The Calico Museum of Textile is one of the first textile museums of India and renowned for its vast collection of Indian textiles throughout the world.
The museum has a vivid range of collection of textiles that conserve the various designs, colours and patterns from all corners of India, also various textiles and various weaving methods that give the scholars the opportunity to research the rich textile heritage of India. Started By Shri Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai in 1949 at the Calico house, the museum was later shifted to the present museum premises in the Shahibaug area in 1983.
Founded by Smt. Saraladevi Sarabhai and Shri Ambalal Sarabhai in 1959, the Sarabhai Foundation is a non-profit organisation meant for the promotion of science, art and literature. The Gujarati haveli architecture of the foundation building and the preserved art material inside, makes a visit to this place really worthwhile. To enhance the awareness about the Indian art and its cultural heritage, this institute also holds workshops.
This is is an underground cave gallery situated within the Kasturbhai Lalbhai campus of Institute of Indology. A creative venture of the famous architect B. V. Doshi and world famous painter M F Hussain, this Gufa is a mixture of instinctive design and modern art.
The domes of this structure are integrated and covered by mosaic tiles in the inner side. This Gufa also has an art gallery, making it the best place to disseminate creativity.
Gandhi Ashram, situated at the side of the Sabarmati river and also called the Sabarmati Ashram was founded by Gandhiji in 1917. The ashram is famous due to Gandhiji's Dandi March, one of the most significant incidences of India's Freedom Struggle, that commenced from here towards Dandi. This Ashram is a memorabilia of Gandhiji and the incidents of his life during that period.
Gandhiji chose this spot to proliferate his experiments with different constructive activities as measures of self-reliance. He started spinning and weaving and patronizing khadi in this ashram.
A guided tour with prior appointment can help the tourists visit the following attractions in the Sabarmati Ashram: Magan Niwas, Upasana Mandir, Hriday Kunj, Vinoba-Mira Kutir, Nandini, Udyog Mandir, Somnath Chattralaya, Teacher's Niwas, The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Painting Gallery, My life is my message, Library and Archives.
Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya is a small museum that documents the letters and photographs of Gandhiji. The Archive shelves manuscripts, felicitations, photo negatives, files all related to Gandhiji's live.
Hriday Kunj is Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi's living quarters, Vinoba-Mira Kutir is the place were Acharya Vinoba Bhave and Mira Ben stayed at different times, Upasana Mandir is the prayer ground of the ashram people and similarly, all the other attractions of this ashram are all somehow related to Gandhiji's life.
Badshah no Hajiro or Raja no Hajiro is on the west side of Manek Chowk. This is basically the burial ground of the male members of the royal family. Across the road, there are burials of few ministers. Men have to cover their heads while entering and women are not allowed to enter this ground.
Jhulta Minara is two pairs of Shaking Minarets, one situated within Sidi Bashir Mosque opposite the Sarangpur Darwaja and the other in Raj Bibi Mosque opposite to Ahmedabad Railway Station.
The uniqueness of these pairs of Minarets is that when one Minaret of any pair is shaken, in a few seconds interval, the other minaret of that pair shakes while the passage connecting the two remains undisturbed.
The Minarets of the Sidi Bashir mosque are three-storeyed with balconies decorated by stone carvings and is believed to be built by Sidi Bashir, a servant of Sultan Ahmed Shah.
The actual reason for this vibration is unknown and in an endeavour to uncover the mystery behind its engineering, the British disintegrated some parts of the Minaret close to the Station but were unable to assemble back to its previous state. These Minarets are now not allowed for climbing for the visitors but they still remain a centre of interest for the tourists.
Jama masjid was actually meant for the private use of the emperors. It was built during the reign of Sultan Ahmed Shah I on 1423. It was also inaugurated by him. The structure is made of yellow sandstone and the courtyard is made of marble. It’s surrounded by a columned passage and there are Arabic calligraphy drawn on these columns.
Two minarets at the entry have collapsed in 1819 during an earthquake. The prayer hall of the masjid has 15 domes supported by 260 columns. This masjid has a lot of Jain and Hindu motifs carved in the walls.
The central domes looking like lotus are more alike the ones found in Jain temples and some pillars carry a carving of a hanging bell as found in Hindu temples. Not only these, there is an 'Om' symbol engraved in one of the windows. Visitors from all religions are allowed to enter the masjid but they are requested to maintain silence during prayers.
One can enter the masjid during prayers after covering his head and women are not allowed in the main hall. The tombs of Ahmed Shah, his son and his grand-son are there on the west of the masjid and the burials of the Queen and other wives are nearby them.
Auto World is the biggest collection of automobiles in India and one of the best in the world. This collection is in the Dastan Estate of Kathwada, Ahmedabad and basically a personal collection of vintage cars of Mr. Pranlal Bhogilal. This 2200 acres estate accommodates almost more than 100 expensive vintage cars like the Rolls-Royces, Daimlers, Lagondas, Mercedes, Auburns, Cadillacs, Buicks, Chryslers, Bentleys, Cord, Lancias, Packards, Lincolns and Maybachs.
All the vehicles in the collection here are custom made according to the specifications given by their owner. Many of these cars are convertible and can be used according to the purpose. The history of transport and automobiles can be traced from this collection but also serves to be the symbol of power, style and wealth of a single family. There is an auditorium, a cafeteria, a souvenir shop and a station for fun drives in these cars for visitors to enjoy their visit to this collection.
The 'Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology' or the CEPT campus, was established by B. V. Doshi in 1962. An autonomous university also has an interior design center called the School of Interior Design founded by Ms. Krishna Shastri in 1991. The body runs several under-graduate and graduate programmes that helps to bring out the creativity of the students.
Photography, music, crafts, religion, environment and culture, are the subjects studied here and students are always provided with opportunities to experiment and improvise in their studies.
The Institute of Indology was established with the objective of preserving ancient art objects, archeological remains and rare manuscripts of ancient India in 1956 by the renowned Gujarati business personality Kasturbhai Lalbhai. This institute also has a museum that preserves religious literature of different religions like Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and their philosophy, grammar, poetry of these religions.
This is the largest collection of the Jain Literature with 76,000 manuscripts, 500 illustrated versions and 45000 printed books. There are old books written in different languages like Sanskrit, Apabhramsa, Pali, Hindi, Old Gujarati and Rajasthani.
Sculptures in stone and terracotta, miniature and cloth paintings, painted scrolls, bronzes, woodwork, Indian coins, Rabindranath Tagore's paintings and Tibetan and Nepalese Art.
Dada Harir Vav is a step well, located quite close to Ahmedabad, at a place called Asarwa. 6 km from Ahmedabad, Dada Harir Vav is a deep well which can be reached only after descending through the stairs that goes deep down and are beautifully decorated with stone carvings.
Constructed 500 years ago, during Sultan Bai Harir's reign, this step well has columns to support the structure that have carvings on their body. The walls of step well are full of carvings done in Sanskrit or Arabic script. This step well, alike others, used to provide the water supply for the whole city during the summer seasons.
The best time to visit the step well is late morning, as the sunlight reaches to the lowest part of the shaft.
The Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre was built to create a better understanding of maths and science. Approaching through a fun way of learning, this center is appeals to adults and children in the same manner. Founded in 1960, this institute is tirelessly trying to instil a love for these subjects amongst everyone.
This is a temple devoted to Dharmanatha, the fifteenth Jain Tirthankar and made from the donation of 10 lakhs by an Ahmedabad business man, Sheth Hutheesing Kesri. Built in 1848 AD, it is made with white marble, an exquisite example of the excellent craftsmanship of the Salat community and specifically thought to be the work of Premchand Salat.
This temple is quite close to the Delhi Gate. It has a mandapa, towered with a dome and supported with 12 decorated pillars with beautiful stone carvings on them. The main shrine is on the east and has 52 other shrines for other Jain Tirthankars.
There is also a Kirti stambha/ Mahavir stambha ( column of honour) in front of the main entrance built much later than the temple. This 78-ft-high tower resembles the Chittor Tower of Rajasthan. The carving in this tower is more like Mughal designs.
The Akshardham Temple is located in Gandhinagar which is around 30 km from the city of Ahmedabad. This is a temple of the Swaminarayan sect believing in Sanatan Hinduism. The temple is made of pink sandstone and houses the idol of Swaminarayan, the founder of the sect. This temple has an idol of Swaminarayan himself, which is gold-plated and has the idols of Swami Gunatitanand and Swami Gopalanand Swami on both sides.
The temple has three floors—Hari Mandapam or the main floor, Vibhuti Mandapam or the upper floor, Prasadi Mandapam or the ground floor. The temple consists of 7 pillars, 210 single-stoned beams, 25 domes and 8 zarokhas. Each pillar has wonderful carvings on it. No steel has been used in the total construction. Lot of filigree work has been done on the stone.
There is a light and sound presentation in the temple complex demonstrating the different incidents related to the Sanatan Hinduism. This show talks about Vedas, Puranas and the knowledge from the ancient Hindu texts. There is a passage way around the temple that is supported by 356 stone pillars. There is also an Applied Research in Social Harmony centre that provides the opportunity of research for scholars.
Kankaria Lake was made during the time of Sultan-Qutub-ud-Din. At the center of the lake is an island on which Nagina Wadi, a summer palace, was built. There is a garden around the palace.
This lake today has become an activity center for tourists and many facilities for that purpose has come up; like the toy-train alongside the lake, 'Bal Vatika' with different outdoor toys for children, a boat club with boating facility for the tourists, a zoo and a natural history museum.
The colourful lights along the lake and the colourful fountains in the Nagina Wadi give the lake a marvelous and grand look in the dark of the night.