1) Gujarati Thalis: 20+ dishes on one plate. Beat that!
I've tried a thali from every place that I have visited in Gandhinagar and Gujarat. Though all vegetarian, each, in their own way, is unique and delicious. This, coming from a hard core non-vegetarian Mangalorean...an absolute recommendation you should not miss!
2) The world renowned Akshardham Temple
A one-of-its-kind temple that garnered a lot of attention after terrorist attacks on its premises in 2002. The temple is spread across acres and has been built to minute precision. Intricately carved, the majestic monument made of 6,000 tons of pink sandstone is awash with spiritual stillness.
While visiting Gandhinagar, you should not miss this.
Also, the Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show is incredibly choreographed that features the use of 4,000 nozzles, 2,000 lights, over 100 pumps and 12 fireball throwers. An absolute stunner!
3) Art Exhibitions
This was more of an on road experience. I visited this exhibition in Ahmedabad. I'm hoping to catch an exhibition in Gandhinagar soon enough. Exhibitions in Gujarat are popular and well-known for its art scene.
4)Celebrating a local festival
You have to celebrate a festival with the Gujaratis. They are such warm and endearing people, it's just great experiencing a festival with them.
Also, additionally the festival outfits, food and decorations are so colorful and bright, it's a crime to miss something so beautiful. I can't imagine what Holi will be like here
5) Visiting the Blackbuck National Park
I also visited the Blackbuck National Park, a.k.a, the Velavadar National Park best known for breeding Blackbucks - an endangered species. Established in 1976, this park is a prominent tourist attraction of Gujarat. Apart from blackbucks, visitors can spot nilgai, wolf, jackal, Indian fox, wild boar, porcupine, hare and rodents.
6) Meeting Milaap borrowers
This is just an addition to my amazing experience. As part of the Milaap fraternity
, I'd have to say I feel really lucky to experience this part of Gujarat. As a regular traveler, I guess it's is not something that you would plan on doing. But as a lender
, it would be something you would consider and should most definitely do.
The wealth of knowledge that I have gained and the amount of people that I have met over the last couple of months has given me so much perspective in terms of understanding lifestyles and priorities. These are a few things I've enjoyed doing so far in Gandhinagar and you should not miss either.