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The following tourist attraction are located in & around DSIR are as follows-

Ahmedabad City
If you are braced to taste the mystifying paradox that India can serve up, than a visit to its megacity, Ahmedabad, comes as a prescription. Nestled in the heart of Gujarat, this zesty city provides one with a generous buffet of stimulation that swears to enliven all the five senses. A day here is like living through an enigmatic and passionate dance between the old and the contemporary, the virtuous and the ruthless, the peaceful and the chaotic, the artistic and the crude, the spiritual and the material.
If you are braced to taste the mystifying paradox that India can serve up, than a visit to its megacity, Ahmedabad, comes as a prescription. Nestled in the heart of Gujarat, this zesty city provides one with a generous buffet of stimulation that swears to enliven all the five senses. A day here is like living through an enigmatic and passionate dance between the old and the contemporary, the virtuous and the ruthless, the peaceful and the chaotic, the artistic and the crude, the spiritual and the material

But these very opposites often carry many visitors to such thresholds, that after a point, they find themselves immersed in the innate spirit of this enchanting place. Many who came here have never left. It is not because this city is perfect. Far from it. But it is because this city lives from the ‘heart’ and one can feel it. If you can scratch through the surface of the smog, than you'll begin to experience its raw aesthetic energy and irrepressible spirit. One end the noise of industrial growth and readily sprouting malls will amaze you and on the other end the serenity of the Gandhi ashram on the banks of the Sabarmati river will calm you. The elite educational institutions might impress you, and the unbreakable spirit and hospitality of the people residing at the grassroots might humble you. The traffic will flummox you, but hopefully the art and culture will refresh you.

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Lothal City
Location: 80 kms from Ahmedabad
Highlight: One of the most important archaeological sites
Situated at a distance of 80 kms from Ahmedabad, Lothal city is one of the well known cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Lothal in Gujarat is one of the primary sites of archaeology. Though, it was discovered in the year 1954, but its excavation work began on the February 13, 1955, which continued till May 19, 1960. It was done by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Read on to know more about Lothal in India.
Lothal has enjoyed the status of being the leading center of trade in the bygone times. It was actively involved in the trade of beads, gems and expensive ornaments that were exported to West Asia and Africa. The techniques that were used by the people of this city brought a lot of name and fame to them. People are of the say that, the scientists of Lothal were the ones to initiate the study stars and advanced navigation.

Lothal is very well connected to the Ahmedabad city via road and railways. The archaeological excavations that were carried out led to the finding of a township, dock, mound and a marketplace. Areas lying nearby the excavated sites consist of an archaeological museum, where you can take a look at the various Indus-era antiquities. So, if you have spare time, Lothal is a great destination that can be included in your sightseeing trip of Ahmedabad.

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Velavadar black buck sanctuary
With a vehicle, you will be able to visit more sections of the park, but without one, you can still take nice hikes through the grasslands and even if you do have a vehicle, getting out and walking around is recommended. Entry fees is Rs. 20/- for a vehicle with up to 6 Indians or $20 for a vehicle carrying Foreigners. Foreign visitors without a vehicle are charged $5, and photography is $5. All these fees are taken from the general park listings and change frequently, so please call the park beforehand and verify the same (Call Bahumali Bhavan, in Bhavnagar at Tel: 0278 242 6425 between 10:30am and 6pm or call the Park directly at Tel: 0278 288 0342). 
Guides can be hired at the park (call ahead to reserve one), or you may hire a guide from elsewhere (many private tourism companies are available in Ahmedabad or Bhavnagar), but note that a private guide has to pay the entry fee for himself too.

The park is closed for the monsoon from June to October, and the best time to visit is winter, from December to March, when you can catch the bird population at its greatest, and avoid the stifling summer heat.

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Thol bird sanctuary near Ahmedabad

The shallow water reservoir speckled with reed beds gives it a distinct ambience while being an ideal dwelling for varied species of birds and insects. The agricultural land surrounding the lake provide ample amount of food for quite a number of birds while the hydrological ecosystem takes care of the others. One gets overwhelmed with flocks of bird flying together and crating graphical patterns on the sky while long-legged elongated necked cranes keep stalking for fishes and small insects. The still and serene ambience of the locale gets melodiously symphonized with the echoing of thousands birds and illustrated by the varied movements of these spirited creatures.

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Nal sorovar
Location: 70 km from Ahmedabad
Highlight: Natural Lake
Lying at a stretch of 70 km from Ahmedabad, Nal Sarovar bird sanctuary is basically a natural lake that makes an excellent excursion. Spread over an area of 116 sq. km, it is well known for the vivid birds that migrate from Siberia. Bird sanctuary Nal Sarovar serves as an oasis of serenity in the midst of hustle bustle of city life. Flocks of birds, consisting of flamingos, ducks, geese and pelicans, visit this Lake. Read on to know more about Nal Sarovar bird sanctuary in India…
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Bhavnagar
Location: Eastern coast of Saurashtra
Distance: 187 km from Ahmedabad
Founded By: Bhavsinhji Gohil
Tourist Attractions: Gandhi Memorial, Gaurishankar Lake, Takhteshwar Temple, etc
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Bhavnagar is a coastal city situated in the state of Gujarat. It is located in the Saurashtra region and is also known as Kathiawar. Bhavnagar was once the capital of a princely state ruled over by the Maharaja of Bhavnagar and still exhibits the age old charm and royalty, which contribute to travel and tourism in the city. It was founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil, near the Gulf of Cambay. He chose the strategic location so that sea trade could be carried out easily from the port. Thereafter, Gohil Rajput ruled over it till independence.
The Rajputs came to the region from Marvar and established their capital at Bhavnagar. Initially, the royal family lived at Darbargadh and later shifted to Motibaugh and Nilambaugh Palace. The city remained a major port for about two centuries. The trade was carried out mainly with Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Singapore and the Persian Gulf. This resulted in enormous revenue generation and developmental activities. The progressive rulers of Bhavnagar contributed immensely to the design and construction of the excellent buildings in the city.

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