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  This section provides the necessary information to plan your visit to Akshardham - from How to get there to What to do there. Every fact and facility has been categorically arranged for easy access and printout. There's so much to see, to experience. If you are a rushing tourist, you can see parts in half an hour. And if you are the holiday family, there is enough for the whole day.
 
Key Facts
  Akshardham Complex Akshardham:
Indian Cultural Complex
Sector 20, 'J' Road,
Gandhinagar - 382 020, Gujarat, India.
Tel: 91-79-23260001, 23260002
Fax: 91-79-2326 0336
     
  Hari Mandapam Dedicated to:
Lord Swaminarayan on His Birth Bicentenary (1781-1981 CE)
     
  HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj Inaugurated by:
HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Inaugurated on:
Monday, 2 November 1992 CE (during the Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj Centenary Celebrations)
     
  Simbol of Sanstha

Created by:
The volunteers of Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha

Akshardham is a unique Complex that combines art, architecture, education, research, exhibitions and devotion at one place.

Total Akshardham Complex area: 1,004,349 sq.ft ( 93,341 sq.m, 23 acres )
Cultural Complex area: 358,749 sq.ft ( 33,341 sq.m, 8.2 acres )
Cultural Garden area: 645,600 sq.ft ( 60,000 sq.m, 14.8 acres )

     
  What to See in Akshardham:
  Monument Mandir:
Intricately carved, the majestic Monument made of 6,000 tons of pink sandstone is awash with spiritual stillness.
Specifications:
Height : 108 ft. (32.9 m)
Length : 240 ft. (73.1 m)
Width : 131 ft. (39.8 m)
Floor area : 32,427 sq.ft (3,013.7 sq.m )
Colonnade length: 1,751 ft. (534 m) long
     
  Hari Mandapam Hari Mandapam:
7 ft. Gold-leafed Murti of Lord Swaminarayan.
The Monument exudes warmth and peace, and serves as a fountain of peace.
Floor area : 12,997 sq.ft ( 1,207.9 sq.m ).
     
  Vibhuti Mandapam Vibhuti Mandapam:
Revelations of the Lord, displayed in exquisitely-lit brass lotuses.
Each revelation is a deep yet practical treatise on philosophy.
Floor area: 8,033 sq.ft ( 7 46.6 sq.m ).
     
  Prasadi Mandapam Prasadi Mandapam:
Display of holy relics of Lord Swaminarayan.
Floor area: 11,397 sq.ft ( 1,059.2 sq.m).
Visitors to the Monument are requested to remove shoes and observe silence.
   
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  Exhibitions:  Double-walled, air-cooled halls. A large area of walk-through displays create an unforgettable experience of Indian Culture. Total Floor area: 62,023 sq.ft (5,764.4 sq.m )
  Hall 1 - Sahajanand Hall 1 & Hall 2: Neelkanth & Sahajanand: (60 Minutes)
The life of Lord Swaminarayan is experienced through amazing settings and shows.
Floor area: 21,817 sq.ft (2,027.7 sq.m).
Attractions: Travel in time through a video show, Fiber-optics cosmos, Mini Chhapiya village, Journey through India, 3 light & sound shows.
     
  Hall 2 - Sat-Chit-Anand Hall 3 - Mystic India: (45 minutes)
Mystic India rediscovers India, a land of many mysteries and fascinations. A period film set 200 years back in time, it retraces the incredible journey of an 11-year old child yogi, Neelkanth.
Floor area: 9,421 sq.ft ( 875.6 sq.m ).
Attractions: An epic journey into the land and soul of India. This entertaining, educating and enlightening film was made originally in giant screen format.
     
  Hall 3 - Nityanand Hall 4 - Premanand: (60 Minutes)
Walkthrough dioramas and fiberglass figures display the messages of Upanishads, Ramayan and Mahabharat.
Floor area: 30,785 sq.ft (2,861.1 sq.m )
Attractions: Palace of Hastinapur from the Mahabharat, Gurukul in nature's lap, Songs of saint-poets, Harmony of world religions.
     
  Hall 3 - Nityanand Hall 5 - Sant Param Hitkari: (15 Minutes)
A superb audio-animatronics show brings to life the atmosphere, characters and events from over 200 years ago to reveal the key to eternal happiness.
     
  Garden:  
  Garden The Sahajanand Vun is a unique blend of contemplative garden and children's park. Floor area: 645,600 sq.ft (60,000 sq.m, 14.8 acres).
Attractions:
Cultural spots, Rides and games for children, Single-piece marble sculpture of Lord Swaminarayan, Lake and waterfalls, Herbal garden
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  Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show:  
  Garden The Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show reveals India’s ancient secret of inner light through an Upanishadic story of Nachiketa, a nine year old boy, who bravely confronts Yamraaj, the God of Death, and receives from him the knowledge that has made India, a land of enlightenment.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Timings: After sunset
     
  Research Center:  
  Research Center AARSH - Akshardham-center for Applied Research in Social Harmony
A futuristic research center with a rich library, study stations and archives. Accessibility to the library has been reserved for enlisted scholars.
   
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  Facilities:  
  Wheelchairs Wheelchairs:
Free wheelchairs are available on a need-based priority at the main reception counter. One assistant is expected to attend the disabled and return the wheelchair.
     
  Clockroom Baggage:
For security measures baggage is not allowed inside the complex.
     
  Lost or Found Lost or Found:
Claim or report lost property at the main reception counter. The authorities cannot be held responsible for stolen or damaged properties.
     
  Parking Parking:
Ample parking facilities for cars, vans, minibuses, coaches, and other vehicles.
     
  Opinions Opinions:
Suggestions or opinions are welcome at the main reception.
   
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  Disciplines: Please add your care and commitment by voluntarily respecting the following requests and asking your friends and fellow visitors to do so:
  Do Please Do:
  • Assist volunteers and security personnel.
  • Read, study and contemplate the exhibits.
  • Enjoy and preserve the pious atmosphere.
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      Do Not Please Do Not:
  • Film, photograph or take videos.
  • Bring bags, luggage, mobile phones, cameras, radios and other electronic items.
  • Wear disrespectful clothes.
  • Bring eatables inside the premises.
  • Sit or eat on the lawns.
  • Smoke or chew tobacco, or take snuff.
  • Spit in corners or throw litter in the campus.
  • Bring pets..
  • Touch exhibits, commit vandalism, or create graffiti.
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       Timings  
      Timings From Tuesday to Sunday (Closed every Monday)
    Mandir: Daily 9:30a.m. to 7:30p.m.
    Night Lighting : On Saturdays, Sundays.
    Exhibitions : Daily 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.
    Rides & Games : 12:00 noon to 8:00p.m.
    Restaurant : 10:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
       
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       Arrival:  
      Arrival How to get there:
    Akshardham sits in the heart of one of the greenest cities of the world -Gandhinagar, which is located on National Highway 8c. Therefore, Akshardham is accessible from every direction.
    On your way to Jaipur or Udaipur, Dwarika or Somnath, Modhera or Mt. Abu.
    By Road:
    Special buses and cars are provided by the tourism department, government authorities and private services.
    Distance by road from important locations:

    Ahmedabad - 25 km Vadodara - 150 km Jaipur - 604 km Udaipur - 230 km
    Mt. Abu - 190 km Mumbai - 540 km Delhi - 900 km  
    By Air:
    23 km from national and international airports of Amdavad.
    By Railway:
    2 km from Gandhinagar railway station.
    31 km from Amdavad railway station.
       
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       Food  
      Food Visitors are not allowed to carry food inside the premises.
    Pure, fresh vegetarian food and snacks are available at Premvati Refreshments located in Sahajanand Vun. The restaurant caters to a wide variety of traditional dishes and delicacies, both cold and hot. Groups can book snacks and meals in advance.
       
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       Cameras  
      Cameras Photography and videography is strictly prohibited.
         
       Clothings:  
      Clothings Visitors are requested to wear respectable clothes.
    Winter : November to March. Weather is mild and pleasant. Light clothes for the day, a comfortable sweater or shawl for the evening.
    Summer : April to June. Weather is hot and sunny. Light cotton clothes.
    Monsoon : July to October. Rainy season. Umbrellas recommended.
       
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       Donations:  
      Donations Visitors wishing to make donations to the charity work undertaken by this Organization in fields as diverse as education, environment, social relief, medicine, culture and spiritual upliftment are requested to utilize the donation boxes or contact Reception.
       
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       Contacts:  
      Contects Major contact addresses where information regarding Akshardham is available:
    New York:
    Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)
    43-38 Bowne Street,
    Flushing, NY 11355, USA
    Tel: (1-718) 539 5373
    Fax: (1-718) 353 3411
    London:
    Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir (BAPS)
    105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden,
    London NW10 8JP, UK
    Tel: (44-20) 8965 2651
    Fax: (44-20) 8965 6313
       
    Sydney:
    Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS),
    40, Eleanor Street,
    Rosehill, NSW 2142, Australia
    Tel: (61-2) 98972776
    Fax: (61-2) 9637 4470

    Gandhinagar:
    Akshardham', Sector 20, 'J' Road,
    Gandhinagar - 382 020
    Gujarat, India
    Tel: (91-79) 2326 0001, 2326 0002
    Fax: (91-79) 2326 0336

       

    Ahmedabad:
    Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)
    Shahibaug,
    Ahmedabad - 380 004, Gujarat, India
    Tel: (91-79) 2562 5151, 2562 5152
    Fax: (91-79) 2562 4405, 2562 5175

    Kolkata:
    Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)
    61, Chakraberia Road (North), Bhowanipur, Kolkata - 700 020, West Bengal, India
    Tel: (91-33) 2474 9180, 2475 8482
    Fax: (91-33) 24761541
       
    Mumbai:
    Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)
    Swaminarayan Chowk, Opp. Rly. Station,
    Dadar (C.R.), Mumbai - 400 014,
    Maharashtra, India
    Tel: (91-22) 2414 1125, 2414 4000
    Fax: (91-22) 2414 1074
    New Delhi:
    'Swaminarayan Akshardham', N.H. 24,
    Near Noida Mor, New Delhi - 110 092.
    India.
    Tel: (91-11) 2201 6688, 2202 6688
    Fax: (91-11) 2201 5757
       
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