One day Trip around Ahmedabad - Adalaj ni Vav, Modhera Sun Temple, Patan's Rani ni Vav & Gandhinagar

Recently when we were in Ahmedabad, we were deciding about planning a one day trip from Ahemdabad and come back to the base. We contacted some local friends, travel bloggers and friends who have been to Ahemdabad. After hearing all the thoughts we compiled a itinerary and we were super happy what all we did during the day. Since it was a very fulfilling day, we thought of sharing exact details around what all we planned, how we planned, commute, food, breaks and other relevant details. And it would not be exaggeration if I say this day was the best day out of 4 days we spent around Ahemdabad & Vadodara.     So let's start with brief of itinerary we chose, because that defines other things like how to commute and timings to start/end etc.

Recently when we were in Ahmedabad, we were deciding about planning a one day trip from Ahemdabad and come back to the base. We contacted some local friends, travel bloggers and friends who have been to Ahemdabad. After hearing all the thoughts we compiled a itinerary and we were super happy what all we did during the day. Since it was a very fulfilling day, we thought of sharing exact details around what all we planned, how we planned, commute, food, breaks and other relevant details. And it would not be exaggeration if I say this day was the best day out of 4 days we spent around Ahemdabad & Vadodara. 


So let's start with brief of itinerary we chose, because that defines other things like how to commute and timings to start/end etc.

Here is what we planned during the day -   Adalaj Ni Vav Modera Sun Temple Rani Ni Vav, Patan Akshardham, Gandhi Nagar Mahatma Temple, Gandhi Nagar Sunset drive around beautiful Capital of Gujrat   I want to highlight one thing that we went to other places in Patan but didn't find them worth spending time given you are out on one day trip. And later in the post I will also share details what could we have done during the time we wasted at those places. I would say waste is wrong word because that's what is called experience and that's how we are able to share more efficient day itinerary with you today.    When we froze on this itinerary, we started figuring out the commute options and certainly booking a taxi was the best option to have a comfortable and time efficient journey. When we inquired through hotel about the cab we were offered following rates - 300 kilometres minimum in a day (this itinerary was approx 250 km), 10Rs/Km + 200 driver allowance. This makes it minimum 3200 Rs even when we couldn't have made good use to kilometre capacity during the day. There was no such possibility unless we rushed through some of the places.

Here is what we planned during the day - 
  1. Adalaj Ni Vav
  2. Modera Sun Temple
  3. Rani Ni Vav, Patan
  4. Akshardham, Gandhi Nagar
  5. Mahatma Temple, Gandhi Nagar
  6. Sunset drive around beautiful Capital of Gujrat

I want to highlight one thing that we went to other places in Patan but didn't find them worth spending time given you are out on one day trip. And later in the post I will also share details what could we have done during the time we wasted at those places. I would say waste is wrong word because that's what is called experience and that's how we are able to share more efficient day itinerary with you today.

When we froze on this itinerary, we started figuring out the commute options and certainly booking a taxi was the best option to have a comfortable and time efficient journey. When we inquired through hotel about the cab we were offered following rates - 300 kilometres minimum in a day (this itinerary was approx 250 km), 10Rs/Km + 200 driver allowance. This makes it minimum 3200 Rs even when we couldn't have made good use to kilometre capacity during the day. There was no such possibility unless we rushed through some of the places. 

Then we started exploring Ola Outstation and it was offering 9rs/km and charging on the basis of hours which was pretty reasonable comparatively. Ola charges 200rs for driver and some tax which was around 300 Rs. Even then it was not costing that much. We also got 250 rs discount because it was our first Ola outstation. Overall we spent just 2900 Rs during the day and saved 300 Rs over local cabs. Btw, we changed the itinerary on the go, otherwise estimation was around 2500 when we booked Ola Outstation. We have already published a details review about our Ola Outstation experience because in detailed review you know it better what is good & the bad with Ola outstation. Cost is not the only factor when we chose some of these options.     We started just after breakfast from our hotel and it was 8:30am and our first destination was Adalaj ni Vav. We reached there at Adlaj ni Vav in an hour. Till this point from Ahmedabad, our driver was saying there is nothing at Adalaj and was also saying that Sun Temple is MOdera is not active & no-one goes there. There is no provision of prasadm at Sun temple. That's how some of the locals may think about these places but they are worth exploring. Both Adalaj ni Vav and Modera Sun temple are maintained by Archeological Survey of India.

Then we started exploring Ola Outstation and it was offering 9rs/km and charging on the basis of hours which was pretty reasonable comparatively. Ola charges 200rs for driver and some tax which was around 300 Rs. Even then it was not costing that much. We also got 250 rs discount because it was our first Ola outstation. Overall we spent just 2900 Rs during the day and saved 300 Rs over local cabs. Btw, we changed the itinerary on the go, otherwise estimation was around 2500 when we booked Ola Outstation. We have already published a details review about our Ola Outstation experience because in detailed review you know it better what is good & the bad with Ola outstation. Cost is not the only factor when we chose some of these options. 

We started just after breakfast from our hotel and it was 8:30am and our first destination was Adalaj ni Vav. We reached there at Adlaj ni Vav in an hour. Till this point from Ahmedabad, our driver was saying there is nothing at Adalaj and was also saying that Sun Temple is MOdera is not active & no-one goes there. There is no provision of prasadm at Sun temple. That's how some of the locals may think about these places but they are worth exploring. Both Adalaj ni Vav and Modera Sun temple are maintained by Archeological Survey of India. 

After getting down from the car, driver showed us the direction we need to go and as guessed, it was wrong because driver himself had never gone inside the place. After asking around we got to know that entry gate is on the back side of the temple and there is an entry ticket. Entry ticket for Adalaj Stepwell costs 25 Rs per person and there is no extra ticket for camera. Mentioning camera thing because at some of the places in India ASI also charges for camera.

After getting down from the car, driver showed us the direction we need to go and as guessed, it was wrong because driver himself had never gone inside the place. After asking around we got to know that entry gate is on the back side of the temple and there is an entry ticket. Entry ticket for Adalaj Stepwell costs 25 Rs per person and there is no extra ticket for camera. Mentioning camera thing because at some of the places in India ASI also charges for camera. 

We spent some time around Adalaj ni Vav and as time was progressing, more people were reaching here to explore this beautiful stepwell with 5 layers around Ahmedabad city of Gujrat.

We spent some time around Adalaj ni Vav and as time was progressing, more people were reaching here to explore this beautiful stepwell with 5 layers around Ahmedabad city of Gujrat. 

After spending some quality time around Adalaj ni Vav, we started driving towards Modhera Sun Temple. It took around 1.5 hrs from Adalaj ni Vav to Modhera Sun temple. Modhera Sun temple was my personal favourite from the day. There is an entry fees of 40 rs per person for this place and is maintained by Archeological Survey of India.     There is a museum area where sculptures of different gods/shapes from the past are preserved along with details of each artefact preserved.  Apart from this museum and main Sun temple, there is a huge stepwell which is most amazing place surrounded by green lawns and landscapes. We spent around 45 mins around Modhera Sun temple and then headed towards Patan town of Gujrat. Before starting further, we took a quick snacks break. There is a small shop close to the entry gate of Modhera Sun temple.

After spending some quality time around Adalaj ni Vav, we started driving towards Modhera Sun Temple. It took around 1.5 hrs from Adalaj ni Vav to Modhera Sun temple. Modhera Sun temple was my personal favourite from the day. There is an entry fees of 40 rs per person for this place and is maintained by Archeological Survey of India. 

There is a museum area where sculptures of different gods/shapes from the past are preserved along with details of each artefact preserved.  Apart from this museum and main Sun temple, there is a huge stepwell which is most amazing place surrounded by green lawns and landscapes. We spent around 45 mins around Modhera Sun temple and then headed towards Patan town of Gujrat. Before starting further, we took a quick snacks break. There is a small shop close to the entry gate of Modhera Sun temple. 

Rani Ki Vav in Patan town of Gujrat is very special stepwell in this part of the state. It's a 7 storey stepwell with multiple layers. Visitors are not allowed to go beyond a point but one can see whole vav from the top. There is a pathway created around the vav and one can see each level of the stepwell from the top. Words and photographs can't do justice to grandness of this place.     After spending approximately 30 mins around Rani ni Vav in Patan, it was time to check out some of the other recommended places in Patan - Sahastralinga Tank, which is very close to Rani ki Vav, Patan Patola Heritage which is another close-by place. We attempted to visit these places and here is our golden advice to skip all these places unless you have extra time and still want to check out some of these places. Otherwise Rani Ki Vav is the place to explore in Patan and rest can be skipped.     It was also our time to have lunch but we had to go back to the highway to find a decent place to have lunch. There is nothing around Rani ki Vav or Modhera temple for having full meal. Finding a good place for lunch was a little struggle and that's when we realised that we should have kept some stuff to eat.

Rani Ki Vav in Patan town of Gujrat is very special stepwell in this part of the state. It's a 7 storey stepwell with multiple layers. Visitors are not allowed to go beyond a point but one can see whole vav from the top. There is a pathway created around the vav and one can see each level of the stepwell from the top. Words and photographs can't do justice to grandness of this place. 

After spending approximately 30 mins around Rani ni Vav in Patan, it was time to check out some of the other recommended places in Patan - Sahastralinga Tank, which is very close to Rani ki Vav, Patan Patola Heritage which is another close-by place. We attempted to visit these places and here is our golden advice to skip all these places unless you have extra time and still want to check out some of these places. Otherwise Rani Ki Vav is the place to explore in Patan and rest can be skipped. 

It was also our time to have lunch but we had to go back to the highway to find a decent place to have lunch. There is nothing around Rani ki Vav or Modhera temple for having full meal. Finding a good place for lunch was a little struggle and that's when we realised that we should have kept some stuff to eat. 

After a very fufilling day around Modhera and Patan, it was time to head back. Since we had more time, our driver planned to show us Gandhi Nagar, and it's famous Akshardham. We took a round of Akshardham temple and then drove around the beautiful capital city of Gujrat.

After a very fufilling day around Modhera and Patan, it was time to head back. Since we had more time, our driver planned to show us Gandhi Nagar, and it's famous Akshardham. We took a round of Akshardham temple and then drove around the beautiful capital city of Gujrat. 

Towards the end of our Gandhinagar drive, we planned to visit Mahatma temple and by the time we reached there, it was closed. That made me think that we should have gone to Mahatma Temple before Akshardham.    That's how we spent whole day and this is a perfect itinerary for one day trip from Ahmedabad.

Towards the end of our Gandhinagar drive, we planned to visit Mahatma temple and by the time we reached there, it was closed. That made me think that we should have gone to Mahatma Temple before Akshardham.

That's how we spent whole day and this is a perfect itinerary for one day trip from Ahmedabad. 

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