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Girnar Ropeway – Asia’s Longest Ropeway

Mount Girnar is a major tourist attraction and pilgrim site in Gujarat. Located in Junagadh District, Girnar Mountain has the presence of Dattatreya Shrine, Maa Amba Temple along with several Jain Temples. Girnar Ropeway is Asia’s longest Ropeway on Mount Girnar in Junagadh.

The concept of Asia’s longest ropeway was first proposed in 1983 by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL). However, the construction for the ropeway started in September 2018 due to government approval delays and lawsuits. Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the project when he was CM of Gujarat state.

Timeline of Girnar Ropeway Project

  • Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited first proposed the project in 1983. They suggested the diversion of 9.1 hectares of forest land. 
  • The Government of Gujarat finalized the diversion of the forest land and the forest was granted near Toraniya village.
  • Further, the palki bearers delayed the project. They petitioned the Gujarat High Court regarding their livelihood. 
  • The petition got dismissed after the ropeway construction company agreed for a compensatory livelihood. 
  • Later, the environmental activists stopped the construction in 1999. The work resumed in 2002 after sorting the objections and the land was acquired in 2007.
  • The wildlife clearance was granted by the National Board for wildlife in 2011 and the environmental clearance was granted in 2016.
  • Furthermore, the alignment of the ropeway was considered at risk. A PIL was filed in 2017 and was dismissed by the Gujarat High Court in 2020.
  • The construction restarted in September 2018. 
  • Girnar Ropeway was about to start in May 2020 but was further delayed due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. 

Girnar Ropeway Timing

8:00 AM to 5.00 PM

Girnar Ropeway Quick Facts

The ropeway is constructed at the cost of 130 crores. The cost includes the lower as well as upper terminals along with nine supporting poles. The nine towers are between Bhavnath Taleti and Ambaji Temple.

Girnar Ropeway will take passengers at the height of 850 meters to the Amba Temple. Initially, there are 25 to 30 cabins, with a capacity of 8 passengers each. The ropeway will operate at the capacity of 800 passengers per hour and 8000 per day. It is capable to accommodate 192 passengers in one go. Moreover, Girnar Ropeway will take 7.5 minutes to cover a distance of 2.3 km.

The ticket prices for the Girnar Ropeway are:

Normal Ticket – Rs. 700 (Including Tax)

Child Ticket – Rs. 350 (Including Tax)

GIRNAR ONEWAY NORMAL ( Bottom to Top ) – Rs. 400 (Including Tax)

GIRNAR ONEWAY CHILD ( Bottom to Top ) – Rs.200(Including Tax)

  • This price is for a round trip.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Children between 5 to 10 years are applicable for child tickets. However, the ID card of the child is a must for a child ticket)
  • Children up to 5 years or below 110 CMs are free.
  • Concession tickets are only for divyang, defense personnel. (ID card is a must).
  • Keep the ticket until the end of the journey.
  • The ticket is valid only on the date of purchase.

This ropeway is going to facilitate 5 to 6 lakh people who visit Girnar mountain every year. Besides, this ropeway will also provide a scenic view of the beauty of Girnar mountain.

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