Ahmedabad is a sought after tourist destination. A huge influx of tourists visits the city each year. Apart from its majestic buildings and varied tourist attractions, there is a lot more to the city. There are a number of places around the city which will add onto your experience. The excursions around Ahmedabad will give a glimpse of the natural and historical heritage of India. These places of interest are delightful to be explored. Your trip to Gujarat is incomplete without visiting these exotic locations.
Lothal is situated at a distance of 80 km from Ahmedabad. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in India. In the dialect of the local people language, Lothal means ‘the mound of the dead’.
The Sun temple is situated at Modhera in Gujarat. It is akin to the Sun Temple at Konark and is dedicated to the Sun God, Lord Surya. Though the temple has lost its glory of the yore, it is still an architectural and art master piece.
Akshardham is situated in the capital city of Gandhinagar, which lies near Ahmedabad. The magnificent temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. It was constructed on the directions of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Sanstha.
Ranchhodraiji Temple is situated in Dakor that comes under the Kheda district of Gujarat. Earlier Dakor was a small village, but with time it has grown into a major commercial center. The small shrine of the initial Ranchhodraiji Temple has now been enclosed in a huge complex.
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise. It is situated just 65 km southwest of Ahmedabad. The delightful bird sanctuary of Nalsarovar is located around the Nal Lake. It was established in 1969 AD and is spread over an area of 11,500 hectares. Nal Sarovar houses over 250 species of wetland birds. There are also a number of species that migrate here from north, mainly Rosy Pelicans, Flamingoes, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks and Herons. You can also enjoy the serene sunsets or sunrises, while ferrying in the lake.
Shanku Water Park
Shanku Water Park is an amusement park situated near Ahmedabad. The park is a famous picnic spot, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are around 37 rides in the park, which provide unbound pleasure for adventure seekers. It was established in 1993, with a view to provide pure entertainment to the people. The park offers crystal clear treated water, beautifully landscaped environment, food courts and lounges. It is a perfect retreat in the summer months.