Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi is among the largest Hindu temples in the world. It showcases ancient Indian architecture and traditions, and educates visitors about Hindu heritage and spirituality. “Akshardham” means the home of the supreme god.
The huge temple, or mandir, was built with intricately carved pillars, and nine domes. It is decorated with stone elephants and statues of important figures and divine personalities in Indian history. The temple is made of pink stone and white marble, materials that symbolize purity and peace. It is 141 feet (43 meters) high and 356 feet ( 108 meters) long, sitting on 100 acres (40 hectares).
Learn about the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan through the shows performed in the Hall of Values. The theme of this exhibition is the search for happiness, success and peace of mind. The exhibit includes 3-D and walk-through dioramas that come to life through animatronic technology.
Watch the movie depicting 18th-century India. It was filmed in more than 100 locations across the country, including the peaks of the Himalayas in the north and the shores of Kerala in the south.
Allow time to take the 12-minute boat ride, which gives visitors a visual insight into Indian history. You will sail on a manmade river past models of the world’s first university and laboratories and bazaars.
Yagnapurush Kund, outside the temple, is India’s largest step well. Its center is shaped like an eight-petaled lotus, and its symmetrical geometric forms testify to historical India’s advanced mathematical knowledge. Every evening, a musical fountain show representing the circle of life is displayed at the well.
The temple is closed on Mondays. Entry to the temple is free, but there are small fees for some of the activities. Allow at least half a day to see all the attractions and exhibitions and the large garden. Photography is not allowed inside the temple.
The complex has a car park, lockers and wheelchair accessibility. The temple is a 15-minute drive or 40-minute subway trip from downtown New Delhi.
Situated in New Delhi, this hostel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Raj Ghat. National Children Museum and Max Super Speciality Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km). Akshardham Station is 26 minutes by foot.
This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 3 mi (5 km) of Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and Atta Market. Worlds of Wonder and Raj Ghat are also within 6 mi (10 km). Mayur Vihar Extension Station is 13 minutes by foot and Mayur Vihar 1 Station is 18 minutes.
Situated in New Delhi, this hotel is close to Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Red Fort, and Raj Ghat. Local attractions also include Purana Qila and Max Super Speciality Hospital.