Ahmedabad visit is incomplete without a step well hence now proceed towards Dada Harir Vav, an octagonal five storeys deep stairwell. Each floor carved with beautiful motifs, huge vents and pillars. As you’ll step down in it, a deep network of stairs and pillars plunging down multiple storeys will start appearing with rays of sunlight illuminating its beautiful carvings.
Next stop will be Hutheesing Jain Temple, built with white marble, adorned with beautiful domes, with a unique Manastambha (Pillar of honour) inspired by Chittore’s Kirtistambha. In the vicinity is Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the first temple Swaminarayan Sampraday established by the Founder Lord Swaminarayan Sahajanand himself.
And now head to the most popular destination of Amdavad, the residence of Gandhiji named as Hridaykunj or popularly known as Sabarmati Ashram. Located on bank Sabarmati river and now converted to a museum, this huge place not only depicts the entire timeline of Gandhiji, but also displays various photographs, paintings, books and other belongings including his true relics like world famous charkha or spinning wheel.
To satiate your hunger, try the delicious food served at Sabarmati Restaurant operated by same organisation simply opposite to Ashram. By this time, sun will be settling down making it a perfect time to visit Sabarmati Riverfront. Recently emerged as a major tourist attraction this place encourages environmental sustainability and cleanliness among people.
Spend some time relaxing in soothing ambience of various parks and boulevard built along Sabarmati riverfront and then visit the biggest lake in Ahmadabad, Kankaria Lake for some entertainment packed flea markets and authentic food stalls. Mark this place as your last stop of the day.
In case you’re long-weekend is over, then left to airport to fly back to home! But In case you’re staying another day in Ahmedabad, then plan on visiting following places: -
• Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Museum dedicated to Iron Man of India, exhibits many objects related to Indian National Movement surrounded in beautiful gardens.
• Vechaar-Utensils Museum with an extensive collection of utensils dating back to 100s of years in time till now.
• Kite Museum housed in Sanskar Kendra in Paldi displays of a plenty of uniquely carved kites consisting mirror-work and block print kites etc. Whereas Sanskar Kendra itself exhibits Ahmedabad from its cultural, historical and architecture point of view. Interestingly, it houses the longest incense stick in the world as well.
• Calico Textile Museum and L.D. Museum of Indology are too among this list which deserve a visit when in Ahmedabad.
ISKCON Temple or Hare Krishna Temple by world famous ISKCON group to experience spirituality
Adalaj Stepwell another magnificent architecture and bigger version of Dada Harir Vav situated close the capital city of Gujarat, Gandhinagar.
Lothal(around 80 kms) is 4500 years old popular Indus Valley Site civilised on the banks of the mystical extinct Saraswati river. Wonder of its ruins reveals to tales ancient civilisation discovered in excavations here.
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