Get spiritual and holy in this beautiful little town in Gujrat. Ambaji temples, especially the Jain temples are said to be very sacred.
Merged aesthetically in the backdrop of the elegant Arasur Hills, the holy town of Ambaji in the state of Gujarat is one of the most venerated places in India. Ambaji is dotted with several temples and shrines dedicated to various sects of Hindu religion. Unlike other pilgrim centers Ambaji is surrounded by dense forests of the Aravalli Ranges, giving visitors the perfect blend of devoutness and nature tourism.
Ambaji is blessed with moderate climate with hot summers. The best times to visit Ambaji are during the months of October to February with the temperature hovering between 10-25°C.
Once you’ve landed in Ambaji, the first place to visit is the
magnificent shrine of Ambaji Mata. The sanctity of the deity is so great
that any pilgrim should spend atleast half a day here. The temple is
believed to be one of 51 Shakti Peethas and is several centuries old. A
peculiar aspect about Ambaji Temple is that the sanctum sanctorum does
not have an idol of Ambe Mata; instead it is graced by a triangular
Vishwa Yanthra. Another peculiarity which adds to the mystique of Ambaji
temple is that devotees are not allowed to have ‘Darshan’ of the deity
with naked eyes. The temple is at its extravagant best during
Navarathri, with the entire town celebrating the Lok Mela vibrantly.
After visiting Ambe Mata temple, relax for a while in the afternoon and
go to the Kumbhariya Jain temples. Believed to be almost 900 years old,
these temples are dedicated to the five Jain Theerthankaras. Wake up
early next morning, freshen up and head to Gabbar Hills, located
south-west to the Aravalli Range and 3km away from Ambaji city. Believed
to be the original Shakti Peeth of Ambe Mata, the shrine atop the hill
houses the sacred footprints and chariot wheel marks of the Goddess. To
reach the shrine, you can either climb 999 steps upto the hills or
travel by a trolley. Visiting this spot will take half of your day
mostly. Day two evening is ideal time to go hunting for souvenirs like
Pashmina stoles, brassware jewellery, traditional paintings done on palm
leaf, silk, ceramics and gorgeous silk saris.
Ambaji is well-connected by roads and is 180km away from Ahmedabad, 45km
from Mt Abu and 65km from Palanpur. The nearest railhead is located
20km away from Ambaji at Abu Road Station which is connected to almost
all the major cities in India. The nearest airport is Sardar Vallabhai
Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad. You can directly proceed to
Ambaji from the airport by taking a taxi.
Since Ambaji is a renowned pilgrim center, visitors will have no problem in finding an accommodation which suit their needs and budget. The Ambe Mata temple is surrounded by plenty of private hotels, guesthouses and dharamshalas which are furnished with all facilities for a comfortable stay. Traditional Gujarati meals and breakfast is the main cuisine served in Ambaji.
Planning Your Trip
After paying respects at all the pilgrim spots, you can unwind on day three by going on a fascinating safari trip through the deep forests of the Arasur Hills and finally board your vehicle to home. These forests are also home to the ethnic Bhil and Garasia tribal communities. A trip to Ambaji can be ideally completed in 3 days and 2 nights with the total cost of tour amounting to 5250 INR per individual. So pack your bags and head to Ambaji to experience the most peculiar form of pleasures!
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