A stark contrast to the jumbled mass of Ahmedabad, its neighbour to the south, Gandhinagar, named after the nation’s freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi, is Gujarat’s lesser-known capital. Built in 1970, it is India’s second ‘planned’ city and its tree-lined boulevards and lush greenery provide the homes of the state’s politicians. A peaceful respite to its bustling neighbour, be sure to visit the colossal Akshardham Temple. The best time to visit is between November and February.