Arrival Day 2: Day Trip to Akshardham 

Next day we decided to visit the famous Akshardham. The Akshardham temple is built under the BAPS Sanstha which is an religious organization following the teachings of Shri Swaminarayan. We left around 2 ’o’ clock. The temple is 30km from the city center which takes about 45 minutes to cover. It was scorching hot when we reached. So me and my aunt had some juice which we had brought with us from home. But there was no need for that, since there were many lemon soda and sugarcane juice stalls outside, along with chaats, gujarati snacks, and handmade clothes stalls. While entering there was a huge queue, and we had to submit all leather items, wallets, phones, and bags in a locker, before going through scanning. Funny thing my little brother Heman had first time heard the word scanning in his life and heard it in a Gujarati accent, which is a bit like “scenning”.  So after coming out of the queue he told my “scenning” is done in a proper Gujju accent and we were all laughing. Then later we attended the temple which is approximately more than 100 years old and very beautiful with intricate carvings. Outside is a beautiful garden showcasing elephants and idols made from hedges. Inside it was like any normal temple, there was a big idol of ‘shri Swaminaryan’ in the middle. In One corner there were some idols of Hindu Gods and goddesses and in another corner of Indian mystics. On the top floor there was an art gallery on Sri Swaminarayan’s life. All the paintings were original and really beautiful. Then we went to the Exhibition. In the Exhibition there were many paintings, acts, and scenes, telling stories or giving knowledge about the Ancient Indian civilization. Till now we had some 4 hours inside and it was time for the light and sound show which starts at 7 30. When we went to the light and sound show, we were all excited since this is reputed to be the best light and sound show in India. They were narrating one of the masterpieces of the Katha Upanishad. After the show was finished we had dinner in their canteen, which was very diverse in terms of their menu, hygienic, and the food was also good. 

On our way back we saw a place with a lot of lights and stalls so we decided to stop there. The first thing we noticed were the lines of show stalls displaying heels, crocks, sandals, belles, jootis, etc. And so cheap, on average 250-350 rupees a pair, plus it was good quality and really comfortable. Inside there many traditional and western wear shops, again diverse, cheap, and good quality, honestly this place is a fashion haven. BTW, its name is Fashion Street itself. You might not believe me but the fake jewellry stalls were even better. Then we had some chole kulche and Juice, before finally leaving for home.

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