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Rupali Khanna Apr 29 2014

Which are some of the best places to stay and eat in Ahmedabad?

Benazir Khan Apr 29 2014
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The best places to stay in Ahmedabad are near the Nehru Bridge on the east bank of Sabarmati. Here, you are close to the heritage sites in the Old City but a little away from the noisy and polluted railway station stretch. Top choice is the 1924 colonial haveli MG House (Tel: +91-79-2550-6899; Tariff: INR 5,990-12,990), the House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, opposite Sidi Saiyyad’s Mosque.

A photo of Sidi Saiyyad's Mosque (by Vrajesh jani)

Most of its 10 rooms have a jhoola and all have Internet connection. Its rooftop restaurant, Agashiye, is amazing (see Where to Eat alongside). The Taj Gateway Hotel Ummed (Tel: +91-79-6666-1234; Tariff: INR 10,000-28,000), close to the airport, and Le Meridien (Tel: +91-79-2550-5505; Tariff: INR 7,500-20,000) are high-end luxury hotels.

Among some convenient midrange hotels in the city are Hotel Nest (Tel: +91-79-2656-2211; Tariff: INR 2,700-3,200) on CG Road and Hotel Westend (Tel: +91-79-26466464; Tariff: INR 3,350-4,800), near Ellis Bridge. Another option would be the Royal Highness (Tel: +91-79-2550-7450; Tariff: INR 3,300-4,500) near Lal Darwaza in the heart of the Old City — tariff includes breakfast and a free shuttle service to the airport. Hotel Serena (Tel: +91-79-2551-0136; Tariff: INR 550-950) and Hotel Capri (Tel: +91-79-2550-7143; Tariff: INR 500- 1,000) can also be tried.

A photo of Ellis Bridge, beside which one can find a host of options for hotels, including Hotel Westend Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad has an incredible variety of dining halls serving traditional Gujarati thalis at reasonable rates — arguably the most diverse vegetarian palette in India. Don’t miss the farsans (a delicious variety of savouries), shrikhand (strained, flavoured, sweetened and whipped yoghurt) and aamras (available seasonally — pure and thick mango pulp, blended and sweetened). Try Gopi Dining Hall at Ellis Bridge.

Another of Ahmedabad’s dining experiences is Agashiye, the terrace restaurant on top of MG House. The buffet meal with traditional Gujarati food is average, but you pay for being in the lap of luxury, smoking a hookah and drinking juice while waiting for your table. Almost on the edge of town, on the way to Sarkhej Rauza, is the recreated Gujarati village of Vishalla. Here one can lounge on charpoys; thalis for lunch and dinner.

A photo of traditional Gujarati delicacies, as served in famous restaurants in the city (by Kirti Poddar)

If you stop by at tea-time, ask for snacks and juices. If you’re non-vegetarian, you should head to Bhatiyar Gali by Teen Darwaza, which houses Muslim restaurants and street food shops, each specialising in a distinct preparation. Do try the meat samosas here. Across the road from Bhatiyar Gali is the Vadilal Soda Fountain, quite the local institution here. A must for their delicious icecreams such as Sajan Sajani Roll Cut, 15 August, Spot Chocobar.

You need an alcohol permit to drink in Gujarat. Permits are issued to foreigners and visitors from other Indian states at special shops. Check with your hotel for permit rates
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