To many of us Gandhinagar is known as Mahatma Gandhi's birthplace, which has very recently emerged as an important industrial hub in the state of Gujarat. Apart from the large population of business tourist that visits the city, Gandhinagar is also emerging as a popular place for a family vacation. It is one of India's well-planned architectural layouts. As you go about touring the place, you will find that Gandhinagar is a blend of both modern and old India. With modern ideas intertwined with the Gandhian principles, the city only goes on to reflect on the laissez-faire attitude of the people. The most popular tourist spots in the city are Akshardham Temple, Sarita Udyan, Adalaj Stepwell and Capital Complex, to name a few. Besides its interesting tourist hotspots, Gandhinagar is also deemed as a cultural melting pot. During festivals, the city comes alive with its colorful and entertaining folk themes and great vegetarian cuisine that one should not miss out. Read the write-up to know more about the places to see in Gandhinagar.
Tourist Attractions In Gandhinagar
This temple is the main highlight of the city. Built by the followers of Swaminarayan Sanstha and led by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, this majestic temple made of pink sand stone has beautiful sculptures, overwhelming carvings, well-lit gardens and fountains that are a remarkable sight. The best time to visit this temple is during the evenings. Inside the shrine, you can find the main deity, exhibition halls that depict the life and preaching's of Swaminarayan, other prominent Hindu scriptures and a research centre on art and culture. The main sanctum comprises of a 7-foot tall, gold plated idol of Lord Swaminaryan towering above you. The sheer size of this monument and its intricate carved motif makes it a modern architectural tour de force.
Located in the centre of the city in Sector 10 is the Capital Complex. The building is a legislative assembly of Gandhinagar and houses many secretariat offices. The dome shaped structure seated on the middle of the lake is known as Vithalbhai Patel Bhavan. The Sardar Bhavan and Narmada Bhavan is located towards the sides of Vidhan Sabha. These two buildings are said to be the offices of department heads. Although the governmental authorities allow tourists within the campus of the complex, visitors are generally not allowed to enter the respective buildings without a special pass. The complex is yet again one of Gandhinagar's structural beauties.
Situated close to the Sabarmati River, this garden is a popular tourist spot. With sprawling grass accompanied with colorful blooms and elongated rows of trees, the Sarita Udyan is a great place to chill out. This garden is also a favorite picnic spot among the local people. During mornings and late evenings, the garden attracts a good number of walkers and joggers. Located in Sector 9, Sarita Udyan is easily accessible. If you plan to visit this garden, also visit the deer park, which is located nearby to catch a glimpse of these docile and sensitive creatures along with various other species.
While one is in Mahatma Gandhi's birthplace, one cannot miss Gandhi Ashram, which was established in 1920. Formerly known as Satyagraha Ashram, the place comprises of a library that consists of Gandhi's extensive collection of books and a memorial dedicated to him. The place holds great historical importance as the famous 'Dandi March' started right from this ashram. Do visit the ashram during the evenings to see the sound and light show. The show brings out interesting facts about Gandhi life and his work as a freedom fighter.
Adalaj is a historical monument that was built in 1499 AD. Constructed by Queen Rudabai, the carvings on the walls of the well include ornate patterns of animals and flowers. The pillars inside the well have beautiful carvings of decorative designs that were popular during that period in the region. In the earlier period, the place was used by caravans and explorer as a regular halting place that connected several trade routes. Adalaj is just 18 km from the heart of the city that should not be missed out from your itinerary.