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About Sabarkantha

Sabarkantha – The Region along the River of Sabarmati; which is bounded by Rajasthan state to the North-East, Banaskantha and Mehsana districts to the West, Gandhinagar to the South and Arvalli to the South-East.

TOURIST ATTRACTION

Idar, Polo Forest and Vijaynagar District comprises of 7 Talukas.

HIMMATNAGAR

Administrative Headquarter of Sabarkantha located on the bank of River Hathmati. Also known as Ahmednagar on the name of its founder.

Founder - Ahmedshah I of Gujarat Sultanate

To keep check on Raos of Idar State, Ahmedshah- I founded this town. It is said that – He was so fond of this place that he thought of making it, Capital of Gujarat Sultanate instead of Ahmedabad. Back in time, when the Rao Dynasty took over Idar; Ahmednagar fell into the hand of Raos.

Later on, It was a part of Idar District in State of Bombay from 1947 to 1956; then it was administrative headquarter of Dungarpur District, Rajasthan from 1956 to 1960. Since 1961, it is part of Sabarkantha, Gujarat.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Himmat Singh Fort, Daulat Vilas Palace, Amusement Park

IDAR

Idar is located at Southern End of Arvalli Range, known for the handmade wooden toys, its temples, architectural monuments on hill and its historic background. This place is also remarkable in Gujarat as the hottest place during summer.

Myth

This is the town which is mentioned in Mahabharata and Bhavishottar Puran as ‘Ilvadurg’, which is believed to be in existence since the time of Yudhishthira was ruling over Hastinapur at the end of Kuruksheta War of Mahabharata.

From the Yuga, It was known that – The Possessor of Golden Figure helped Veni Vachh Raj, the ruler of Idar to build the Hill Fort and its reservoirs. His queen was Nagputri, the daughter of a snake-king of the underworld, whither she and her consort betook themselves when queen found that men were mortal.

BACK IN TIME

Idar was ruled by Bappa Rawal by taking over the throne from Bhill Predecessors and then fell into the hand of Parihar Rajput, then Prithviraj Chauhan. After numerous changes of fortune and struggle, it finally went into the hands of Raos.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Fort, Clock Tower, Chaturbhuj Stepwell, Idargadh, Roothi Rani no Mahel, Ranmal ni Chowki, Harishchandra ki Chouri, Ranmaleshwar Lake, Sheela Udyan, Kharadi Bazaar, Rani Talav, Shrimad Rajchandra Vihar, Swaminarayan Temple, Cave temples of Mankaleshwar Mahadev, Khokhanath Mahadev, Dhaneshwar Mahadev

VADALI

Vadali is located 18 kms north of Idar. Currently, it is a small village of Vadali Taluka but in the eleventh century, it was the centre of a large kingdom.

This place is also mentioned by Chinese Pilgrim Xuanzang in his work of Great Tang Records on the Western Regions as O-cha-li, the Chinese way of writing Vadali.

KHEDBRAHMA

Khedbrahma is located on the bank of River Harnav.

Myth

It is believed that Lord Brahma had ploughed the land here to free himself from the impurity on advice of Lord Vishnu. Later on, Vishwakarma built a handsome city on order of Lord Brahma; which is named as Khedbrahma on the name of practice held by Lord Brahma.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Ambika Temple, Brahma Temple and Step well

NOTE

There are only two temples of Lord Brahma in India, One is in Pushkar, Rajasthan and the other is here in Khedbrahma.

VIJAYNAGAR

Vijaynagar is located 35 kms north-east of Idar, known for its Polo forest.

Polo Forest

It is spread in Kalaliyo Hill from the east to Mamrehchi Hill in the west; mostly it is blocked by sunlight throughout the day.

HISTORY

It is believed that Parihar King of Idar established the city under this dense forest in the 10th century and then it was conquered by the Rathod Rajputs of Marwar in 15th century.

Polo word comes from the Marwari word of Pol, means Gate. That is the reason why Polo City is also known as ‘Gateway to Rajasthan’ as it stands near the border of Rajasthan

POINTS OF INTEREST

Polo Monument, Vireshwar Temple, Sharneshwar Temple and forest Itself.

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Asha Travels
Address : At & Po : Vasai Taluka : Idar, Opp. Hanuman Mandir. At & Po: Badoli (Tal : Idar) Phone No : 9825641930, 9925578930

Badoli, Idar, Sabarkantha

Shree Sadguru Travels
Address : Amar Complex, Station Road, Satyam Char Rasta, Idar Phone No : (02778)253075, 9427060313

Idar, Sabarkantha

Sardar Travels
Address : Shop No. 1, Hing Wala High School, Opp. Arman Theatre, Bhiloda Road, Badoli Phone No : (02778)231300, 9408508720, 9879779551

Badoli, Sabarkantha

National Travels
Address : Samruddhi Complex, 1st Floor, Nr. Lic Office, Nyay Mandir, Himmatnagar-383001 Phone No : (02772)246617, 9825264572, 9227590577

Himmatnagar, Sabarkantha

Shri Krishna Tours & Travels
Address : 15, Dwarkesh Complex, Opp. Yamaha Show Room, Motipura, Himmatnagar-383001 Phone No : (02772)229300, 9879953135, 9426653135

Himmatnagar, Sabarkantha

Shree Arbuda Travels
Address : 111, Tulsi Complex, Nr. Canak, Motipura, Himmatnagar-383001 Phone No : (02772)229101, 9428313600, 9727615300, 9828289212

Himmatnagar, Sabarkantha

Gurukrupa Travels
Address : Opp. New Police Station, Above Nilam Auto Parts, Ambaji Highway , Idar. Phone No : (02778)253578, 9879576415, 9925675786

Idar, Sabarkantha

Shree Umiya Travels
Address : 3, Katchi Samaj Wadi, Opp. Town Hall, Satyam Char Rasta, Ambaji State Highway, Daljit Nagar, Idar-383430 Phone No : (02778)251124, 9427366414, 9925447040, 9428331888

Idar, Sabarkantha

Nil Kamal Travels
Address : Hathmati Complex, Opp. Lion's Garden, Nyay Mandir, Himmatnagar-383001 Phone No : (02772)240802, 9099197397, 9426032503

Himmatnagar, Sabarkantha

Shree Radhe Tours & Travels
Address : 72, Ratna Sagar Complex, Himmatnagar Co Op. Gin , Himmatnagar-383001 Phone No : (02772)255133, 9429153604, 9427058007, 9825349454

Himmatnagar, Sabarkantha

Surani Travels
Address : Opp. Kachchi Samaj Wadi, Idar Phone No : 9825827706, 9925652725

Idar, Sabarkantha

Shakti Tours & Travels
Address : Tulsi Complex, 1st Floor, Nr. Sauraashtra Farshan, Motipura, Himmatnagar Phone No : (02772)254178, 9427689921, 9558476597

Himmatnagar, Sabarkantha

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