. One can also visit Kamleswar Dam while on a Gir National Park Safari where one can climb the watchtower and gaze at stunning panoramic views of the park, the lake, and the tribal villages. The dam is home to large number of Marsh Crocodiles.
There are three Gir Jungle Trail jeep safaris per day inside the park. During this 3 hour Jeep Safari, one can spot the Lions in their natural habitat along with other mammals and colourful birds. There are a limited number of vehicles allowed into the park, a maximum of 30 vehicles at a time. All these vehicles are attached to the Forest department and owned and run by local people. Visitors are strongly advised to book their jeep safaris, well in advance. Certain types of private vehicles are allowed in the park but only if they use petrol. A driver and guide are still required.
Visitors must obtain an e-permit, which grants access to Gir National Park, for the Gir Jungle Trail. The e-permit is issued per vehicle, with up to 6 occupants and only 1 child between 3 -12 years. The cost depends on the day you visit, with weekends and major public holidays being the most expensive. The permit doesn't include the Guide charge (Rs. 400 only) and Gypsy charge (Rs. 1700 only), which must be paid separately to respective Guides and Gypsy vehicle owners. All the permits for Gir National Park Jungle Trail can be booked online at https://girlion.gujarat.gov.in/ . The earliest that bookings can be made is three months in advance, and the latest is 48 hours beforehand.
The Gir Jungle Trails remains open every year from mid-October to mid-June and closed from 16th June to 15th Oct every year. The best visiting season of Gir National Park is during the months of December to March as the weather is pleasant and cool during this time. However, it can get very crowded during peak times with long waits. You're more likely to see wildlife, such as lions, when it is hot (from March to May), as they come out to get water. Weekends and holidays are to be avoided due to the crowds and higher fees charged.
Visitors need to carry an identification proof. The only identification proof that is accepted for foreigners is the passport number with nationality. For Indian national any photo identification proof that is issued by Government of India.
Safari Timings: 6 AM - 9 AM, 8.30 AM - 11 AM & 3 PM - 6 PM
Safari Cost for Indians: Rs. 800 for group of 6 Persons & Rs. 100 for extra Child on Weekdays, Rs. 1000 for group of 6 Persons, & Rs. 125 for extra Indian Child on Weekends & on Festival days
Safari Cost for Foreigners: Rs. 5600 for group of 6 Persons & Rs. 1400 for extra Child on Weekdays, Rs. 7000 for group of 6 persons, & Rs. 1750 for extra Child on Weekends & on Festival days
Entry: Rs. 1700 for Jeep, Rs. 400 for Guide, Rs. 200 for Camera for Indians & Rs. 1200 for Foreigners. Safari and vehicle charges may change any time.
2 ND POINT Devalia Safari Park / Gir Interpretation Zone At a distance of 11 km from Gir National Park, Devalia Safari Park is a safari zone situated at Devalia. Also known as Gir Interpretation Zone, it was established to reduce the excess of tourists at the Gir National Park and to facilitate tourists to understand the importance of Gir and its wildlife.
Devalia Safari Park is an enclosed area of around 4 sq. km comprises all habitat types and all major representatives of wildlife of Gir National Park. The basic aim of creating this facility is to provide an opportunity to view lions and other animals in their natural habitat within a short period and reduce tourist pressure on the sanctuary. The area has a good quantity of prey base in the form of Spotted Deer, Blue Bulls, Wild Boars, Blackbucks, Sambars and Chinkaras. Spotting a Lion in its savanna habitat is a treat to the eyes for wildlife enthusiasts. A good variety of grassland, as well as forest avifauna, is also spotted in the area.
The safari tours here are conducted in a mini bus and gypsy that takes visitors to another cross section of the Gir. There are 7 Jeep Safaris per day inside the Devalia Safari Park. A tour of Devalia is cheaper, quicker and allows tourists to view the animals in their natural habitat in just 30 - 50 minutes including Asiatic Lion. The Devalia Safari Park is open all year round, from Thursday to Tuesday, closed on Wednesday.
To explore Devalia Safari Park one has to get a permit first. Permits are generally issued from the tourist reception center. These days yet visitors can get their permits online at https://girlion.gujarat.gov.in and that saves them from the hassle of waiting in long queues for permits. But it needs to be borne in mind that permits done online are non-refundable in nature. Permits are limited per day. So, you need to get your permit as soon as the forest reception center opens in the morning at Sinh Sadan, Sasan Gir.
The e-permit for Gypsy is issued per vehicle, with up to 6 occupants and only 1 child between 3 -12 years. The cost depends on the day you visit, with weekends and major public holidays being the most expensive. The permit doesn't include the Guide charge (Rs. 400 only) and Gypsy charge (Rs. 1500 only), which must be paid separately to respective Guides and Gypsy vehicle owners.
Bus Safari Timings: 7.30 AM - 11 AM & 3 PM - 5 PM, Closed on Wednesday
Jeep Safari Timings: 7 AM - 7.55 AM, 8 AM - 8.55 AM, 9 AM - 9.55 AM, 10 AM - 10.55 AM, 3 PM - 3.55 PM, 4 PM - 4.55 PM & 5 PM - 5.55 PM, Closed on Wednesday
Bus Safari Cost: Rs. 150 for Indians & Rs. 2800 for Foreigners on Weekdays, Rs. 190 for Indians & Rs. 3500 for Foreigners on Weekends & on Festival Days
Jeep Safari Cost for Indians: Rs. 800 for group of 6 Persons & Rs. 100 for extra Child on Weekdays, Rs. 1000 for group of 6 Persons, & Rs. 125 for extra Indian Child on Weekends & on Festival days
Jeep Safari Cost for Foreigners: Rs. 5600 for group of 6 Persons & Rs. 1400 for extra Child on Weekdays, Rs. 7000 for group of 6 persons, & Rs. 1750 for extra Child on Weekends & on Festival days
Entry: Rs. 1700 for Jeep & Rs. 400 for Guide. Safari and vehicle charges may change any time.
3 RD POINT Tulsi Shyam Temple At a distance of 29 km from Una, 66 km from Sasan Gir and 76 km from Amreli, Tulsi Shyam Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Tulsishyam in Gujarat. It is one of the revered temples in this region of Gujarat and among the must visit places near Sasan Gir while in a Gujarat Tour.
Dedicated to Lord Krishna, Tulsi Shyam Temple is a well-known temple located inside the Gir National Park. Legend says that Lord Krishna eliminated the demon called Tul and so the place is associated with his name along with that of Krishna as Shyam as Tulsishyam. The idol of Lord Tulsishyam is said to be 3000 years old made out of black stone. Visitors need to climb 100 steep steps to reach the temple from the parking. There is also a temple dedicated to Goddess Rukmini Devi on a small hillock near the main temple.
There are three hot sulphur springs that are believed to have healing powers. Of these, the 1st one is filled with hot water, the second one is filled with more hot water and the third water spring is having hot boiling water. Another attraction that draws people to this temple is the stretch of road near the temple famed for its Gravity Hill phenomenon. At the temple one will find boarding facilities at a nominal cost and food is provided by the trust at free of cost.
There are two approach routes to this place - one from Una is in good state while the second one from Amreli is a bit longer and has lot of potholes and uneven road. At both the entry forest check posts the last entry time is 8 PM and last exit time is 9 PM.
Timings: 6.30 AM to 8 PM
NIGHT IN SOMNARTH
4 TH FULL DAY DWARKA
DWARKA SIGHTSEEING POINT
1 ST POINT Dwarkadhish Temple
At a distance of 3 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Dwarkadhish Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated in the holy town of Dwarka, Gujarat. Also known as Jagat Mandir or Trilok Sunder Temple, it is one of the revered places of pilgrimage in India and among the top places to visit in Dwarka as part of Gujarat trip.
Situated on the banks of Gomti River, Dwarkadhish Temple or Dwarkadheesh Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is worshiped here as Dwarkadhish or 'King of Dwarka'. According to legend, the temple was originally believed to be built by Vajranabh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna, more than 2500 years ago on the palace where Lord Krishna lived. However, it was later enlarged in the 15th-19th century. It is also part of the famed Char Dham, the four sacred temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu while the other three are Rameswaram, Badrinath and Puri. Since it is a Pushtimarg temple, it follows the guidelines and rituals created by Vallabhacharya and Vitheleshnath.
Built out of soft limestone, Dwarkadhish Temple reflects the Chalukyan style of architecture. The five storied main shrine is supported by 72 pillars and is a sight to behold. The temple consists of a sanctum, vestibule and a rectangular hall with porches on three sides. It has an exquisitely carved 42 m high shikhar with a huge flag made from 52 yards of cloth. There are two main entrances to the temple. The main entrance (north entrance) is called Moksha Dwar (Door to Salvation) and the south entrance is called Swarga Dwar (Gate to Heaven). Outside Swarga Dwar are 56 steps that lead to the Gomati River. The devotees are expected to take a dip in the Gomti River before proceeding into the temple through the Swarga Dwar.
The exterior is adorned with intricately carved sculptures and motifs from Hindu mythology that depicts the scenes of Krishna's life while the interior is quite simple and peaceful. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the black magnificent idol of Lord Krishna as the resplendent king with four arms holding Sudarshana Chakra, Panchajanya or conch, lotus flower and gada. This image of Lord Krishna is named as Trivikrama and is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. There are also other shrines within the temple that are devoted to Subhadra, Balarama and Revathi, Vasudeva, Rukmini and many others. There is also a seat that belonged to Adi Shankaracharya here.
The temple of Dwarkadhish is famous for its flag worship. The flag or Dhwaja is considered to be of supreme importance in the temple and is changed four times a day. The flag, stitched out of 52 yards of cloth, is a spiritual icon and bears the images of the sun and the moon which is believed to indicate that Krishna would be there till Sun and moon exist on earth.
Janmashtami is the most important festival celebrated at Dwarkadhish temple held in August / September every year during which thousands of devotees throng to this temple in order to witness the grand festivities. During this festival, the lord is decked up in his most royal avatar with abundant jewels such as gold, diamond, and topaz. Holi, Rukmini Vivah, Basant Panchami, Ram Navami, Akshay Tritiya, Deepawali, and Sharad Purnima are the other popular festivals celebrated in this temple.
Timings: 7 AM - 12.30 PM & 5 PM - 9.30 PM
Aarti Timings: 7 AM, 10.30 AM, 7.30 PM & 8. 30 PM
2 ND POINT Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
At a distance of 15 km from Dwarka, Nageshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Nageshwar village in Gujarat. Also known as Nagnath Temple, it is one of the 12 jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva and among the prominent places to visit as part of Dwarka Tour Packages.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Nageshwar Temple is one of the oldest temples mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The Jyotirlinga has a special significance in Nageshwar as this is believed to be the first of all 12 Jyotirlingas. The swayambhu lingam enshrined in the underground chamber at Nageshwar Temple is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all-round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons and is believed that one who prays here obtains freedom from all kinds of poison including snake poison.
Nageshwar is referred to as 'Daarukaavane Naagesham' in the ancient slokas of Rudra Samhita. According to the legend, there once lived a demon called Daruka, who was extremely cruel and tortured the people. One day he captured a Shiva devotee called Supriya along with many others. The prisoners were held in the underwater city that swarmed with sea-snakes. Supriya advised all prisoners to recite the Shiva mantra 'Aum Namaha Shivayay' to protect them. When Daruka came to know about this he ran to kill Supriya. Instantly, Lord Shiva appeared in his full glory and killed the demon and went on to reside in the powerful Jyotirlinga.
The temple is a simple structure with typical Hindu architecture. The temple is more popular for its rich and evocative spiritual history rather than its architectural beauty. This temple is unique in the sense that the Shiva Lingam faces to the south and the Gomugam faces towards the east. The Shivalinga at Nageshwar is a Tri-mukhi Rudraksha which is around 40 cm high and 30 cm in diameter. At Nageshwar one can also find goddess Parvati as Nageshwari along with the Shivalinga. There is also a 25 m giant statue of Lord Shiva in the temple complex that mesmerizes tourists and pilgrims alike with its aesthetic appeal.
Shivaratri is the major festival celebrated here with great enthusiasm at the temple. On the eve of Maha Shivaratri, a huge Mela is held in the grounds of the temple premises and thousands flock to the temple to witness the festivities.
Timings: 6 AM - 12.30 PM & 5 PM - 9.30 PM
3 RD POINT Dwarka Beach
At a distance of 1 km from Dwarkadhish Temple and 4 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Dwarka Beach is a sea beach located in Dwarka, Gujarat. Situated along the Arabian Coast, it is one of the popular beaches in Gujarat and well-known Dwarka Tourist Places.
Known for its turquoise waters and white sand, this beach is really worth visiting. It is the best place to relax and take a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This beach is situated in the close proximity to many temples. The Dwarka Beach is neat and clean that provides a serene and calm environment for the tourists and the pilgrims to sit and spend their evenings. Visitor can also see a large number of sea birds at the beach.
The beach also holds a lighthouse and is one of the major tourist attractions in the city if the temples are taken aside. This 43 meter tower was constructed in 1962 on the western most part of Saurashtra Coast called Rupen Creek. Later an RCC baffle wall was introduced in 1964 for the introduction of sound horns equipment and vibrators to work as fog signals. A Racon of Marconi origin was installed on the tower in 1978. Even today this light house is a big landmark for sailors and one can clearly see its powerful flashes from Dwarka City in the evenings. The light from the Dwarka lighthouse is visible up to 16 km. The Dwarka lighthouse is open for visitor in the evenings but one need to get prior permission from the attendant. One can get a panoramic view of Dwarka and the coastline of Arabian Sea from the top of the lighthouse.
Timings: 4 PM - 6 PM
NIGHT HOTEL . RESORT
5 TH FULL DAY RAJKOT
1 ST POINT Kaba Gandhi No Delo
At a distance of 2 km from Rajkot Junction, Kaba Gandhi No Delo is a museum located near Dharmendra road in old city area of Rajkot. It is one of the popular museums in Gujarat and among the most visited tourist places in Rajkot.
Kaba Gandhi No Delo, literally Kaba Gandhi's house, is the ancestral home of Mahatma Gandhi where he spent his early years of life from 1881-87 AD. It was built in 1880-81 CE by Mahatma Gandhi's father Karamchand Gandhi or Kaba Gadhi, who was the Diwan to the king of Saurashtra. The house was built in Saurashtrian style of architecture, with arched gateways and courtyards. The place is must visit for Gandhi followers and avid history lovers.
Kaba Gandhi No Delo has now been converted into a museum and also declared as a national monument which is named as 'Gandhi Smriti'. This beautiful building houses many original items related to Mahatma Gandhi like photographs, objects and his personal belongings which give insight into his childhood days. The Mahatma's passion for the handloom is preserved in the form of a small weaving school. Kaba Gandhi No Delo is currently managed by the Non-Government Organization, who also runs classes in sewing and embroidery for young girls within the premises.
Timings: 9 AM - 12 PM & 3 PM - 6 PM
2 ND POINT Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum
At a distance of 3 km from Rajkot Junction, Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum is a museum situated in Dr. Yagnik Road, Rajkot. It is one of its kind museums in Gujarat and among the must visit Tourist places in Rajkot.
The Rotary Dolls Museum was set up in the year 2001 by Deepak Agrawal in order to provide children a place, where they could gain valuable knowledge about the world by the mode of fun and entertainment. This two floor museum exhibits more than 1,600 dolls from over 102 countries decked out in different attires. These dolls are generously donated by the Rotary Clubs across the world to the museum. The museum has earned a place in the Limca Book of Records for its unique collection of dolls.
Unlike most museums, the Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum gives an overview to the culture and traditions of the world at large through a medium of dolls. The dolls are displayed in Theme Showcases which depict settings of the countries from which these dolls hail along with the flag of that country. The main attraction of the museum is the 'Rocking Zebra', among the 5 in the world. Dolls depicting folk dance like bhangra and dandiya, blue-eyed Barbie, black-eyed Laila, string puppets, glove puppets, designer dolls, husk dolls, Santa Claus dolls, and Einstein dolls are the other highlights of the museum.
Besides dolls, the museum also maintains permanent archives of documents related to the dolls for the study and enjoyment of members and for public viewing. Each showcase has on its side a write up about the unique cultural and traditional information about the dolls. The museum also has a Foreign Language Learning Centre where the language Library has more than 40 foreign and 10 Indian Languages that can be learnt by students using a self-paced computer based learning mechanism.
The museum also conducts workshops on dramatics and music, doll making, sculpting competitions, dress designing, doll exchange programmes, finishing school etc. There is a small cinema hall where children can watch documentaries on inventions, culture, environment, folk stories, fables etc. from around the world. The museum offers a perfect platform for kids to explore and learn history. There is also a souvenir shop at the museum where children can buy stickers, country flags, picture postcards, stationeries etc.
Timings: 9.30 AM - 1 PM & 3.30 PM - 7.30 PM, Closed on Monday
Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for Person & Rs. 35 for Camera
3 RD POINT Watson Museum
At a distance of 2 km from Rajkot Junction, Watson Museum is an ancient museum in Rajkot city of Gujarat. It is one of the largest museums in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Rajkot.
Set up in the Queen Victoria memorial institute building, the museum was established in 1888. The museum was named after the British Political Agent of Kathiwad, Colonel John Watson, who initiated the citations and documentation of the history of Rajkot and artifacts in respect to the royal families in the region. Managed by the Gujarat State Government, Watson Museum is the second most important museum in Gujarat, after the Museum of Baroda and one of the best among the seven such museums located across Saurashtra region.
Watson Museum depicts the history of India and the colonial history of Rajkot. The museum is divided into several sections namely paintings & manuscripts, textile, inscription, sculptures, coins, anthropology, folk embroidery and handicraft, musical instruments, wood work, natural history and rocks and minerals. Since, Colonel Watson was fond of history and archaeology, most of his collections and other artifacts are preserved here. The copies of artifacts from Mohenjodaro, 13th century carvings, temple statues, Indus Valley Civilization artifacts collected from Saurashtra region, memorabilia of Colonial rulers, and library paintings and artifacts donated by the neighboring rulers are the main highlights of the museum.
The museum also houses a huge 19th century marble statue of queen Victoria seated on a throne. There are many splendid portraits and photographs of royal princes of Saurashtra and European dignitaries, handicrafts, pottery and princely relics. It also depicts the influence of textiles and jewelry in Bharwads, Ahirs, Darbars and other native people of the region.
Being one of the finest museums in Gujarat it allows guided tours along with photography and also has sales counters for spreading the word about the museum. Besides, the museum hosts a weeklong Bhartiya Shilp Samrudhi festival every year on the second week of January.
Timings: 9 AM - 12.45 PM & 3 PM - 6 PM, Closed on Wednesdays, 2nd & 4th Saturdays & on Public Holidays
Entry Fee: Rs. 5 for Indians & Rs. 50 for Foreigners
4 TH POINT BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.
At a distance of 4 km from Rajkot Junction, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple situated in Rajkot city of Gujarat. Located on Kalawad Road, it is one of the most celebrated temples in Gujarat and among the must visit places in Rajkot.
Built in 1998 by Swaminarayan Sampradaya, the temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. It follows the Swaminarayan Sampradaya founded by Bhagwan Swaminarayan and belongs to the Vaishnav tradition. The temple has been built according to the Ancient Vedic Shilpa Shastra techniques and no contemporary building material is used in the construction. The temple has been built out of Ambaji marble, Makrana marble and Udaipur pink marbles. The pink stone used for construction has been brought from Bansipahadpur in Rajasthan and is similar to the stone used in Akshardham at Gandhinagar.
The Mandir consists of three shrines. The first shrine has an idol of Harikrishna Maharaj which is a Panchdhatu murti, made from an alloy composed of five metals. Besides, there are idols of Lord Krishna and Radha made in marble. The central shrine in the temple has marble idols of Lord Swaminarayan, Mul Akshar Gunatitanand Swami and Gopalananda Swami while the third shrine houses the marble idol of Ghanshyam Maharaj. One can also see the idols of Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj, and Pramukh Swami Maharaj in the temple premises.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a socio-spiritual organization and welcomes the visitors of all faiths. All festivals belonging to the different religions are celebrated here with a great zeal that makes it a place that can be visited throughout the year. Also, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Rajkot is renowned worldwide for its social work and humanitarian services and also runs a charitable trust that helps people in natural calamities, all over the world.
Timings: 7.30 AM - 12 PM & 4 PM - 8.15 PM
5 TH POINT ISKCON Mandir
At a distance of 10 km from Rajkot Junction, ISKCON Temple is a Hindu temple located on Kalwad Main Road in Rajkot. Also known as Sri Radha Neelmadhav Dham, it is one of the popular ISCKON temples in Gujarat and among the top places of pilgrimage in Rajkot.
ISKCON Temple in Rajkot is a Hare Krishna temple and ashram dedicated to the practice of bhakti-yoga or loving service to Lord Krishna, revered by millions of people all over the world. The temple was built in the year 2003 by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj and was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Gujarat Sri Narendra Modi and Alfred Ford (Ambarish Das), the owner of the Ford Auto motors-US.
Known for its architectural beauty and the intricate carvings on the marble, this popular temple draws many visitors all around the year to get a glimpse of the Neelmadhav and to get his divine blessings. The main attraction of the temple is the idol of Lord Krishna and Radha. There are also idols of Sri Jagannath, Baladev, Subadra, Lord Nrsimhadev and Lord Srinathji in the temple premises. The ISKON Temple of Rajkot also has a goshala called Gopal Goshala in its premises.
The temple grounds are maintained and sustained in a tranquil manner. The temple is open to all worshippers regardless of their caste and creed. The temple distributes free prasadam every day to the visitors of the temple and also conducts various religious and cultural programs. The popular event worth taking part in this temple is the evening aarti that held on every Sunday evenings.
Timings: 5 AM - 12.30 PM & 4.30 PM - 8.30 PM
7 TH DAY FULL VADODARA
1 ST POINT Sardar Sarovar Dam
At a distance of 94 km from Vadodara, Sardar Sarovar Dam is a gravity dam on the Narmada River near Kevadia village in Gujarat, India. It is one of the largest dams in India and among the top tourist places in Gujarat as part of Vadodara Tour Packages.
Also known as Narmada Dam, the Sardar Sarovar project was a vision of the first deputy prime minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The foundation stone of the project was laid out in 1961 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The project took form in 1979 as part of a development scheme to increase irrigation and produce hydroelectricity. The dam provides water to generate power and supply water for drinking and irrigation to states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
Having a length of 1.2 km and a depth of 163 m, it is the third highest concrete dam in India and the 2nd biggest concrete dam in the world. It is a part of the Narmada Valley Project, a large hydraulic engineering project involving the construction of a series of large irrigation and hydroelectric multi-purpose dams on the Narmada River. Following a number of controversial cases before the Supreme Court of India (1999, 2000, 2003), by 2014 the Narmada Control Authority had approved a series of changes in the final height and the associated displacement caused by the increased reservoir, from the original 80 m (260 feet) to a final 163 m (535 feet) from the foundation.
The river catchment area above the dam site is 88,000 sq. km and has a spillway discharging capacity of 87,000 cubic meters a second. Seven chute spillway radial gates and 23 service spillway gates are installed for flood control. The maximum water level is 140.21 m while the minimum draw down level is 110.64 m. The project will irrigate more than 18,000 sq. km, most of it in drought prone areas of Kutch and Saurashtra. The dam has two power houses - canal head powerhouse and river bed powerhouse - with an installed capacity of 250 MW and 1,200 MW respectively.
One can book a guided tour which will take you through 6 points around the dam site - a garden, the foundational stone laid by Jawaharlal Nehru, a site with a side view of the flow of the water from the dam, a lake where boating takes place, the first lock gate of the main canal, and a trekking site with a nature education camp for students. Near the site is also the Surpaneshwar Shiva temple that the Government had built to replace the original ancient temple that was submerged by the dam. Statue of Unity is situated approximately 3 km from the dam.
Timings: 8.30 AM - 5.30 PM
Entry: Rs. 5 for Adults, Rs. 10 for Two Wheeler, Rs. 50 for Car & Rs. 100 for Bus
2 ND POINT Statue Of Unity
At a distance of 3 km from Sardar Sarovar Dam and 90 km from Vadodara, The statue of unity is a giant statue located on an islet on the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia village in Gujarat. Situated on the Sadhu Bet Island, it is the most popular attractions in Gujarat and among the must visit places near Vadodara as part of Gujarat tour.
The Statue of Unity is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and the Ironman of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950) who was the first Home minister of India. The statue was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in 2018. The project was carried out by the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) which was established for this purpose. Designed by the Indian Sculptor, Ram Vanji Sutar, the construction was taken up by the Indian company Larson & Toubro. The Rs. 2,989 crore project took 42 months, and round-the-clock work by 3,400 labourers and 250 engineers to complete. The statue has been erected to propagate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's vision of India and to inspire the citizens of India through his patriotism and freedom struggle.
Surrounded by a 12 km artificial lake, the monument compound is spread across 20,000 square meters. The Bronze statue of the founding father of the Republic of India stands 182 m tall grabbing the attention of the whole world as the 'Tallest statue in the World'. The statue is 23 meter taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha statue and almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 m) in US. For this project, the government had been collected nearly 135 metric tonnes of scrap iron from farmers all around the nation.
The statue is divided into five zones of which only three are accessible to the public. From its base to the level of Patel's shins is the first zone which has three levels and includes an exhibition area, mezzanine floor and roof. It contains a museum, a memorial garden and an Audio Visual Hall to depict the life and struggles of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The 2nd zone reaches up to Patel's thighs, while the 3rd extends up to the viewing gallery at 153 m. The concrete towers which form the statue's legs contain two elevators each that can carry 26 people at once to the viewing gallery in all of 30 seconds. One can get a panoramic view of the surroundings from the viewing gallery. Zone 4 is the maintenance area while the zone 5 comprises the head and shoulders of the statue.
In the evening, a 30 minute laser show is conducted every day. There is a three-star hotel inside the complex for those who are willing to stay overnight. From the mainland, visitors need to take a bridge to get to the statue. One can also find ferries to reach the statue from the edge of Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Timings: 9 AM - 5.30 PM, Closed on Mondays
Timings of Entry Ticket Window: 8.30 AM - 4 PM
Entry: Rs. 120 for Adults, Rs. 60 for kids & Rs. 30 per Person for Bus
Observation Deck: Rs. 350 for Adults, Rs. 200 for Children & Rs. 30 for Bus
Express Entry: Rs.1000 per person .
3 RD POINT Ajwa Garden
At a distance of 23 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Ajwa Garden is a well laid-out garden situated on the banks of Ajwa Dam near Vadodara, Gujarat. It is an ideal weekend hangout for the people of Vadodara.
Covering an area of 130 acres, the garden is adorned with sprawling green manicured lawns and towering palm trees. It was developed by Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan on the lines of the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. The major attraction of the garden is the 100-meter row of perfectly aligned musical fountains that mesmerize visitors with coordinated water shoots in the background of lively colours. Fountains are operated only on every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and other public holidays i.e. Independence Day, Republic Day, Christmas, Ramzan, Sharad purnima, Gaurivrat (Jagran). Also, the park contains colourful flowering trees, palm trees and children play area.
The garden is surrounded by a number of attractions like water parks, amusement parks and hotels. Just adjacent to the garden is the Ajwa Dam, an earthen dam built in the early 20th century by the then ruler of Vadodara, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III to provide water to the residents of Vadodara. The dam is about 5 km long and can store water to the height of 211 feet. The reservoir has 62 gates and is connected to the Vishwamitri River which flows through the city of Vadodara, so that excess water in event of floods is dispatched to this river.
Even though weekends here are crowded, it is a perfect place to spend the time with friends and family. The best time to visit garden is evening to night, when light& sound of fountains show starts.
Park Entry Timings: 10 AM - 8 PM
Musical Fountain: 6 PM - 8 PM (November to February) & 7 PM - 9 PM (March to October)
Entry: Rs. 20 for Adults & Rs. 15 for Children .
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