The important feature worth mentioning about the temple is the temple’s location. It is located on the Tropic of Cancer line. Even though the line of cancer is moving every year, but this place is between the minimum and maximum range. Being on the line of cancer, during the summer solstice the sun shines directly on top of the temple, casting no shadow.
It has withstood the test of time and many attacks, still it stands tall and bears testament to our rich and glorious past. The Modhera Sun Temple architecture is stunning and a sight to behold. Many of the sculptures are defaced by the invaders, but still the temple with its remaining carvings and sculptures is worth visiting.
Best Time to Visit
Summers are hot and humid in Western India. Therefore, it is always advisable to plan your travel in these regions around winter months, between October to March. During this time the weather is pleasant and more enjoyable. If you are visiting this place during summer time, still don’t worry, there are a lot of trees and greenery around the temple complex to cool down and relax. You can also plan your trip around Modhera Dance Festival. Gujarat Tourism Corporation hosts the Modhera Dance Festival every year for three days in the 3rd week of January after the kite festival of “Uttarayan”. This unique dance festival showcases Indian classical forms of dance and music from various regions of India along with various acts. The program is usually scheduled at night and celebrated against the gorgeous setting of the Sun Temple beautifully lit in the background.
How to get to Modhera Sun Temple
The nearest airport is that of Ahmedabad. So, you will have to fly into Ahmedabad first and then take a bus/train/taxi from there.
The most preferred travel option is by road. You can hire a private taxi from Ahmedabad. We booked a private taxi for full day and visited Modhera and Patan on the same day. The journey takes about 2 hours one-way. if you are traveling by your own car, there is plenty of parking space outside the temple premises.
State transport buses run frequently between Ahmedabad and Modhera and are less expensive than taxis. Check GSRTC website to book your bus tickets.
You can also take a train to Mehsana, which is the closest railway station on the main line around 25 km away. Then you can board a taxi or a bus to get to the temple.
Modhera Sun Temple tickets and timings
Modhera Sun Temple ticket purchased on site is ₹ 25 for Indian citizens and ₹ 300 for foreigner. Tickets purchased online with particular date and time, the entrance fee is ₹ 20 for Indian citizens and ₹ 250 for foreigner. You can purchase online ticket at https://asi.payumoney.com (select Vadodara city for Modhera sun temple). There is no additional fee for Photography inside the Temple premises. The temple is open every day between 7 AM to 6 PM.
There is also a museum in the premises that is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. The museum is open between 10 AM to 5 PM every day except for Fridays and public holidays. There is no additional charge for visiting the museum. Washrooms are located next to the museum.