Information on Gandhinagar :
Gandhinagar is situated about 32 kms. north of Ahmedabad on the west banks of the Sabarmati River. Gandhinagar is the new state capital of Gujarat after Ahmedabad. Gandhinagar forms a striking contrast to Ahmedabad, with big broad avenues and lots of greenery. When the old state of Bombay was divided along the linguistic lines into Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960, Bombay city fell to the share of Maharashtra. It was then decided to build an entirely new capital for Gujarat. Ahmedabad became the capital of Gujarat and later a new capital city was planned for Gujarat. In the spirit of independence, this new administrative centre was named after the states most famous son, Mahatma Gandhi as Gandhinagar. As with Chandigarh, Le Corbusier was instrumental in design. The numbered sectors are similarly impersonal. Its construction began in 1965 and the secretariat was moved here in 1970. It is the Indias second largest city after Chandigarh. This is where state politicians live in large well-fortified houses. Gandhinagar presents the spacious, well-organised look of an architecturally integrated city.
Tourist Attractions in Gandhinagar :
The main tourist attractions in Gandhinagar are the Akshardham Temple, Capital Complex, Sarita Udyan, Craftsmens Village etc.
Akshardham Temple :
The Akshardam Temple is one of the famous temple in Gandhinagar. This temple belongs to the wealthy Hindu Swaminarayan Group, the richest sect in the world. This temple was built by nearly 1000 artisans. It is an elaborately carved building constructed out of 6000 tonnes of pink sandstone with beautiful carvings and surrounded by the manicured lawns, perfect trees and admirable fountains. In September 2002, this temple was attacked by the terrorists.
Amarnath Dham :
Amarnath Dham is situated on a eye-catching panorama of Sabarmati river-bank at Amarapur village in Gandhinagar. Amarnath Dham is divine and worlds first Cave-Temple. There is a 5 feet high shiv-ling (Ice-Lingam) of pure ice. The pious ice lingam of Amarnath Dham is available for worship throughout the year.
Vaishno Devi Temple :
A popular temple of goddess Vaishno devi located on S.G.Road (Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway). It is modeled based on Vaishno devi temple situated in Jammu & Kashmir. It can be seen crowded every day, and on weekends devotees from all over the India visits this temple.
Sarita Udyan :
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 visitors.
Capital Complex :
In the heart of the capital, in Sector 10, is the well laid out complex of buildings housing the legislature and government offices. Vithalbhai Patel Bhavan, a magnificent domed building, stands majestically on a high podium in the centre of a circular lake and houses the Vidhan Sabha and the legislature offices. Flanking it, and linked by hanging corridors, are two modern multi-storeyed buildings. Sardar Bhavan, which houses the various departments of the State Secretariat, and Narmada Bhavan, where the offices of all the heads of departments are situated. The Secretariat along with the offices of the heads of various departments are now located in a complex of three-storeyed buildings constructed to house the district offices, in sector 9.
Gujarat Science City :
Science City is an educational centre, which is focused on science and technology. This science city was set up in 1960, with a motive to spread awareness about the progression of science and its application in human life. Ventured by state government of Gujarat, this science city is a blend of education and entertainment. Spread over an area of 1,069,976.7 sq. metre, this science city houses IMAX 3D Theatre, exhibition hall, amphitheatre and thrill rides. Musical Dancing Fountain, Aqua Mobil and ride simulations are the other attractions of the city. This science city has two wings, Energy Education Park and Life Science Park. In the Life Science Park, visitors can spot varieties of butterflies and rare cacti plants. At the IMAX 3D Theatre, there are several shows throughout the day, which start at 2:30 pm and last till 7:30 pm. The Musical Fountain show starts at 6:30 pm and visitors can catch a glimpse of last show at 8:40 pm
Craftsmens Village :
Located near Gandhinagar, on the Sabarmati River back, is Pethapur village, only 7 kms from the capital. Once famous for its colourful `Bandhani saris, the village also used to export wooden printing blocks to Singapore. The wooden blocks, with exquisite patterns carved on them, are used for the hand-printing of cloth. They are still in demand among the people. Some of the printing centres in India are Ahmedabad, Bombay, Jetpur and Rajkot. The Pethapur craftsmen are mainly Gujjar Suthars.
A gorgeous non-sectarian trimandir inspired by Akram Vignani Pujya Dada Bhagwan has taken shape at Adalaj on the outskirts of Gandhinagar. The followers of Pujya Dada Bhagwan from all over the world gathered to celebrate the Pranpratistha from 25th to29th December 2002. The central sanctum of the temple has a 13 feet high idol of Shri Simandhar Swami weighing 18 tonnes.
Hanumanji Temple :
The Hanuman Temple in Gandhinagar is one of the major tourist attractions for Hanuman is believed to be a very powerful God. The idol here in this temple is the statue of Hanuman with a mountain on his shoulder. The temple is visited by lot of devotees and tourists on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park :
The Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park in the Gandhinagar in the state of Gujarat, India, has been described as the second largest hatchery of dinosaur eggs in the world. The Park was set up by the Geological Survey of India and is the only dinosaur museum in the country. The Park is run by the Gujarat Ecological and Research Foundation (GEERI) and is regarded as Indias Jurassic Park. Several fossilised dinosaur eggs and skeletal parts have been found here. The fossils which were found in Upper Cretaceous formations in the region date back 65 million years ago. The eggs are of different sizes, some the size of cannon balls. Fossil track ways of these gargantuan animals are also on display in the park.
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. Ghantakarna Mahavir was a Kshatriya (warrior) king named Tungabhadra in his previous birth and considered to be the protector of the less fortunate. So even today his idol carries his weapons a bow and arrow. It is always said that in his previous birth he was very fond of sukhadi, and so there is a tradition of all visitors offering sukhadi to him during the prayer. However, it is believed that the sukhadi should be consumed or donated before leaving the premises, otherwise it might bring bad luck.