The manchester of the east and the pride of Gujarat Ahmedabad city is stands tall since last 600 years. The city is famous for it’s history, architecture, food and politics during independence era. Ahmedabad is a friend of every major city of India and the people of city welcomes all the tourists with open heart. Ahmedabad has very rich history in politics because of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and our very own prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi. Ahmedabad has some glorious historical monuments which defines the true tradition and culture of the city. During the Navratri and Uttarayan lots of people from other states specially comes to Ahmedabad to witness and celebrate the festival. Ahmedabad is one of the crucial part of India’s economy. The city is growing rapidly and in terms of tourism, education and business sector. Lets talk about some of the best places to visit in Ahmedabad city.
11 Best Places to Visit in Ahmedabad City
#1 Sabarmati Ashram
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Sabarmati Ashram which is also known as Gandhi Ashram is most popular tourist attraction of the town. This ashram was the center point during the independence era as most of the activities from freedom movement has been done here. This ashram is on the banks of sabarmati river and very quiet place for tourists. The cottage where gandhi ji lived is also in the ashram and known as Hriday Kunj Ashram. There is also one musuem in the ashram which you will find different items of mahatma gandhi such as books, letters, glasses and many more things. Just besides the Gandhi Ashram there is dandi bridge from where mahatma gandhi took dandi march against the british to demolish the tax on salt.
#2 Adalaj Stepwell
Youngsters loves the beauty of this step well as you will find maximum youngsters here who loves the structure of this beauty. Adalaj Stepwell was constructed way back in 1499 and decorated with floral structures and figures. At the start of the stepwell there is platforms and galleries which gives pleasure to photographers.
#3 Kankaria Lake
This is hot favorite location of Ahmedabad people as they are gathered here with their families and friends over the weekend. Elders and youngsters love to jogging here early in the morning. This is the largest lake of Ahmedabad city and developed in recent years. Tourists can do various activities here in kankaria lake as it has Zoo, lots of rides, food stalls and balloon. I recommend you to visit this place in December to witness the fun of week long festival which celebrated here. If you are visiting this place in evening then don’t miss the laser show in Nagina wadi.
#4 Sabarmati Riverfront
Sabarmati riverfront is one of the hottest sightseeing of Ahmedabad. Riverfront is beautiful picnic spot, hangout place and very good for photographers. You will find college students on weekdays and families on weekends here. Here people can do different fun activities like just walk along the riverfront, boating, segaway ride or just sit and enjoy the amazing view. This place also organizes the kite festival, flower show and many other good events for city people.
#5 Manek Chowk
90% of Ahmedabad People have visited this place once in a life time. This place is known as a food street of Ahmedabad and it’s a loudest place of the city. Manek Chowk is located at old Ahmedabad city and it’s surrounded by amazing historical places like rani no hajiro, badshah no hajiro, ASE building and pols. This place is like heaven for foodies as they will find lots of food items here from punjabi to chinese, from south indian to continental and maxican too.
#6 Hatheesing Jain Temple
Hatheesing Jain Temple is completely made by marble and constructed in the year 1850 by a jain merchant. This temple was dedicated to Dharmanath the 15th Jain Tirthankara. The temple is must place visit for all as it has beautiful carved walls and perfect place for meditation. One of the most interesting thing about is temple is that in its pave courtyard there is 52 cubicles which are dedicated to different Tirthankaras. Hatheesing Jain Temple is one of the finest temples to visit in Ahmedabad.
#7 Bhadra Fort
If you love to see biggest shopping area surrounded by some forts then visit Bhadra Fort now. This place is located in old Ahmedabad city area and was built in the year 1411 by Ahmed Shah. This fort houses has beautiful mosques, gates and open spaces. This places is the cultural center of the city and recently in 2014 it was renovated by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
#8 Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid which is also known as Jumma Mosque is one of the finest and beautiful mosque of Ahmedabad. In the year 1924 this mosque was constructed in the era of Ahmed Shah I. This mosque has graves of Ahmed Shah, his son, queens and grand son. This mosque is located at the old city of Ahmedabad. This is one of the famous islamic site of Ahmedabad and heaven for photographers.
#9 Rani no Hajiro
Rani no Hajiro is located nearby Manek Chowk and it’s a tomb of Ahmed Shah’s queens. This complex has 8 marble tombs which are beautifully carved with metal and mother of pearl. These tombs are queens of Ahmed Shah | and Gujarat sultanate rulers. The stone designs are mix of Hindu, Islamic and Jain Architecture style. Around this complex there is colorful market too which offers traditional jewelry, accessories and clothes.
#10 Sidi Sayed Mosque
Sidi Sayed Mosque was built back in 1573 by sidi saeed who was an Abyssinian in the retinue of Bilal Jhajar Khan a general in the army of Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate. The mosque is very popular because of beautifully carved windows (Jalis). If you visit this place then don’t miss to watch the walls because it has beautiful geometrical designs. This place is popularly known as Sidi Sayed ki Jali. If you observed Ahmedabad closely then you will get to know that this is unofficial symbol of the city. The IIM Ahmedabad logo is also designed based on this jali. One more thing – Don’t forget to visit Lucky tea stall which is just across the road and very famous for tea since years.
#11 Calico Musuem of Textiles
At the start of this article I mentioned Ahmedabad city as the Manchester of the east. The reason behind this name is its textile industry and it was booming business of Ahmedabad in the past. Calico museum of Textiles was built in the year of 1949 by Sarabhai family. The calico museum defines the history of textiles in India. The wide varieties of all fabrics are available in different colors and patterns here. This beautiful museum designed in Gujarati haveli architecture and large range of fabric collections are there across the world. Textile students often visit this place to get in-depth knowledge of textiles.
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