Cultural Garden area:645,600 sq.ft ( 60,000 sq.m, 14.8 acres )
Akshardham: Indian Cultural Complex Sector 20, 'J' Road, Gandhinagar - 382 020, Gujarat, India.
Dedicated to: Lord Swaminarayan on His Birth Bicentenary (1781-1981 CE)
Inaugurated by: HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj Inaugurated on: Monday, 2 November 1992 CE (during the Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj Centenary Celebrations)
What to See Akshardham:
Mandir: Intricately carved, the majestic Monument made of 6,000 tons of pink sandstone is awash with spiritual stillness. Specifications: Height : 108 ft. (32.9 m) Length : 240 ft. (73.1 m) Width : 131 ft. (39.8 m) Floor area : 32,427 sq.ft (3,013.7 sq.m ) Colonnade length: 1,751 ft. (534 m) long
Hari Mandapam: 7 ft. Gold-leafed Murti of Lord Swaminarayan. The Monument exudes warmth and peace, and serves as a fountain of peace. Floor area : 12,997 sq.ft ( 1,207.9 sq.m ).
Vibhuti Mandapam: Revelations of the Lord, displayed in exquisitely-lit brass lotuses. Each revelation is a deep yet practical treatise on philosophy. Floor area: 8,033 sq.ft ( 7 46.6 sq.m ).
Prasadi Mandapam: Display of holy relics of Lord Swaminarayan. Floor area: 11,397 sq.ft ( 1,059.2 sq.m). Visitors to the Monument are requested to remove shoes and observe silence.
Double-walled, air-cooled halls. A large area of walk-through displays create an unforgettable experience of Indian Culture. Total Floor area: 62,023 sq.ft (5,764.4 sq.m )
Hall 1 & Hall 2: Neelkanth & Sahajanand: (60 Minutes) The life of Lord Swaminarayan is experienced through amazing settings and shows. Floor area: 21,817 sq.ft (2,027.7 sq.m). Attractions: Travel in time through a video show, Fiber-optics cosmos, Mini Chhapiya village, Journey through India, 3 light & sound shows.
Hall 3 - Mystic India:(45 minutes) Mystic India rediscovers India, a land of many mysteries and fascinations. A period film set 200 years back in time, it retraces the incredible journey of an 11-year old child yogi, Neelkanth. Floor area: 9,421 sq.ft ( 875.6 sq.m ). Attractions: An epic journey into the land and soul of India. This entertaining, educating and enlightening film was made originally in giant screen format.
Hall 4 - Premanand: (60 Minutes) Walkthrough dioramas and fiberglass figures display the messages of Upanishads, Ramayan and Mahabharat. Floor area: 30,785 sq.ft (2,861.1 sq.m ) Attractions: Palace of Hastinapur from the Mahabharat, Gurukul in nature's lap, Songs of saint-poets, Harmony of world religions.
Hall 5 - Sant Param Hitkari: (15 Minutes) A superb audio-animatronics show brings to life the atmosphere, characters and events from over 200 years ago to reveal the key to eternal happiness.
The Sahajanand Vun is a unique blend of contemplative garden and children's park. Floor area: 645,600 sq.ft (60,000 sq.m, 14.8 acres). Attractions: Cultural spots, Rides and games for children, Single-piece marble sculpture of Lord Swaminarayan, Lake and waterfalls, Herbal garden.
Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show:
The Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show reveals India’s ancient secret of inner light through an Upanishadic story of Nachiketa, a nine year old boy, who bravely confronts Yamraaj, the God of Death, and receives from him the knowledge that has made India, a land of enlightenment. Duration: 45 Minutes Timings: After sunset
AARSH - Akshardham-center for Applied Research in Social Harmony A futuristic research center with a rich library, study stations and archives. Accessibility to the library has been reserved for enlisted scholars.
Wheelchairs: Free wheelchairs are available on a need-based priority at the main reception counter. One assistant is expected to attend the disabled and return the wheelchair.
Baggage: For security measures baggage is not allowed inside the complex.
Lost or Found: Claim or report lost property at the main reception counter. The authorities cannot be held responsible for stolen or damaged properties.
Parking: Ample parking facilities for cars, vans, minibuses, coaches, and other vehicles.
Opinions: Suggestions or opinions are welcome at the main reception.
Please add your care and commitment by voluntarily respecting the following requests and asking your friends and fellow visitors to do so:
· Assist volunteers and security personnel.
· Read, study and contemplate the exhibits.
· Enjoy and preserve the pious atmosphere.
Please Do Not:
· Film, photograph or take videos.
· Bring bags, luggage, mobile phones, cameras, radios and other electronic items.
· Wear disrespectful clothes.
· Bring eatables inside the premises.
· Sit or eat on the lawns.
· Smoke or chew tobacco, or take snuff.
· Spit in corners or throw litter in the campus.
· Bring pets..
· Touch exhibits, commit vandalism, or create graffiti.
From Tuesday to Sunday (Closed every Monday) Mandir: Daily 9:30a.m. to 7:30p.m. Night Lighting : On Saturdays, Sundays. Exhibitions : Daily 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. Rides & Games : 12:00 noon to 8:00p.m. Restaurant : 10:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
How to get there: Akshardham sits in the heart of one of the greenest cities of the world -Gandhinagar, which is located on National Highway 8c. Therefore, Akshardham is accessible from every direction. On your way to Jaipur or Udaipur, Dwarika or Somnath, Modhera or Mt. Abu. By Road: Special buses and cars are provided by the tourism department, government authorities and private services. Distance by road from important locations:
Ahmedabad - 25 km
Vadodara - 150 km
Jaipur - 604 km
Udaipur - 230 km
Mt. Abu - 190 km
Mumbai - 540 km
Delhi - 900 km
By Air: 23 km from national and international airports of Amdavad. By Railway: 2 km from Gandhinagar railway station. 31 km from Amdavad railway station.
Visitors are not allowed to carry food inside the premises. Pure, fresh vegetarian food and snacks are available at Premvati Refreshments located in Sahajanand Vun. The restaurant caters to a wide variety of traditional dishes and delicacies, both cold and hot. Groups can book snacks and meals in advance.
Photography and videography is strictly prohibited.
Visitors are requested to wear respectable clothes. Winter : November to March. Weather is mild and pleasant. Light clothes for the day, a comfortable sweater or shawl for the evening. Summer : April to June. Weather is hot and sunny. Light cotton clothes. Monsoon : July to October. Rainy season. Umbrellas recommended.