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Kankaria Lake Ahmedabad

Kankaria
calendarDec 31 2017
Kankaria Lake, formerly known as Hauj-e-Qutb, is the second largest lake in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It is located in the south-eastern part of the city, in the Maninagar area. It was completed in 1451 during the reign of Sultan Qutb-ud-Din Ahmad Shah II though its origin is placed in the Chaulukya period sometimes. A lakefront is developed around it, which has many public attractions such as a zoo, toy train, kids city, tethered balloon ride, water rides, water park, food stalls, and entertainment facilities. The lakefront was revamped in 2008. Kankaria Carnival is a week-long festival held here in the last week of December. Many cultural, art, and social activities are organised during the carnival.

The historic lake around an island garden called Naginawadi has been an evergreen outing place for the people of Ahmedabad. Along with the adjoining Zoo, Balvatika, Aquarium and surrounding hill gardens, it offered a complete entertainment centre. Given an expanse of around 4 sq km of permanently filled water body, it has acted as the lungs of the relatively lower income South Eastern part of the city.

From balloon safari and zoo to toy trains and amusement park, Kankaria Lake has it all. You can also just rejuvenate in the garden as life in Ahmedabad city unfolds around you. The ecstatic ambience with high-spirited people is a cherry on the cake. It is perfect for evening strolls with multi coloured lights glowing all around its periphery. For adventure buffs, Kankaria Lake lays down a plethora of options for like archery, gymnastics and water rides. The most beguiling festival- Kankaria carnival is celebrated with immense vim and vigour. And you are wrong if the festival seems only a source of amusement to you! It also provides you with a great platform to showcase your talent in different competitions.

Kankaria Lake Timings and Entry Fee
Kankaria Lake is opened from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all days except Mondays. The entry fee is very nominal. For kids, it is INR 5 per head and for adults, it is INR 10 per head. Senior citizens or handicapped persons are not charged.

Best time to visit Kankaria Lake
Kankaria Lake is always mesmerising at any time of the year but, you should visit in the last week of December when the Kankaria Festival takes place. Evenings provide the best opportunity because you can enjoy the musical fountain and laser light shows.

History
The lake is said to have been built during the Solanki period. There are various versions of its origin. The lake is said to have been built next to the Kanmukhteswar Temple. Another version attributes the lake to the Kankana Devi from which it takes its name. A more popular version, based on the existing plate at the site commemorating this event, it was built by Sultan Kutubuddin Shah in 15th century, with the work completed in 1451. According to this plate, its name is placed as Hauj-E-Kutub. (Pond of Kutub). Whether the lake existed before this and was only widened or deepened in 1452 or whether it was created from scratch at that time is something that still remains unresolved.

Renovation
The central garden and the walkway had been revamped and utilities are enhanced. Upon completion of the renovation the lake was officially inaugurated in a week long event known as "Kankaria Carnival". The inauguration ceremony for renovated Kankaria lakefront was held on December 25, 2008.

Other attractions : Other attractions in the park include Desert Safari, Mirror Maze, Dadu Dayal temple, Natural History Museum, aquarium, football ground, water sports and rides, and open-air theatre.

How to get there
By road : Gujarat has one of the better developed road networks in India. Ahmedabad is well connected with all major cities and towns by road. Prominent bus stops are located at Gitamandir near Kalupur Railway Station and Paldi. Regular bus services are available by Gujarat state transport buses and private operators to all the major destinations of the state.

By rail : The main railway station is located in Kalupur area. This station falls under the prominent national railway circuit and is connected to all major cities of India. If you are on the western side of the Sabarmati river, then you can go to the Gandhigram station near Ashram road to buy your railway tickets easily.

By air : Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport at Ahmedabad is an international airport with direct flights to USA, UK, Singapore, Dubai and other international hubs. Numerous domestic flights are also operational from here.


Kankaria Lake Ahmedabad

Kankaria
calendarDec 31 2017

Kankaria Lake Ahmedabad

Kankaria
calendarDec 31 2017

Kankaria Lake Ahmedabad

Kankaria
calendarDec 31 2017