With the hills of the Western Ghats and surrounding lush greenery, it is an ideal indulgence into the wild side for a tourist and its Portuguese heritage makes it famous amongst the history enthusiasts as well.
Being included in the elite list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the globe, this marvellous archaeological park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst the Pavagadh hills is one of the most sought after places in Gujarat.
Splendid splashes of the passionate waves of the Gulf of Khambat, an ancient history of ocean trade, vibrant culture, warm locals, bazaars brimming with people and chitter chatter, enchanting architecture, progressive people and a happy developing town.
Ahmedabad is perfectly located for a traveler looking for weekend getaways in Western India. This is why it attracts a lot of tourists, who visit Ahmedabad as well as places around Ahmedabad. The destinations are attractive and variegated - ranging from Hill Stations to Lakes to Picnic Spots.
Among the places within 200 - 300 km from Ahmedabad, the popular ones include Udaipur, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Surat, Anand etc. These places take 1-2 day(s) and make for a perfect weekend getaway from Ahmedabad. The lesser known places to visit near Ahmedabad vary from mountains of Girnar to the waters at Bhavanagar. Treks like the ones at Suryamal, Toranmal, Igatpuri and Pavnel are exciting with their own nuances and so are the lakes at Kota and Bundi. There are amazing wildlife sanctuaries close to Ahmedabad like Gir National Park, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary and Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.
Tourist Places near Ahmedabad like the lion safari at Silvasa, the vineyards of Nasik are a few of the many choices that adventure enthusiasts have. Udaipur, Lonavla, Mount Abu and Bhuj, on the other hand, are more lucrative destinations for people who want to just relax. Amazing Missi Roti at Rajsamand and Daal Bati Choorma at Udaipur are favourites among college friends who usually look for a budget friendly weekend getaway from Ahmedabad.
Families who prefer visiting the tourist destinations near Ahmedabad are bound to visit the City Palace and the various lakes namely Fateh Sagar Lake, Jaisamand Lake, Lake Pichola, Doodh Talai, etc. in Udaipur, the caves at Ajanta And Ellora, the great white Rann of Kutch, the forts at Chittorgarh and the Golden City of Jaisalmer to name a few.
Others who look to extend their weekend getaways, however, travel to offbeat places like Mandu, Champaner-Pavagadh, Bhandardara, Rajasmand, Osia, Jawhar, Vikramgad, Sikar and Khimsar. Some of them can even try the various picnic spots near Ahmedabad which are rife with people every other weekend.