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Stop At: Swaminarayan Akshardham, Nh 24 Akshardham Setu, New Delhi 110092 India
Morning meet our cyclists guide outside the temple and start cycling around the divine temple. Pass through the green and calm surroundings and also through a newly constructed 14 lane national highway. This highway has got separate cycling lanes with cool breeze blowing in from Yamuna river.
After the cycling expedition ends our guide will take you to a local restaurant for delicious light refreshments with local flavors.
Finally after that our guide will leave you at the Akshardham temple and you can go inside the temple for exploring.
The main attraction of the complex is the temple, which is beautifully decorated with carved statues of dancers, deities, fauna, flora and others. This temple is built with Rajasthani sandstone (pink color) and Italian Carrara marble. This temple holds 234 pillars, 2000 deity statues, nine domes and much more. The temple holds 148 life-size elephant statues that weigh a total of 3000 tons.
The central dome contains the main deity, Swaminarayan. The deity is surrounded by many statues made with a composition of five different metals.
The hall of Values or Sahajanand Darshan features life-like robotic displays of life of Swaminarayan. The hall’s elements teach non-violence, prayers, vegetarianism, morality and others. There are 3D dioramas that uses light and sound effects, music and dialogues. This hall also holds the smallest robot in the world, in the form of Shanshyam Maharaj, the child version of Swaminarayan.
Nilkanth Darshan is the theatre that stages 40-minute film about the pilgrimage undertaken by Swaminarayan. This film is shown in giant screen and IMAX theatres. There is a large bronze statue of a Hindu deity outside the theatre.
The cultural boat ride spans 15 minutes, which includes robots that explains the lifestyle of Indian during vedic period. It also explains the contribution of many eminent people in various fields of study. It also displays the world’s first university, Takshashila. The boat ride then focuses on middle age and then the current modern development.
Yagnapurush Kund or musical fountain is the largest step well in the country. In the morning, the step well is a resting spot for pilgrims. In the evening, a grand water show takes place for 24 minutes with a media that explains the life of a Hindu sage. The musical fountain includes water jets, underwater flames, live actors and others.
Bharat Upavan, the Garden of India is filled with bronze sculptures of various genre like deity, freedom fighters, warriors, national figures and others. Other notable elements of this complex are the sunken gardinene, Narayan Sarovar Lake, Premvati food court and others.
Duration: 2 hours