Places To Visit In Ahmedabad
Places To Visit In Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad has surely changed from the time of Sultan Ahmed Shah and become a prominent metropolis, but what hasn’t changed about it is its charm. The city has always been the heartbeat of western India and has remained an important seat no matter which era we talk of.
Today, we see a wonderful mélange of old and new Ahmedabad and it indeed does keep things interesting for the tourists. Be it the incredible latticework or the pols, be it the grand Jumma Masjid or the Adalaj Step Well everything has a story to tell and TRUST ME it is a story you sure want to listen to.
Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad
Located in the Kalupur area of Ahmedabad, Shri Swaminarayan Temple (also known as Akshardham Temple) is a shrine dedicated to Narayan Dev. This splendid temple was built in the year 1822 on the instructions of Swaminarayan, who was the founder of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism. Embellished with vivid colours and intricate carvings, Swaminarayan temple is a marvellous example of the architecture of the nineteenth century. Inside the sanctum, the deities are decorated with ostentatious ornamentations and beautiful fabrics. The temple attracts a million people on the day after Diwali for darshan.
The main complex of the temple is spread over a vast area making the spectacle of the temple a marvellous sight to behold. This temple is also the headquarter of the Nar Narayan Gadi, which makes it an even more revered temple among believers. Beautifully carved out of Burma Teak wood, the intricate detailing in the carvings of this temple makes it an engineering masterpiece. The personal artefacts of Swami Narayan are also preserved for safe keeping here. The temple is also quite well known for its morning ‘Aarti’ or prayer service, which is a mesmerising invocation to the divine. The temple complex also has a multi-storey guesthouse and a medical clinic within its compound for the convenience of the visitors. Reflecting the many colours of spirituality, the Swami Narayan Temple is an unadulterated experience of the divine.
Dada Hari Wav, Ahmedabad
Built by a woman of Sultan Begara’s harem in 1499AD, these step-wells were made as a retreat during hot summers. Waiting to be filled with rain water, no matter what the weather is, it is always cooler within the Step-wells.
This ancient structure depicts the architecture of the bygone era. At ground level, much might not be visible. But as one rises just a little (with the help of stairs) there is suddenly a deep cascade of steps plunging down several stories, intricate carvings reflecting in the sunlight.
Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba, Sabarmati Ashram is undoubtedly the biggest tourist attraction situated in the 5km north of Ahmedabad’s centre, Gujarat. Located on the tranquil and serene stretch of Sabarmati River, it is also referred to as the ‘Gandhi Ashram’, ‘Mahatma Gandhi Ashram’ and most importantly, ‘Satyagraha Ashram’ as Gandhi began the famous ‘Dandi March’ from here. It is believed that Mahatma Gandhi chose this site for it is located between a prison and a cemetery and a Satyagrahi is likely to end up in one of these. In gratitude of the substantial impact Dandi march had on the Indian independence movement, the Indian government has recognised the Ashram as a national monument.
The Mahatma Gandhi Ashram has a number of other establishments within its bounds. The most famous among them is the museum ‘Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya’ which has some of Gandhi’s personal letters and photographs on display. The museum was initially located in Hridaya Kunj, Gandhi’s own hut in the ashram, but was formally shifted here when the museum was built in 1963. There are other buildings and sites within the Gandhi Ashram known as Nandini, Vinoba Kutir, Upasana Mandir, and Magan Niwas. These buildings are named after people who were close to Gandhi.
World Vintage Car Museum, Ahmedabad
A connoisseur of vintage cars converted his private collection of vintage cars into a museum. The collection comprises of the best of the world – Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Cadillac, Austin and many more.
The most interesting bit here is that you can get to drive the cars by paying a fee of Rs.500 for a fixed distance.
Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad
The second largest lake of Ahmedabad, formerly known as Hauz-e-Qutub, Kankaria Lake was built in the 15th century and was later revamped in 2008. Located in the south-eastern part of the city, it is a complete package of entertainment for your family. A pathway circumscribes the lake which has alluring activities and adventures for people of all age groups.
From balloon safari and zoo to toy trains and amusement park, Kankaria Lake has it all. You can also just rejuvenate in the garden as life in Ahmedabad city unfolds around you. The ecstatic ambience with high-spirited people is a cherry on the cake. It is perfect for evening strolls with multi coloured lights glowing all around its periphery. For adventure buffs, Kankaria Lake lays down a plethora of options for like archery, gymnastics and water rides. The most beguiling festival- Kankaria carnival is celebrated with immense vim and vigour. And you are wrong if the festival seems only a source of amusement to you! It also provides you with a great platform to showcase your talent in different competitions.
Kankaria Lake is a place where entertainment, culture, knowledge and talent perfectly blend with each other. Looking for a place where you can have ultimate fun with your family? Just head out to Kankaria Lake!
Dedicated to the 15th Tirthankara of Jains, Dharmanath, this two-storied white marble structure provides a delightful experience and the tiled courtyard is another unique aspect of the temple.
The courtyard is encircled by daunting row of pergolas with 52 shrines and each shrine shows remarkable designs and fine carvings. Named after Sri Hathee Singh, this temple follows an architectural pattern of the Diwara Jain Temples of Rajasthan.
Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Ahmedabad
Popularly known as Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jaali, the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque was built in the year 1573 and is one of the most popular and beautiful mosques located in Ahmedabad. This attraction has gained much admiration and reputation over the years, thanks to the architectural grandeur of the entire structure, and in particular, the ornate latticework, known as jali in colloquial terms. It is then no doubt that the place is a paradise for photographers and history buffs alike.
This monument is among the last few mosques that were built under the Gujarat Sultanate and was completed in the last year of their reign before the Mughals invaded Gujarat and defeated them. The construction of this fantastic mosque is credited to Sidi Saiyyed in the retinue of Bilal Jhajar Khan, the general in the army of the last Sultan, Shams-Ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III, of the Gujarat Sultanate. The mosque is especially famous for its beautiful ten stone latticework windows, also known as Jalis, on the side and rear arches. The stone slabs are carved in the designs of intertwined trees and foliage with a palm motif.
With the passage of time, these intricate work and carvings have become an unofficial symbol of the city of Ahmedabad. At the same time, the mosque serves as a memory of the time when Gujarat dwelled happily and prospered under the rule of the Muslims. In fact, the design for the logo of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, also seeks inspiration from this Sidi Saiyyed Jali. Earlier, the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque was used as a government office during the British Rule, but now is under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and is reputed as a significant tourist attraction in the country that is visited by tourists all year round.
Jhulta Minar, Ahmedabad
Located in Ahmedabad, Jhuta Minar is one of the most intriguing architectural wonders that the world has ever seen. They are still an unsolvable mystery. What makes the minarets unique is if one of the minarets is shaken then the other minaret shakes within a few seconds, while the connecting passage doesn’t transmit any movements or vibrations. Many architects and historians have tried to understand the physics and logic behind the unrelated movements of the minarets. It is these movements that have led to its name, Jhulta Minar which translates to swinging minaret.
The 500-year-old structure is located in the Sakar Bazar of Ahmedabad. It was initially a part of the Sidi Bashir Mosque which was later torn down during a Gujrat Sultanate war. The minarets were to be the entrance of the mosque. The minarets have a striking architecture that makes them stand out and leave the visitors in awe. The curiosity behind the movement of these minarets is not new, many British men during the Raj have tried to understand the reason for their movement. One Englishman almost had the minarets taken down to understand why they tend to move the way they do.
Law Garden Night Market, Ahmedabad
One of the most famous gardens of Ahmedabad the Law Garden becomes a favorite place for shopaholics with vendors and shopkeepers bustling on the scene.
You can buy exclusive wall hangings, bandhej sarees, chaniyas (long colourful skirts), antique jewelry and more at reasonable price if you use your bargaining skills a bit.