NILKANTH DHAM , POICHA , NEAR VADODARA
A HOLY PLACE WITH KNOWLEDGE AND ENTERTAINMENT
During Diwali Holidays we wanted to go for a day picnic and after searching on Google we decided to visit place named Nilkanth Dham. This place is developed by Swaminarayan Gurukul Rajkot.
This place is located at village Poicha, near Dabhoi in Vadodara district. it is 80 km far from Vadodara city.
For visiting this place there are lots of transportation modes are available like state transport buses from Vadodara is going up to Dabhoi and from there u can hire an auto or share cabs. another option is to hire a cab from Vadodara city for a day. Personal car is much better option to visit this place. Up to Dabhoi road is 4 lane and good, after that there are 2 lane and some places single lane road with an ok condition. It takes almost 90 to 120 minutes with personal car.
Time to visit this place is from early morning to night up to 10 pm. temple opens at 5 am in early morning and close at 10 pm. Best time to visit to enjoy all activities try to reach by 9 am in morning and leave by 7.30 pm in evening.
Management and arrangement are too good in all the areas, now I m giving some information about available things and what to do.
There is huge maintained and managed chargeable parking place for all kind of vehicles with full security.
The system of parking is superb. After parking your vehicle you can enter the campus through very well designed excellent elephant gate.
There is huge food court there with all kind of cuisine at the reasonable rate and on self-service basis. a drawback is that flooring work of food court area not completed so dust is more. The famous one is Kadhi and Khichadi which is available from 4 pm until 9 pm.
There is very nice clean and superb temple. all gods and goddess are there in temple premises. There is also technology display in the temple like you have to pour water into one place and reach to the leg of god.
Around the main temple, there is a nice and clean lake with different gods and display. There is 24 avatar of gods are there in 24 temples. At the lower floor, there is 108 kund of water for taking holy bath.
Outside campus of temple area there is one huge 24-acre exhibition place which is must visit.
It is a combination of religious, technology and art. There is various kind of laser shows related to different holy stories and history, fish aquarium, small bird park, small zoo with dummy animals, one lake for boating, amusement park with different rides. This place is chargeable and costs 140 rs for adult and 80 rs for kids. it takes almost 3 hours to complete total exhibition. It is worth for all and kids get some inputs about our religious also.
In evening there is one show every day. In this show statue of god seat on an elephant and take a round of campus. during that various kind of dances and holy precession join and there are few horses also join in the same. I can say this is a good for enjoyment and entertainment but not good for animals.
You can do a photo shoot at any place without any charges.
I can say that for a half or full day this is a nice place to visit without the tension of anything like parking, food, enjoyment for all age peoples.
Superb place and must visit the same for a day picnic.