Modhera Sun Temple
This partially ruined temple is located about 100km northwest of Ahmedabad. The Solanki King Bhimdev I (1026) built the temple, and it is one of the finest ancient Hindu temples in Gujarat. The temple was constructed in such a way that at dawn during the equinoxes, the sunlight falls directly on the Surya deity.
There are excellent carvings on the walls and pillars of Vedic personalities, animals, and floral latticework. On the exterior walls of the temple there are sculptures of Surya and Agni. Because the temple was partially destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni and earthquakes, it is almost a ruin.
Modhera is off the normal tourist route. Open 8 am to 6 pm.
There are direct buses (3 hr) from the Central bus stand in Ahmedabad to here. You can also take a train to Mehsana and a bus the remaining 2km from there (45 min).