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.
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)
Here are the guidance how to reach statue of unity, fees, timings and what to see nearby and make perfect trip. Statue of unity from Ahmedabad by car. Also I have shared other destinations near by.
Statue of unity 210 Kms far from Ahmedabad. You can reach easily by Car. Apart from statue of unity, you can visit near by places and complete 1 day trip from Ahmedabad to statue of unity.
Entry Fees at Statue of Unity
There are various fees which you need to pay white traveling. I have mentioned the fees based on 20th October 2020. You have to take any one of the ticket to enter in Statue of Unity Premises.
Express Tickets (SoU Foreigner VG) – 1,030 Rs This is express ticket and it does not requires to stand in queue. This is compulsory ticket for the Foreign (Non-Indian Citizen) Tourist. This Ticket includes all tickets which is available in SoU Viewing Gallery (mentioned below)
SoU Viewing Gallery (Most Preferred) 380 Rs/Adult, 230 Rs/Child (3 to 15 Years) – Viewing Gallery, – Valley of Flowers, – Museum, – Audio Visual Gallery, – Sardar Sarovar Dam, – Bus Ticket
SoU Entry Ticket 150 Rs/Adult, 90 Rs/Child (3 to 15 Years) Valley of Flowers, Museum & Audio Visual Gallery, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Bus Ticket
Important Notes : Due to Covid-19, There are limited visitors allowed at all places including Laser (projection) Show. They do not have any Ticket counter open as of now. You can contact us for helping out. You can reach to us on whatsapp by given number at bottom.
As per 18 October 2020 timing of statue of unity as given below.
Statue of Unity, Viewing Gallery, Museum and Hotel Remain Open from 8 AM to 6 PM
Laser show at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
What to see at Statue of Unity
There are 10+ attractions to see in the premises of the Statue of Unity. Earlier, it was 4 to 5 and now around 15 and more coming (Target is 30 or around). So then, 1 day will not be enough if you want to travel All. I have written already running attractions.
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How to reach Statue of unity
It is located far from the major city, due to that it does not have direct Rail and Air connectivity. Still you can reach there by following options
I personally suggest to use personal vehicle or hire cab because it has many things to see around so it’s comfortable to have hired or owned vehicle
Option 1 – Statue of unity from Ahmedabad by Car
We are operating private car from 1 person to 7 persons daily basis except Monday. Statue of unity from Ahmedabad by car. Please have a look schedule and prices click on this link below (Running all day except Monday)
Option 2 – Tour operator’s Private buses (From Ahmedabad)
Our partner bus service operating daily buses except monday to Statue of unity from Ahmedabad which includes the meals, Tickets and All including. To read more click on this link below
Bus is operating on sharing basis running only Saturday and Sunday. If there are 15+ travelers other day then it can operate in 5+ days prior booking.
Recently GSRTC (Gujarat State Road Transport Services) operated buses To and From Statue of Unity from Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Dabhoi, Surat, Rajpipla and Ankleshwar. Here I have put down the timetable and price fare based on 1st February 2019. I suggest to book online or check availability before going using this website http://gsrtc.in/site/index.html
Timetable & Ticket prices from Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Ankleshwar, Rajpipla and Dabhoi
Timetable & Ticket prices from Statue of Unity to Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Ankleshwar, Rajpipla and Dabhoi
Other option is – Nearest towns are Kevadiya Colony (2 kms), Rajpipla (25 kms) so take bus to Kevadiya or Rajpipla (as it has more frequency). From rajpipla, you can hire rickshaw/car on sharing basis or you can get bus to Kevadiya colony every 1.5 hrs
25 km from Rajpipla
93 km from Bharuch
90 km from Vadodara
197 km from Ahmedabad
154 km from Surat
How to reach Statue of unity By Air or Rail
Nearest Airports/Railway Stations are Ahmedabad (197 Kms), Surat(154 Kms), Vadodara(95 Kms) and Mumbai (420km) where Ahmedabad & Mumbai are well connected with National and International Flights and Railway networks.
For traveler, I suggest to hire cab from Airport or hotels which is most convenient way of transport.
Reach Statue of unity By Sea Plane
Sea Plane is expected to start from 31st October 2020. Expected price is : 9000 Rs/Person. Plane Depart from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Riverfront and Arrive at Lake near Statue of Unity.
Accommodation near Statue of Unity
Also for the accommodation there is limited options to stay as it is in developing. For stay, I must suggest to go at Statue of unity from Ahmedabad by car
Other alternatives you can get in eco campsite but it required direct booking. If you want for flexible options then I suggest to stay at Vadodara, Rajpipla from there you can get Air, Train, Bus and Local better connectivity.
Please discuss with me to find better staying options. I will guide for that.
Things to do near by Statue of Unity
Statue of Unity located in the middle of the mountain ranges of Vindhyachal and Satpuda with Narmada Valley. When you will go Statue of unity from ahmedabad by car, you can explore more. So it has lots of attractive natural and manmade places nearby to visit along with Statue.
Please check Schedule and car hire package from this link click here
Gujarat’s green city gandhinagar has green and beautiful Rajbhawan which was lies in restricted zone. But favor from the current governor O.P.Kohli has taken initiative to keep it open for public for limited rights and time.
It’s really amazing moment to visit such a beautiful Rajbhawan.
Now a days there are concept of food truck park being popular among the people of Ahmedabad.
There are many food truck park opened in last 2-3 years. Most of the park on the Sardar Patel Ring road near bopal, rajpath club and near karnavati club. Most of food truck park provide veg and non veg options.
Most of all food park open in evening time 7 pm onwards
Few known places for food truck parks
1 – Ahmedabad Food Truck Park (Near Valinath Chowk)
Near valinath Chowk Sola cross road. This is one of the food park which started first in ahmedabad. Current status is unknown to me but you can find this food truck park in between valinath chowk and sola cross road
2 – Fun food battalion (Makarba – S.P.Ring Road)
This park is on the way from bopal to karnavati club . Theme is based on army. It has lot of varieties food and seating arrangement available. This has special band on weekend to perform live music.
3 – SBR Social on Sindhu Bhavan Road
SBR Social is the most popular Food Parks. Its remain crowded during saturday and sunday. You can find location from google map. It is on the Sindhu bhavan road in between SG Highway and SP Ring Road.