Ahmedabad is a beautiful city of Gujarat, vibrant with a royal heritage. The city is filled with places to visit such as the Bhadra Fort, Dada Hari Ni Vav, Teen Darwaza, to name a few. Heritage walks are arranged by the government to visit all the places in the city. What's more, it is the first Indian city that became a World Heritage City!
But for a person living in Ahmedabad, this might not be news. The explorer in you might crave for something more than just the heritage of Ahmedabad. For those who experience this, and are looking for more places with rich heritage to visit, here are the 5 quickest getaways from Ahmedabad, that you must plan to travel to.
To spend a day or two in a royal historical city, visit Champaner of Gujarat. It is located around 150 km from Ahmedabad, which is a 2-3 hours ride away. The main attraction of the city is the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park which has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the forts, palaces and mosques galore spread across an area of over 3,280 acres.
The entire city was built by Sultan of Gujarat Sultanate, Mahmud Begada. Some of the most magnificent places that cannot be missed here are the Jami Masjid, Kevada Mosque, Kalika Mata Temple, Bwaman Mosque, helical stepwell, to name a few of the many.
Udaipur, the City of Lakes or Venice of East, is called so due to the many lakes and palaces built in these lakes. Located at a distance of 262 km from Ahmedabad, Udaipur is a brilliant getaway since you get to see the royalty of Rajasthan.
You can visit the five main lakes, namely, Doodh Talai Lake, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola , Fateh Sagar Lake and Rangsagar. Palaces like the City Palace, Sajjangarh Palace, etc. can be visited as well.
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Located about 6 hours from Ahmedabad, Kumbhalgarh is an enormous fortification of the Mewar dynasty. Declared as a World Heritage Site due to the forts and palaces galore, the place is also popular since it is the birthplace of the great warrior, Maharana Pratap Singh.
The fort is a very well-maintained monument, that consists of enormous gateways, Jain temples and a lengthy 38 km wall that surrounds the enitre fort, which is fondly known as the Great Wall of India. Explore the grandeur of the Mewar dynasty by visiting Kumbhalgarh for a weekend.
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With relics built in the style of the Maratha dynasty, Vadodara is filled with many historical places to visit. It is located at a distance of 415 km, which takes 7-8 hours to reach from Ahmedabad. One of the main attractions of this city is the Laxmi Vilas Palace.
This enormous and beautiful palace was built in 1890, as a residence of the royal family of Gaekwads. Other places of interest includes Markarpura Palace, Kirti Mandir, Khanderao Market, Aurobindo Ashram, etc.
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Chittorgarh houses the largest fort in India, the Chittorgarh Fort. The city is rich with the history of the royal Rajput empire, although the city was built by the Maurya dynasty in the 7th century AD. The enormous fort houses 4 grand palaces, 19 temples and 4 memorials.
Apart from being a hub for history buffs, Chittorgarh has other places to visit, such as the busy markets of Rana Sanga or Sadar Bazaar. Chittorgarh is also popular for festivals like Teej, Gangaur, Meera Mahotsav, etc.
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