INTRODUCTIONGandhinagar is the second planned in India next to Chandigarh.The city is located on the Sabarmati river and it is one of the commercial and administrative centres of Gujarat. This area is very rich in black soil and thus results in good cultivation.Gandhinagar is supposed to be the only place which was designed and planned by Indian Town Planners. The city is designed in such a way that it has 30 sectors where each sector has its own shopping and community center, primary school, and health center. This place is full of rich history and culture and mainly because of Mahatma Gandhi who lived here.
ORIENTATIONGandhinagar which is also located in the Deccan Plateau is geographically washed by the waters of the Sabarmati River. The north east of Gandhinagar is flanked by Ahmedabad.
HISTORYThis capital city of Gujarat got its name from the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Though Gandhinagar was established in 1960, the city got its identity only after Mumbai was split into two different states namely Gujarat and Maharashtra and it was then Gandhinagar became the capital of Gujarat.
FESTIVALS OF GANDHINAGAR
PalliRoopal village is also known for the 'Palli'festival which is celebrated along with Navaratri.
Makar SankranthiThis festival falls in the month of mid January. Though it is celebrated throughout India here in Gandhinagar it is celebrated with great enthusiasm by flying of colourful kites.
NavratriThis festival is more of a community event in Gandhinagar during which the people celebrate by singing devotional songs and dances. This falls in the month of September or October.
PLACES OF WORSHIP
The temple is visited by lot of devotees and tourists on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
This temple is located in the centre of the city at a very convenient place which can be accessed by any mode of transport.
The deity here is Lord Swaminarayan which is fully plated with gold leaf. Along with this there are also idols of the followers of Lord Swaminarayan which is fully made of marble.
This temple is just 2kms away from the heart of the city. The temple is known for its architecture which is designed with 100 beautifully sculptured pillars, balconies, podium and seventeen domes.
MONUMENTSCapital Complex is a very famous and equal to a historically important monument. This Capital Complex located in the Sector 10 of Gandhinagar is a blend of modernized building with fine architecture. This complex is occupied by the legislative offices of Gujarat. The Vithalbhai Patel Bhavan which is occupied by the Vidhan Sabha and the legislature office has a dome erected on a podium. The Vithalbhai Patel Bhavan is flanked by two magnificent buildings namely Sardar Bhavan and the Narmada Bhavan and they are connected by hanging corridors. The State Secretariat is located in the Sardar Bhavan and offices of the Department Heads in the Narmada Bhawan.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Akshardham is a place of education, entertainment and enlightenment. Hundreds of figures, dioramas, displays and audio-visual shows, unfold a stream of timeless experiences. They are visually mesmeric, scientifically stunning, and spiritually moving.
Adalaj Step Well
Gujarat Science CityThis place is located in Ahmedabad which aims to provide a perfect blend of education and entertainment. It will showcase 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.
There is also a small museum," Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay" which has things lot to talk about Gandhiji.It is from this ashram the most famous and the historic dandi march started.
AhmedabadAhmedabad is known for its multiplexes and for starting the multiplex's market race in India. The first ever multiplex in India, CityPulse, is situated in Gandhinagar. A number of multiplexes, Fun republic, City Pulse, R World, Wide Angle to name a few, are situated both in and near Gandhinagar and on Ahmedabad Gandhinagar highway.
Children's ParkThis park is situated in the Sector 28 which is a major attraction for children. This park has fun rides and boating facilities.
Sarita UdyanThis is a picnic spot located in the sector 9 along the river front. It is a fully recreational area.
Deer ParkThis place is very close to Sarita Udyan attracting children and tourists having different species of deers.
It is very much known for its `Bandhani' saris and the wooden printing blocks produced here were also exported to different countries.
The Pethapur craftsmen are mainly Gujjar Suthars.
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The main shopping items which is of tourists attraction in Gandhinagar includes Wall hangings, Embroidered footwear, Patola Silk sarees, Bandhnis,traditional Gagra-Cholis, Lacquer furniture, Marriage costumes, Embroidered, appliquéd quilts, Cradle clothes, Curios and Cloth toys.People coming here never leave the city without buying Khadi clothes.
HOW TO REACH
Gandhinagar is not provided with an airport but however it can be reached from the nearest airport in Ahmadabad.Domestic Airlines like the Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Indian Airlines and Spice Jet operates regular flights to Ahmadabad from other parts of the country.
Gandhinagar is very well connected by road from the rest of the state. There are regular government and private bus services that connects Gandhinagar to the neighboring cities.