“A bustling commercial hub” and “sharp, kind-hearted, and family and fun-loving” are two phrases that pretty much sum up Ahmedabad and an Amdavadi. But the ‘commercial hub’ tag has hardly kept an Ahmedabadi from enjoying the life with family or friends. A buckload of entertainments parks, weekend getaways and picnic spots in Ahmedabad have kept the life energized and refresh.
We decided to compile these picnic spots near Ahmedabad which might just fit the bill to the T and get the zing back in a jiffy while in Ahmedabad.
1. Maniar’s Wonderland
A perfect one day picnic spot near Ahmedabad, Maniar’s Wonderland is a quick drive from Ahmedabad. This snow themed amusement park is divided into two parts – Wonderland and Snow Park. and can be full of fun and thrill for the young and the old alike.
Key attractions: Amazing rides like the Aqua Roller, Aqua Ball, Traffic Island and Desert bikes in the Wonderland; Snow park has a snow field that offers snowball fights and blast-from-the-past Ice Age experiences.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 13 Km
To get here: Drive from the Karnavati Club on the Sanand Highway
2. Adalaj ni vav
Among historic picnic spots near Ahmedabad, Adalaj ni vav is a unique old Hindu stepwell. Historically famous for being a refuge for pilgrims as well as travelers on the trade route, it is another quaint picnic spot near Ahmedabad.
Key attractions: The Indo-Islamic architecture, interior of the step well which is much cooler than outside
Distance from Ahmedabad: 18 KM
To get here: Drive down the state highway 71 and you will see the signboard
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3. Indroda Nature Park, Gandhinagar
Located on the banks of the Sabarmati, Indroda Nature Park makes great picnic spots near Ahmedabad for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts. It is considered to be the second largest hatchery of dinosaur eggs in the world and hence aptly called India’s Jurassic Park.
Key attractions: Various sections like Dinosaur and Fossil Section, Mammal Section, Avifauna Section, Walk-in aviary, Reptile Section, Earth Section, Marine Section, Plant Section and the Botanical Garden.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 25 KM
To get here: Drive along NH 8C all the way to Dholakuva
4. Akshardham, Gandhinagar
Located in one of the greenest Cities in the world, Gandhinagar – Akshardham is a spectacular pink sandstone monument dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. The environs are just as serene as the temple itself and make for a perfect picnic spot near Ahmedabad, away from the raucous city life.
Key attractions: Akshardham Mandir is the main attraction in itself. The exhibition halls with life like depictions of the life of Lord Swaminarayan, the vast green area around
Distance from Ahmedabad: 28 KM
To get here: Drive almost 31 Km from Ahmedabad Railway Station on NH 8C
5. Thol Bird Sanctuary
A man-made wetland in the Mehsana district, this bird sanctuary is a popular picnic spot near Ahmedabad. This sanctuary hosts the world’s tallest bird, Sarus crane and a lot of other migratory water birds.
Key attractions: Quaint corners for spending a nice time with family, rare rare birds to spot
Distance from Ahmedabad: 28 KM
To get here: Go on a road trip via the Ognaj- Vadsar Road
Lying in the lowlands between the plains of central Gujarat and eastern Saurashtra, Nalsarovar is a heaven for migratory birds from November to January and so is it for those looking for a one day picnic near Ahmedabad. About 200 types of birds descend on the lake from as far as Central Europe during this period.
Key attractions: A birdwatchers delight, hosts flamingos, pelicans, geese, ibises, fishing eagles, herons and many many more; And for those who would like to amuse themselves differently, there is boating, camping, angling and animal rides to choose from.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 61 KM
To get here: Drive down NH 947 and Sanand-Nalsarovar Road
7. Zanzari waterfalls
Zanzari is situated on the river Vatrak in Dehgam. It is a series of rapids with the main waterfall about 25 feet high. For those who like to capture nature on camera, this is the place to be if planning for a day out at a picnic spot near Ahmedabad.
Key attractions: Soaking blissfully under the waterfall is the main attraction, languorous camel ride
Distance from Ahmedabad: 64 KM
To get here: Take the Dahegam-Bayad highway, turn right 32KM after Dahegam, trek 3.5 KM up to the waterfalls
8. Tirupati Rushivan Adventure Park, Himmatnagar
Famous as Gujarat’s largest amusement and theme park, Tirupati Rushivan Adventure Park is a popular picnic spot near Ahmedabad. Besides being an amusement park that thrills the young and the old alike, it houses the replicas of many world-famous monuments which are a good for kids.
Key attractions: Thrillful rides, water park and a beautiful nature park.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 74 KM
To get here: Drive on the Vijapur-Himmatnagar Highway via Gandhinagar.
Another historic place for a one day picnic near Ahmedabad, Lothal is the southernmost outposts of the Indus Valley Civilisation. Get a dekko of the wonderful maritime architecture of the time as well as the excellent town planning.
Key attractions: Lothal museum which has insightful archaeological findings on display, quaint places for spending a nice evening with family
Distance from Ahmedabad: 78 KM
To get here: Drive through NH 8A till Lothal
10. Polo Forest
A nature lover’s paradise, Polo forest in Vijaynagar is endowed with spellbinding natural beauty. It is surrounded by mountains and has the Harnav River running through it. It makes for a perfect one day picnic near Ahmedabad if you are seeking some peace and tranquil.
Key attractions: The dam by the river, overnight camping in the forest, ancient temples
Distance from Ahmedabad: 106 KM
To get here: Go on a road trip via Gandhinagar and Himmatnagar, turn off to Vijaynagar to reach Polo Forest.
Now, this should get you started planning for that quick trip out of Ahmedabad. And if you have some options to add to the list, do let us know.
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