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..is the largest man made lake in the Ahmedabad province of Gujarat. Being a product of the 15th century by a mughal ruler Sultan Kutubuddin, it still is the landmark of Ahmedabad and embarks upon the feeling and zeal of the people of the great city. It through the course of time has seen many a modifications and additions to its collar thereby increasing its tourist attraction. In the due course of time in the post independence era, there was a large zoo constructed and named – ‘Kamla nehru zoological garden‘.It boasts to be one of the best zoos in the western India and hosts to many a species of wildlife. The famous Reuben david had once been for long its curator. It also brings up a decent enough Aquarium comprising many a dozen types of domestic fishes, which few other cities in the surrounding areas lack.
Kankaria, also being in the most populous suburb of the city enjoys of getting more attention (apart from being Mr CM’s home seat), thereby getting an illustrious fun world – ‘Bal vatika‘: which has pieces of Indian art and history, bearing collections of early currencies from 1000 ad., multicultural doll house, model railway house, small exotic bird displays and many a rides thus making it a compact amusement park. Among the other attractions are Naginavadi: a central garden in the centre of the lake with hitech laser and fountain shows and cluster of junk food stalls and restaurants.
Provisions for boating and horse riding are made in and around the premises making it more attractive. New attractions like the circumfereting toy train- ATAL EXPRESS(specially made from UK) and vintage bus service with immaculate lightings of the place and slick marketing has surpassed people’s expectations about the place. Recently enough due to the lakefront development project, which was an intensive and fast track development of the infrastructure in the area alonwith increasing the facilities has proved to scale up the tourism in the place with atleast 25000-30000 people footings a day.
Now foodies like me, have a lot to look out for here. Kankaria is actually as much famous for its junk food as its for its amusement. Mouth watering gujarati dishes like Khichu, Bhel, Kachori, Pakodi, Chana mix, etc to spicy chinese and smacks. It has gross of a places to sit and eat. The only concern if i were any other person is to take care of the places of proper hygiene and prevent excess eating. Apart from these the area also has a Jaldhara water park sharing the compound and round the year football ground which hosts a varied amount of processions and festivals throughout the year ranging from semi annual Circus, dussehra, marriages and many a public exhibitions.
If i were you and were coming to Ahmedabad for the first time, i wouldn’t want to miss out this place. Not because this place has things which are unique, in some ways they aren’t but because it represents the spirit of Ahmedabadi and gujarati in whole.
PS: No exaggeration here about the facts, others’ are just personal opinions. 🙂 If you do plan to come up anytime soon, dont ring me ‘coz i have been here 4 times in the past fortnight!! 😦