General Information about Gandhinagar
Gandhinagar is situated about 32 kms. north of Ahmedabad on the west banks of the Sabarmati river. It is the new state capital of Gujarat after Ahmedabad. Gandhinagar forms a striking contrast to Ahmedabad, with big broad avenues and lots of greenery.
When the old state of Bombay was divided along the linguistic lines into Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960, Bombay city fell to the share of Mahrashtra. It was then decided to build an entirely new capital for Gujarat. Ahmedabad became the capital of Gujarat and later a new capital city was planned for Gujarat.
In the spirit of independence, this new administrative centre was named after the state’s most famous son, Mahatma Gandhi as Gandhinagar. As with Chandigarh, Le Corbusier was instrumental in design. The numbered sectors are similarly impersonal. Its construction began in 1965 and the secretariat was moved here in 1970. It is the India’s second largest city after Chandigarh.
This is where state politicians live in large well fortified houses. Gandhinagar presents the spacious, well-organised look of an architecturally integrated city.
How to reach Gandhinagar
The nearest airport is Ahmedabad.
The nearest railway station are Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.
Gandhinagar is connected to the various cities of Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Baroda, Patan
Tourist Attraction in Gandhinagar
The Akshardam temple is one of the famous temple in Gandhinagar. This temple belongs to the wealthy Hindu Swaminarayan Group, the richest sect in the world. This temple was built by nearly 1000 artisans. It is an elaborately carved building constructed out of 6000 tonnes of pink sandstone with beautiful carvings and surrounded by the manicured lawns, perfect trees and admirable fountains. In September 2002, this temple was attacked by the terrorists.
In the heart of the capital, in Sector 10, is the well laid out complex of buildings housing the legislature and government offices. Vithalbhai Patel Bhavan, a magnificent domed building, stands majestically on a high podium in the centre of a circular lake and houses the Vidhan Sabha and the legislature offices.
Flanking it, and linked by hanging corridors, are two modern multi-storeyed buildings. Sardar Bhavan, which houses the various departments of the State Secretariat, and Narmada Bhavan, where the offices of all the heads of departments are situated. The Secretariat along with the offices of the heads of various departments are now located in a complex of three-storeyed buildings constructed to house the district offices, in sector 9.
Located near Gandhinagar, on the Sabarmati river back, is Pethapur village, only 7 kms from the capital. Once famous for its colourful `Bandhani’ saris, the village also used to export wooden printing blocks to Singapore. The wooden blocks, with exquisite patterns carved on them, are used for the hand-printing of cloth. They are still in demand among the people. Some of the printing centres in India are Ahmedabad, Bombay, Jetpur and Rajkot. The Pethapur craftsmen are mainly Gujjar Suthars.
Adalaj Step Well
Adalaj Step Well, the architectural marvel, is situated about 15 kms from the capital on the National Highway. This well is famous for its unique architecture with a huge artistic edifice and a flight of steps that enables one to reach the water, whatever be its level. The Adalaj Step Well is considered to be the best of all step wells in Gujarat.
Children’s Park is a major attraction for children and holiday makers. The Children’s Park has a mini train and a lake with boating facilities.
In sector 9 and along the river front is the lovely Sarita Udyan, an ideal spot for picnickers. The entire area is being developed to provide full recreational facilities. Deer Park – Adjacent to Sarita Udyan, at Indroda village, on the outskirts of the capital city, is the sprawling deer park, a big draw for both children and adults.