Akshardham Temple is one of the must visit places in Delhi. You can easily spot this name in almost every must-visit list for Delhi. It has been quite a while I am putting up in NCR and yet I had never visited this temple. The jinx broke when my parents came down to Delhi for New Year celebrations. Me and my sister decided to visit the temple with them.
It was the first day of 2016 and thanks to the odd even rule we decided to take metro and considering we have a complete station dedicated to Akshardham Temple, it was a wise thing to do. We were a little behind our estimated schedule but that generally happens in a big group. I believe in God but I am not an ardent fan of temples but I have to confess that I was awed by the infrastructure and grandeur of this temple. While I loved almost every aspect of the temple there were few things that I wanted to share with all of you, maybe a list of takeaways from the Akshardham Temple. So without further ado here we go:
- From Akshardham metro station you can easily walk till the temple, ignore all the auto drivers who would come running to you for a quick ride till the temple.
- You cannot take anything inside the temple and it includes your handbag, food items, mobile phones, camera or any other electronic devices. It is advised not to carry any of them else you will have to stand in the never ending queues to avail cloak room services.
- If you are going by your own vehicle then leave all your belonging in the your car, just carry some cash with you for refreshments inside the temple. This way you can skip the queue and directly enter the temple.
- Try to make it early as it is generally very crowded on weekends. Last entry is at 6:30 pm. Also be advised that it is closed on Mondays.
- The temple has strict security checks so be prepared for it. Be patient and cooperate with the security team.
- If you are planning with kids then you should know that the queue area of the temple is not very pram friendly. The same is the case with the wheelchairs. It was a little disappointing for me.
- Inside the temple there are many exhibitions which includes Sahajanand Darshan, Neelkanth Darshan and Sanskruti Darshan. I highly recommend the Sanskruti Darshan which is actually a boat ride and it takes you through the ancient Indian history. I was bewildered by the way it was set up and I really felt proud as an Indian to be a part of such enriching history.
- The temple also showcases a water show after sunset. I have seen water shows before and I was sitting thinking it would be just like them but to my surprise it was nothing like what I have seen before. It was a mix of colorful lasers, video projections, water flames and surround sound. From the beginning till the end the show was captivating and you won’t take your eyes off from it even for a minute.
- One reason that you should pay a visit to this temple is to witness the architectural craftsmanship. The carving work, the precision and the clarity will leave you speechless. Every pillar, every dome and every wall was a work of perfection to bits. I was amazed to another levels.
- The entry to the temple is free however you will have to pay for the exhibition and water show tickets. I highly recommend you buy these tickets and enjoy the exhibition and the water show.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Akshardham Temple. If not for any religious purpose then you should definitely visit it for an experience, you can thank me later.
To know more about the temple and entry fee to the exhibitions and water show visit their official website here. All the pictures are taken from the Akshardham Temple‘s website and I am giving due credit for it.