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Places to Visit around Ahmedabad

White Desert – Great Rann of Kutch

Great Rann of Kutch is reputed to be the world’s largest white salt desert. Spanning over an area of 7505 sq km in the western fringes of Gujarat, the desert looks like a diamond under the scorching sun and appears like an eerie under the bluish glow during the night hours. To witness the best of the white desert, one should visit there during the Rann Utsav, which happens between November and March. On a visit to the white desert, make a point to enjoy the camel safari. Apart from the a white desert, one can visit Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar temple and Bachuchara temple.

Distance: 272 Kms from Ahmedabad

Gir National Park, Junagadh

One of the largest domains of the ferocious Asiatic animals, Gir National Park is a sparkling diamond in the jewels of Gujarat. Along with lions, this dry deciduous forest is home to more than 300 avian species like great horned own, crested serpent eagle and other members of the cat family like leopards. Going by the records of the forest department, there are 29 species of reptiles, 33 species of mammals, 93 species of invertebrates, 96 trees, and 448 flowering plants. Also, it is notable for its silk cotton trees; whose bright orange flowers add dashes of color to this dusty brown landscape. Best time to go for jeep safari is between March and May.

Distance: 347 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Somnath Temple

A primary shrine amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, Somnath temple is located in the small town of Gujarat’s Junagarh district. The shivling at the temple is believed to be ‘swayambhu’ or self-born, manifested in the temple. Locals call this temple as ‘shrine eternal’ because it has withstood the test of time; it was destroyed six times and every time it was rebuilt. The current structure of the temple, seventh reconstruction, is a magnificent edifice built in the Chalukya style of architecture by the master masons of Gujarat, known as Sompuras. One can also visit the beach, and the museum, close to the temple, which exhibits 1638 pieces from 7th to 15th century.

Distance: 409 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Dwarkadhish Temple

One of the four divine abodes of India & seven sacred cities, Dwarkadeesh Jagat Mandir doesn’t need any introduction. Going by the mythological records, Dwarka was the kingdom of Lord Krishna, and he stayed there for quite an extended period. This five storey temple stands on 72 pillars. The sandstone plinth and walls of the temples are embellished with panels depicting dancers, elephants, musicians and celestial beings. Along with Jagat Mandir, you can also visit the nearby temples like Bet Dwarka, Okha, and shrines dedicated to Rukmini (Lord Krishna’s Wife), Mirabai, Narsinh Mehta and Shank Narayan.

Distance: 441 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Sun Temple, Modhera

Built in 1027 AD, Sun temple is one of the surviving Indian shrines dedicated to God Sun and stands as an epitome of the exquisite Hindu temple of Solanki dynasty. The temple is divided into three parts, which are perfectly aligned from east to west, in accordance with the deity passage of the sun. Inside the temple complex, you can see a suryakand or stepwell, prayer hall supported on 52 pillars and another room that leads to inner sanctum called Garbhagrah. The sanctum is positioned in a way that it receives the first rays of the morning sun at the equinox.

Distance: 98 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Palitana Jain Temple, Bhavnagar

Located atop the Shetrunjai Hill, Palitana temple is one of the most sacred Jain temples in India and is known for its 3000 brilliantly carved temple. It is believed that the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinath, visited this hill while his chief disciple Pundarika attained enlightenment here. According to the records, there are approximately 108 large temples and 872 small shrines with about 7000 images total that have been built over 900 years from the 11th century by the Jain community. From the top of the temple, you can see the panoramic view of the Gulf of Cambay and countryside.

Distance: 218 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch

Certain wildlife sanctuaries can be found in the harsh deserts and best example of the same is the Wild Ass Sanctuary. Located in Little Run of Kutch over an area of 5000 square kilometers, the Wild Ass Sanctuary in Kutch is the only home to wild ass in India. Other than the wild ass, the sanctuary is home to 32 other type of mammals including chinkara (Indian gazelle), Jackals, Caracals, Nilgais (the largest antelope of Asia), Indian Wolves, Blackbucks, Striped Hyenas, etc. There are around 3000 wild asses in the sanctuary and can be best seen in and around October and November. Tourists who are visiting the sanctuary can book their stay in the resorts and hotels nearby the sanctuary.

Distance: 178 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Nal Sarovar:

Nal Sarovar is a Bird Sanctuary Lake, spread in the area of 120 sq-km, a serene marshland with shallow waters which contains 36 small islands. Mainly inhabited by migratory birds as their wintering ground, Nalsarovar wetland is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India.

More than 200 types of birds mainly waterfowl inhabit this lake and come from as far as Siberia. One can find rosy pelicans, lesser and greater flamingos, crakes, brahminy ducks, purple moorhen, herons, white storks, various species of bitterns, grebes etc. Migratory birds starts arriving in October and stay until April but their population reaches its peak in mid-winter.

Distance: 60 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Polo Monument and Vijaynagar Forest

The temples of Polo, located near Vijaynagar, were built between 10th and 15th centuries as a hiding place from enemies, citizens, angry wives, and even from the sun. While there are number of medieval temples in the polo region of this period, the most notable ones are Sarneshwar temple, Lakha Dera Jain temple and Shiv Shakti Mandir. Structure and design of the temples reveal Islamic traces; it also follows the layout of Traditional Hindu temples.

Distance: 159 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Marine National Park, Jamnagar

Western edges of Gujarat are flanked by 1600 km long coastline, which is perhaps the largest in India. In this there is a tiny reserve called Marine National Park, which is one of its kinds in India, on the Gulf of Kutch. It’s the only place in India where one can see the coral reefs of different shapes and sizes without diving in the water. Some of the finest marine species that can be found in the national park are sponges, starfishes, sea cucumbers, puffer fishes, sea horses, huge green sea turtles, etc. Also, you can see many sea birds like cranes, flamingos, sea gulls, etc. To reach the marine national park, you will have to hire a boat from the Bedi Port or Sikka Port. The local boat takes one and a half hours to reach the main park.

Distance: 178 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Lothal & Dholavira

250 km from the Bhuj district of Gujarat nestles an ancient town, Dholavira; that throws the light on the Harappan culture and its magnificent civilization. Second largest in India and fifth largest in the Indian sub-continent, this Harappan site the only place that marks the presence of Harappan culture from 2900 BC to 1500 BC. Lothal is also a significant site of the Indus Valley civilization excavated in India. To know the place better one can also visit the museum which showcases 5089 products unearthed from the evacuation.

Lothal Distance: 75 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Dholavira Distance: 358 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara

Built in 1890 as the private residence of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, Laxmi Vilas Palace is indeed one of the grandest structures in India. Sprawling over an area of 700 acres, the palace is believed to be nearly four times the size of Buckingham Palace and features many buildings like Moti Baug Palace, Makarpura Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building. Robert Fellows Chisholm, the head architect, took twelve years to build this grand building. The property also has a Navlakhi stepwell, Maharaja Fatehgarh museum, and a small zoo, which was resting ground crocodiles.

Distance: 110 Kms from Ahmedabad.

Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi

This 20th-century summer palace of Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraji is an impressive Indo-Edwardian and is located quite close to the beach. The place is made of red sandstones by Mistris and Suthars of Kutch, and it features every element of Rajput architecture and bears a striking resemblance to palaces of Orchha and Datia. A portion of the palace is now converted into a resort, offering accommodation options with an ethnic decor and is replete with modern amenities. Inlaid tile work, distinctive stone carving, manicured garden, intricate jail work, great water streams, and murals are the highlights of the palace.

Distance: Distance: 383 Kms from Ahmedabad.