Also called Amdavad, this place happened to be the former capital of the state of Gujarat. The third largest of all the cities in the state, it is situated on the banks of the famous Sabarmati River and happens to be the industrial and economic hub of the state. The Ahmedabad Stock Exchange is also the second oldest one in the country and the city second when it comes to cotton production. There are some very famous places like the Sabarmati Ashram and Kankaria Lake that one can visit when in Ahmedabad.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Ahmedabad is from October to March
How To Reach
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October 01st, 2016 was the day when we were supposed to leave our respective destinations. We reached Ahmedabad within 1 hour and 15 minutes and thereafter left for the hotel. The journey for the hotel was a good 45-50 minutes but I must say it was worth it. We checked into Hotel Grand O7. This is a humongous 250 acres property located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, near Bopal 444. My room was located on the 11th Floor and the view from the room was breathtaking. Without much adieu go ahead and check out the images of the hotel and thereafter we will speak about my trip further:
From rides on a toy train to visits to an aquarium and as well as a butterfly park, one can experience this all at Kankaria Lake. You may be wondering, what about the prospect of boating? Well, yes, one can go boating and even enjoy some water sports here at the lake. If you wish to go on a cool stroll, then you will surely enjoy this lake and its pathways.
Sabarmati Ashram / Mahatma Gandhi's Home
Lying on the western banks of the River Sabarmati, this ashram is a peaceful heaven that is situated at a distance of 5 kilometres from Ahmedabad city. This ashram was founded by the great man himself, Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 as he struggled to free the country from the reins of the British Empire. It is from this place that Mahatma Gandhi carried forward his persistent struggle and garnered much support for the March of 1930 towards Dandi. The ashram is filled with items that were used by Gandhiji such as his khadi spinning wheels and, handicrafts and handmade paper.
The famous Persian duo Azam and Muazzam built the Sarkhej Roza which by no means is less that and architectural marvel. The monument is dedicated to the Saint Ganj Baksh and represents a blend of Islamic and Hindu culture and artistry. The place now stands as a famous pilgrim spot in the city of Ahmadabad of Gujarat and I frequented by a number of tourists who seek to get a glimpse of the tomb of the patron saint. One is said to be mesmerized by the beauty and intricacy of the tomb.
4. Manek ChowkType - Street Market, JewelleryFamous For - Jewellery, Street Food, Fruit & Vegetable, HandicraftTimings - 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM (All Days Open)Location - Within walled city, near Bhadra Fort, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380001Click here for directions. 5. Rani no HajiroType - Street Market, MonumentFamous For - Women Clothing, Traditional Garba clothesTimings - 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM (All Days Open)Location - Gandhi Rd, Manek Chowk, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001Click here for directions.
On your first day in Ahmedabad, visit the Sabarmati AshramHead to the Sabarmati Ashram and indulge in the rich history that this quaint space offers. The display of the archival material at the ashram takes you back in time to the Gandhian Era, when Sabarmati served as a hub for the freedom movement in India.
We went to Jami Masjid which is an architecture marvel about 700 years old mosque. Its always worth going to a religious place early morning for the peace it reflects. After the mosque, we stopped by at Lucky Tea Stall for cuppa tea and bun maska. Lucky Tea stall is quite popular among tourists as its tables are flanked by green painted Muslim graves. It was an experience in itself to sip tea with the dead.
Chimanlal Girdharlal Road
8. CG Road/Chimanlal Girdharlal RoadType - Shopping Center, Famous RoadFamous For - Shopping Malls, Traditional Shops, Hand Made Painted Pottery, GarmentsLocation - Chimanlal Girdharlal Rd, Ahmedabad, GujaratTimings - 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM (All Days Open)Click here for directions.
The Heritage Walk organised by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is nonetheless the best way to understand the city's rich history. It starts at 8 am daily, at the Swaminarayan Temple and ends in nearly two and a half hours at Jama Masjid. [No pre-bookings required. Just show up at the temple a few minutes before 8 am and you can buy your pass right then and there] I would have walked through the same parts of the city, as I did during the heritage walk, and not carried a mind-set to remark, as I rather did during the walk. After meandering through the many historic alleys and a few pol communities, I could see the old town of Ahmedabad much clearly. The amazing part was that I could amble in the old city without ploughing my way through milling crowd. Early mornings are wonderful, silent and uncrowded. I noticed the residents busy with their mundane. We even entered a couple of houses to see the architectural heritage, amidst of the owners of houses busy with their routines, and not a slightest sign of antipathy on their face for us intruding their privacy; actually many would be intruding their privacies each day. Perhaps that is the essence of our cultural heritage, I learned. You feel familiar.
Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
Koteshwar Mahadev Temple (152 km from Bhuj)is at the dead end of the land mass beyond which is the vast salt marsh and the sea. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated at the edge of the vast water body of Kori Creek hence, constructed on a high platform and bounded by stone boundary to protect damage from constant water splashing. It was told that the lights in Karachi, Pakistan are visible from here in clear nights.
Dhal Ni Pol
As I walked a little deeper, I found the many happy locals sitting outside their congested homes, as if only waiting for my welcome, in their own unconditional way. Some were even peering from their ancient looking window, sharing a confused look at my 60 ltr rucksack and a much customary Indian face. As I struggled through a few intermingled by-lanes of Dhal ni Pol, and before I could even reach my place, I was stopped by a curiously looking family, asking for my whereabouts. The youngest of all, probably in his late teens, spun an immediate invitation to join them for some kite flying. My first few hours in the city, and it turned out to be that simple - travelling in Ahmedabad, talking to the locals and even celebrating a festival with a family. At this time of the year, people from across the world might just be looking uninterested and lazy after a series of traditional Christmas and New Year festivities, but not so in Ahmedabad. Here the streets were preparing for some action. People were ready to revel and celebrate.
7. Fernandes Bridge/Shahid Bhagatsing BridgeType - Street Market, Book MarketFamous For - Old and New Books, You can sell your old books tooLocation - Fernandes Bridge, Tankshal, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001Timings - 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM (All Days Open)Click here for directions.
The largest mosque and one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture present in India, the Jama Masjid is located just opposite the Red Fort in Delhi. The mosque which means commanding view of the world was built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658. It has a very spacious compound that can accommodate thousands of devotees at once. The main architectural attractions are the minarets and towers. The main tower has a 5- storey structure with projecting balconies on each level. The work of calligraphy is worth mentioning too. The main materials used were sandstone and marble.
17. Ambaji Temple -Built by Brahmins, Ambaji Temple attracts people from all religions far and wide. Open seven days of the week, it has been welcoming its crowd of devotees for ages now. Entirely built of white marbles alongside gold cones, the temple has only one entrance. It is believed that Goddess Amba has prohibited her disciples from constructing other doorways. Among major religious functions are the frequently conducted ‘havans’ and reading of the Vedic texts called ‘Viso Yantra’. Located no more than 70 kms from Ahmedabad, consider it the easiest way out of your usual idol worship- given the temple has none.
Induben Khakhrawala is your go to place to buy khakhra, fafda, all kinds of pickles, thepla, packed dosa and every gujarati snack you can think of. We bought all that tempted us and by the time we had to leave, we had an extra bag of packed snacks with us. We returned back to our friend's stay, booked a cab and off we were to the airport.
As I got off the auto-rikshaw at Raipur Darwaza and slowly walked inside the gated community of Dhal ni Pol, the Kites, a few dozens of them, suddenly reappeared like memories. It turned out that I happen to be in Ahmedabad a few days before the kite festival season Uttarayan, a holiday also known as Makar Sakranti. Evidently, more colourful street scene and the many lively conversations were only waiting for me in the days to come.