Ahmedabad, which is also known as Amdavad, is Gujarat's largest city. With mosques, temples, museums, stepwells and more, Ahmedabad is a heritage-rich city that has so much of history to offer. Due to this, recently, Ahmedabad was declared as India's first UNESCO World Heritage City.
The city is dotted with eateries that offer the best of Gujarati cuisine. For a change, touring Ahmedabad is a vegetarian's delight since most Gujaratis are vegetarians and finding vegetarian dishes is easy. Quench your sweet tooth with their lip-smacking Gujarati dishes since their forte lies in delicacies and sweet dishes.
Ahmedabad, which was formerly not a tourist destination per se, has now gained attention ever since it was declared as a World Heritage City. Read all about the things you must do on your visit to the wonderful city.
Go On A Heritage Walk
What best way to truly understand why Ahmedabad has been recognised as a World Heritage City, than plan for a guided heritage walk? Amble through the streets of Ahmedabad and revel in the old-world charm of those neighbourhoods that still retain buildings of brilliant Indo-Islamic architecture.
Usually the heritage walks are 2 km long, which takes 2-3 hours to be completed. Witness beautiful Jain and Hindu temples, wooden houses made of traditional architecture, small villages and more on this walk.
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Explore the Auto World Vintage Car Museum
Vintage cars of the bygone era, that were not only used for convenience but stood as a symbol of wealth and style, are kept for display in the Auto World. Cars of that era have exquisite designs that you can never find in the present day.
Over 100 brilliant cars of the finest brands, such as Mercedes, Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, Chrysler, etc., can be found in this display. Romantic convertibles, snazzy sports cars and sleek limousines, are some of the types of cars you can expect to witness in this Vintage Car Museum.
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Instigate Your Mind At The Science City
Science City was an initiation by the Gujarat Government to instigate a scientific quest in a common man by displaying various entertaining activities like energy parks, simulation rides, virtual reality activities, etc.
Science City is spread across an area of 107 hectares and is a great place to visit, especially with kids. The park remains open from 12-9 pm. It is located in Hebatpur, off the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway in Ahmedabad.
Rid Your Midnight Hunger At Manek Chowk
Manek Chowk located in the heart of the city, is a busy jewellery market during the day and turns into a food street in the night. Watching Manek Chowk transforming into a street food market from a jewellery market at around 7-8 pm is an unbelievable yet amusing sight!
Street food of all varieties right from pav bhajis to kulfis, the Manek Chowk night street food market has it all. The street food begins at around 8 and remains open till 1.30 am in the night so for all your midnight hunger pangs, Manek Chowk is the place to be.
Stop For A Movie At The Sunset Drive-In Cinema
Ever wanted to watch a movie with your loved one at the comfort of your own cozy little space? Then you must definitely visit the Sunset Drive-In Cinema. Being one of the most famous places of hangout, Sunset Drive-In Cinema is a place that has the Asia's largest screen and can accommodate up to 665 cars at once.
Almost 6000 people can view a movie at once at this drive-in. It was initially started in 1973 and has been running just fine till date. It has good speakers and attracts those who don't own a car as well.
Tour Through Magnificent Mosques Galore
To witness the best of Islamic architecture, tour through the beautiful mosques of Ahmedabad. Jama Masjid, which is the most popular one, is a splendid structure built during the rule of Ahmed Shah I back in 1424. It is believed to be the largest in the subcontinent for the time period it was built in.
Other mosques that are just as breathtaking, include Sidi Bashir Mosque, Sarkhej Roza, Rani Sipri's Mosque, to name a few.
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Visit Calico Museum Of Textiles
Known for having some of the finest textiles and handloom clothes, Ahmedabad is home to a museum exclusively for textiles. This museum consists of those textiles that were formerly used by the Mughals and other such rulers between the 15th to 19th centuries.
Apart from textiles, the museum also has galleries with temple hangings, sculptures, crafts and religious textiles on display. The textiles are so important that they are even used as a part of curriculum at the National School of Design.
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Shopping At The Law Garden Market
Law Garden is a beautiful public garden, which is mostly famous for the market that is settled right outside the place. The Law Garden market consists mostly of shopkeepers selling goods of handicrafts which Ahmedabad is very famous for.
This is the perfect place for you to buy souvenirs, gifts or goods just for yourself. Some of the things sold in this market include Bandhani sarees, lehengas, wall hangings made of mud and worked with mirrors, etc.
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