5. KANKARIA LAKEKankaria Lake is one of the most beautiful places to visit with family and friends. It is the largest lake in Ahmedabad, India. There are many public attractions like the zoo, water parks and other entertainment facilities. One day or the other cultural and art festivals take place for the people where you can get a chance to taste the exotic Gujrati cuisine and have fun with family.
Kankaria LakeThis historic lake dates back six centuries! The man-made lake was created on the behest of Sultan Qutb-ud-Din Ahmad Shah II, the ruler of the Gujarat Sultanate from 1451 to 1458. There are a number of activities to choose from here, including a zoo, a natural history museum, a toy train, an aquarium and a butterfly park. Those interested in the history of India must check put the Dutch Cemetary located close by on the One-Tree-Hill Garden. You can find 49 Dutch and Armenian graves replete with cenotaphs and pyramid tombs.Opening hours for Kankaria Lake: Daily, 9 am - 6 pm
After having a peaceful walk in Riverfront, we straightway went to the Kankaria Lake, almost the fun zone. It has many public attractions like zoo, toy train, kids city, balloon ride, water rides, food stalls and many more adventures. The colorful lights adds glam to the beautiful lake. Its almost of 2 km shore length. The steps made to sit and enjoy gives access to the water. The garden named Nagina Wadi, placed at the center of the lake is connected via pathway. The beautiful fountains mesmerizes the view. With all this we ended our day.
Kankaria Lake, in Maninagar of Ahmedabad, was earlier known as Hauj-E-Kutub, is the biggest lake in Ahmedabad. The Lake is huge round shaped with all sorts of attractions around the perimeter of the lake. During the time of kings, this lake served as the bathing place for all the badshah's. Built by Sultan Kutubuddin in the 15th century, this lake consisted of a water purification system. The lake is circular, however, at one point it opens into a walkway, which leads to a garden called Nagina Wadi.Near the lake, there is a gym called Ambubhai Purani Vyayamshala. Today, this man-made lake is a popular picnic spot with lighted walkways and various food corners. This lake is located in the southern part of the city in Maninagar area. You can enjoy various things all together, starting from the zoo, water sports, mini train, butterfly park, etc. The entry fee was 15Rs per person. We enjoyed the thrill of speedboat ride (Rs 130/person) suitable for all ages. The train ride was also great - about 15 minutes, costing Rs 30/ person.
We next headed to Kankaria Lake which was close, and walked through the lake. Saw the sunset there, and then we got out. After buying some Gujarati snacks from there we again boarded a bus back to station. And then took a train back home.Total cost- Rs. 3000-5000 per head (depends if you travel in Sleeper class or AC 3.)Places seen- Ahmedabad, Somnath, Dwarka.