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Excursion


JHINJHWADA (19 km)
Jhinjhwada has the remains of an old fort of the Solanki dynasty that ruled the area in the 11th and 12th centuries. The most impressive relic of the fort is a huge gateway separating the village from the Rann of Kutch with superb sandstone carvings.

MODHERA SUN TEMPLE (45 km)
The 11th century Sun temple of Modhera is easily one of the finest examples of devotional architecture in western India. Built by Bhima Deva of the Solanki Rajput dynasty, with the aid of donations from the people, the temple features carved torana arches mounted on kirti stambhas (pillars of victory) as the entrances, a large rectangular stepped with 108 smaller shrines, an exquisite 52 pillared portico, beautiful domed central portion and a sanctum sanctoruim designed so that the sun light fell on the bejewelled statue of the God, specially at sunrise during the equinox. The exterior of temple is carved with traditional erotic scenes and images of many gods and goddesses, while inside are friezes from epics like the Mahabharata portrayed on the pillars.

MUNSAR TANK (30 km)
This 12th century tank on the outskirts of the walled town of Viramgam is enclosed by scores of intricately carved temples.

TARNETAR ( 65 km)
Tarnetar is famous for its fair popularly known as the Trinetreshwar Mahadev Mela held near the Trinetreshwar Mahadev temple. Villagers from all over the region, dressed in their colourful traditional costumes and exquisite jewellery throng Tarnetar during this fair. About 100,000 people belonging to various tribes like Rabari, Kathi, Charan, Bharwads, Koli and other castes come to the fair. The fair attracts a large number of tourists from India and abroad. In all, the entire area is full of vibrancy and rich folk lifestyle. It offers you calm beaches, old and rustic forts and palaces, magnificent landscapes and the mudflat desert areas.

THOL ( 65 km)
Another bird sanctuary in the vicinity is of Thol. Situated in Mehsana district and about 40 km from Ahmedabad, this sanctuary has rich variety of wild fowls, flamingos, grey pelicans, black ibis and a profusion of other wetland birds.

PATAN (70 km)
The historic township of Anhilwada Patan was the 8th-14th century capital of Gujarat,before Ahmed Shah founded Ahmedabad, and is a highly atmospheric citadel with many havelis and temples. The greatest reminder of the golden period of Gujarat under the Solanki kings is the Rani-ki-Vav stepwell some distance from the town centre. Built in the 1050s and named for Rani Udamati, wife of Maharajah Bhim Deva and daughter-in-law of Mulraja, founder of Solanki rule in Gujarat, the stepwell is the oldest and perhaps the grandest among the 120 odd step wells in Gujarat. Leading down seven storeys to the water level, the steps are string-coursed by sculpture depicting the avatars of lord Vishnu, Hindu Goddesses, Jain idols and beautiful apsaras. Behind the water is a beautiful sculpture of Lord Vishnu reclining on a serpent.

NAL SAROVAR ( 70 km)
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, comprising a massive lake and ambient marshes, and inhabited by migratory birds in winter and spring is a place worth visiting in Gujarat. It attracts over 210 species of birds in the winter, and harbours a variety of flora and fauna. Its migratory bird population includes Rosy Pelicans, Flamingos, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks and Herons. It is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India.

BHUJ ( 240 km)
Bhuj is another historical city of Gujarat. The headquarter of India’s second largest district Kutch, Bhuj was established by Rao Hamirji in 1510 and was made the state capital by Rao Khengarji I in 1549. Bhuj is worth visiting for shopping rich handicraft material. From here, Bhuj, one can visit the largest flamingo breeding colony in the world.

DHOLAVIRA ( 250 km)
Dholavira is one of the largest and most prominent archaeological sites in India, belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization Dholavira was an ancient metropolitan city. It is located on the Khadir Island in the Kutch district.

MATA NA MADH ( 350 km)
Situated on the western side of Kutch, Mata na Madh is famous for its temple of Goddess Ashapura (satisfaction). The temple, considered to be 1200 years old, has its own importance in the hearts of Hindus. During Navratri, people from all over Gujarat come here and join in the festivities during Navratri. More than half of the devotees make the journey on foot.

NARAYAN SAROVAR ( 370 km)
Yet another famous place of Hindu pilgrimage and a wild life sanctuary, famous for Chinkara or the Indian gazelle, blue bull, spotted deer, wild boar and rich variety of smaller wildlife.