Weekend Getaways Near Ahmedabad
Weekend Getaways Near Ahmedabad: Road trips are always liberating. Whether alone with that special someone or with a group of friends, the memories you create on the road stay with you forever. Here are some fun road trips for long and short weekend getaways from Ahmedabad when you feel like getting behind the wheel on your next holiday!
Here are some fun road trips for long and short weekend getaways from Ahmedabad when you feel like getting behind the wheel on your next holiday! Kumbhalgarh. Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Udaipur. Mount Abu. Little Rann of Kutch. Polo and Vijaynagar Forests. Modhera. Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.
A hidden gem, Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the then warrior king of Mewar in the 1500s. This is also where the imposing the Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands tall. Built-in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, the fort is protected by the surrounding mountain peaks of the Aravali range. With seven gateways and a 36-kilometre long wall surrounding the fort, there are 360 Hindu and Jain temples, palaces and halls within the fort. Looking out from atop the walls of Kumbhalgarh Fort, you can see the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in the distance. While in Kumbhalgarh, also visit the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and embark on a safari to spot Asiatic lions that have been relocated here along with other wildlife like the wild boar, sloth bear, hyena and chinkara, to name a few.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 352 kilometres
Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary or Sasan Gir is an area of over 1400 square kilometres dedicated to the Asiatic lion. Regarded as one of Asia’s most protected regions, the topography is a mix of grasslands and dry deciduous forests with teak and fruit-bearing trees including ber and Jamun. While the lion is undoubtedly the biggest draw at Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, other species of wildlife that are inhabitants here are leopards, hyenas, antelopes, jackals and wild boars.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 346 kilometres
One of the most romantic cities in India, Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes and often called the ‘Venice of the East’. The capital of the former princely state of Mewar, Udaipur is a tourist hotspot who come to see the city’s many spectacular monuments, temples, palaces and lakes. On Lake Pichola with its four islands is where the iconic Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas are located. While in Udaipur, explore the cityscape and its landmarks including the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Sahelion ki Bari and Lake Fatehsagar.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 257 kilometres
In the desert state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a welcome mountain retreat at an altitude of 4,003 feet above sea level. The beautiful Nakki Lake, surrounded by lush mountains is a hub of activity. In addition to the evergreen forests and cool mountain air, Mount Abu is where you can find the famous Jain Dilwara Temples with their intricately carved facades and the ancient Gaumukh Temple. Another temple of prominence is the Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that is adjacent to the 14th century Achalgarh Fort.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 222 kilometres
Little Rann of Kutch
The saline wilderness of the Little Rann of Kutch is home to India’s sole wildlife reserve dedicated to the endangered Indian wild ass. The Wild Ass Sanctuary spans 5,000 kilometres and in addition to an abundant Indian wild ass population, you can see blackbucks, jackals, Indian gazelles and African lynxes roam this vast land. In the monsoons, the area of the Little Rann of Kutch transforms to a fertile wetland that sees a boom in avian species. Among them are saras cranes, Indian flamingoes, pelicans and spoonbills.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 179 kilometres
Polo and Vijaynagar Forests
Spread across 400 square kilometres, Polo ad Vijaynagar Forests are both scenic and historic. Once a site for an ancient city, the Harnav River flows through the dense foliage where several architectural marvels are safely tucked away. There are the ruins of Jain and Shiva temples dating back to the 15th century along with remnants of the ‘pol’ or gate signifying its status as a gateway between Gujarat and Rajasthan in the Polo ad Vijaynagar Forests.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 152 kilometres
Modhera is where the famous Sun Temple is located. Built-in 1026 AD during the Solanki dynasty, the main temple once housed an ornate gold chariot. Remnants of the grand complex are still evident at Surya Kund with in the four terraces descending into this step well and the two towering ornamental arches that form the gateway to the Sabha Mandap. The walls of the Sun Temple in Modhera are depicted erotic motifs symbolic of celibacy and not sex.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 98 kilometres
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
Birdwatchers are in for a real treat at Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary spanning 120 square kilometres of a lake and marshlands. The largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, the lake attracts over 210 species of indigenous and migratory birds. Rosy pelicans, white storks, flamingoes and herons are some of the birds that come to nest at the sanctuary. Open from 6 am to 6 pm, a boat ride is the best way to see Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 65 kilometres