Excursions from Ahmedabad

Nal Sarovar Bird sanctuary
Is basically a natural lake that makes an excellent excursion.
Spread over an area of 116 sq. km, it is well known for the
vivid birds that migrate from Siberia. Bird sanctuary Nal Sarovar
serves as an oasis of serenity in the midst of
hustle bustle of city life.




Distance from Ahmedabad: 60KM


Modhera sun temple:
It Was constructed in the year 1026 AD on the bank of the river
Pushpavati. It was established by the King Bhimdev of the Solanki
dynasty in the dedication of Lord Surya. It is one of the finest
architectures of the eleventh century.





Distance from Ahmedabad: 3KM


Rann of Kutch:
The Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch dist. Of Gujarat. What makes it even more amazing is that it's underwater during the main monsoon season in India. For the remaining eight months of the year, it's an enormous stretch of packed white salt.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 95KM



GIR NATIONAL PARK:
Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is a 1412 sq km hilly tract of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub, evergreen and semi-evergreen flora and grasslands, fed by rivers and streams. Among the many water-bodies in the reserve is the Kamleshwar Dam, known for its large crocodile population.

Originally protected by the Nawab of Junagadh, after British viceroys brought to his attention the plight of the lion in Asia, the sanctuary is the jewel of Gujarat's ecological resources.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 330KM


Diu Island:
Diu Island was once ruled by the Portuguese and is now a Union Territory. Popular as a beach destination, the island also has a 16th century Portuguese Fort, the impressive St Paul's Church, Diu Museum and old houses. Flamingos, storks and waders can be seen at the creeks of Diu.

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BALARAM PALACE:
Balaram Palace Resort, once the hunting retreat of the Lohani Nawab of Palanpur, is now a Heritage Classic hotel. It was built between 1922-1936 by the 29th ruler of Palanpur. It is a graceful manifestation of neo-classical and baroque architectural style. Situated amidst the Aravallis in the 542 sq. kms of Balaram Ambaji Reserve Forest at the tip of North Gujarat it borders Rajasthan. The palace is set in 13 acres of terraced upland rising from a hilly stream and surrounded by lush green gardens and designed flower beds.

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SOMNATH TEMPLE:
Somnath is one of the 12 jyotirlingas or holy abodes of Lord Shiva. The main temple is an important pilgrimage for Hindus and its riches were ransacked by invaders. The Prabhas Patan Museum has interesting architectural fragments and sculptures from the ruined temples. Somnath also has Lord Krishna's cenotaph and bathing ghats at Triveni Tirth, a medieval Sun Temple , the historic Ahilya Temple , Bakhla Tirth where Krishna is said to have met his end, and a cave temple.

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DWARKA:
One of the Char-dham yatras (four holy abodes) and one of the seven holiest cities of Hinduism, Dwarka has an important Krishna Temple, an attractive 12th-13th century Rukmani Temple, Sankracharya's Math and the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga.

Located on the coast, Dwarka is also good for birding and green sea turtles are possible sightings on the beaches. Dolphins can be seen at Okha nearby especially during the ferry crossing to Bet Dwarka.

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Mahudi Jain Temple:
This derasar, considered to be one of the most sacred Jain pilgrimages, is situated in Mahudi, Mehsana District, and spreads over an area of 2 square kilometers. In ancient times, the place was known as Madhumati. The idols and artistic remains recovered from the ground show that the history of this place is nearly 2000 years old, based on the inscriptions in Brahmi script. Acharyadev Buddhi Sagarsurisvarji was inspired in a dream to install the idol of Ghantakarna Mahavir Dev in 1923 A.D. This idol is considered to have miraculous powers. Thousands of Jain devotees, as well as devotees from other backgrounds, come to receive blessings from this idol.

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LOTHAL:
One of the southernmost outposts of the Indus civilisation, and certainly one of the most interesting of Harrapan townplanning, Lothal is around 80 kms from Ahmedabad. The unique lockgated dockyard is perhaps the greatest of maritime architecture from the ancient world, and to the Sabarmati river just before its meeting with the sea in Gulf of Cambay.

The citadel is obviously seperated an acropolis, with its own paved baths, and a lower town more humble residential quarters, coppersmithing workshops, sheds and bead factories. The whole exhibits system an excellent of sanitary drainage.

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Mount Abu: Rajasthan
Is the highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan state in western India is located in Sirohi District. Mount Abu is 58 km from Palanpur (Gujarat). The ancient name of Mount Abu is "Arbudaanchal"

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Udaipur:
It is also known as city of lakes. It is 3 and half hrs travel from Ahmedabad to Udaipur. The city is renowned for having the longest ruling dynasty in the world. The Royal House of Udaipur has had one family ruling since 600 AD to the present, making it the longest ruling dynasty whose descendants still retain their position.

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Albert Hall Museum Jaipur:
This museum is supposed to be the oldest museum of the state. Positioned amidst the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur, this museum has an assortment of rare articles on its display including textiles, carpets, paintings, metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, flora and fauna of the state, toys, dolls and even an Egyptian mummy that belongs to the Ptolemaic Epoch.
Timings: 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Open on all days (except on Tuesday)

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Amber Fort Jaipur:
Raja Man Singh built Amer Palace in 16th century. It is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The reflection of Amber Fort in the lake below looks almost divine. Amer Fort houses Jai Mandir, a famous temple which has Sheesh Mahal, a beautiful hall of mirrors that are so artistically set that even a tiny ray of light gets reflected in the mirrors and illumines the hall dazzlingly.
Timings: 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Open on all days

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Dargah Sharif Ajmer:
'Dargah Sharif' or 'Holy Dargah' is one of the most sacred Muslim shrines in the country. Venerated by both Hindus and Muslims, it is the tomb of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a Sufi saint who came from Persia and devoted his life to the service and upliftment of the poor and downtrodden. The Dargah has a massive gate with silver doors built in several stages. Revered by the Mughal rulers, it has touches of Humayun to Shah Jahan in its structural architecture.
Timings: 4:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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Chittorgarh Fort:
The Chittorgarh Fort has witnessed three bloody sieges and 'jauhars' .The legend says that when the talks of Rani Padmini's beauty reached the years of Sultan Alauddin Khilji, the powerful ruler of Delhi, he requested her husband, Rana Rattan Singh, for a glimpse of the queen. Though, it went against the honor code of Rajputs, yet he was allowed to get a glimpse of the queen through the reflection of the queen in a water tank that overlooked the palace. Alauddin, then, had the audacity to attack Chittor to gain her possession. He won the war but lost Rani Padmini who committed 'jauhar' to save her honor.

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Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur:
Fatah Sagar Lake is situated in Udaipur city in Rajasthan is said to be the pride of the City of Lakes of Udaipur, it is the second artificial lake constructed by Maharana. Within the confines of the Fatah Sagar Lake, there are three small islands. It is 250 kms from Ahmedabad

Timings: 9:00a.m. - 5:30p.m. (Closing Time-6:00 p.m.)
Time to See: 1:30 hrs to 3:00 hrs, Monday to Sunday


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Havelis of Jaisalmer:
The beautiful sandstone mansions of Jaisalmer's wealthy merchants are known as 'havelis'. There is a perfect harmony that characterizes them; they are a treat for the eyes of the beholder. There are 3 famous Havelis:
» Nathmal ki Haveli
» Patwon ki Haveli
» Salim Singh ki Haveli


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Hawa Mahal Jaipur:
It is an exemplary five storeyed building in red and pink sand stone. It is beautifully outlined with white borders and its motifs are painted with quick lime. The monument provides a spectacular view of Jaipur city. It was originally conceived in the era when ladies lived behind veils and screens so that the ladies of the royal household can see glimpses of the everyday life and the royal processions in the city without being seen by others.


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Jantar Mantar Jaipur:
In Sanskrit, 'Jantar Mantar' is used for 'Magical Devices' and it is undoubtedly so with the huge masonry instruments, which were placed here to measure 'the harmony of the heavens'. It was completed in seven years from 1728 to 1734. Each instrument that forms a part of this observatory is assigned and used for a particular function and is known to give an accurate reading.

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Lake Pichola Udaipur:
The boat ride in the pristine blue waters of the Lake Pichola, especially, in the backdrop of setting sun is enough to attract anybody to come to it. One of the most amorous holiday spots of the world, the one-time summer residence of the royalty of Udaipur, Lake Palace is made up of white marble.




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Pushkar Rajasthan:
Pushkar is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage sites and it is said that a dip in the sacred lake of Pushkar is akin to the visits to the four main Hindu shrines known as 'Chaar Dhaam'. The charming lake of Pushkar is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth and presents an ideal site for the religious.

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Sahelion Ki Bari Udaipur:
Saheliyon-ki-Bari or the 'Garden of the Maids of Honor' of Udaipur was once reserved for the royal ladies who came here for a stroll. A well planned garden, with extensive lawns and shady walks situated on the banks of the dainty Fateh Sagar Lake. Its numerous fountains located strategically in the four scenic pools of the garden attract as much tourists as the chiseled and sculpted kiosks and marble elephants. A rose garden with over 100 varieties greets the visitors.


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Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara:
48 km from Udaipur, Shrinathji of Nathdwara is actually a temple of Lord Krishna with his image carved out of a single block of black marble. Set amidst idyllic hills, it is said to be the second richest temple in the world. The royalty of Udaipur pray at the temple and as the head of his clan, the Maharana is also called as Shriji among his people.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur:
The famine had struck the arid and barren land of Jodhpur and farmers were dying of hunger as their lands yielded nothing and they had no money to buy food. It was then, when like a judicious king, Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur undertook the construction of this magnificent building as a famine relief project to provide employment and a regular source of income to his subjects. It took 16 years and hard work of over 3000 artisans to complete this spectacular sandstone palace, named after its maker as the Umaid Bhawan Palace.

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