Free & Easy Day Trip to Modhera Sun Temple & Rani ki Vav from Ahmedabad

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→ Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Rani ki Vav
→ Explore the Rich History of Gujarat State and Solanki Dynasty
→ Travel by a comfortable Air Conditioned Vehicle
→ Explore Modhera Surya Mandir - A Temple dedicated to the Sun
→ Walk on the footsteps of the Step-well at the Temple
→ Travel with Expert & Friendly Driver-Guide
→ Enjoy a quick visit to Mahudi Jain Temple
→ Relish Traditional Food on the way...
→ Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Rani ki Vav
→ Explore the Rich History of Gujarat State and Solanki Dynasty
→ Travel by a comfortable Air Conditioned Vehicle
→ Explore Modhera Surya Mandir - A Temple dedicated to the Sun
→ Walk on the footsteps of the Step-well at the Temple
→ Travel with Expert & Friendly Driver-Guide
→ Enjoy a quick visit to Mahudi Jain Temple
→ Relish Traditional Food on the way - optional
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Stop At: Mahudi Jain Temple, Mahudi, 382855 India

This derasar, considered to be one of the most sacred Jain pilgrimages, is situated in Mahudi, Mehsana District, and spreads over an area of 2 square kilometers. In ancient times, the place was known as Madhumati. The idols and artistic remains recovered from the ground show that the history of this place is nearly 2000 years old, based on the inscriptions in Brahmi script. Acharyadev Buddhi Sagarsurisvarji was inspired in a dream to install the idol of Ghantakarna Mahavir Dev in 1923 A.D. This idol is considered to have miraculous powers. Thousands of Jain devotees, as well as devotees from other backgrounds, come to receive blessings from this idol.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Rani Ki vav, Near the Patan Highway, 384265 India

The vavs of Gujarat are not merely sites for collecting...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Mahudi Jain Temple, Mahudi, 382855 India

This derasar, considered to be one of the most sacred Jain pilgrimages, is situated in Mahudi, Mehsana District, and spreads over an area of 2 square kilometers. In ancient times, the place was known as Madhumati. The idols and artistic remains recovered from the ground show that the history of this place is nearly 2000 years old, based on the inscriptions in Brahmi script. Acharyadev Buddhi Sagarsurisvarji was inspired in a dream to install the idol of Ghantakarna Mahavir Dev in 1923 A.D. This idol is considered to have miraculous powers. Thousands of Jain devotees, as well as devotees from other backgrounds, come to receive blessings from this idol.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Rani Ki vav, Near the Patan Highway, 384265 India

The vavs of Gujarat are not merely sites for collecting water and socializing, but also simultaneously hold great spiritual significance. They were originally constructed quite simply but became more intricate over the years, perhaps to make explicit this ancient concept of the sanctity of water by carving it out in stone deities. You may thus enter Rani Ki Vav as if it is a subterranean temple.

The steps begin at ground level, leading you down through the cool air through several pillared pavilions to reach the deep well below. There are more than 800 elaborate sculptures among seven galleries. The central theme is the Dasavataras, or ten incarnations of Vishnu, including Buddha. The avatars are accompanied by sadhus, brahmins, and apsaras (celestial dancers), painting their lips and adorning themselves. At water level, you come to a carving of Sheshashayi-Vishnu, in which Vishnu reclines on the thousand-hooded serpent Shesha, where it is said he rests in the infinity between ages.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sun Temple, On Becharaji Highway, Modhera 384212 India

As you enter the historical complex, you first come across the magnificent kund known as the Ramakund, built in rectangular shape containing 108 shrines to various gods and demi-gods. Check out the three main shrines positioned on the three sides of the kund, dedicated to Ganesh and Vishnu and an image of Lord Shiva dancing the ‘tandav’ facing the temple of the sun which covers the fourth side. Various shrines showcasing different mudras are arrayed along the staggered configuration of steps leading down to the base of the ‘Kund’.Try following the rhythmic ups and downs of the steps
Walk up the steps to the ‘Sabha Mandap’ or the assembly and convene with sculpted renderings of twelve ‘Adityas’ (another name for the sun god). The twelve representations carved on the pillars represent the sun according to the twelve months. It is believed that these ‘Adityas’ are the base myth to the temple of sun, the legend imparts Aditya’s to be sons of ‘Aditi’, the goddess of Infinity and the constant within the inter-connectedness of the universe.
If you love listening to stories, make sure you find the purohit or priest who has been taking care of the temple, and stays close to the vicinity. Request him to narrate or explain the tales and sequences from epics and legends which are carved on the 52 pillars adding grace and poise to the temple section. Even if you do not find him around, do go through the carved murals which serve as a virtual encyclopedia of history of communities, lessons in mortality, descriptions of fairs and festivals and rituals of the golden era. If time permits may be you can examine each panel in turn and witness the intricate details encompassing the panels speaking and sharing about their costumes, jewelry, performing arts, erotica and the intensely enigmatic art of making love, medicinal plants, and the pharmacopoeia etched in stone.
After witnessing and traveling across time with the raconteur figurines, a visit to the Garbagruha will definitely feel as a spiritual experience. The statue of the sun god no longer exists and the Suryavanshi Solanki’s have been scattered into the dust of history since a thousand years but still on the day of the Equinox, one can almost hear the chanting of the prayers, the aroma of incense, the tinkling of bells as the sharp, linear rays of the sun illuminate the inner core of life and light.
Do enjoy sitting under those shady trees and feel the tranquility and bliss of being part of the magnificent temple complex of Modhera!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Important Details

Included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Rani Ki vav
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Sun Temple
  • Services of an Expert & Friendly Driver-Guide
  • An Optional Time for Lunch
  • Vehicle Offered: Maruti Dzire/Hyundai Xcent/Nissan Sunny/Tata Indigo/similar AC sedan
  • All Fees and Taxes
Not Included
  • This tour DOES NOT operate on Mondays
  • Anything which is NOT part of Inclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
A complimentary pick up is arranged within Ahmedabad City Limits. It can also be arranged from Ahmedabad Airport, Ahmedabad Train Station and other major transport hubs in the city.

Airports

  • Ahmedabad Airport, Ahmedabad India


6:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.