Day 1: Ahmedabad Arrival & Local City Tour
Arrival at Ahmedabad, meets, greet & later transfer to hotel. Later visits of Gandhi Ashram -
It's located on the western bank of the Sabarmati River. Ashram was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi. From this Ashram Gandhi started the Dandi March in 1930. The ashram now has a museum, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay. The museum building was erected (designed by architect Charles Correa), and memorial activities were then started here. One of the important activities undertaken is the establishment of a Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya. Initially started in 'Hriday Kunj,' Gandhi's own cottage in the Ashram, the Sangrahalaya has now shifted to its own well-designed and well-furnished building. Exhibits at the museum includes: Gandhi quotations, letters, and life size oil painting gallery.
Akshardham temple -
Akshardham temple is located in the Gandhinagar; its distance from Ahmedabad is 30KMS. Spread over nine hectors it includes a huge temple built in pink stone & white marble. Akshardham complex, a delicate and beautiful architectural masterpiece - the Akshardham Monument - enshrines the golden murti (idol) of Lord Swaminarayan, the founder of the Swaminarayan Faith. There are some exhibitions will be there. From the exhibition ideals of Indian culture are brought to life through the most modern exhibition technology. Shows, walk-through dioramas, audio-visuals, light and sound programs, and surround experiences within the 45,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, educate and enthrall visitors. The Sahajanand Hall depicts the life of Lord Swaminarayan.
Iskon Temple -
Iskcon is the abbreviation for International Society for Krishna Consciousness. This temple depicts Lord Krishna with his beloved lover Radha, who is regarded as the epitome of true love. Three 50-ft diameter stone shikhars (domes) hand-carved with depictions of Krishna's pastimes, rise more than 100 ft. above the 25,000-sq-ft temple. The building, blending Gujarat Sompura, and Rajasthani Khamira architectural styles, sits on four acres and features one of the largest temple rooms in India. The 12,000-sq-ft hall can accommodate 4,000 people and is home to the Deities of Radha-Govinda, Gaura-Nitai, Sita-Rama-Laksman-Hamuman, and Sri Nathji, as well as murti forms of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. Decorations include ornate stone-clad pillars, marble flooring engraved with colored granite designs, windows intricately carved in Rajastani Mewas style, and Khemira and Araish decorated ceilings.
Hate Singh Jain Temple-
It was built by Seth Hate Singh in 1850. It is easily distinguished by its high carved column, visible from road. Built entirely of white marble embossed with smooth carvings of dancers, musicians, animals & flowers, this serene temple is dedicated to Dharamnath, whose statue stand in the main temple. It has a paved courtyard surrounded by an imposing row of cloisters containing 52 shrines, each with an image of a tirthankara, profusely decorated with rich carvings, one containing the marble image of the 15th tirthankara. The temple is a two-storied structure with elaborate porches on three sides and front porch crowned by a large dome.
Vaisno Devi Temple -
This temple is placed around few kilometers from Ahmedabad is one of the prominent attraction to the town. Vaisno Devi temple is very Popular Temple to the Goddess Vaishno Devi in Ahmedabad. It is modeled after and is a scale replica of the Vaishno Devi Temple in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The temple draws huge crowds of devotees from all over India.
Law Garden -
Law garden is a vibrant open market where we can purchase jewelry, apparel and handicrafts. It's a good place to get Chaniya - Cholis (traditional dress worn in Navratri). It is a hub of local vendors who sells excellent clothing items and handicraft materials. These shopping centers are more popular with the locals since it sells fine verities of Navaratri outfits. Law garden offers something to everybody are it kids, youth or the old.