5 must-visit lakes in and around Ahmedabad for the nature lover in you

5 must-visit lakes in and around Ahmedabad for the nature lover in you

Bookmark these lakes to escape the bustling city for a peaceful retreat in nature's lap.

Ahmedabad is one of India's rapidly-growing metropolises. Along with an extensive industrial set up, the city also boasts a fair share of historical significance. Notwithstanding the swift industrialization the place has undergone, Ahmedabad has managed to retain its sheer natural beauty with a slew of parks, sanctuaries, waterfalls, forests and lakes.

So, here are 5 must-visit lakes in and around Ahmedabad that you need to see to soak in the vibrance natural beauty of the city.

Chandola Lake

Situated on Dani Limda Road, a host of migratory birds like the spoonbill pay this artificial lake a visit. Along with its natural charm, the Chandola Lake in Ahmedabad also has deep connection with India's struggle for independence, being one of Gandhiji's stops on his salt march.

What to do here?

Visit the ornamented grave of Shah Alam located adjacent to the lake or just spend a few moments of serenity walking along this pristine lake, this one's a must visit either way.

Thol Lake & Sanctuary

Near Thol village, at a distance of 40 km from Ahmedabad is this haven for wildlife and nature lovers. Over a hundred years old, this man-made lake is the perfect stop to unwind and breathe in some clean air, away from the cacophonous and noisy city life.

What to do here?

Witness over 150 bird species that call this place home including the sarus crane and flamingo, explore the nearby Thol village and or just sit lakeside, soaking in the breathtaking sunset and sunrise this place is famed for.

Kankaria Lake 

Situated near the Maninagar area in Ahmedabad, Kankaria Lake in Ahmedabad is the go-to for fun-loving folks in the city. Also, there's always some bird or animal species to keep you company on the lakeside, intriguing the nature-lover in you.

What to do here?

Take a boat ride starting at just Rs 20, explore Nagina Wadi, an island within the lake, hop on the toy train or witness the craftsmanship on display at the stone mural park.

Bhakt Kavi Narsinh Mehta Sarovar

Located at the heart of Ahmedabad, the Vastrapur Lake is now known as the Bhakt Kavi Narsinh Mehta Sarovar. The placid waters surrounded by lush greenery and the round path between the two make it a favorite of fitness enthusiasts in the city.

What to do here?

The boat ride along with the open-air theatre make it the perfect choice if you want to spend the day in nature after a busy week of blaring horns and phone notifications.

Nal Sarovar Lake and Sanctuary

Just an hour's drive from the city, the Nal Sarovar Lake near Sanand village is the perfect weekend getaway from Ahmedabad. It is home to more than 200 bird species, including the majestic rosy pelican. The lake also has a watchtower for you to soak in the breathtaking view of this pristine water body.

What to do here?

Head out to the Nal Sarovar Lake with your friends or family for a picnic and don't forget to carry binoculars to witness a slew of majestic migratory birds that pay frequent visits to this lake.

Knock Knock

So, Amdavadis! Are you itching for some daytime fun this weekend? Bookmark these five lakes, pack your bags with some delicious food and make a beeline for one of these parks for a picnic with your loved ones.

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