Idar is a town located about 30 km north of Himatnagar and 60 km from Gujarat's border with Rajasthan. It is known for the manufacture of handmade wooden toys, tiles, its temples and various beautiful architectural monuments, including Gadh (Palace) of Idar, Roothi Rani Ka Mahal,Vajreshwari temple, Jain Temples, Shiva & Vishnu Temples and the temple where Raja Harishchandra got married, called as Harishchandra Ki Chouri. There are numerous Bawadis similar to the ones shown in movies like Paheli, etc. The market of toys in Idar is known as Kharadi Bazaar.
Idar is at the southern end of the Aravalli Range. Many temples of Lord Shiva are found in these mountains. In history, victory over the Idar state was considered as a difficult task. So, a famous folk song was mostly sung in traditional marriages Áme Êderio Gadh Ĵitya re aanand bhayo (We are very happy that we have captured Idar fort).
It was formerly the seat of Idar, a princely state of British India. The name Idar comes from an ancient legend. As per the legend there were two devils named Elva and Durg, who stayed in the hills of Idar. So people used to talk about the place as I-dar-chhe (meaning: there is fear), the name Idar has came from there.
Idar is home to the very sceneic and beautiful mountains (round shaped - grey/Red granite rocks. The scenes resembles to scenes of a hit movie 'Sholey'. The amazing balances of stones which seems like a heap of round stone balls of various sizes is breathtaking. The view can be enjoyes via- route to Ambaji temple.Idar is most famous for its natural looking mountains. Idar has also became famous for its soaring temperature which are among highest in Gujarat state. It effortlessly reaches to 46-47 C in Summers and remains hot till late evening because of its hard and bald stones.