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.
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.
So, on our day 2, after our hectic schedule of Ahmedabad to Mehsana and then back to Ahmedabad, we took some time and explored the law garden area and their amazing display of night market. Seriously, it would have been shameful if we wouldnt have made this visit. On reaching there, we could see this never ending flea market full of colours, beautiful handicrafts, dupattas, block prints, chikankari, bandhani and so much more. All these things at so affordable prices that you are spoilt for choice. Pretty hand worked dupattas starting from just 150/- and chikankari kurtis as below as 200/-. God! Wow! There are so many amazing food stalls to relish and amuse your tongue.We spent about an hour in this flea market stretch which one can visit everyday from 7 P.M. onwards and unlike flea markets in Goa, these offer pure Gujarati handicrafts. We also went to the very famous Induben Khakrawala shop in Mithakali, just few kms away from Law garden. This place is again a must visit because of its immense variety of Gujarati snacks and you just can't miss their Bhakarwadis. Yummy! I swear!After our exploration, we were damn hungry, and as per a pre-determined plan, we went to the heaven of Gujarati Thali- Agashiye.Yes, it's the house of MG! Agashiye located centrally in the busy city streets, provide your eyes with amazing tentalizing views and most importantly the best, I repeat, the best Gujarati Thali in Ahmedabad. It's a heritage hotel cum restaurant. The food here was amazing and they serve only Gujarati thalis and different Thali every day. Ended up bursting and went straight to the hotel room to dump ourselves into our beds.
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.
This temple is situated in Gandhinagar and just about 45 minutes drive from Ahmedabad. This is one of the largest temples of the state and was established in 1992 by the Bochanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha. This is undoubtedly one of the best and easiest places to visit near Ahmedabad within 50 kms and there is also a lot to see over here. They have the beautiful temple along with the research centre, green garden full of shady trees and blooming flowers and the light and sound shows in the evening.Distance from Ahmadabad - 30 Km
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.Distance from Ahmadabad - 174 Km
Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
The story of Koteshwar begins with Ravana, who won it as a boon from Lord Shiva for an outstanding display of piety, this Shiva linga of great spiritual power. But which Ravana, in his arrogant haste, accidentally dropped and it fell to earth at Koteshwar. To punish Ravana for his carelessness, the linga turned into a thousand identical ones, some versions of the story say ten thousand, some a million. Unable to distinguish the original, Ravana grabbed one and departed, leaving the original one here, around which Koteshwar Temple was built. The temple is also known as Kotilingeshwar Temple.
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.
Law Garden Night Market
This place happens to be a night market that sells items like blouses that are embellished with stone and coloured sequins, long traditional skirts that are referred to as Chaniya's, costume jewelry and some beautiful home decorative items. These products are right from the very heart of India, its villages and one is just tempted to buy from here. It is no wonder that the place is extremely famous among the locals and makes for a great tourist destination as well.
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.
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.
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.