The pilgrim's haven
Danta Ambaji Tourism
Ambaji is a small pilgrimage town in Gujarat, located in the Danta Taluk and the Banas Kantha district. It crowns the Arusur hill which is on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Its prestige is derived from the famous Hindu temple, Ambe temple, that worships the goddess Amba. She is perceived as one of the forms of Parvati and is a symbol of female power. The Ambe temple is one of the most ancient and respected temples of the country. Countless legends and stories surround it. The journey to Danta Ambaji is a spiritual one and it takes visitors closer to god. It arouses not only faith but also devotion in the hearts of the visitors. Truly, Ambaji is the devotees' and worshippers' haven. A visit to Ambaji has great moral significance. One must also visit the nearby Gabbar hills that provide a picturesque view of the greenery and forests of Gujarat through an exciting ride in a cable car. Danta Ambaji is one of the most unique places in Gujarat that combines all aspects to make the perfect place.
Geography and climate
Ambaji is strategically surrounded by the Aravllis hills on all sides. The town itself is located on the top of a hill range, locally known as the Mewat hills. It is at an altitude of 480 metres (1570 feet).
Ambaji enjoys all kinds of seasons throughout the year. It lies above the tropic of cancer, thus being a part of the temperate zone. During the summer season, approximately from April to June, the temperature fluctuates between 46 and 26 degrees celsius. During winters, between October and January, the temperature ranges between 6 and 36 degrees celsius. The monsoon season, that enriches the greenery of the region, sees an average rainfall of about 25 to 30 cm each year.
According to the data provided by the 2011 census of India, Ambaji has a population of about 17,700 people. Out of these, approximately 9100 are males and 8600 are females. The literacy rate is about 78% in the town.
Religion based history
Ambajo comprises one of the fifty one ancient "shaktipeeth" sect temples of India. It holds great religious importance. There is no idol in the temple but a caved-in, gold-plated yantra which consist of 15 Bij script letters. This Yantra cannot be photographed and furthermore, visitors can only worship it, after tying a bandage on thier eyes.
Top things do in Danta Ambaji
How to reach
Ambaji is poorly connected through airways but has mediocre connectivity through road and bus. Tourists are recommended to travel to Ahmedabad and take a private taxi till Ambaji.
How to Reach by Flight
Danta-Ambaji does not have an airport. The nearest airport is Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad (179 km). Ahmedabad airport is connected to all major cities of India.
How to Reach by Train
Danta-Ambaji does not have a railway station. The nearest railway station is Abu Road Railway Station (23.9 km).
How to Reach by Bus
The village is well-connected through bus service and can be reached from any part of the state. The temple is approximately 1km away from the bus stop. Buses run to and fro from Ahmedabad, Palanpur and Surat.
How to Reach by Road
Danta-Ambaji can be reached through NH-14 as well as state highways. It is 4 hours by road from Ahmedabad (161 km), 5 hours from Baroda (266 km), 7 hours from Rajkot (346 km), 7 hours from Surat (420 km), 12 hours from Mumbai (681 km) and 14 hours from Pune (813 km)
How to travel within
Since Ambaji is a viillage, there are almost neglible distances. Most travellers would prefer to move about on foot. Tourists who are not accustomed to walking or unable to walk may prefer auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws.
Danta Ambaji is primarily a religious town. Thus, it attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees from around the country. Due to the high numbers in which people pour in, the accomodation is the town is very good. Multiple hotels and inns can be found within a 2 km radius from the Ambe temple. The options are seemingly limitless. However, in peak season, especially during the navratri period, it is recommended that booking is done before hand. Followingis a list of some of the reputed hotels in Danta Ambaji:
Ambaji has food options that make the mouth water!
- If you want to try some local delicacies from Gujarat- Dhokla, phaphda, khakra, thepla etc. as well as Rajasthan - Dal-bati-churma, missi roti etc. then do not miss Kailash Dining Hall, Gormeh Thaal and Ambaji Bhojnalay. Food is served in convential style here and one can have the real desi experience here. As they say, "When in Rome, be Roman!"
-If you are a "chaat person" then Ambaji has that ready for you too! Countless chaat bhandars and outlets are there on every turn. Try Darshn Sweet Mart, Karnavati Dabeli, Shailesh Nasta house and Manpasand Nasta centre for some amazing chaat!
-If you are interested in a place that has a lot of variety, then be sure to have a meal at Tulsi Restaurant and Hotel Moonlight. Filled with spices and special masalas, food here will make you want more and more
-If you are tired after a long day of visiting and do not wish to go out for a meal, fret not, for Ambaji has food retail outlets like Dominos that can deliver right at your hotel door.
The town has State Bank of India, HDFC bank, Bank of Baroda and Dena Bank, all with ATM facilities.
Danta Ambaji Itinerary
Arrival (check into hotel)
- Visit the Ambe temple (stop for lunch)
- Travel in cable cars to the Gabbar hills (return to hotel and have dinner)
Departure (check out of hotel)