Rajendranagar Hill Station – on the way of Shamlaji or Udaipur from Ahmedabad

If you are going to Shamlaji or Udaipur from Ahmedabad and if you have 30 mins spare or you are looking for places around Shamlaji/Udaipur route. Then this is must go destination.

Currently as of 26 Nov, the condition of the Road is not good in between Ahmedabad to Shamlaji. So if you divert your route little approx (10+ kms more in total kms). You will get chance to see photogenic place. Here its photo

Hadmat Sunset Point
Hadmat Sunset Point

Place name is Hadmat Sunset Point or Rajendranagar Hill

How to Reach Rajedranagar Hill or Hadmat Sunset Point

If you add Hadmat Sunset Point or Rajendranagar Hill on your journey then only difference is 4 kms. Here are the distances

  • 26 Kms from Shamlaji
  • 33 Kms from Himmatnagar
  • 113 Kms from Ahmedabad

Here is the route

There is beautiful road to reach there from the village It is state highway and as per current road condition it has excellent condition compare to national highway 48 (Ahmedabad – Udaipur). There is surrounding of the Villages, Farms and Hills. At the last it has sharp curve for 1 km driving to reach on top of the hill to view sunset point

Sunset at Hadmat Sunset Point
Sunset at Hadmat Sunset Point

The water appearing in above image is the Indrasi Reservoir on the Hathmati River which merge to Sabarmati River after few km. This Reservoir very large and extend till Bhiloda.

When you reach there there is no board or nothing for food so keep arrangement of water and food

It is photogenic place and it becomes very beautiful in monsoon

Rajendranagar Hill in Monsoon - Gujarat
Rajendranagar Hill in Monsoon – Gujarat

Its famous for the sunset time so try to reach there around 5 PM in Winter and 6:30 PM in Summer. In Monsoon reach any time 🙂

Evening Surprise

While returning, In my life I have first time got chance to see nocturnal bird on the road from 6 feet distance in front of Car. Yes it was the NightJar Nocturnal Bird (નિશાચર પક્ષી). The villager said its common to sight this bird here so everyone can get chance to see it if comes in night or early morning. So please be slow in driving the car to save this bird.

NightJar Bird at Rajendranagar HIll

Then near the village, we have found Tetar which is commonly appear in the villages.

Tetar
Tetar Bird

We spent around 1 hr and it was refreshing to explore the unexplored. Must visit while you visit Shamlaji or Udaipur, you will not regret.

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One day Picnic Places around Ahmedabad – For August to October (Unlock)

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.

Ticket Charges – Adults – 200 Rs, Kids – 125 Rs (3 to 15 Years).

Booking Site – www.soutickets.in

Jungle safari near statue of unity

2 – Polo Forest

Polo Forest
Check Dam in Polo Forest

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

Bakor Waterfall
Bakor’s Adadari Waterfall Photo

5 – Pavagadh and Hathnimata waterfall

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

Dharoi Dam
Dharoi Dam – Photo by Manan shah

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

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

Birds at Pariyej
Birds at Pariyej

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)

Vishweshwar Mahadev Near Palanpur

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.

Map Location – https://goo.gl/maps/Pg8vwYw5b3eW5rFh9

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

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 Dam
Meshwo Dam Behind Shamlaji Temple

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.

Mahakali Vad
Kantharpura Mahakali Vad near gandhinagar

Google map location of Mahakali Vad – https://goo.gl/maps/H95BBW2ecsy4oiRu6


12 – Sunsar Waterfall

Sunsar Waterfall Photo
Sunsar Waterfall – Photo by Dinesh Darji

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.

Google Map – https://goo.gl/maps/sR673PfvTpEsNzdn9


13 – Kanjari Deer Park

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.

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Swapnashrushti Water Park and Amarnath Dham

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

  • Snow fall
  • Missisippi water ride
  • Pendulum
  • Wave Pool
  • Thrilling fog
  • Miracle Tunnel

Rides like

  • Aqua funnel ride
  • Safe cyclone
  • Rain Dance
  • Longest family rides
  • Kargil
  • Children Rides
  • Wave ball
  • Other 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)

See prices of costume and other on this link – http://www.swapnasrushtiwaterpark.in/tariff

Amarnath Dham – 53 Kms from Ahmedabad

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.

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Thol Lake & Kanzari Deer Park near Ahmedabad

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

ParticularsFor IndianFor Foreigners
Individual Person Per Day40 Rs10 USD
LMV – Car Jeep (Upto 6 Persons) –
Charges includes entry charges
400 Rs40 USD
Matador, Station Wagon (Upto 15 Persons)
Charges includes entry charges
1,000 Rs100 USD
Heave Motor Vehicle Bus (Upto 60 Persons)
Charges includes entry charges
3,500 Rs350 USD

Timings of Thol Bird Sanctuary

6 AM to 5:30 PM

Photos


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.

Picnic spots on Gandhinagar – Pratij Route

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.
    • Sarita Udhyan – This is bird watcher’s good place
    • Akshardham (Monday Closed) – View More details of akshardham
    • 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.


Mahakali Vad (60 Kms)

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.

Mahakali Vad
Kantharpur Mahakali Vad
Mahakali Vad near gandhinagar
Kantharpura Mahakali Vad near gandhinagar

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)

Picnic places on Gandhinagar-Pratij Route
Galteshwar, Mahakali Vad, Pratij and Mahudi Route Map