What to do in Ahmedabad in a few hours?

Ahmedabad landscape has changed over years with investor friendly policies and solid infrastructure development. Business travelers will, most definitely, find their way into Ahmedabad. But the city is also an excellent base for tourists. Anyone visiting Thol Bird Sanctuary, Nal Sarovar Sanctuary, Anand, Patan and even Bhuj can easily keep…

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Photo Essay: Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lakulisa Temple in Champaner-Pavagad Archaelogical Park - road trips from mumbai

50 km from Vadodara is a UNESCO World Heritage site that has not received its due. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is disappointingly overshadowed by popular Hindu pilgrim site – Kalika Mata Temple. Champaner was ruled by Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat around 1484. He fondly named the city Mahmudabad and made…

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Road Tripping in Gujarat – 3 Nights 4 cities

Road trips from Mumbai - Kabootar-Khana-in-Champaner-Pavagad-Archaelogical-park

Earlier in 2014, I received 2 invitations to travel from friends. First was a wedding in Churu, Rajasthan; Second was an invite to Daman for a friend’s family occasion. Unfortunately, I had to choose between the two. Nevertheless, I gleefully murmured – “Good start to 2014”. South Gujarat is very…

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Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara – Of Royals and Royalty

road trips from mumbai - Laxmi Vilas Palace

The last time I visited a royal palace was the Buckingham palace in London in the summer of 2010. Cut to present, in my road trip to Gujarat, I saw the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara that (might I say) is as much royal as the Buckingham Palace. The…

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AMUL Dairy, Anand – Visiting the Milk Co-operative that gave us Operation Flood

road trips from mumbai - Amul Dairy Factory, Anand

On Day 3 of a short road trip in Gujarat, our final stop was the AMUL Dairy factory in Anand. I was very keen on visiting this factory although it meant we were driving 50 km further down from Vadodara to Anand. What made it trickier was that the plant…

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