1 Night/2 Days Camp at Polo forest and Idariyo Gadh. Specially on the Full Moon Night of This October. Enjoy the Stars, Hill and Natural environment of the Unexplored Idar and Polo forest with unique experience away from the crowded city. Polo forest and Idariyo gadh trekking camp in full moon night dates are given below
31 Oct 2020 to 1st November 2020
Activities in the Polo Forest and Idariyo Gadh Camp
After 3 lockdown, Tourist from ahmedabad looking for one day safe picnic points. Temples, Monuments, Status and Sanctury are still closed (Upto 31s August, not sure about 1st September after). Resorts and hotels are opened but attractions are not opened + Monsoon is on its peak so sanctuary remain the close. One day picnic around ahmedabad
We got many calls for the 1 day points so we thought to write it here.
One day Picnic places around ahmedabad to visit. Specially in August 2020 and October Considering COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak.
1 – Jungle Safari Near Statue of Unity
Jungle Safari is located near statue of unity. It is new attraction. It was ready around March April but could not opened due to corona outbreak. Now in unlock government has officially opened for public with new normal of corona. Advanced booking is essential to visit that. Its 220 Kms from Ahmedabad. Park has more than 1000 animals and birds.
As per 3rd October 2020 Notice by Toursim Department of Gujarat – Polo forest will remain closed on every saturday sunday till 18 October 2020 due to Corona.
Polo Forest is 169 Kms from Ahmedabad. It’s beautiful place to see in the Monsoon. Jungle, River and Cloud gives you Refreshing atmosphere. There is many resorts and hotels available for lunch and stay and relax. For More details and price click here
3 – Idar Gadh
Idar is located 120 Kms from the Ahmedabad. You can cover this while going toward the Polo Forest. Idar gadh is good for the trekking lover and for hiking. View more on following Youtube video.
4 – Bakor
Bakor is just 120-130 Kms from Ahmedabad. Also it is beautiful during the monsoon. There are various home stay and resorts which offers the Stay and Lunch/Dinner. Advanced planning required to go there as they have limited availability. For more details and price click here
5 – Pavagadh and Hathnimata waterfall
As per 3rd October 2020 Notice by Toursim Department of Gujarat – Pavagadh temple is closed until futher notice.
Pavagadh hill is best place to visit in Monsoon. It has cloudy top, rainny all the time on the hill top, lakes near by pavagadh is really nice experience to see the natural beauty. Hathnimata waterfall is running in full flow due to the Good rain in that area. For more details and price click here
6 – Taranga Hill and Dharoi Dam
Taranga hill is around 100 kms from ahmedabad and its small beautiful hill. The road which leads to the top of the hill is excellent. Beauty nearby is excellent. Dharoi dam is also attractive in this season. For more information click here
7 – Little Rann of Kutchh
Little rann of kutchh (Dasada, Patdi, Mandal) is around 100 kms from Ahmedabad. The sanctuary remain close but you can enjoy the desert beauty in monsoon by going toward Jinjuvadiya shankheshwar. It has also number of resorts available on the way where you can take lunch and get relaxation. Click here for more details
8 – Pariyej/Matar
If you are bird lover and want to see birds with small chicks then pariyej / matar. Pariyej is on the way to Khambhat from Ahmedabad via Matar. Pariyej has shallow water lake where you can see lots of local birds. The road is very narrow and its not advisable to go during heavy rains as water running over the road. We do not have any special trip for this but if you have own vehicle you can try it.
9 – Vishweshwar Mahadev (River)
Photo by saiyam patel
Its 175 kms from Ahmedabad near palanpur Ikbalgadh. It has good view of the mountain and cloud in rainy season . Tourist generally takes bath in the river as it has shallow water. Mountains behind the river is the jassor sloth bear sanctuary.
When you move ahead from the Palanpur, you can visit the Balaram (3 to 4 kms from Palanpur towards abu road). It is very natural place. Still if you have time to road go towards Ambaji from balaram. Road is narrow but good for the photography and natural surroundings.
10 – Zarwani Waterfall
Here is the photo of the Zarwani fall taken in August 2020 by Rajendra Shah
Zarwani waterfall is located 10 kms from Statue of Unity (Approx 220 kms from Ahmedabad). Statue of Unity is closed due to COVID-19 but you can go to Waterfall. Depending on the waterfall flow, local authority restrict the entry of the visitors sometimes. Even, if you don’t get chance to look Waterfall, dont worry. Surrounding and road towards it is excellent. Its also refreshing, cloudy and lush green.
You can also get chance to see Statue of Unity from distance.
11 – Mahakali Vad and Shamlaji
Shamlaji is 130 kms from Ahmedabad on the Road to Udaipur via himmatnagar. It has mountains, Krishna Temple and Dam to visit in this time. Road and atmosphere is excellent. In return, you can visit to Mahakali vad in between pratij and chiloda. Its road is beautiful.
Beautiful Sunsar Waterfall is located in between Shamlaji and Idar near Bhiloda. Its around 120 kms from Ahemedabad. Waterfall has shallow water and can take a bath. You can cover this place while visiting Shamlaji or Idar.
Kanjari Deer Park is 40 kms from Ahmedabad 10 kms from Thol lake. Deer park has no boundary, no ticket nothing. you can visit it from road. It is good place for short duration picnic place from ahmedabad.
In this lock down situations few Events happened which was unique and historical.
In India first case noted on 30th January 2020. On 19th March 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for Janta curfew on 22 March (Self Curfew). Also asked for clapping for 5 minutes at 5 PM. Watch video here
At 5 pm Sunday, people come out to their doorsteps or windows to express gratitude to those who have been working in the frontlines during this health crisis.
“India is grateful to them, and citizens should express their gratitude to these people on Sunday.” He appealed citizen to do this by clapping or ringing bells for five minutes at their doorsteps on March 22.
It was surprised to see everyone participated and united and perform which was asked for. As you know Indian people are creative, so please see 2 videos
In Ahmedabad, Khadiya area, People played garba in this situation. Please check videos below
Event 2 – First Lockdown (24 Marh 2020 to 14 April 2020)
Then after checking the critical situation and increasing cases in India Narendra Modi imposed 21 Days Lockdown Nationwise from 24 March 2020 to 14 April 2020.
Means All business and tourist places closed except emergency services, agriculture and some vehicles. It was hard time for the people who never live in houses for 24 hours x 21 days without going outside. Most challenging time for the Elderly people and Young children. They can’t meet anyone or can’t go anywhere for playing or other activities.
India Corona Lockdown Positive Impact – My Observations
People understood how virus spread
Understood important of ventilators and sanitizers
People heard Wuhan city first time.
Learned new words and its meaning
First positive effect of Lockdown which easily appeared was the Pollution.
Reduced Air & Noise Pollution, Crime, Usage of Fuel, Energy (Electricity),
Pollution Level down (Under 100) first time in 20 years. in urban areas like Ahmedabad and other big cities of India
Reduced demand of the petrol, diesel and CNG. Only 10% from actual.
Electricity usage decreased
Harmony and Unity
People of India shown tremendous unity, activeness and spirit to fight with virus from youngest to oldest. Many have been experienced this kind of situation never before. It may be recall of 1940 – 1950 era of independence.
People appear to stand united and help each other in every condition.
In this situations, many sectors works very hard to maintain health, supply chain, law and orders. People of India experienced first time such a massive efforts from every sectors.
Governments every department activeness and promptness (State and Central)
Agriculture and Supply Chain
Cleaning staff and Cleaning workers
Main impact of the lockdown on the Companies of various industries. Many has given work from home where as possible. Other companies where its not possible, given salary without cutting leaving. Also companies did not fire anyone due to lockdown.
Many giant company offers donations and other help in this situation.
Healthcare, Pharma and IT sectors were in semi or fully working condition including work from home.
LIC has extended date of Premium
EMI of the houseloan can be extended for 3 months
Minimum balance is not required to maintain for March, April, May and June for any Bank.
You can withdraw amount number of times with any ATM .
Many companies and officer got enough time to think out of box for upcoming planning.
In lockdown the Movie theatre and everything were closed to poeple used to spend time on mobile by watching TV, old series. Also Tiktok, whatsapp creative videos was the funny enough for the day to day basis entertainment.
As you know Mahabharat and Ramayan was the most popular TV seriouse in 1987 – 1990 around. Since many days people asked to start again this series and government started this series immediately from 1st April 2020.
Local and Central governement send money direct to Workers and Poors
Free food packets, Free grains and other items for Workers and Poors
Donations & Social welfare
After lockdown, major issue was the immigrant inter state workers. In Ahmedabad and Surat, lots of workers coming from Kvant, Chhota Udaipur, Rajasthan, Bihar, Dungarpur, Uttarpradesh. When they heard about lockdown, they started walking to reach their hometown as all transport were ordered to shut down.
Many major NGO and Local families shown sympathy and provided them Food until government helped them.
For the packages and possible losses on industries, PM Cares account opened for the donations. Within a day money flow started coming
Research increased for Corona, Created many labs (Public/Private) for testing.
Apps for tracking Isolated people or home quarantine. GPS enabled app created with GIS Fencing to detect activities of the isolated people also informed to subscriber if any Corona Positive detected people living near by. Click here to read more
Corona also impacted a major on education and study. March and April month is considered as Final exams. In school, colleges and private institutes they have started the online videos for the remaining syllabus and share with students.
Police used Drons to detect people on the terrace and societies.
Police used Corona virus Mask to educate and aware people about its seriousness.
Family and Individuals
Family Gathered, Bonding increased
Most of population got 21 days long vacations
No Hotel or outings. Only home’s food
Self Hygienic awareness
Reduced number of other common illness
People invested time in self exploration and other hobby (In Houses) which was stopped due to the work or study.
Tiktok and Whatsapp was the point of the communication and creativity. Many meme
All show cooperation and join/help in household work in day to day works specially male.
Kids and Students
Kids got 3 Months of vacations
Students got mass promotion and appear in next class without giving exam.
Kids engaged a lot with parents and grand parents.
Created so many videos in TikTok.
Other games were not allowed so played Badminton, mobile games, Old games like top, marbles, playing card.
Some kids helped in household activities too.
Some kids became corona fighters
Event 3 – Deep Jalao (5 April 2020 | 9 PM for 9 Mins)
Statue of Unity by Car. Car options available from Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity and return back to Ahmedabad from your desired pickup points. We have Hyundai xCent, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Innova Crysta AC cars avaialble.
We have Drivers who owns the Car. In results of that, you will get Neat and clean car, nice driving, no rush, no tips.
Tour operated daily except Monday. I have defined the itineraries based on the tentative time. It can be changed based on your location.
For One Day Statue of Unity
Schedule of Travelling for 1 Day Statue of Unity from Ahmedabad by Car
07:30 AM or 08:00 AM – Departure from your preferred location
Please note that car will drop at Parking area of the statue of Unity. Parking area is 6 km before statue of Unity. Statue of Unity has 60+ buses which run in between all places. We suggest all tourists required to go by their buses. If you still want to go inside by car, there will be extra charge of 500 Rs for entering in Statue of Unity area. You can decide this during your visit there.
2:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Sardar Sarovar Dam View Point – Valley of Flowers & Selfie Points – Statue of Unity & Viewing Gallery – Glow Garden – Laser Show (Start at 7 PM)
7:45 PM – Departure from statue of unity Parking area
9:00 PM – Dinner (your own expenses)
11:30 PM or 12:30 AM – Reach to your preferred location in Ahmedabad
Approx kms from Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad is 450 including poicha temple. We operate from Ahmedabad only. The cost given below is including travelling, toll tax, parking and driver allowance. Entry tickets and meals are not included. But yes, we will help you by booking ticket in advanced.
Statue of Unity Cab Prices from Ahmedabad
Prices given below are non-negotiable. Charges not including tickets charges, please check our calculator to get full cost.
Hyundai Xcent AC – ₹ 4,900 Maximum – 4 Persons allowed in car Calculation – ₹ 4,500 (10 ₹/Km x 450 Km) + ₹ 300 Driver Charge + ₹ 160 Toll + ₹ 100 Parking – ₹ 160 Discount
Maruti Ertiga AC – ₹ 6,400 Maximum – 6 Persons allowed in car Calculation – ₹ 5,850 (13 ₹/Km x 450 Km) + ₹ 300 Driver Charge + ₹ 160 Toll + ₹ 100 Parking – ₹ 10 Round up.
Toyota Innova Crysta AC – ₹ 7,400 Maximum – 8 Persons allowed in car Calculation – ₹ 6,750 (15 ₹/Km x 450 Km) + ₹ 300 Driver allowance + ₹ 160 Toll Tax + ₹ 100 Parking.
Swapna Shrushti Water Park – 52 Kms from Ahmedabad
Swapna Shrushti Water park is located 52 Kms from Ahmedabad near Amrapur Village on Gandhinagar Mahudi / Vijapur Highway on the riverbank of Sabarmati.
It has 7 interesting wonders like
Missisippi water ride
Aqua funnel ride
Longest family rides
This waterpark is good option while in Summer (March to July). You can easily spend 4 to 6 Hours here. Also it is 1 Km away from the Amarnath Dham. Which is really must visit if you go to Swapna shrushti.
Tickets : Rs. 500/- (Verified on 1st January 2019)
There is a 5 feet high ‘shiv-ling’ (ICE-LINGAM) of pure ice. The pious icelingan of Amarnath Dham is available for worship throughout the year.
We reached at swapnashrushti and then little ahead it is parking area Available. From there you can reach to amarnath by walking or in jeep. Jeep charges (including return) was 30 rs/ person. The temple is large and the ling inside is actually made from ice. By giving some amount you can touch to ling.
Behind it there is caved which has 12 jyotirling darshan. It will take approx 20-25 mins to visit it. Near to temple there is downstairs which takes you to river sabarmati. There is refreshments area where you can have snacks and tea. There is children rides too where kids can have lot of fun.
On average it takes 1.5 to 2 hours. It’s very peaceful place too.
Thol lake (Thol bird wildlife sanctuary) is 35 kms from Ahmedabad. It is considered as heaven of the Birds after Nalsarovar.
Thol Lake is artificial lake which is believed to constructed in 1912 by Sayajirao Gayakvad for irrigation purposes for surrounding areas. It was declared as bird sanctuary in 1988. Two main prominents species recorded are Flamingoes and Sarus Cranes.
Sarus Cranes is State birds of Gujarat
150 species of birds in the sanctuary of which nearly 60% (90 species) are stated to be waterbirds which are mostly wintering birds.
During the November to February, migratory birds like great white pelicans, flamingos, a variety of waterfowl including mallards and large numbers of geese, sarus cranes and many other waders are common site at sanctuary.
Note : Boating is not permitted in the Lake.
Best time to visit : 05 to 08 AM in Morning. In evening, 3 PM to 6 PM and in most winter : Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb. Also you can see the birds during the sunset while they are arriving back to the lake from fields.
Entry Fees of Thol Bird Sanctuary
There are 2 types of entry fees. With vehicle and without vehicle. I personally suggest, it is not necessary to take entry with vehicle until you want to reach at Eco tourist center. Price based on 1st March 2019
Individual Person Per Day
LMV – Car Jeep (Upto 6 Persons) – Charges includes entry charges
Matador, Station Wagon (Upto 15 Persons) Charges includes entry charges
Heave Motor Vehicle Bus (Upto 60 Persons) Charges includes entry charges
Timings of Thol Bird Sanctuary
6 AM to 5:30 PM
Kanzari Deer park near thol Ahmedabad
Kanzari is the village near the Thol Bird Sanctuary. There is no specfic entry gate or border for this deer park. You need to go in bush and search for the Deers. Even you can find it on road.
You can identify area by the board of the Bus stand near by .
You can find Deers, Blackbucks and Bluebull (Nilgai) in this area.
Location of the Kanzari Deer Park and Thol Bird Sanctuary . Kanjari Deer park is 8 kms away from the Thol Bird sanctuary which you can see in the below image.
Gandhinagar is capital of Gujarat and one of the Greenest city of the India. Also it has many places to visit in and around. For Ahmedabad, It is common to roam around Gandhinagar. If you are planning to arrange picnic from Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar for 1 day within 80 kms, it is really good approach to use this route.
One day picnic from Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad
Gandhinagar (30 Kms) – Gandhinagar has several places which you can see below.
Dholeshwar Temple – On the way of gandhinagar
Indroda Park / Zoo – This Zoo have miniatures of dinosaurs. Also having animals like deer, lions, tiger, reptiles and birds. Its too huge park and need time to watch fully.
Swarnim Park – Central Vista Garden – Long garden for relaxment.
Adalaj Stepwell – It is middle of the Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar and very ancient Stepwell.
5+ places to see around. Good for all age and family or friend. You can enjoy full day in Gandhinagar and Akshardham. Best time to visit during the monsoon or after that. Monday Akshardham Remained close so plan accordingly.
This is famous vad (banyan tree) which is one of the most widest tree of the gujarat. It may be second after the Kabirwad. The temple of the Mahakali Devi situated in the middle of the trunk. This vad is spreading around 5 meters each year. Thanks to the farmers who donate the land for this tree and showing the interest in progress of vad. It is good for one day picnic from Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and Himmatnagar.
Good for 1-2 Hours time spending with family. The location is really beautiful in middle of many villages. While driving towards it, you can see the beauty of Gujarat’s villages and lush green farms. It has only few shops around so carry some food/water. Also suggest to arrange your own transportation.
Location – This vad is located near the chiloda towards the himmatnagar. After chiloda chokdi, find the board of the Mahakali vad (Kantharpur). It is 18 km from Chiloda. The Road is narrow but it is worth to enjoy it.
Galteshwar near Pratij (60 Kms)
About temple, I do not have much information 🙁 but is the good temple/view of sabarmati. Sabarmati’s sand is really amaze you when you pass through the kotar to reach galteshwar. Near to it there is bridge and check dam. Which is really amazing to see
Location – From the chiloda, go towards the pratij. before pratij take left turn towards mahudi. Mahudi is 12 km from this place but last 4 km road is not good. (As per the 15th Nov 2015)
We are providing taxi services for Ahmedabad’s your location to Airport and Airport to your destination location. Ahmedabad airport Pickup and drop services.
Pickup and drop services to/from Airport started from 300 Rs for Hyundai Xcent Car. Based on location and car size prices will be changed. Kindly inform us at least 1 day in advance to arrange service.
Apart from that if you want to go from Airport or Ahmedabad to various places here are our prices for One Way charges for Hyundai Xcent (4 Persons max capacity).
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