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Ahmedabad

Gandhi Ashram:

Situated close to Vadaj, the Sabarmati Ashram was the dwelling place of Mahatma Gandhi. Established by the Mahatma himself in 1915, the ashram is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ahmedabad.  The ashram, located by the side of the Sabarmati River, boasts of a calm and serene atmosphere. It was commonly referred to as the Satyagraha Ashram when the Mahatma was alive. This site has much historical importance in India, being the place where the famous Dandi March was begun by Gandhi in 1930. Visitors are able to view the three wise monkeys along with many teachings of Gandhi. Today, the ashram carries the legacy of the Mahatma and houses a handmade paper factory, a handicrafts factory and a spinning wheel factory within the premises.

 

Sidi Sayed Mosque:

The Sidi Sayed Mosque is well-known for its architectural brilliance and is one of the most important shrines of the Muslim community in the city. The intricate and beautiful Jhali screen remains framed in ten different semi-circular windows, carved out of a single rock. A perfect instance of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, tourists interested in witnessing the magnificent architecture of the city of Ahmedabad should definitely visit this site.

 

Kankaria Lake:

Situated in the southeast region of Ahmedabad, the Kankaria Lake is an artificial lake dating back to the period of the Sultans. The lake was set up by Sultan Qutb-ud-Din as early as in 1451 AD. The lake was once the bathing ghat for the Sultans and their queens and was frequently visited by the legendary Mughal Emperor Jahangir and his wife, Noor Jehan. An island garden known as Nagina Wadi, set in the middle of the lake adds to the haunting beauty of the Kankaria Lake. Boating facilities are present here.

 

Hathisingh Jain Temple:

Located on Shahibaug Road, the Hathisingh Jain Temple is a marvelous structure, composed entirely out of white marble in 1850. This elaborately carved Jain Temple is dedicated to the 15th Jain Apostle or Jina, known as Dharmanath. Intricate carvings adorn the walls of the two-storied temple, depicting elements of the contemporary lifestyle, such as musicians. The temple gets its name after Sri Hathee Singh, a rich Jain merchant, who undertook construction of this magnificent temple.

 

Swaminarayan Gurukul:

Even though this is a residential and day boarding school, the education system and infrastructure of this site are a must watch. The school is run primarily by the Swaminarayan faith of Hinduism. The main school building has the appearance of a royal palace which is a delight for visitors. Apart from formal education, the school also offers training in archery, horse-riding, Ayurveda and Yoga.

 

Akshardham Temple:

The Akshardham Temple is a rare combination of expertise and tradition, depicting the richness the Indian culture. A major temple belonging to the Swaminarayan sect, this cultural complex is noted for its stunning architecture. Pink sandstones, carved in an intricate manner, impart an enchanting look to the whole complex. A seven feet tall statue of Lord Swaminarayan is one of the highlights of the temple.

 

Auto World Vintage Car Museum:

Situated at the Dastan Farm House, the Auto World Vintage Car Museum is the private vintage car collection of Shri Pranlal Bhogilal, which is a must-visit for car enthusiasts. The Museum houses a collection of over 100 cars, most of which are beautiful to behold. Classic cars from international brands like Maybach, Cadillac, Chrysler, Rolls Royce, Ford, Jaguar are present here. Every single car happens to be in perfect driving condition and visitors can even drive them in exchange for a fee.

 

Bhadra Fort:

Built by Shah Alam as early as in 1411, the Bhadra Fort gets its name from the Bhadrakali Temple it houses. Nestled in the heart of nature, the temple is a beautiful combination of detailed carvings, lattice works and stunning frescoes. The arches in the entry gate contain inscriptions depicting the history of the fort.

 

Darpana Academy of Performing Arts:

One of the oldest academies of performing art in the city, the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts boasts of a grand amphitheatre known as Natarani, overlooking the River Sabarmati. The academy is among the few places where internationally acclaimed performing artists are brought in the city.

 

Vaishnodevi Temple:

Popular among both devotees and tourists alike, the Vaishnodevi Temple in Ahmedabad is located in the city limits. The strategic setting of the site, modeled after the renowned temple in Jammu and Kashmir, ensures that the temple witnesses large crowds throughout the year. The principal deity of the shrine is Vaishno Devi.

 

Kamla Nehru Zoo:

Perfect for a day out with the family, the Kamla Nehru Zoo is located along the banks of the majestic Kankaria Lake. The zoo is famed for its collection of albino animals. The place also serves as the natural habitat for several birds, mammals and reptiles. Endangered species such as flamingos, Asiatic lions, Chinkaras, Mouse Deer can also be spotted here.  A museum is also present inside the zoo premises. The zoo was designed by the noted zoological expert, Reuben David.

 

Shaking Minarets:

This astounding example of technical expertise and craftsmanship remains a mystery to the elite architects of the modern era. The towers of the Shaking Minarets move slightly back and forth. The minarets are a part of the Siddir Bashir Mosque, which itself boasts of a wonderful design.

 

Law Garden:

The Law Garden, situated right in the centre of the city, is the most popular picnic spot in Ahmedabad. Apart from enjoying the lovely ambiance, visitors can look forward to various creative hobbies to pass the time. Local vendors flock to the site to sell their wares, ranging from handicrafts to clothing materials. The place gets its name after the law college located adjacent to it. Music and dance concerts and festivals are celebrated at this site.

 

Science City:

The Science City, located in Sola Santej Road, is a government venture to provide tourists with didactic and recreational opportunities. It was established in the year 1960 and has won accolades from both the masses as well as respected educationalists. The IMAX 3D theatre in Science City offers a unique experience to children. The Energy Education Park, simulation rides, Aquamobil dancing fountain are all added attractions. The Life Science Park boasts of thousands of butterflies and cacti.

 

Vastrapur Lake:

This is a pictorial picnic spot located in the western part of Ahmedabad. Surrounded by green lawns it is a popular spot of several cultural events.

With ample spaces for opportunities for boating as well as walks, this is an ideal spot for a family outing. There is also an adjoining children’s park.

 

Teen Darwaza:  

This is a triple domed gateway, a royal entrance with carved stone works facing Bhadra Fort. Previously the Sultans used to watch processions from the palace standing here. It is a historical landmark of Ahemedabad with thousands of visitors every month

 

Dada Hari Vav:

This is a marvelous age old monument depicting the art and craft of the bygone eras. Adorned with several ornamented arches and columns, this is a must watch in Ahemedabad.