Ahmedabad, a fast-growing metropolis with a rich history and industrial set up, is one of the most dynamic cities of western India. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, this city of Gujarat attracts millions of travelers from across India and the world. The city offers a perfect mix of history, culture, and modernity along with a clean environment and vibrancy. Some of the famous places in Ahmedabad include Sabarmati Ashram, established by Mahatma Gandhi on his return from South Africa, and the Swaminarayan Temple.
Apart from this, there are fascinating museum, chic markets, and several lakes to enjoy your stay in the Manchester of the east. For your convenience, we have listed some of the top lakes in Ahmedabad that you cannot afford to miss.
5 Lakes In Ahmedabad
If you want to resort to a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then you will find several natural and manmade lakes in and around Ahmedabad city. These well-managed lakes offer a perfect venue for leisure and recreation. You can feel the freshness and openness of placid water bodies and enjoying activities like boating, bird-watching, and picnic.
1. Kankaria Lake
This 500-year old manmade lake is the activity hub of the vibrant city. Spread across 76 acres, Kankaria Lake is the center of attraction of the city. Health-conscious locals reach this recreational eco-hub in the morning and evening to enjoy a brisk walk and serene surroundings. It is not just water, you have Kankaria Zoo and Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden on the lakefront to enjoy the company of several animal and bird species. For kids, there is a small amusement park with a roller coaster, toy train and other facilities to have fun. Nagina Wadi, an island within the lake, will offer you picture-perfect moments to build memories. You can enjoy boat rides, hot air balloon rides, and of course food stalls for gastronomic pleasure.
Location: Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Lake Timings: 4:00 am to 8:00 am; 9:00 am to 10:00 pm (Monday closed)
Entry Fee: INR 25 for adults and INR 10 for kids (above 3 years). Free for kids below 3 years, senior citizens, and morning walkers.
Boating Charges: INR 20 to INR 130
2. Vastrapur Lake
Vastrapur Lake, renamed as Bhakt Kavi Narsinh Mehta Sarovar in 2013, is one of the most charming spots for city dwellers and tourists. Located in the heart of the city, this lake is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Lush green vegetation, round path, placid water, and openness attract health enthusiasts in the morning time to flex muscles. Water from Narmada River keeps it full all year, even in high summer. You have an open-air theater, lustrous green lawn to relax and have fun with the family. Enjoy the boating to feel the depth of placid lake waters.
Location: Vastrapur, West Ahmedabad, near Nehru Park
Timings: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
3. Chandola Lake
This artificial lake, situated on Dani Limda Road, built in the Mughal period is one of the must-visit lakes in Ahmedabad. With a strong connection with Salt Satyagraha of Gandhi Ji, Chandola Lake home to migratory birds. This 1200 hectares circular water reservoir is home to for cormorants, painted storks, and spoonbill birds. If you want to practice natural meditation, just pick your binoculars and reach the shore of the lake early in the morning to enjoy the company of beautiful birds. If historical architecture attracts you, then elegantly built gateways, holy tank and the arch-dome structure of the Shah-e-Alam tomb will fascinate you.
Location: Dani Limda Road
Timings: Open 24×7, but daytime is safe
Entry Fee: Free
4. Thol Lake & Sanctuary
This rustic and pristine lake, more than 100 years old man-made lake, is a perfect natural retreat away from the busy city life. Located near the village of Thol, in Mehsana district of Gujarat, this freshwater lake surrounded by marsh attracts migratory birds, mainly flamingoes, and Sarus crane, during winters. This precious ecology was given sanctuary status in 1988 with the name “Thol Bird Sanctuary”. It is heaven for bird watchers as one can spot over 150 species in a small area.
Location: Thol Village, Mehsana, 40 km from Ahmedabad
Timings: 6:00 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fee: INR 20 on Monday to Saturday and INR 25 on Sundays
5. Nal Sarovar Lake & Sanctuary
If you are looking for a natural escape to enjoy the weekend with family then Nal Sarovar is perfect for you. Just an hour’s drive (64 km) from Ahmedabad city center near Sanand Village, is home to over 210 species of birds including flamingos, blackbuck, rosy pelican, and several other species. Truly a haven for birdwatchers, this lake –declared a bird sanctuary in 1969- is a perfect breeding ground for endangered bird species. There are 36 small islands within the water body, and you can take a boat ride to Drabla Island. A watchtower and local cuisines make it a perfect spot to spend the weekend. If you are an ornithologist then you must be here during winters, but you have to pay INR 200 for using a camera.
Location: Vadodara, Nalsarovar Link Road, 64 km from Ahmedabad
Timing: 6:00 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fee: INR 75 on weekdays and INR 85 on weekdays
Boating Charges: Starts from INR 220 per person
Apart from these major lakes in Ahmedabad, you will find several small lakes near the city like Sudarsan Lake, Hamirsar Lake, Saputara Lake, and of course the newly built Sabarmati Waterfront to make your trip to Ahmedabad memorable. Spend some time near these water bodies with the family to be in sync with nature and feel the joy of togetherness.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Lakes In Ahmedabad
What is Ahmedabad famous for?
Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat, is famous for its vibrant culture, historical attractions, the exquisite Gujarati cuisines, and of course the business. The cottonopolis of the east is now a major hub of diamond cutting and trade. Major attractions of the city are Calico Museum, Bhadra Fort, Jama Masjid, ISKCON Temple, Kankaria Zoo, and of course lakes of Ahmedabad. Don’t forget to buy some Bandhej clothing, Bandhani Sarees, silk, and handicraft items.
What is the best time to visit Gujarat?
Like most Indian cities, Ahmedabad bad has three distinct seasons. Most of the year remains hot and dry except winter during November and February. The scorching heat of summer might make you a little uncomfortable, and monsoon with its humidity could be uneasy. But, winter with good day time temperature and cold nights is best for you to enjoy the stay in a vibrant city. You can watch migratory birds in lakes of Ahmedabad during winters.
How can I go to Ahmedabad?
This historical city is well connected to other parts of the country through a vast network of Indian Railways. The NH 48 connects you to the country’s capital New Delhi and financial capital Mumbai. It is on the famed golden quadrilateral. You care connected to all major airports of the country and the world as Sardar Patel International Airport welcomes guests from across the world.
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