Kankaria Lake, formerly known as Hauz e Qutub, is the second largest lake in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Kankaria Lake is a multisided lake that was built by Sultan Qutab-ud-Din in the year 1451 A.D. It is basically an artificial lake with thirty four sides, which was then used by the Kings to bathe. The lake and the surrounding areas drew families from all over the city as well as its surrounding areas and the sight of families relaxing and enjoying quality time together has never been rare in this landmark. 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.
Kankaria visited by hundreds of visitors was an urban chaos characterized by unclean ghats, traffic Chaos on the 2.4 miles periphery road, unorganized street life including a congested eating area on one corner thriving with street food vendors. The periphery wall was in a dilapidated state, and lake precincts presented somewhat unclean and disorganized environment. Kankaria Lake is one of the most favorite picnic spots of the people of Ahmedabad. Adjacent to the lake, lies a beautiful garden called Nagina Wadi. For people seeking peace, there can be no better place than Kankaria Lake. The pleasing view of the lake, the humming and chirping of birds and the greenery bordering the lake will make you fall in love with this place. You can also avail the boating facility. Kankaria Lake provides a beautiful view of the sunset. There is also a zoo and children’s park located nearby the lake.
Kankaria Lake was built by Sultan Qutbuddin in the 15th century. The work was completed in 1451 CE and was known as “Qutb Hauz” or “Hauz-i-Qutb”. It is a 34 sided polygon with a 1.25 km circuit and steps leading down to the water level. It was used for bathing by the kings. It had a water purification system but it has been lost with the time. At one point of the circular lake, there opens a walkway which later merges into a garden called Nagina Wadi (which means beautiful garden in Urdu) that is located in the centre of the lake.
Kankaria Zoo :
Kankaria Zoo, officially Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden, was established by Rueben David in 1951 spread over 21 acres. It was rated the best zoo in Asia in 1974. With 140 reptiles, 450 mammals, 2,000 birds, the park is a pleasure to visit. Some exotic flora seen in the zoological park are lions, python, anaconda, snakes, elephant, albinos (white), rhesus monkey, peacock, spotted deer, white blackbuck, chinkara, elephants, emu, jungle babbler, bush-quail and common palm civet. Reuben David was awarded Padma Shri in 1974 for it.
Amusement Park :
Netherlands based company installed five rides in the amusement park in 2014. It includes the Boomerang Roller Coaster, the Flipping Arm, the Torching Tower, Disk ‘O’ pendulum and the merry-go-round. It will also have a kids play zone for computer games.
Kids City :
A dream world for the little ones, for the children of the children by the children. Its near to gate no 7 they have fees of Rs 100 for children and for adults. This is a one of its kind place for children offering a unique experience of 18 human activities ranging from wearing the majestic robes of a judge, running police stations or extinguishing fire. It is spread in 4240 sq.metre area having 18 activity centres including banks, fire station, science lab, radio station, police station, court room and prison, dental as well as medical hospital, theatre, BRTS, heritage gallery, town governance, IT centre, News room, ice-cream factory, etc. Parents can register and leave their kids in Kids’ City under the guidance of Supervisors for as long as 3 hours per batch or 9 hours in a day. It is a very educative, extremely exciting, exceptionally interactive and totally safe service that is now available for the first time in India.
Ahmedabad Eye is a tethered balloon ride set up near Kankaria Lake after renovation. India’s first tethered helium christened ‘Balloon Safari’ was inaugurated by Hon Chief Minister Mr.Narendra Modi on 8th September 2010 at Kankaria Lake Front, Ahmedabad. The exhilarating feeling of riding high above the clouds in a hot air balloon is certainly on the bucket list of all adrenaline junkies. The tethered balloon complex spread over 3000 square yard, is divided into four sections including a restaurant, tethered balloon, heritage exhibit and an exhibition displaying the making of the Ahmedabad Eye. Balloon Safari has featured in popular soaps like Tarak Mehta ka Ulta chasma , Chidiya Ghar and various travel channels.
Nagina Wadi :
It is beautiful island in the middle of the lake which houses a small summer palace and a musical fountain.The garden can be accessed by grass-covered looping walkway traversing half of the lake. In this garden, fountain shows are organized during the night hours by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Naginawadi also offers Speed Boat, Jet SKI and Other Lot many Water Sports attractions.
Other attractions include historical Dadu Dayal temple, Natural History Museum, desert safari, aquarium, gardens like One Tree Hill garden, Butterfly Park, football ground, water sports and rides, open-air theatre, Jaldhara water park, boating and small amusement park. It is a good place for yoga, walking, and running, especially early morning. There is also a gym on campus known as Ambubhai Purani Vyayamshala.
The best time to visit Kankaria Lake and Ahmedabad is during the winter months of October to March when the climates is extremely pleasant. It is open on all days from 4:00 am to 11:00 pm.
How to Reach :
By Air : The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport caters to both domestic and international flights to and from Ahmedabad. It is located around 14 kilometres away from the city and is connected to all major cities of India.
By Rail : Ahmedabad’s railway station is well connected to all the cities in Gujarat and major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur and Jaipur with trains running several times in a day.
By Bus : Ahmedabad is the place where all types of transportation systems are planned in a well-connected and strategic method.
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