Travelling has its own perks, right? For all those of you who are planning your next vacation, Ahmedabad can definitely be on top of your list this year. Well yes, it is the largest city in the state of Gujarat and a vibrant business district. There are many attractive tourist places near Ahmedabad too. One of the fastest emerging cities of India, it is also a rising centre of education, information technology, and various other scientific industries. Did you know that Ahmedabad is also known as “Amdavad” and local people call themselves as “Amdavadi”? The city is divided in two – The old and the new city. Thanks to the many tourist attractions here, Ahmedabad sees tourists almost all around the year.
The city of Ahmedabad was formerly known as Ashawal of Asha Bhil; Karnavati of Karanadev, Ahamdabad of Sultan Ahmed Shah, Rajnagar, the capital of Jainism, a politico-cultural city of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel and Amdavad of ‘Amdavadis’. The British spelled it as Ahmedabad and it became internationally known as Ahmedabad. Also called the Manchester of India due to the development of cotton and textile industry, it is the centre of Gujarati cultural activities and different ethnic traditions. The city offers a wide plethora of activities.
Top 14 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad
- Sabarmati Ashram
- Adalaj Step Well
- Kankaria Lake and Vastrapur Lake
- Akshardham Temple
- Hutheesing Jain Temple
- Sabarmati River Front
- Calico Museum of Textiles
- Jama Masjid
- Badhra Fort and Sarkhej Roja
- Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary
- Auto World Vintage Car Museum
- Manek Chowk and Teen Darwaza
- Sardar Vallabhai National Memorial
- Gujarat Science City
1. Sabarmati Ashram
One of the most popular tourist attractions of Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Ashram is a colony established by Mahatma Gandhi to initiate several activities such as Khadi Udyog, animal husbandry and various other activities. Tourists come here to take a look at the famous hand-operated charkha, eyeglasses, wooden slippers, books, letters and other memorabilia which personally belong to Mahatma Gandhi. Established in the year 1915, the Sabarmati Ashram also houses an informative museum which has a large number of original manuscripts and many letters written by Gandhiji. One of the archives also comprises of photographs and films on the life and achievements of Bapu. In Sabarmati ashram, you get a glimpse of the freedom struggle of India. Also look out for books, manuscripts, life-size paintings, photographs, and many other items of historical significance.
Some of the special attractions include Upasana Mandir, Magan Niwas, Udyog Mandir, Nandini, Hriday Kunj, and Ashram Museum
2. Adalaj Step Well
Gujarat is dotted with a number of step wells and these are the only source of water in some areas. Constructed back in the year 1499, Adalaj Step Well is among the best tourist place in Ahmedabad. The well is beautifully decorated with floral and geometric motifs, structures and figures. It also has beautiful galleries and platforms. Intricately carved pillars support the pavilions of the step well. Adalaj Step well is a good place to visit in Ahmedabad City.
Gujarat has some interesting stepwells, among them is the Adalj Stepwell in Ahmedabad. The unique well or ‘vav’ is constructed in sandstone, in keeping with the Solanki style of architecture. A popular tourist attraction in Ahmedabad, the well has eight sides and five storeys. There are many intricate carvings and sculptures. Travellers can also observe on the walls, scenes of people performing daily chores or exquisite dancing postures.
3. Kankaria Lake and Vastrapur Lake
The largest lake in the city of Ahmedabad, Kankaria Lake was originally built in the 15th century by Sultan Qutbuddin. It is one of the best places to see in Ahmedabad. What makes it special is – It offers something unique to everyone in the city from couples to kids. Fun events such as the Kankaria Carnival takes place every December and showcases a wide variety of cultural performances. Kankaria Lake is also an ideal picnic spot where people can enjoy some great time with their friends and family. The largest lake of Ahmedabad, Kankaria Lake is a complete entertaining zone. Water rides, balloon ride and many more amazement. Moreover, food stalls and kid’s centre make it perfect for families. During the month of December, the lake hosts a week-long festival.
A key tourist attraction in Ahmedabad is the Vastrapur Lake. Situated in the western part of the city, the lake is magnificent, with many well maintained lawns and the rock garden. The lake attracts people from all over the city, especially during weekends. There is a track surrounding the lake for joggers, as well as an open-air theatre and park for children. Many cultural activities take place in the surrounding areas of the park.
4. Akshardham Temple
One of the best places to see in Ahmedabad, Akshardham Temple is famous for their amazing examples of style and architecture. The star highlight of this temple is the 10 storey tall golden idol of Swaminarayan. The temple holds significant religious importance and more than 2 million people visit the temple every year. Light and music shows and audio animatronic shows are also organized on a day to day basis.
Akshardham belongs to the Hindu Swaminarayan group and it took almost 13 years to complete the construction of this temple. The length of the arcade of the temple is around 1751 feet. The enormous construction has a height of 108 feet, a length of 240 feet and a width of 131 feet. Famed for being an architectural marvel, the temple was made using 6000 tons of pink sandstone brought in here from Rajasthan. Trained artisans from Bansipahadpur, around 1000 in numbers, have done the detailed carvings.
5. Hutheesing Jain Temple
Hutheesing Jain Temple was constructed in the year 1850 by a Jain Merchant. It was built as a tribute to Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankara, and the temple is completely made of marble. The temple also features beautifully carved walls. The paved courtyard of the temple has 52 cubicles which are dedicated to different Tirthankaras. The temple is a must-visit for all. The tranquillity of the temple is perfect for some meditation. Hutheesing Jain Temple is one of the best temples and tourist attractions to visit in Ahmedabad.
The Huthee Singh Temple is an architectural marvel in white marble. Huthee Singh Jain temple is a double storied construction that has a dome on the front side. The other two sides of the temple consist of lavishly carved out galleries. The Hathee Singh Temple Ahmedabad is one of the most beautiful Jain temples in Ahmedabad and resembles the typical Jain temple architecture commonly seen in the temples of Dilwara and Ranakpur in the neighbouring state of Rajasthan.
6. Sabarmati River Front
The next most popular sightseeing option in Ahmedabad brings us to Sabarmati River Front. This is one of the best places to see in Ahmedabad. Located near the banks of Sabarmati River, visitors can indulge in a wide range of activities like walking along the waterfront, boating or just sitting by and enjoying the city view. It is indeed a great picnic spot for having fun with family and friends.
7. Calico Museum of Textiles
Dating back to 1949, the Calico Museum of Textiles was set up by the Sarabhai family. It is the well-known business family which wished to showcase the history of textiles in India. This museum in Ahmedabad is one of the finest textiles museums in the world. The museum is beautifully designed in Gujarati Haveli architecture and houses a large collection of fabrics from all across the country. A wide variety of fabrics are available in different colours and patterns. The museum has a number of ancient cloth paintings, religious textiles, handicrafts and tents back from the glorious years. Today, the museum has developed into an institute for scholars who wish to have an in-depth knowledge of textiles.
8. Jama Masjid
Also known as Jumma Mosque, Jama Masjid is one of the most beautiful mosques in Ahmedabad. The mosque dates back to the year 1424 during the reign of Ahmed Shah I. The mosque houses the graves of Ahmed Shah, his son, his queens and grandson. Built of yellow sandstone, the mosque lies in the old walled city of Ahmedabad. The key highlight of the mosque is the interplay of light and shadows that keeps playing between the archways. Jama Masjid is a famous Islamic site in Ahmedabad and one of the greatest tourist attractions.
9. Badhra Fort and Sarkhej Roja
Located in the walled city area of Ahmedabad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India, Bhadra Fort was built back in the year 1411 by Ahmad Shah I. The fort houses beautifully carved mosques, royal palaces, gates and open spaces. The fort underwent renovation in 2014 by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Today, Bhadra Fort stands as the cultural centre of the city.
Dedicated to Saint Ganj Baksh, Sarkhej Roja is beautiful mosque located 7 km from Ahmedabad in a village named Makraba. The mosque features an amalgam of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. The entire complex has a number of buildings around a stepped tank. Also known as the ‘Acropolis of Ahmedabad’, Sarkhej Roza holds immense importance in Sufi culture. It is the place where Saint Ganj Baksh lived for years. The mosque built by Mohammad Shah in the honour of this Sufi Saint. Sarkhej Roja is one of the best places to visit in Ahmedabad.
10. Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary
Among tourist places near Ahmedabad, this one is a must see. Set at a distance of 93 km from Ahmedabad City, Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India. This popular sanctuary covers an area of around 4950 sq. and houses Chestnut brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which is a species of wild horses. Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary makes you have a look at the rarest species of birds and animals.
It is also the natural habitat for many animals such as wolf, blue bull, gazelle, jungle cat, Indian foxes, jackal and hare. The sanctuary is a paradise for bird lovers. It is home to a number of birds like francolin partridge, bustard quails, houbara bustard, spotted & Indian sand grouse, flamingos, larks, pelicans, desert wheatear, vultures, laggar falcon, cranes steppe eagle, storks and ducks. Moreover, the sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in and around Ahmedabad.
11. Auto World Vintage Car Museum
For all those car enthusiasts, auto world vintage car museum is the place to be. The museum not gives an opportunity to have a look at around 115 vintage cars but also makes you fulfil your dream of driving a vintage car. Around 30 km from Ahmedabad, Auto World Vintage Car Museum is a haven for vintage cars. The charges for a drive in these cars vary and they begin from a minimum charge of INR 600. Guides present here inform about the history of these cars. The museum definitely deserves a visit from all the car lovers.
12. Manek Chowk and Teen Darwaza
The food street of Ahmedabad, Manek Chowk is one of the best places to see in Ahmedabad. Located in the old city, Manek Chowk is surrounded by prominent historical buildings like Rani no Hajiro, Badshah no Hajiro, Ahmedabad Stock Exchange Building and Mahurat Pol. With a visit to this bustling place, take a look at great architecture examples of India. The place is a complete paradise for all the foodies. Here you can relish authentic Gujarati street food. In addition, other varieties from Punjabi, Chinese, Continental and Mexican cuisines are also available in the market.
Another magnificent marvel of Ahmedabad, Teen Darwaza is a three-arched gateway built by the founder of Ahmedabad, Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411. It has intricately carved walls and pillars. It is one of the oldest and the longest gateways in Ahmedabad and is a striking example of Islamic architecture. It is close to Bhadra Fort and has seen many historic events in its life. One of the special attractions of this place is street shopping.
13. Sardar Vallabhai National Memorial
As the name suggests, Sardar Patel national memorial was established in the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was a great freedom fighter. Located in the environs of Shahibaugh in Ahmedabad, Sardar Patel national memorial museum is also known as Moti Shah Mahal. The museum houses various portraits of Sardar Patel, his family members and friends. You can also find the biography of Sardar Patel in the museum, which contains a detailed description of all the phases of his life.
A major attraction of the Sardar Patel national memorial museum is the national flag that was designed by the Indian National Congress in 1930 -1931. In the surroundings of the museum, lies a garden called Sardar Open Garden. The best thing about the garden is that, here you can get to see the peacocks (our national bird) roaming freely. Monkeys can also be commonly seen, so just be a little careful. Besides the museum and garden, there is also the Sardar Open Air Theatre, where documentary films are shown during specific occasions.
14. Gujarat Science City
A wonderful world of science and technology awaits you at Gujarat Science City. Built in 1960, this place is perfect for kids as well as adults, as they will see many real-life applications of science and its inventions. There is a 3D IMAX theatre, musical fountain, amphitheatre showing virtual reality movies and simulation rides. Exhibits in the Hall of Space, Hall of Science, Energy Park, and Earth Pavilion are fun as they demonstrate with experiments about the scientific concepts in a fun way.
So, now that you know what all places you can explore, all you have to do is book an affordable stay in Ahmedabad and get started. From budget hotels and mid-range accommodations to luxury resorts, you will find all kinds here. You can choose one as per your need and budget, and remember to book in advance to get the best deals. The best time to visit Ahmedabad is during the winter, from November to February. So, plan accordingly and get ready for a lovely vacation.