For people who wish to relax in a peaceful environment, there are some serene weekend getaways near Ahmedabad that would leave you calm and composed. Some of the offbeat holiday destinations in the vicinity of Ahmedabad are as follows.
Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary
Distance from Ahmedabad: 35 kms
Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary is an excellent place to relax in the lap of nature with birds chirping around you. If you wish to unwind after a hectic week at work, head to Thol and reinvigorate yourself with peace and energy. The migratory birds would give you great company over here.
Modhera Sun Temple
Distance from Ahmedabad: 102 kms
Modhera Sun Temple is a magnificent sun temple with lush green surroundings, set in the backdrop of River Pushpavati, which makes it even more enjoyable. You can witness beautiful sunset that enhances the look of the beautifully craved sculptures even more. Its a perfect weekend getaway away from the maddening crowds for just a day and feel relaxed and happy in the company of family or friends.
Wild Ass Sanctuary
Distance from Ahmedabad: 130 kms
Wildlife sanctuaries usually make you picture dense trees and alarm calls of deer along with lots of termite mounds. However, the wild ass sanctuary of Kutch is nothing like this. It is a deserted area where you would spot herds of wild donkeys and prey birds. If you happen to visit it in winters, you can see many migratory birds like flamingoes and pelicans.
Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary
Distance from Ahmedabad: 140 kms
Blackbuck sanctuary of Velavadar is world famous for it is one of its kind. For nature and wildlife lovers, it is a wonderful retreat far away from the humdrum of Ahmedabad. Many rare species of Blackbucks, blue bulls and many varieties of birds can be spotted over here.
Polo Monument and Vijaynagar Forest
Distance from Ahmedabad: 160 kms
The Polo Monument is mainly the ruins of a prehistoric kingdom established by the Parihar kings of Idar in 10th century. It is located inside the forests of Vijaynagar. These ancient ruins are beautiful, mystic and the forest is green, dense and with a wide variety of tress and wildlife. A must visit place for the nature and history lovers.
Hingolgadh Nature Education Society
Distance from Ahmedabad: 181 kms
Hingolgadh Nature Education Society is like a green oasis. With lots of chinkara and blue bull abound, it is one of the most wonderful places for a peaceful retreat. Camps are also organized over here quite frequently to instill wildlife awareness among people.
Marine National Park
Distance from Ahmedabad: 305 kms
India’s first and the most beautiful marine park in the Gulf of Kutch. Turtles, dolphins, littoral birds and many other marine species can be seen here at the Marine National Park near Jamnagar. November to January is the most suitable time to visit this marine conservation park. If you want to see coral reefs without diving into the sea, this is the place to be.
There are indeed has lots of places to visit during the weekend near Ahmedabad. Dholavira, Mandvi beach and Narayan Sarovar are also usually isolated but during Rannotsav these places become very crowded. With winters approaching all these places will be all the more wonderful to visit. So pack your bags and drive off to any of the places this weekend and enjoy a relaxed and rejuvenating time with your family and friends.