Located on the banks of river Sabarmati, Sabarmati Ashram is synonymous with tranquility and peace. It remains the epicentre of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent struggle for India's independence. The beautiful ashram provides refuge from the hustle-bustle of the city and makes for one of the most popular tourist attractions in Gujarat. The ashram also houses the famous Gandhi Sangrahalaya, a museum inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1963. The museum is a haven for all history buffs, where visitors can find Gandhiji's writing desk, his khadi kurta, some of his letters and many interesting photographs.
Kankaria lake is reckoned to be the largest lake in Ahmedabad and attracts many tourists. The place is a hotspot for best entertainment options like balloon safari, yoga activities, water rides and much more. Amidst the lake, one can find the beautiful Naginavadi, a pleasure pavilion which hosts mesmerizing fountain shows. If you are visiting the place in December, you can also enjoy the week long Kankaria Carnival. Take a stroll around the lake and watch the horizon expand before you. Or simply sit beside the water body and let the rhythm of the water take you over.
The Jama Masjid, also known as The Jumma Masjid, is an architectural marvel. The place absorbs you in its eerie silence and profound serenity, away from the chaos of the markets surrounding the masjid. The astounding yellow sandstone architecture leaves you mesmerized. The latticework screens and the intricate carvings add to the majestic aura of the place.
Popularly known as Sidi Saiyyed ki Jaali, this mosque was built during the last year of the Sultanate of Gujarat. It's a masterpiece of architecture, with its carved jaalis being known worldwide. The carved stone windows of the mosque, depict the intertwining of the branches of a tree, popularly known as 'The Tree of Life'. It is used in the lattice patterns of Sidi Sayyed ki Jali, and is in fact used as the logo for the city of Ahmedabad. The carvings make for interesting silhouettes to be captured by photographers.
Tucked away in the quiet nook of the city, Dada Hari Ni Vav is a quaint step well in Ahmedabad, known for its unique structure. Step wells are the only major source of water in Gujarat, making them quite prominent in the region. As you walk up the stairs, you witness beautiful carvings in Sanskrit and Arabic script. When light penetrates down the shaft, one can unravel the mystery of the otherwise dark place.
Akshardham Temple is known to be the first temple of the Swaminarayan sect and has a sprawling campus. Culture and art thrive in Gujarat and that is evident from the exquisite construction of the temple. The strong and bright palette of colours used to paint the arches and brackets of the temple add to the caliber and the cultural potential of the city. It is also the starting point of the famous Heritage Walk of Ahmedabad. A sacred place that reflects fine craftsmanship, Swaminarayan temple is a must-see place in Ahmedabad.
Jhulta Minar or Shaking Minarets can leave the best of designers and engineers intrigued with its mysterious architecture. The unique characteristics of the place garner the attention of all tourists. Nobody could ever unravel the mystery around how the vibration in one minaret causes vibrations in the next minaret, even though the passage between the two remains vibration-free. This place surely adds to the historically significant scene in Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad is known as the Manchester of the East and established itself as the home of textile industry, so it becomes only natural to have a museum which showcases a comprehensive collection of Indian textiles. The Calico Museum is one of the premier textile museums of India. The museum exhibits a rare collection of carpets and costumes along with the exquisite silk weaves and Kashmiri shawls.
Located close to the Gujarat Samachar Press, The ISKCON Temple in Ahmadabad is the best place to experience spirituality and mental bliss. Also referred to as the 'Hare Krishna Temple', the temple with its calm and peaceful atmosphere offers the perfect spot for meditation.
With lots of hawkers selling various items from clothes to electronics items, Lal Darwaza is crowded yet one of the most famous markets of Ahmedabad.
The Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum (also known as L. D. Museum) is museum of Indian Sculptures, Bronzes, Manuscripts Paintings, Drawings, Miniature Paintings, Wood works, Bead works and coins. (br) The Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum of the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Bharatiya Sanskriti Vidyamandir is located in the premises of the L.D. Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad. It is situated on a sprawling campus in the western part of the city in an area dotted with educational and research institutes, and in the vicinity of Gujarat University. It is about 7 kilometers from the Railway Station and 12 kilometers from the Airport, therefore, it is easily accessible from any part of the Ahmedabad city.
Located on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway Road, Vaishnodevi Temple in Ahmedabad is a true replica of the famous temple in Jammu-Kashmir.
Dedicated to the 15th Tirthankara of Jains, Dharmanath, this two-storied white marble structure provides a delightful experience and the tiled courtyard is another unique aspect of the temple.
A connoisseur of vintage cars converted his private collection of vintage cars into a museum. The collection comprises of the best of the world - Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Cadillac, Austin and many more.
Tomb of Sultan Ahmed Shah who was the founder of the city of Ahmedabad. This tomb also has the cenotaphs of Ahmed Shah's son and grandson. Women are not allowed in the central chamber.
The Bhadra Fort and its neighboring environment is the most scenic part of Ahmedabad. Located in the middle of lush greenery the huge 44 acre Fort got its name from the Bhadrakali Temple that it houses.
Ahmedabad has a rich history of its own, lying at the helm of all affairs and intrigues. The rich history and culture of the place have earned it the nomination of the "Historic City of Ahmadabad" on UNESCO?s World Heritage list. This city is a perfect example of multicultural coexistence. There is no dearth of places to visit in Ahmedabad and its tiny old lanes. Now that you know, we don?t say Kuch din toh guzariye Ahmedabad mein for no reason, pack your bags and head straight to the spectacular city of Ahmedabad!
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