Situated on the banks of river Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. A confluence of old world charm and cutting-edge technology, Ahmedabad is on the fast-lane of development. Apart from the bustling streets, the growing industries and educational institutions, the city has a vibrant past and colourful culture that offers an unforgettable experience to travellers.
Ahmedabad has many places that tourists can visit to learn not only more about the city, but also about Indian history and about some of the key personalities who helped shape the country. Here is a look at some of the important places to visit in Ahmedabad. Explore our Ahmedabad travel guide to know more about the tourist attractions in the city.
The Sabarmati Ashram located in Ahmedabad, was once home to the father of our nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi. It has historic significance as it was the starting point for the Salt Satyagraha march. Now a national monument, the ashram houses the Gandhi Smarak Sanghrahalay museum. The beautiful and tranquil ashram has many guided walk tours that pay homage to the Gandhian way of life. Enjoy the beautiful lawns, well kept premises and interesting nuggets of history as you tour through the ashram.
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Among the popular places to visit in Ahmedabad is the outstanding Sidi Saiyyed mosque. The mosque stands out for its exquisite architecture. Noteworthy features include the delicate lattice work, depicting nature. Beautiful flowers, twining branches, palms and other traditional motifs adorn the mosque, leaving travellers in absolute awe!
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Calico Textile Museum
A popular place to visit in Ahmedabad is the world famous Calico Museum of Textiles. In a relatively short span of time, the museum has earned a unique name for itself. It is a key destination for textile education and preservation of regional handicraft textile in the country. The museum displays a vast range of textiles, especially those used during the Mughal rule. The environment is light and temperature controlled as well as protected from dust to ensure longevity of the display.
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Sardar Vallabhai National Memorial
Among the popular sightseeing places in Ahmedabad is the Sardar Vallabhai National Museum, located at the Moti Shahi Mahal. The Mahal built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan is currently being used as the Raj Bhavan or governor's residence.
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One of the places you must visit in Ahmedabad is the magnificent Jama Masjid, which means Friday mosque. The striking example of Mughal architecture, has been built using yellow sandstone. Situated in a large rectangular complex, the mosque has a prayer room that consists of four domes. There are subtle influences of other cultures and architecture in the mosque, such as the lotus shaped central domes. Intricate detailing makes this a must-visit attraction in Ahmedabad.
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A key tourist attraction in Ahmedabad is the Vastrapur Lake. Situated in the western part of the city, the lake is picturesque, with many well maintained lawns and rock garden detailing. The lake attracts people from all over the city, especially during weekends. There is a track surrounding the lake for joggers, as well as an open-air theatre and park for children. The surrounding parts of the lake even sees cultural activities take place.
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The largest lake in the city of Ahmedabad, Kankaria lake was originally built in the 15th century by Sultan Qutbuddin. Today, it attracts travellers to enjoy the many attractions the lake-front has to offer. It has something to offer everyone in the city from couples to kids. Fun events such as the Kankaria Carnival takes place every December and showcases cultural performances.
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Hutheesing Jain Temple
Among the outstanding temples in Ahmedabad, you must visit the Hutheesing Jain Temple. Built completely in white marble by a rich merchant in the honour of the 15th Jain Tirthankar, the temple sports intricate carvings on the walls. Built during a famine in Gujarat, the temple helped provide jobs to many skilled labourers for over a period of two years.
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Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
Though the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is located 64 km from Ahmedabad, it is still a great place to visit. It is among the largest wetland bird sanctuaries in the country, and the largest in Gujarat. The key attraction of the sanctuary are the migratory birds like Rosy Pelicans, Herons, Flamingoes, etc.
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Ahmedabad has many mosques, but the Sarkhej Roza stands apart as a key sightseeing place in the city. Once the centre of Sufi philosophy, the mosque is built with both the 'jism' or body and 'ruh' or spirit. The intricate complex has many structures assembled in an organised fashion. The tombs and mosque placed around a large tank provide the traveller plenty to explore. The beautiful and delicate architecture is a confluence of both Islamic and Hindu styles.
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Adalaj Step Well
Gujarat has some interesting stepwells, among them is the Adalj Stepwell in Ahmedabad. The unique well or 'vav' is constructed in sandstone, in keeping with the Solanki style of architecture. A popular tourist attraction in Ahmedabad, the well has eight sides and five storeys. There are many intricate carvings and sculptures. Travellers can also observe on the walls, scenes of people performing daily chores or exquisite dancing postures.
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Auto World Vintage Museum
Among the tourist attractions in Ahmedabad is the famous Auto World Vintage Museum. It is an elaborate and breathtaking collection of antique cars and other vehicles. On display are more than 100 fine examples of automotive engineering and style, referring to a time when owning a certain car spoke of status and personality. The exciting journey begins by not just looking at these vintage beauties, but actually taking a ride in them!
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The beautiful Law Garden is a popular hangout for the people of Ahmedabad. You can head out here to experience some alone time with nature or to do some exciting shopping. The market outside bustles with eateries and shops selling various products. A fun evening out in Ahmedabad is incomplete without heading to this vibrant area.
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Food and Stay in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is a great place for all foodies. The traditional Gujarati cuisine is a must-try. Take a pick from the wide variety of foods and snacks such as farsaan, dhokla, ghari, khakra, thepla and thalis.
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Best time to visit Ahmedabad
The ideal time to visit Ahmedabad is between the months of July to February. Summers are best avoided because of the soaring temperatures.
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How to Reach Ahmedabad
By Road: The road network connecting Ahmedabad to other major destinations, both within the state and to other states is extremely good. State transport as well as private buses connect Ahmedabad with all major destinations.
By Rail: The Ahmedabad Railway Station is a major railhead, and has regular direct trains to nearly all major destinations in the country.
By Air: The Sardar Vallabhai Patel aiport in Ahmedabad, caters to both domestic and international flights to all major destinations.
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