In the month of January, I visited Akshardham in Delhi. My friends had been coaxing me for long to visit this place. I was not able to make up my mind to visit it; but then one day, I decided that I should go. I took the bus from Gurgaon Bus Station to Sarai Kale Khan; and from there, I took another bus heading towards Noida that dropped me near Akshardham. I had to walk a bit before I could enter the sprawling campus of Akshardham.
Later, I noticed that Delhi Metro also has a station near Akshar Dham temple. So, if you want to visit Akshardham, take a metro towards Noida and you can alight at Akshardham Metro Station, which happens to be just outside the campus of the temple.
Once you enter the campus of the temple, you will have to deposit all your belongings in the cloak room, because mobiles, cameras, or even bags are not allowed to be taken inside. Adjacent to the cloak room is a cafeteria where you can eat some snacks, take water bottles or have a cup of tea/coffee.
Once you are ready to move inside, you will be monitored heavily for security checks just like at an airport: a heavy security check is carried out at the entrance of the main campus. After that, you can move freely inside enjoying the vast artifacts, showcasing intricate skills of masonry, architecture, and historic art.
Things to enjoy inside Akshardham Temple:
- Ten Gates:
- Bhakti Dwar
- Mayur Dwar
- Gajendra Peeth
- Yagnapurush Kund & Musical Fountain
- Narayan Sarovar
- Abhishek Mandapam
- Bharat Upvan
- Halls-1,2,3 (tickets apply)–a movie in the Hall-1, another movie in Hall-2, and a 14-minutes boat ride in Hall-3
Timings of opening (Closed every Monday)
April to September–10:00 am to 7:00 pm
October to March–9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Photographic instruments
- Mobile phones, radio, electronic items
- Food items
- Bags and luggage
- Cigarettes, alcohol, tobacco or addictive substance