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"Manchester of the East"

Ahmedabad Tourism

A rapidly growing metropolis, an industrial hub, an educational hotspot, and a city with a magnificent past – Ahmedabad is one of the most important cities in Gujarat. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad is the former capital of Gujarat, and its delicious food, colourful culture is making it a fast-growing tourist destination. The historic city of Ahmedabad or the old part of the city was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Home to a plethora of remarkable temples like Swaminarayan Temple, intriguing museums and classy markets, with a little bit of colonial history attached to it, Ahmedabad is an excellent example of how a city can still retain every bit of its old-world charm while still rapidly progressing on the path of globalisation.

Ahmedabad is famous for its textiles and its tie-dye bandhani handloom technique, which makes it a great place to shop. From bandhani sarees, dupattas to traditionally embroidered dress materials, and other local handicrafts.

Sabarmati Ashram, situated directly beside the Sabarmati river, is a quaint and peaceful ashram built by Mahatma Gandhi after he returned from South Africa. To this date, Gandhiji’s living quarters are preserved here and is now used as a museum where visitors can learn all about his life and his teachings. The infamous Dandi Salt March, which was a crucial point in India’s independence struggle, originated from this ashram.

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Shopping in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is one of those cities that provide you with an eclectic shopping experience. It is basically an industrial centre, famous for its textiles, gems embroidered fabrics, and block prints.

The city is especially famous for the woven fabrics, tie-and-die as well as Zari work. Visit Bapu Bazaar, Ellis Bridge, Kadipa, Lal Darwaza, etc. Art Book lovers can head to Art Book Center, whereas people looking for flea market can head out to Ravivari which is a riverside market open only on Sundays.

Some of the most famous and must-visit markets of Ahmedabad are-

Lal Darwaza: It is one of those places where you can buy clothes and electronics and bargain to your heart's content while gorging on the scrumptious street food.

Banascraft: It is one of the famous boutiques of Ahmedabad offering a variety of handmade items. Most of the items here are sourced from SEWA, a women's cooperative society.

Kapasi Handicraft Emporium: If you are looking to buy some famous Gujarati handicraft, you can head off to this emporium. The items available here include pottery and handicrafts made out of brass and rare metalwork, wall hangings, vases, marble art pieces and more.

Law Garden Night Market: This place is bustling with women shoppers buying exclusive wall hangings, bandhej sarees, chaniyas (long colourful skirts), and antique jewelry. It is even better if your bargaining skills are on point.

Manek Chowk: This is the second biggest market in India, with around 3 million annual turnover. It is a vegetable market in the morning, a bullion market in the noon and the street food market at night. You don't want to miss out on this one.

Nightlife in Ahmedabad

Gujarat being a "dry state", you won't find much of a nightlife in Ahmedabad. There aren't many pubs, bars and clubs in the city. The party scene here starts early and ends early, with most of the places closing around 8:00 PM. Alcohol is not served in restaurants and cafes, however, there are a few licensed liquor shops selling alcohol. Tourists can obtain liquor permit upon arrival at the airport or at one of the licensed liquor shops.

History Of Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad has beheld some drastic environments in its bygone years. Dynamic cultures, economic balance, the rise of trade, clash for the rule, and much more could be the chapters of its biography, but for Ahmedabad, it will always be a cocoon before the first flight.

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Culture of Ahmedabad

The mesmerizing fusion of different forms of architecture is one of the main attractions in the city. Equally fascinating are the unique constructions like the 'pols' (secret passageways) and the Adalaj Stepwell. The city never fails to surprise a tourist. On one hand, the Sabarmati Ashram reminds Mahatma Gandhi's contribution to India's freedom movement while on the other it encourages us to enjoy our life to the fullest through the vibrant events of Navratri and the International Kite Festival. The city also takes us closer to nature through its beautiful riverfronts and one of its kind Indroda Nature Park, the only dinosaur museum in the country.

What is Ahmedabad known for?

Being the Hotspot Of Textiles And Dairy, the city is popularly known as the 'Manchester of India'. Ahmedabad is one of the fastest growing commercial hubs of the country and has been named in the 'Smart City Mission'. From 'khadi' to 'bandhani', Ahmedabad is the producer varieties of fabric and is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the country.A tour of Ahmedabad is incomplete without tasting the lip-smacking flavors of their cuisine and the creamiest dairy products as well.

Restaurants and Local Food in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, being the glittering and unique city that it is, is brimming with options for food. You will find all kind of places to eat here, from branded chain outlets to 5-star hotels to the colourful street food joints. Do try out the Gujarati cuisine which is mainly vegetarian. When in Ahmedabad, you must try the Gujarati Thali, which typically consists of Roti, Dal or Kadhi, Rice and Vegetable Curries. You can also try out the famous Khichdi with Chaas (Buttermilk). 

Gujarat is most famous for its mouthwatering snacks. Few of the most famous snack items are Chakri, Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Sev, Khandvi and Khaman. The Gujarati snacks are countrywide famous. Make sure to buy these at a local sweetmeat shop. One can also try the unauthentic, street-side Pizzas, Pao bhaji and the spicy Paani-Puri

The best part about street food in Ahmedabad is that they are not that unhygienic and tastes great while suiting your pocket. One must also try the traditional Gujarati sweets, while here, such as Basundi, Puran Poli, Shrikhand, Ghevar, Malpua and much more. The birthplace of Gandhi - Gujarat, is a dry state, so one cannot find any alcohol here.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Start off your tour early morning, after breakfast with the 900-year old Modhera Sun Temple. After lunch, you can head out to the Sabarmati Ashram and Kankaria Lake.You may also visit the Law Garden for shopping.

Day 2 -
Start off your day with Adalaj Stepwall and proceed to Sarkhej Roja. In the evening you can take a stroll along the beautiful Sabarmati Riverfront and take a late night bite of chocolate pizza in Manek Chowk.

Day 3 -
Explore the old city in the 2-hour Heritage Walk, organised by Ahmedabad
Municipal Corporation and proceed to Siddi Sayed Mosque and Jhoolta Minara.

Day 4 -
Take a full day tour at the Akshardham Temple and finish off the day with the 'Sat-Chit-Anand Water' show. You can treat your tastebuds with the traditional Gujrati thali from Pathikashram.

Day 5 - Enjoy nature at Indroda Park and let the dinosaur museum leave you in awe.

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FAQs on Ahmedabad

What are the places near Ahmedabad?

The top places near to Ahmedabad are Gandhinagar which is 22 km from Ahmedabad, Udaipur which is located 205 km from Ahmedabad, Anand which is located 66 km from Ahmedabad, Patan which is located 100 km from Ahmedabad, Champaner pavagadh which is located 116 km from Ahmedabad

What is not so good about Ahmedabad?

Extremely hot and humid in summers. Lenient traffic rules. Availability of non-vegetarian food is difficult.

What is the local food in Ahmedabad?

Ahmedabad, being the glittering and unique city that it is, is brimming with options for food. You will find all kind of places to eat here, from branded chain outlets to 5-star hotels to the colourful street food joints. Do try out the Gujarati cuisine which is mainly vegetarian. When in Ahmedabad, you must try the Gujarati Thali, which typically consists of Roti, Dal or Kadhi, Rice and Vegetable Curries. You can also try out the famous Khichdi with Chaas (Buttermilk). 

Gujarat is most famous for its mouthwatering snacks. Few of the most famous snack items are Chakri, Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Sev, Khandvi and Khaman. The Gujarati snacks are countrywide famous. Make sure to buy these at a local sweetmeat shop. One can also try the unauthentic, street-side Pizzas, Pao bhaji and the spicy Paani-Puri

The best part about street food in Ahmedabad is that they are not that unhygienic and tastes great while suiting your pocket. One must also try the traditional Gujarati sweets, while here, such as Basundi, Puran Poli, Shrikhand, Ghevar, Malpua and much more. The birthplace of Gandhi - Gujarat, is a dry state, so one cannot find any alcohol here.

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What are the things to do in Ahmedabad?

The top things to do in Ahmedabad are Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad, Dada Hari Wav, Sabarmati Ashram, Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Kankaria Lake, City Shopping. You can see all the places to visit in Ahmedabad here

What is the best time to visit Ahmedabad?

October to March is the best time to visit Ahmedabad as the weather becomes mild and pleasant to road around the city. March to May is the time when summer sets in, the daily temperature peaks above a maximum level of 30 degrees, which is quite pleasant for sightseeing. This season is also a good time to explore the city, and there is also quite an inflow of events and activities such as the International Kite Festival in January. June to October is the monsoon season when the accomodation and travel costs reduce drastically, however, this season often brings in heavy torrential rains, thus flooding the river Sabarmati.
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What is famous about Ahmedabad?

People are friendly and helpful. One of the safest cities for women. Alcohol-free city (Settle for lassi instead)

Who should visit Ahmedabad?

The fusion of various forms of architecture attracts a lot of art lovers of all ages alike.The local art and craft make it a well sought after destination for shoppers as well.

What is the best way to reach Ahmedabad?

The state of Gujarat, in general, is well-connected to nearby as well as faraway states in India. Hence, it is quite convenient to reach Ahmedabad. The city can be reached via flight, bus, train and even self-drive or taxi.

The Ahmedabad Airport, officially known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport caters to both domestic and international travel. Roadways are well-maintained as well. Bus options are plenty as the Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service, or the AMTS is an interstate-bus network that has excellent connectivity with all the prominent states in the country.

The Ahmedabad Railway Station also known as the Kalupur Railway Station is efficiently connected with transit lines running across almost every major city in India. There are a bunch of expresses and superfast trains as well. Driving is also another option to reach Ahmedabad. A long drive to the city can be covered from starting points such as Mumbai, Udaipur and Indore.
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Surbhi Parashar 2 years ago
Situated on the banks of the river Sabarmati, the city of Ahmedabad or Amdavad is a living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat. The journey from the ancient sites of Ashaval and Karnavati to the present day Ahmedabad is influenced by several dynasties, traditions and religions-the symbols of which are prevalent even today. From the Jama Masjid to the Sabarmati Ashram, every nook and corner of the city holds a story and takes a tourist down the history lane. Known for its industrial approach, the business mindset infused and growth specifically in the textile industry, it has been named as the Manchester of the East. Its a great place for tourists looking for cultural, historical and natural sites. Plus the food here is a delight for tourists. An exciting combination of traditions and modernism, Ahmedabad captures all visitors with its diversity of places, religious and ethnic communities. It is interesting to see how Indian atmosphere mix with the colonial British influence, how Hinduism, the world's oldest existing religion develops in the globalizing world. Ahmedabad enjoys a thriving cultural tradition, being the centre of Gujarati cultural activities and diverse traditions of different ethnic and religious communities.
Aashimi Bhatia 2 years ago
- Ahmedabad is typically hot and humid. So, please carry light clothing and sunglasses. Also, be careful of your belongings and cash. Pickpockets will be all around.
Wassiem Mehmood 1 year ago
Price is 13 for adults. But no change is given back if you give 20
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