If your next tour planned is of Gujarat state, then Ahmedabad should definitely be on your list. There are numerous interesting things here that are sure to leave you mesmerized. It is a popular textile hub, an educational centre, a busy urban metropolis that has a glorious past. This city is known for its rich heritage and long history. You can get to view the magnificent temples, interesting museums, striking mosques, picturesque lakes, heritage sites and much more.
Top places to visit in Ahmadabad
- Swaminarayan Temple: Its architectural grandeur, jaw-dropping styles, milky white buildings, along with remarkable patterns is what makes this temple a real wonder in modern India. The neat arrangement, intricate carvings and exquisite architecture are worth the praise. It is considered to be the very first of the different Swaminarayan Temples constructed across the globe. Check out Akshar Bhavan, Nar Narayan Temple, and Temple for Women as well as the Haveli in the East and North. It is open throughout the week from 6 am – 7 pm with no entry fee charged.
- Jama Masjid: It was in 1424 that Sultan Ahmed Shah I had constructed this majestic and spectacular masjid. It is also popularly called Jumma or Jami Masjid and is located next to Bhadra Fort, extending to Manek Chowk from Teen Darwaza. In Western India, it is considered to be the highest water-marked mosque design. Its architecture and beauty are just astounding. Its yellow sandstone architecture is a rich mixture of Islamic and Hindu styles. it also has a wide courtyard. It is open throughout the week from 6 am – 8 pm, but closed to visitors at prayer times. Entry is free.
- Bhadra Fort: It was in 1411 that this fort was constructed by Sultan Bhadra during the Maratha rule and is among the prime attractions of the city. It has a lush green courtyard, majestic palace and Bhadra Kali Temple. According to local belief, Goddess Lakshmi once had stepped into this fort and gave her blessings to Sultan stating that his city will always remain affluent and wealthy. There is also a popular saying that riches are hidden somewhere in the fort. In 2014, the fort got renovated by Archaeological Survey Dept. and is considered to be a heritage property. Do visit Bhadrakali Temple, Royal Square, Teen Darwaza, Azam Khan Sarai, and gardens, Clock Tower, Maidan-e-Shah and Nagina Baugh. It is open every day from 9 am – 5 pm, with free entry.
- Sabarmati Ashram: This place is placid and tranquil allowing visitors to have a glimpse into Mahatma Gandhi’s Kosher World. Located on River Sabarmati’s banks, it is well known as Gandhi Ashram, Satyagraha Ashram and Harijan Ashram. In 1915, it was constructed by Gandhiji after his return from South Africa. It is from this ashram that Gandhiji had pursued his works associated with khadi Udyog, animal husbandry and agriculture. You can check out Magan Niwas, Nandini, Upasana Mandir, Hriday Kunj and Udyog Mandir. There is also an art gallery, archives and a library in the ashram that provides useful information on Gandhi, his ways, family and revolutionary movements, etc. It is open every day from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm and entry is free.
- ISKCON Temple: It is also popularly called Hare Krishna Mandir, amalgamating the architectural pattern of Rajasthani Kashmira with Gujarat Sompura. It is constructed on a 4-acre land, has beautiful gardens, refreshing flora and fountains. Although it has been dedicated to Lord Krishna & Radha, there are also idols of other Hindu deities. You can chant ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna along with the others to seek mental peace and happiness. Do check out the temple’s design and pattern on its walls and beautiful architecture, prayer room including the evening and morning aarti. It is open throughout the week from 4:30 am – 1 pm.
- Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Museum: It is at Moti Shahi Mahal, Shahibaug area that this museum is located in and constructed between 1618 and 1622. During those days, it used to be a British Cantonment. But after gaining independence, it served as the Governor’s residence. Sri Babubhai Jashbhai Patel, the then Gujarat Chief Minister had inaugurated this museum in 1978. It showcases proudly the belongings and artefacts of Patel, depicting his achievements and life. Multimedia halls here demonstrate experiential and 3D interactive exhibits on Patel’s work and life. It is open from 9:30 am – 5 pm on Tuesday through Sunday. 3D interactive show timings are daily, except Mondays from 7 pm – 7:45 pm.
- Kankaria Zoo: It is named Kamala Nehru Zoological Garden and is a wonderful spot for tourists to explore with their children and family. In 1951 was established this zoo on the banks of Lake Kankaria. There are endangered and rare species of reptiles, mammals and birds, including alligators and crocodiles. The experience of the place is made more thrilling and memorable with animal spotting and lush greenery around. It is indeed a great place to have a family picnic. Do explore Water Park, Butterfly Park, Nocturnal Animal House Rasala Nature Park, Nagina Vadi, NH Museum and Balvatika. Zoo timings vary depending upon seasons.
- Calico Textile Museum: Sarabhai Foundation manages this museum and it is among the country’s oldest textile museum. It house artefacts, fabrics, collection of antique textiles, Kashmiri Shawls, dye & tie fabrics as well as relics gathered from different areas of the country. Do check out pichwai paintings, bronze collections, Indian miniature paintings, Jain art items, tribal handicrafts and art. It is open throughout the week except for Fridays from 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm and entry is free.
- Sanskar Kendra: Architect Le Corbusier has designed this museum that is located close to Sardar Bridge. It exhibits the rich traditions, culture, art & architecture and history of the city. You can get to know about its glorious past. Check out photographs of the city’s history, art, Mahatma Gandhi, different religious communities staying here, Indian Independence struggle, 4.5m long – the world’s tallest incense stick. It is open throughout the week from 10 am – 6 pm and entry is free. Do check out Patang Museum, where you can come across kites of various sizes, designs, shapes and colours.
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