Gandhinagar is the capital city of Gujarat. It is located on the west bank of River Sabarmati, about 32 km from Ahmedabad. The city is named after the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. After the partition of Gujarat and Maharashtra, it was decided to make a new capital for Gujarat. As a result, Gandhinagar was established in the vicinity of Ahmedabad. It is a well organized and architecturally integrated city and is slowly picking up as a tourism destination.
Gandhinagar is the administrative headquarter of Gandhinagar District.
It is a major center of learning in Gujarat. Many educational institutes
have sprung up in the city, which provide knowledge in different fields
like science, medicine and engineering. Students from across the country
throng the campus of these institutes every year. Some of the
prestigious institutes in the city are National Institute of fashion
Technology (NIFT), National Institute of Design (NID), Institute of
Plasma Research, Indian Institute for Advanced Research.
Akshardham Temple is one of the main attractions of the city. It was
built by the Swaminarayan Sect, one of the richest sects in the world.
The temple is made up of pink sandstone and adorned with intricate
carvings. It has a huge complex covered with sprawling gardens and
Children's Park is one of the most sought after parks in the capital.
It is a good picnic spot for families and kids. The main attraction of
the park is the mini train and the lake with boating facility.
Sarita Udyan is another picnic spot along the Sabarmati River. It is an
ideal destination for a delightful picnic. There are a number of
recreational facilities available here for the entertainment of the
Deer Park is situated just adjacent to Sarita Udyan, on the outskirts
of the city. It serves as the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle
of city life. The park is quite popular amongst both the young and the
Craftsmen's Village is located at a distance of merely 7 km from the
capital. The city is famous for its Bandhani Sarees. It is also known
for its wooden blocks carved with exquisite designs for hand printing on
cloth. The skilled craftsmanship of these villagers is still in great
demand in other textile centers of the state. It is a good place to buy
saris and hand printed material at reasonable prices.
How to Reach Gandhinagar
By Air: Nearest Airport is situated at Ahmedabad.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Stations are Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad
and are connected with all the major cities of India.
By Road: State Transport buses connect various cities of