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Three perfect trips within driving distance from Ahmedabad

Modhera Sun Temple

MODHERA,Approximately 106 km

Sun Temples are architectural and astrological marvels. The Modhera Sun Temple is one of the few of its kind in India that stands testimony to this brilliance. Built in the 11th century, the stepwell in front of the temple houses several small shrines. You can spend hours decoding the art on the walls and get a glimpse of life in those times

Eat: The cafeteria in the temple premises will take care of your snacking needs.

Stay: Closest city is Mahesana, where you can easily find hotels for a stay

Do: Plan a visit when there is a sound and light show at the Sun Temple. The illuminated sight of the temple is quite spectacular.

Saputara

This quaint hill station nestled in the arms of the Sahyadris is the perfect break from the noisy city life. Saputara literally means abode of the serpents, and interestingly, tribals of the Dang district worship snakes. Just before Holi, the tribals celebrate the Dang Darbar festival, which features traditional dance, musical instruments and jewellery-laden attires. Green vistas and the tribe’s modest cultural heritage make a visit to Saputara complete. For a deeper insight into the Dang way of life, the Saputara Tribal Museum is a perfect starting point. Vansda National Park, Gira Waterfalls, Lake Garden and Sunset Point are other areas you can explore on a relaxed weekend here.

Eat: Most restaurants offer authentic Gujarati fare, from which a thali is a must-try.

Stay: Opt for a cottage, hotel or Gujarat Tourism’s Toran Hill Resort for a comfortable stay.

Do: Get on a cable car for a bird’s-eye view of the entire city or indulge in an exhilarating experience of paragliding on the hillside.

DAMAN

This quaint union territory is best explored by foot. The pretty Bom Jesus Church, the inconspicuous Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary, the magnificent lighthouse and administrative bungalows are worthy reminders of the opulent Portuguese taste. These sights are built inside a fort and take one back to Daman’s rich colonial past

Eat:Try out the fish delicacies made in spicy sauces at restaurants lining up the way to the beaches.

Stay: Take your pick from homestays, star-hotels and resorts

Do: Grab a drink, sit back on the beach and watch the sun paint the sky as it vanishes into the horizon.

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