Gandhinagar is the capital city of Gujarat and a counterpart of the Ahmedabad-Gujarat twin city approach. There are a handful of places located in Gandhinagar that are worth visiting. Located at about 23 km north of Ahmedabad, the city houses a lush green cover and is often proclaimed as the greenest capital of India. The city is a maze for new visitors due to its square organized town planning, with was designed by Architect H.K. Mewada and Prakash M Apte. Both of them had worked under the legendary Architect Le Corbusier in the 1950’s Chandigarh Project.
Gandhinagar is divided into 30 Sectors. Each sector is roughly 1 square km in area. The city is divided into horizontal and vertical roads that cut the city landscape into sectors. Roads that stretch from North-South will be conveniently called Vertical and later as Horizontal.
The vertical roads are named after Gujarati Alphabets, namely K, Kh, G, Ga, Ch, Chh, Ja. In a recent change, new names were given to the paths for ease to non-local visitors. The horizontal roads are given numbers conveniently starting from 0 to 7. Roundabouts ( circle intersections ) are named after the coordinates that come up when we concatenate Horizontal and Vertical names.
e.g. Roundabout at the intersection of Ch and 3 numbered roads will be called Ch-3 ( easy right ? ).
All landmarks are referred to by the nearest roundabout. Example: To reach Akshardham you need to reach Ch-6.
The city has a well-defined uniform structure. Each sector has its own individual Post Office, Mini-Market, Gardens ( a lot ) and other services of immediate necessities. The internal structure of each sector is also uniform but we need not go into that.
Places to visit
- Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
- Adalaj Trimandir Temple
- Adalaj Step-well
- Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park
- Punit Van
- Aranya Wilderness Park
- Industrial Complex
- A host of other religious places
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
Established in 1992, Akshardham covers a notable ground and is one of the largest shrines in Gujarat praised for its unique architectural structure and serene atmosphere.
Similar to Akshardham located at Delhi, it is constructed by BAPS under the blessings of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
- Name: Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
- Location: J Road, Near Ch-6, Gandhinagar
- How to reach: Take local city transportation or private taxi
- Open timings: On running days till evening
- Attractions: Architecture, Exhibition, Serenity, Water Show
The exhibition consists of vibrant audio-visual experiences divided into various phases. Hall 1 and 2 consists of a walk through a video show, Model-Audio based storytelling with lights. Hall 3 showcases the movie Mystic India that is themed to be on the life of Nilkanth. Hall 5 is the last in the queue with Audio-Animations to make the visitor experience an eternal experience.
Sat-Chit-Anand Water show that starts right after sunset ( you still need to enter Akshardham before sunset ) reveals the story of Nachiketa that inspires many. The water show is both spiritually and visually splendid and worth giving a watch. Take a look at the video here:
For more information on Akshardham visit official website here.
Adalaj Trimandir Temple
This destination of Gandhinagar is unique in itself. The Trimandir, meaning Temple of Three [ Gods ] is an approach based on the ideology of unifying religious differences. The Adalaj Trimandir hosts three different temples in the same complex adjacent to each other depicting Jainism, Shaivism, and Vaishnavism. There are numerous idols of other religions too.
The temple is in itself a notable architectural monument. There is a gigantic Satsang hall on the ground above which the temple rests. You can virtually visit the place with Google panorama images. Take a look below:
- Name: Adalaj Trimandir Temple
- Location: Kalol Highway, Adalaj, Gandhinagar
- How to reach: Take local or government travel to reach Adalaj
- Facilities: Food Court, Night Stay, Book Stall, Satsang Hall
Visit the Adalaj Trimandir among the serene, spiritual atmosphere. Visit the official website Trimandir.org for more information.
Adalaj step-well is an architectural monument of Islamic Architecture built by Mohammed Begda for Queen Rudabai in 1499, located at about 10 km from Gandhinagar. Step-Well is a storage unit for harvesting monsoon water.
The wells are generally 5-6 story deep underground and long enough with steepness being moderate for ease of use. There are more than 200 such Step-Wells in Gujarat alone with the one at Adalaj well-known for its Architecture and Stone Cutwork.
- Name: Adalaj Step-well
- Location: Adalaj Village, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
- Attractions: Architecture, Art
- Open Timings: Everyday till evening
You can obtain more information on Adalaj Step-Well in the official Wikipedia entry.
Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park
Here at Gandhinagar, you can’t get enough of parks and gardens. The one located beside Indroda village the one you shouldn’t miss. The park hosts fossils of the Cretaceous period and is supposedly the only dinosaur museum in the country. The models on display are placed relative to the habitat they adapted. Fossilized dinosaur eggs and remains can be found on display here.
The Park at Gandhinagar is described is the second largest hatchery in the world. Life-size models of Dinosaur are on display along with their characteristics and the period in which they existed. The park is run by Gujarat Ecological and Research Foundation ( GEER ).
- Name: Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park
- Location: Near Ch-0 roundabout, Gandhinagar
- Attractions: Fossils, Wildlife, Dinosaur Models, Reptiles, Birds, Nature
Wildlife including Deer, Black bucks, Lion, Leopard, Snakes, Host of birds and reptiles can be seen. Take a look at these videos:
1. Tiger at Indroda Park:
2. Park Overview:
Note: These are third party videos not affiliated with us.
Punit Van and Aranya Wilderness Park
Punit Van ( meaning pure, sacred garden ) is a botanical garden that is a location preferred for its serene ambiance. It is located adjacent to National Highway 8 ( c ) in Sector – 19. The forest side of the garden occasionally sees deer and langurs. The park is divided into 5 segments based on its theme.
- Name: Punit Van
- Location: Sector 19, Gandhinagar
On the other hand, Aranya wilderness park is located just behind Indroda Nature Park after the Sabarmati River. This is a kind of place for which no information is found on the Internet. Even the locals in Gandhinagar won’t be able to guide you to this park and will instead set you up for Indroda Park telling its the only one.
- Name: Aranya Wilderness Park
- Location: Near GIFT city
- How to reach: Take the road towards GIFT city. Ask someone there.
- Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
The animals are not caged, which means if you are afraid of occasional deer or some other animal roaming around you, this place is not meant for you. You can read the full review of the park at this page.
If in case you are not looking for these kinds of places to visit, head to Infocity for referring a friend there to guide you. Any suggestions will be welcomed.