Gandhinagar is situated about 32 kms. north of Ahmedabad on the west banks of the Sabarmati river. Gandhinagar is the new state capital of Gujarat after Ahmedabad. Gandhinagar forms a striking contrast to Ahmedabad, with big broad avenues and lots of greenery. When the old state of Bombay was divided along the linguistic lines into Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960, Bombay city fell to the share of Mahrashtra. It was then decided to build an entirely new capital for Gujarat. Ahmedabad became the capital of Gujarat and later a new capital city was planned for Gujarat. In the spirit of independence, this new administrative centre was named after the state's most famous son, Mahatma Gandhi as Gandhinagar. As with Chandigarh, Le Corbusier was instrumental in design. The numbered sectors are similarly impersonal. Its construction began in 1965 and the secretariat was moved here in 1970. It is the India's second largest city after Chandigarh. This is where state politicians live in large well fortified houses. Gandhinagar presents the spacious, well-organised look of an architecturally integrated city.
Tourist Attraction in Gandhinagar
The main tourist attraction in Gandhinagar is the Akshardham Temple. The Akshardam temple is one of the famous temple in Gandhinagar. This temple belongs to the wealthy Hindu Swaminarayan Group. The other tourist attractions in Gandhinagar are the Capital Complex, Children's Park, Sarita Udyan and Craftsmen's Village. The Adalaj Stepwell is famous for its unique architecture with a huge artistic edifice and a flight of steps that enables one to reach the water, whatever be its level. The Adalaj stepwell is considered to be the best of all stepwells in Gujarat.