108 km from Ahmedabad, Vadnagar has antiquities of centuries. Its importance as a thriving Buddhist centre since 2nd century AD finds mention in the travelogue of the great Chinese traveler and Buddhist monk, Hiuen-Tsang who visited the place in the 7th Century AD. According to Hiuen-Tsang, also known as Xuanzang, there were ten monasteries in Vadnagar when he visited the place.
Going by the description of Hiuen-Tsang who refers to Vadnagar as Anandpur in his accounts, the town was home to around 1,000 Buddhist monks.
The recent discovery of the remains of a Buddhist monastery in Vadnagar has reinforced the claim of Hiuen-Tsang. In 1992 a Bodhisattva statue dating back to 2nd century AD was excavated from Vadnagar. This Bodhisattva image seems to be produced at the Mathura school of art in the 2nd -4rth century and was brought here to be placed at the monastery. All these factors have led to the emergence of Vadnagar as an important Buddhist destination in Gujarat.
How to Reach
the nearest international airport to Vadnagar is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad which is connected by flights with major cities in India. Ahmedabad is also connected by air with overseas destinations like Kuwait, Doha, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and London.
47 km from Vadnagar, Mehsana is the nearest major railway station connected by rail with the major cities and places in India.
Vadnagar is well connected with major cities and places in Gujarat by good roads. It takes three hours to reach Vadnagar from Ahmedabad by bus.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit Vadnagar any time throughout the year. January and May are the coldest and hottest months in Vadnagar.