“ In the eastern suburbs, the Gujarati Hindu Swaminarayan Group’s Akshardham Temple was built in 2005, and is breathtakingly lavish. Artisans used ancient techniques to carve the pale red sandstone into elaborate reliefs, including 20,000 deities, saints and mythical creatures. The centrepiece is a 3m-high gold statue of Bhagwan Shri Swaminarayan.
The complex includes a boat ride through 10,000 years of Indian history, animatronics telling stories from the life of Swaminarayan, and musical fountains. ”
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temple admission free, exhibitions ₹170, water show ₹80
temple 9.30am-6.30pm Tue-Sun, exhibitions 9.30am-5pm, water show after sunset
Allow at least half a day to do the temple justice (weekdays are less crowded). No cameras allowed.