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“Show of Indian stone crafting”

Swaminarayan Akshardham
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Private Evening Tour of Akshardham Temple with Musical Fountain Show
Ranked #2 of 422 things to do in New Delhi
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Fantastic site to visit - unimaginable architechture, great theme show, diaorama and I max presentation. If any tourist, irresepctive of his religion or creed, has half a day to spare, this is a must see. It is one man's creation in five years totally with voluntary support. A monument which makes every indian proud!
New Delhi, India
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“Show of Indian stone crafting”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Been there few times since it was under construction... Can say temple of Elephants, camera & mobiles are not allowed, nice & clean temple as compare to other Hindu temples in Delhi.. Nice & hygienic food available, Must visit..

Visited February 2013
1 Thank VikramSaini
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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“Best Hindu temple I have ever visited”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Akshardham is a the world's largest comprehensive Hindu temple covering an area of more than 100 acres of land. The temple was developed by Shri Pramukh Swami Maharaj ji with 3000+ volunteers and 7000+ artisans in just 5 years! Visting the temple early morning is a good idea since there is no rush outside the cloak room or in the exhibition areas.
You cannot carry anything in the temple complex except your wallet, yes thats correct - no cell phone, no camera, no bags or purses. Once you have deposited all your valuables in the room (which normally has a huge line) you can buy a guide for 5/- in any Indian language and English to help you navigate the temple.

Once you enter the temple, you are welcomed by the enchanting gate of 5 senses with beautiful fountains and then towards the Mandir. The Mandir is a fusion of pink stone and white marble with over 20000 statues and 234 pillars and towards the bottom, the Gajendra Pith which has 148 scale sized elephants. The main murti in the temple is gold plated murti of Shri Swaminarayan ji and various other gods around the temple like Ram Sita, Shiv Parti.. The ceilings of the temple is so magnificient and breath taking that i stood there for couple of long minutes to admire them. Have not really seen anything so intricate and beautiful in my life.

Next are the beautiful gardens surrounding the mandir all over the complex which is so well maintained. Kids must see Bharat upvan which showcases our radiant history via statues.
Then the exhibitions which need to be paid for - Indians it is a total for 170 and another 30 if you plan to watch the evening musical fountain show. The 3 exhibitions are marvellos but the one i loved the most was the boat ride that takes you through a tunnel and showcases India like a story setting.
Lastly, on the left of the temple is the Yogihriday Kamal which is a beautiful lotus like structure with statues and fountains.
Finally once you are through watching the complex, you can eat at the marvellous food court which serves fresh pure veg food at nominal prices and go home with souvenirs and a BIG SMILE on your face.

I cant believe I have been living in Gurgaon for 6 years and had not seen this marvellous place. A MUST MUST VISIT!

PS: sorry dont have any pics to put up since no cameras are allowed.

Visited February 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Money could have been better spent”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

While this is an extremely beautiful and wonderful example of craftsmanship, it is tainted by the fact that it was built in 2005 at the cost of billions of rupees. I found it difficult to reconcile this with the millions of people in India struggling with poverty.

Visited February 2013
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Los Angeles
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“A Spiritual Disneyland”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Roam with Om makes this our first stop when in Delhi. A real feast for the senses, in a spiritual way! Come early no matter what your taxi says. The cue can be long so be prepared. no phone or electronics allowed. You will be screened so smile through it.
Enjoy every thing it is. Beauty abounds. Than when your eyes are finished looking, close them for a moment look up to your Kuthashna center (Third eye ) and take a quiet moment to connect to your soul. breathe....

Visited April 2012
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“Beautiful site”
Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Its beautiful ..its free...it has no one wanting to bargain or give you a guided tour...only mistake we made we went on a Sunday and waited 45 minutes in line to get through security...can t bring phone food camera cigarettes etc...must wear shorts to the knee will let you bring small purse 4 by 6 inches..but there is a place to check them in another lineup...but it was worth the wait

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