I was not just lucky once but twice. Born and brought up in Dehradun, Uttrakhand (Nothing less than Heaven) and now in Gandhinagar was moreover being lucky. The capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar is built on the step stones of “The City Beautiful” named Chandigarh. It’s been planned under Mewada, and Apte who worked as trainees under legendary architect Le Corbusier.
It is the greenest city in Asia with 54% forest cover of its area. Gandhinagar’s streets are numbered, and have cross streets named for letters of the Gujarati alphabet (e.g., “k”, “kh”, “g”, “gh”, “ch”, “chh”, “j”). Thirty sectors, into which the city has been divided, stretch around the central Government complex. The city has gardens in every sector where people can spend uninterrupted time with their family.
There are mini parks located at each intersection as well.
Deer Park (Indroda Park) is a large area containing various sections such as a Jurassic Park theme, deer park, snake park, birds park etc. Deer Park is also known as GEER Foundation Park or Indroda Park as it is located in a village named Indroda. It contains Dinosaurs Park where huge statues of different Dinosaurs are kept with a detailed explanation.
There are plenty of temples in each sector. There is Akshardham ,Hanuman temples ,Gandhimandir etc. Built with pink sandstone from Rajasthan, Akshardham is a tribute to Swaminarayan and his life- teachings.
Gandhinagar is not like other state capitals. It is less polluted than most of them. Secondly being a dry state, it is much safe. Women can safely stroll in the streets at night.
Gandhinagar is also the city of Mahatma Mandir ,a convention cum exhibition centre and a memorial located at sector 13, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. It is inspired from life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.All the business meets like Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit 2011 and 2013 were organised here.
And lastly its people ,not just Gandhinagar it’s the whole Gujarat Account. The Gujarati people are one of the best I came across. Total foodie, least violent and crazy about Garba (Gujarat’s Traditional Dance) people.
The Gujarati Cuisine is also one of the most interesting thing to talk about. In Summers, Keri no Ras (fresh mango pulp) is often an integral part of the meal.Their thick rotis (called Bhakri’s) is a common food during winters. Plus there is always some farsan -additional dish that complements the main meal. They refer their daily meals as Dal-Bhat–Rotli-Saak .There are so many delicious Gujarati recipes as well (we will talk about this in later blogs ).As for Gandhinagar try out Club Sandwitches at Pathikashram Cafe.
The biggest celebration here is Navratri where people across the country worship the different avatars of Goddess Durga for nine days. But here in Gujarat it’s a circle of ecstasy which throbs non-stop for nine nights with millions of fantastically costumed devotees swaying in a fusion of dance and devotion.
Secondly its Uttarayan(The Kite Festival) .The Kite Festival signify Gujarat’s ‘Cultural Strength’ and like the kites, Gujarat soars high to touch the skies to be the ‘best in the world.’ The symbolism of this festival is to show the awakening of the Gods from their deep sleep.
)City is also being built.
Here is a sneak peak of Gandhinagar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgDk8FkdbIE
Gandhinagar is one of the best places to live.It prompts you with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s Gujarat Tourism advertisement :” Kuch din to gujaro Gujarat mein”.
Note: Please help me add more aspects to the Gandhinagar blog if i missed any.Suggestions and feedbacks will be appreciated.