Gandhinagar is the capital city of Gujarat established as a modernized twin city for Ahmedabad. It was visualised as a planned city along the lines of New Delhi, Chandigarh and Bhuwneswar. Located in the banks of river Sabarmati, the city is the administrative centre of Gujarat. It does not seem to be a prudent concerted effort of creating Gandhinagar a knowledge hub by establishing several educational institutions of national and international repute, but it happened in sinusoidal phase during last one century or less.
Gandhinagar city is a head centre of the Gandhinagar District and Capital of Gujarat State. The district includes four talukas – Mansa, Kalol, Dahegam and Gandhinagar. All kinds of head offices of state government, secretariat of all departments, offices and residents of minister’s legislative assembly, residence of governor and other important offices are situated in Gandhinagar. Moreover, sectors 30 have been for quarters and private residences of government servants, who belongs to all communities.
In the 13thcentuary, king Pethasinhof Pethapur, ruled over Shertha town. After the death of Pethasinh, the Sultanate of Patan used this land as battle ground. Sultan Ahmed Shah decided to move his capital from Patan to a new city, and built Ahmedabad. In 1960, Bombay State was split in two different states, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Ahmedabad became capital of Gujarat, and a new capital city was to be built on land which was once part of Pethapur state. The new capital city was planned by Chief Architect H. K. Mewada, educated at Cornell University, and his assistant Prakash M Apte. Both had worked as trainees under legendary architect Le Corbusier in the Chandigarh Project in the 1950s. Gandhinagar’s streets are numbered and have cross streets named for letters of the Gujarati alphabet. All streets cross every kilometre and at every crossing traffic circles decrease the speed of traffic.
Education Institute in Gandhinagar
Several courses collages are there in the Gandhinagar like professional degree course, such as law, engineering, medicine etc. Government of Gujarat has Developed Knowledge Corridor in Gandhinagar Region. Maximum Institutes are available in Gandhinagar region. There are all streams colleges & institutes available in city including major part of national & international institutes & universities in Gujarat, they are KadiSarvaVishwavidyalaya, Gujarat National Law University, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat Institute of Solar Energy Gandhinagar, DhirubhaiAmbani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bhaskaracharya Institute of Geo – Informatics, PanditDeendayal Petroleum University, Government Engineering College, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Unitedworld School of Business, Institute for Plasma Research, School of Petroleum Technology, Industrial Training Institute.
- Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar is a temple built of pink stones with carvings. It is surrounded by gardens and fountains.
- GIFT City Tower: This state-of-the-art, 28-storied structure is the first tower to bebuilt within the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) that is being planned as a global hub for financial services. Over 215,000 square feet of glass, about 7000 metric tonnes of steel and 50000 cubic metres of concrete have been used to build the state’s tallest building, which was completed in 14 months and inaugurated by former Chief Minister NarendraModi in January 2013
- AdalajStepwell, 18 km south of Gandhinagar. The well was built in 1499 A.D. by Queen Rudabai. The step well or Vav, as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is several stories in depth. The designs on its walls and pillars include, leaves, flowers, birds, fish and other ornamental designs.
- SaritaUdyan, on the bank of River Sabarmati is a garden with a view of the river. It has a botanical garden.
- Deer 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. Snake Park contains various local snakes available in and around Gujarat. Birds are free to fly in a big enclosed bird park. There is an aquarium.
- Mahatma Mandir: The Mahatma Mandir is located at sector 13. It is named as Mahatma Mandir but is not a temple. It is exhibitory area of the economic and industrial development of the state similar to that of PragatiMaidain in New Delhi.
- Children’s Park in Sector-28: Children’s Park is a major attraction for children and holiday makers. The children’s park has a mini train and a lake with boating facilities. It also in house an amusement park/tricycle ground for children as well as adults with amusement rides like moon walker, brake dance etc.
- Punit Van, a botanical garden in sector 19 is a garden containing a fusion of Botanical Garden depending on Zodiac Signs and an Amphitheatre. Chinese Kung fu is taught in Gandhinagar. That is first time in all over India.
- Craftsmen’s village in Pethapur
- GH-4 Circle and Central Vista
- Rupal Village, known for “Palli: Rath of MaaVardayini”. It is celebrated on the 8th day during “Navaratri” festival. It has its own charm when you see the “Palli” pass through the village streets. People come from all over the country to get the blessings of MaaVardayini. “Palli” is made of wood of tree Khijada and prepared on the same day, which is poured on the Palli by the Devotees in huge amount. Gathering of devotees on the festivals is approximately above 500,000 and is growing year by year.