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Explore the historical beauty and architectural brilliance of Ahmedabad

 

Heritage and Spirituality

Science and Recreation

Museums

 

 

Heritage and Spirituality

Sabarmati Ashram

About  : The Sabarmati Ashram (also known as Harijan Ashram) built on the banks of river Sabarmati, was home to Mohandas Gandhi from 1917 until 1930 and served as one of the main centres of the Indian freedom struggle. You can get a sense of his life, the history of the movement and those who worked alongside him, at the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, a small museum that includes excellent pictorial and written documentation, a library of Gandhian literature and paintings, and an immense archive of letters written by Gandhiji, every single one on the back of used paper.

Visiting hours : 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Contact details : Gandhi Ashram, Gandhi Smarak, Sangrahalaya, Ahmedabad – 380 027.  Tel: +91-79-2755 7277

Distance from CEE : ~ 8.5 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 30 minutes (without traffic)

 
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Jhulta Minara

About : Sidi Bashir, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah constructed Sidi Bashir Mosque in 1452 AD. There are two minarets in the mosque, each of which is three stories tall with carved balconies. A gentle shaking of either minaret results in the other minaret vibrating after a few seconds, though the connecting passage between them remains free of vibration. The mechanism behind this is still a mystery.

Contact details : Sakar Bazzar, Kalupur, Ahmedabad – 380 002.

Distance from CEE : ~ 11 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 40 minutes (without traffic)

 
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The King's Tomb (Badshah no Hajiro)

About  : The King's Tomb is to the east of the Jama Mosque and is accessed by a connecting doorway. This mausoleum, dating from 1451, houses the tombs of Sultan Ahmed Shah, Ahmed Shah I, his son Muhammed Shah II and grandson Ahmed Shah II. The place’s architecture is in the shape of a square, which has porticos around it and a large central dome. The windows are perforated and the carvings on them are breathtaking. This is where the male members of the royal family were buried. Women are not allowed to enter, and men must wear something to cover their heads before entering. Located close by is the Rani-no-Hajiro which houses the tombs of queens of sultans after Ahmed Shah I.

Contact details : Mughli Bibi's Tomb, Gandhi Road, Manek Chowk, Khadia, Ahmedabad – 380 001.

Distance from CEE : ~ 9 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 30 minutes (without traffic)

 
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The Queen's Tomb (Rani no Hajiro)

About : Rani no Hajiro was built in the 15 century by the great sultan Ahmed Shah. The ‘hajiro’ is a vault for graves and served as the last resting place for queens of this empire. The burial place or the inner area is kept locked to maintain tranquillity and cleanliness of the place.

Contact details : Mughli Bibi's Tomb, Gandhi Road, Manek Chowk, Khadia, Ahmedabad - 380 001.

Distance from CEE : ~ 9 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 30 minutes (without traffic)

 
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Heritage Walk

About : The City of Ahmedabad has some of the finest Islamic monuments and exquisite Hindu and Jain temples. The Heritage Walk of Ahmedabad, initiated by the Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC), encompasses 20 main spots, besides numerous areas and aspects of the old city.

Visiting hours : 8.00 am - 10.30 am, everyday. 

Contact details : Heritage Cell, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Block-A, First Floor, Sardar Patel Bhavan, Sardar Patel Road, Danapith, Ahmedabad – 380 001. Tel: (O) +91-79-2535 1019  (M): +91-9327021686

Visiting Charges : Indian visitor citizens Rs. 50/- and Rs. 100/- for International guests.

Distance from CEE : ~ 9 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 35 minutes (without traffic)

 
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Jama Masjid

About : Built in 1423 during the reign of Ahmed Shah I, the founder of Ahmedabad, the city is adorned with the beautiful mosque – the Jama Masjid (the Friday Mosque). The architectural design of the mosque is very unique as it has its entrance from three different directions (gates on the north, east and south sides). In the western direction of the mosque is located the entombments of Sultan Ahmed Shah and his son and grandson, called Badshah no Hajiro (The King's Tomb). The other entombments located in the mosque are of the queen and the wives of the sultans and are called as Rani Ka Hazira (Queen’s Tomb).  As you step through the gates, you stand in a refuge of profound serenity, accompanied only by people in quiet prayer, and birds perching on the columns.

Contact details : Jumma Masjid, Manek Chowk, Gandhi Road, Ahmedabad – 380 001.

Distance from CEE : ~ 9 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 30 minutes (without traffic) 

 
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The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

About : The Siddi Saiyyed Mosque is one of the most popular mosques in the city of Ahmedabad and was constructed by Sidi Saiyyed in 1573. The mosque comprises of ten windows in the semi circular shape depicting a tree with intertwining branches, the carvings look like fine lace filigree work, but are hewn from solid stone, the windows are referred to as 'Jali'. The craftsmanship of the mosque, the carved jaalis in the windows of the western wall are known worldwide and have become a symbol of the city of Ahmedabad.

Visiting hours : 6:00 am – 10:00 pm

Contact details : Opp. GPO, Salapose Road, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad – 380 001. Tel: +91-79-2550 8264

Distance from CEE : ~ 8 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 25 minutes (without traffic)

 
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Hutheesing Jain Temple

About : Built in 1848 A.D., the temple is spread over a sprawling courtyard, a mandapa surmounted by a large ridged dome, which is supported by 12 ornate pillars. There are large protuding porches with magnificently decorated columns and figural brackets on three outer sides.

Visiting hours : 9:00 am to 01:00 pm and 05:00 pm, everyday.

Contact details : Hathi Singh Temple Dharamshala 2, Bardolpura, Madhupura, Ahmedabad – 380 004. Tel: +91-79-2658 9172

Distance from CEE : ~ 10.5 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 35 minutes (without traffic)

 
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Swaminarayan Temple

About : The Swaminarayan Temple is the first temple of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, a Hindu sect. The temple is carved in Burmese teak, and every arch and bracket is painted with bright colours, a defining characteristic of Swaminarayan temples everywhere. The temple is a splash of color in the midst of the city’s grey and is also the starting point for the Heritage Walk through the pols of the old city.

Visiting hours : 6:00 am - 7:00 pm

Contact details : Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kalupur, Swaminarayan Mandir Road, Kalupur, Ahmedabad - 380 001.

Distance from CEE : ~ 9 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 30 minutes (without traffic)

 
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Sarkhej Roza

About : Sarkhej Roza comprises one of the most elegant and unique architectural complexes of Ahmedabad. The architectural style of Sarkhej Roza is a precursor to the Mughal period in a true amalgamation of Hindu, Jain and Islamic styles. Grouped around a great stepped tank is the tomb to the saint, Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh (1445), the mosque, the tombs of Mehmud Shah Begada and his queen, and the palace and pavilions. The buildings are remarkable for the complete absence of arches and the use of pierced stone trellises throughout.

Visiting hours : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, everyday.

Contact details : Makarba, Post Jeevraj Park, Ahmedabad – 380 051. Tel: +91-79-2682 8675

Distance from CEE : ~ 8 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 25 minutes (without traffic)

 
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Akshardham, Gandhinagar

About : Akshardham is majestic, intricately carved stone structure which stands amid sprawling gardens set in a 23-acre plot at Gandhinagar. It is built in 6000 tonnes of pink sandstone and not a bit of steel has been used. The monument stands on 7 sculpted pillars, 210 single-piece stone beams, 57 window grills, M domes, eight ornate zarokhas, etc. The monument enshrining the seven foot high, gold-leafed Murti (idol) of Lord Swaminarayan is the focal point of the complex.

Visiting hours : 9:30 am to 7:30 pm (Except Monday).

Contact details : Akshardham, Indian Cultural Complex, Sector 20, J - Road, Gandhinagar - 382 020. Tel: +91-79-23260001, 23260002.

Distance from CEE : ~ 31 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 55 minutes (without traffic)

 
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Science and Recreation

Gujarat Science City

About : Gujarat Science City is an initiative of the Government of Gujarat, for popularization of science to create scientific temper in the community. It showcases contemporary and imaginative exhibits, minds on experiences, working models, virtual reality, activity corners, labs and live demonstrations to provide an understanding of science and technology to the common man. The 3D Imax theater, musical dancing fountain, energy park and simulation rides are major interest points to visitors.

Visiting hours : 12.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Contact details : Gujarat Council of Science City, Science City Road, Ahmedabad – 380 060. Tel: +91-79-29703122, +91-79-65222127 / 128 / 130

Distance from CEE : ~ 6 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 15 minutes (without traffic)

 

 
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Kankaria Lake

About : Constructed in 15th century by Sultan Qutb-ud-Din, it is a 34 sided polygon lake with a 1.25 km circuit and steps leading down to the water level. Kankaria Lake Front has been redeveloped to offer modern urban space with best in class entertainment facilities like tethered balloon safari, train ride, ultra-modern high speed rides, and kids’ specific activity areas like Kidscity.

Visiting hours : 10 AM to 10:30 PM (Except Monday)

Contact details : Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Vyayam Shala, Gate no. 3, Kankaria, Maninagar, Ahmedabad – 380 022. Tel: +91-79-2547 2444

Distance from CEE : ~ 12 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 40 minutes (without traffic)

 

 
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Museums

The Calico Museum of Textile

About : The Calico Museum of Textile, is today justly regarded as one among the foremost textile museums in the world and an important Indian institution. Its remarkable collection of fabrics spanning varied and remote regions of India exemplifies handicraft textiles across five centuries. Over the years the collection has grown into an outstanding repository of fabrics based on colours, pattern, weave and embellishment and has become a recognized center providing Indian and International scholars an opportunity to study and draw in-depth knowledge on this extraordinary range of Indian ethos.

Visiting hours : No entry after 11 am. Entry restricted to 30 visitors – 15 visitors on first-come-first-serve basis and 15 by group booking.

Contact details : Calico Museum of Textiles, The Retreat, Opposite Under Bridge, Shahibagh, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380 004. Tel: +91-79-2286 5995, 2286 8172

Distance from CEE : ~ 10 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 30 minutes (without traffic)

 

 
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Auto World Vintage Car Museum

About : Auto World is a part of one of the most important collections of Antique Vehicles, Cars, Motorcycles, Utility Vehicles, Buggies etc. built by the family of Shri Pranlal Bhogilal over the last century. It represents several of the greatest marques of cars from all over the world, of all types and ages.

Contact details : Dastan Estate, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Kathwada, Ahmedabad -382 430. Tel: (O) +91-79-2282 0699, (M) +91-98242 76653

Visiting Charges : Rs. 50 per person

Distance from CEE : ~ 22 km

Approx. travel time         : ~ 60 minutes (without traffic)

 

 
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VECHAAR Utensils Museum

About : Built in 1981 within the vicinity of Vishalla Village Restaurant is the VECHAAR (Vishalla Environmental Centre for Heritage of Art, Architecture and Research) Utensils Museum, a brainchild of architect Mr. Surender C. Patel. It   is an extensive study of utensils from thousand years old to the present times that have evolved over different periods of history as a result our changing needs and environment. The range varies from leaves or a gourd jug, to modern stainless steel and glass utensils.

Visiting hours : 3:00 pm – 10.30 pm (Except Monday)

Contact details : Vechaar Museum, Opposite A P M C Market, Vasna, Vishala, Ahmedabad – 380 055.

Visiting Charges : Adult - Rs. 20, Child (3-11yrs) - Rs. 10. Foreign visitors - Rs. 50.

Distance from CEE : ~ 7.5 km

Approx. travel time : ~ 25 minutes (without traffic)

 

 
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Sardar Patel National Museum

About : This building is known as the Motishahi Mahal, and was built by Shah Jahan in 1622. In the year 1978, the building was transformed into a national memorial dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Now the museum has been further enhanced with the latest technological interventions, for a more interactive experience. The museum showcases artefacts and the belongings of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and also includes two multimedia halls that shed light on various aspects of Sardar’s life and work with interactive and experiential exhibits. Best attraction of the museum is the 3D sound, light and lasers show, permanent set up, first of its kind in India that takes you back in time and narrates the story of our motherland, India.

Visiting hours: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Except Monday)

Contact details: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Memorial Society, Opp - Circuit House, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad – 380 004. Tel:  +91-79-2286 8217

Visiting Charges: Museum Timing: 9:30 am To 5:00 pm (Except Monday) Adult   Rs. 20/- Child Rs. 10/- (< 5 years free). 3D Show Timing:  7:00 pm To 7:45 pm (Sat & Sun only) Adult Rs. 30 | Child Rs. 10

Distance from CEE: ~ 11 km

Approx. travel time: ~ 30 minutes (without traffic)  

 

 

 

 

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Transportation facilities in Ahmedabad Ahmedabad offers a range of services to facilitate easy commuting within the city and to the nearby places. You could select a mode convenient to you and travel with ease.

1. G-Auto  Any Time Rickshaw (ATR) Any Time Rickshaw (ATR) service provides auto rickshaw at your door step round the clock. To get the service please dial +91-927 444 4444 or download 'G-Auto' mobile application or fill in online request form on the website www.g-auto.org
G-Auto charges Govt. approved regular meter fare. The meter starts from the pickup point. There is an additional facility charge of Rs 15 per booking.

 

State

Min. Fare.

Fare

Night Fare

Luggage Charges

 

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Rs./ Km

Time (hrs)

Extra charge

Free

Charges/ Baggage

Gujarat

13.50 (1.2km)

9

23:00 – 05:00

50%

Handbags

Rs.5

 

G-Heritage

This service offers customized site seeing package for tourists, to visit places in and around the city, on hour/ rupees special package (i.e., 8 hours/Rs. 800 , 10 hours/Rs. 1000, etc). The G-Pilots have been given training on tourist places and hence they act like city guide too.

G-Link

This service links the people traveling on the same route. It is a ride sharing service used by daily commuters such as working executive, school children, etc. The service allows three people to share the same auto within the radius of 1 km and is meant to encourage people to use one single auto instead of three autos by three people separately. (Note: G-Link service is subject to condition of availability of commuters who are willing to share the ride. Single commuter shall pay the regular meter fare plus facility fee.)

G-O-City

This service may be used if the person plans to go to places (out of city) such as Gandhinagar, Sanand, Kalol, etc, which are out of the municipal corporation area. G-O-City service is 25 % cheaper than regular autos or Govt. notified fare of Rs 13.50 /km and also does not charge return fare. Should there any toll tax or other additional charges, Customer has to pay on actual.

 

2. BRTS - Bus Rapid Transit System

To provide faster, reliable, eco friendly and advanced Public Transportation, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has incorporated “Special Purpose Vehicle” called Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd in order to operate and run BRTS services for the citizen of Ahmedabad. BRTS follows a standard fare structure calculated for distance (km) from source to the destination, to rupees. The commuter needs to collect ticket from the ticket counter before the commencement of the journey. The ticket is to be shown to the ticket checker while boarding the bus at the destination. Routes and station details of BRTS:

BRTS – Phase 1 (West) Total distance: 50.78 km

Circular Route: (Shivranjani – AEC – Akhbar nagar – Ranip – Wadaj – Dudheswer – Delhi Darwaja – Kalupur – MEMCO – Naroda – Soni ni Chal – Expressway Junction – Vatva – Narol – Dani Limda – Dharnidhar – Naheru nagar – Shivranjani)

BRTS – Phase 1 (East) Total distance: 14.39 km
Old City Route: (Soni ni Chal – Rakhiyal – Gomtipur – Sarangpur – Geeta Mandir – Jamalpur – Kankaria – Maninagar – Shah Alam – Dani Limda)
BRTS – Phase 2 (1) Total distance: 6.72 km
Cross City (East-West Link) (Nehru nagar – Gujarat University – CG Road – Law Garden – Gandhi Gram – Ellis Bridge – Dana Pith – Astodia – Geeta Mandir)
BRTS – Phase 2 (2) Total distance: 5.62 km
Bopal Extension: (Shivranjani – Jodhpur cross Rd – ISRO – ISKCON / SG Highway – ISRO Colony – Bopal)

BRTS – Phase 2 (3)

Total distance: 6.59 km

Sola Extension: (AEC – Bhuyangdev – Sattadhar – Sola Flyover – Science City)
BRTS – Phase 2 (4) Total distance: 6.34 km
Chandkheda Extension: (Ranip – RTO – Sabarmati – ONGC – Chandkheda)
BRTS – Phase 2 (5) Total distance: 3.54 km
Odhav Extension: (Soni ni Chal – Odhav)

BRTS – Phase 2 (6)

Total distance: 615.93 m

Kalupur Link

 

 

Fig.(a) Schematic representation of BRTS network map (for zoom) Fig.(b)  BRTS network - Ahmedabad city (for zoom) Fig.(c)  Ahmedabad city (for zoom)

 

Details of BRTS routes and bus stations.

BRTS Ahmedabad (with all phases of BRTS with station details) https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zHR8Je9oe6C4.kk1RwROKIVjE&hl=en_US

BRTS Ahmedabad (only routes highlighted with different colours) https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zC_ne7yfS54E.kfYJrVDYscfE&hl=en_US

 

3. AMTS - Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service

AMTS offers public transport within the city from any source to destination in AMTS network, covering the entire Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) region with buses having different bus no. operational on different routes.  Apart from regular bus services AMTS also has the Tourist Coach facility for site-seeing of historical places. This service is available at Lal Darwaja terminus for local and foreign tourists.

Ahmedabad Tourist Coach:

Tour Time          :      Morning         - 9 am to 1 pm
                                  After Noon    - 1:30 pm to 5:50 pm 

Ticket Fare         :      Non A/c Coach Rs. 60 (Per head for 4 hours)
                                   A/c Coach Rs. 75 (Per head for 4 hours)

Visiting spots     :     Covers major heritage sites, and places of religious and architectural importance, museums, recreation points, etc in the city.

Departure from :      Lal Darwaja Terminus

 

4. Cab Services

Online Cab Services in Ahmedabad: (Mobile application–based usage)

Uber Cab

Ola Cab

 

Local Cab Services in Ahmedabad:

Chartered Cabs

Contact: +91 (0) 79 6777 6777 (Office hours : 9am to 9pm)

E-mail: info@charteredcabs.co.in , Website: http://www.charteredcabs.co.in/travel/index.jsp

 

Meru Cab

Contact: +91-79-4422 4422 and press 1

E-mail: feedback@merucabs.com , Website: www.merucabs.com

 

Manan Cab

Contact: (O) +91-79-4007 4007 (M) +91-99989 90601

E-mail: info@manancab.com , Website: www.manancab.com

 

Gujarat Carz

Contact: +91-82383 77999, +91-96870 50000

E-mail: contact@gujaratcarz.in , Website: http://www.gujaratcarz.in/

 

Apple Cab

Contact : +91-79-4900 4914.

Email: info@applecabs.in , Website: http://www.applecabs.in/

 

5. Local Auto-rickshaw Services

The commonly seen green and yellow coloured auto-rickshaws are an easy catch for transportation while in Ahmedabad. These auto(s) can be hired on the road to your destination. Every auto-rickshaw driver carries a fare calculation card which calculates fare in the manner for meter count (units) to rupees (INR) based on the distance (km) travelled. The fare starts with minimum of Rs. 13.50/ 1.2km. The commuter must ensure that the driver turns the meter to zero at the beginning of the journey.

 

Uttarayan Celebrations

Celebrated on 14th January every year, the festival of Uttarayan witnesses millions of kite enthusiasts pitch themselves at the rooftops to fly kites. On Uttarayan, Gujarat sees people of all ages flying kites from dawn to dusk. Crowded rooftops, fun-loving rivalry to outdo each other in kite flying skills and delicious traditional Gujarati feast are the hallmarks of the day. The fascination and the revelry associated with the kite flying cuts across age groups, class and communities.

You too can join the festivities! The participants too joined the festivities! Centre for Health, Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA) celebrates the festival of Uttarayan each year. This year, on the afternoon of 14th January (Thursday), the participants also joined in the revelry by booking their place at the CHETNA terrace.

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Camp Visits

Beauty around Gujarat

Eco-tourism

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One-day field trips
Camp Visits

 

 

 

 

Desert camps at Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat and Thar Desert, Rajasthan brings to you a mesmerizing experience of watching biodiversity and some rare species like that of Ghudkhar (wild ass), chinkara,etc along with abundant bird life.

Distance from Ahmedabad: About 132 kms and 465 kms respectively.

Duration:  Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat- 1 night/2 day
Thar Desert, Rajasthan –  2 nights/3 days
Stay: Resort

 

 


 

The Bakore Forest in Mahisagar district of East Gujarat is set amidst the sprawled countryside and dotted by the Aravalli Mountain Range. This place presents itself beautiful campsite.

Distance from Ahmedabad:  180 kms (approx.)

Duration:  1 night/2 days

Stay: Camp Site

 

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Mount Abu, Rajasthan is the tallest point between the Himalaya and Sahyadaris; it has lot to offer for all nature and adventure lovers. Explore the remnants of Abu’s beautiful yet challenging wilderness.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 242 kms (approx.)

Duration:  2 nights/3 days

Stay: Grade A hotel on a twin sharing basis

 
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Eco-tourism

 

 

Legend says that Maharana Pratap took refuge in the Polo (Vijaynagar) forest. This place is famous for the monuments and ruins of the temple deep in the forest area.  River Harnav increases its picturesque beauty. Polo has a fantastic bird life which includes hornbills.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 172 kms (approx.)

Duration:  1 night/2 days

Stay: Resort


Lying within Junagadh, Gujarat is the biggest wildlife sanctuary for Asiatic lions. Gir Forests and Wildlife Sanctuary (Sasan-Gir), this conservatory contains within it other rare /endangered specie like Spotted Deers, Sambhar and Leopard. The ‘dhmaal’ dance by ‘Siddi’ will exhiliriate you with happiness and joy. Take back the experience of watching the biodiversity being at ease in their home.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 365 kms (approx.)

Duration:  2 nights/3 days

Stay: Guest house/ Hotel/Resort maintained by the Forest Department


Velavadar National Park in Bhavnagar, Gujarat is a grassland eco-system known for Black-bucks, Wolves and Hyenas. During winters, it becomes the world’s largest site for roosting Harriers.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 180 kms (approx.)

Duration:  1 night/2 days

Stay: Guest house/ Hotel/Resort maintained by the Forest Department