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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in Ahmedabad?

Manavi Kapur DEC 10 2012
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Ahmedabad is a city that’s steeped in history and culture. It’s got a richness in art, culture, history, traditions and more, something that only a few other cities can boast of. When it comes to checking out all the attractions that this city has to offer, you may even run out of options. Just don’t forget to cover these in your Ahmedabad tour itinerary:

  • Sabarmati Ashram

This historical place sprawls on the western bank of River Sabarmati. At just 5 kilometers from the city centre, tourists flock to witness the aura of the place that served as base for Mahatma Gandhi’s political activities and saw him trooping out on the famous Dandi March in year 1930. It became a beacon of hope for the supporters of non-violent movement in India’s struggle for freedom. Mahatma Gandhi founded it in the year 1915 and it still houses the evidences of his relentless struggle. Don’t forget to take a closer look at the handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels that are manufactured in the ashram. It also has on display some rare pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and, hold your breath, the letter that he wrote to Hitler on July 23, 1939! Now that’s what you call having something straight out of history books! Take a walk down memory lane as you roam down the alleys of 3 art galleries, a library and a book store, all within the precincts of the ashram. Hriday Kunj, Mahatma Gandhi’s abode in the ashram is also open to visitors. Take a dekko, for it’s a must. Entry is free.

Timings: 8.30 am to 6.30 pm

Address: Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya

Gandhi Ashram

Ahmedabad

380027

Gujarat

Telephone: +91-79-27557277

Official Website: http://www.gandhiashram.org.in/index.php

Famous for its architecture as well as its religious value, Sidi Saiyad Mosque is a must visit attraction at Ahmedabad. This ancient marvel was built in 1953 by Sidi Sayeed, army general in the battalion of Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III. It’s one of the very few buildings that are entirely arcuated, having archs as a major architectural component. The intricate latticework on the ten windows of the mosque is famous far and wide and has a charm that emanates sophistication and beauty. Its design is said to be depicting the interlaced branches of the ‘tree of life’.

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

Address: Dr Kankaria Road

Near Lal Darwaaja

Ahmedabad

Gujarat

380022

Revered as the oldest and most beautiful of all mosques of Ahmedabad, Jama Masjid has got a charm that remains unparalleled. It was built in 1424 when Ahmed Shah had the reins of Ahmedabad in his hands. It’s built of yellow sandstone and houses the graves of Ahmed Shah, his queens, son and grandson. It leaves you in a trance with the mesmerising interplay of light and shadows that goes on in its archways. Though a substantial part of it crumbled in the earthquakes of 1819 and 1957, Jama Masjid is one of the favourite tourist attractions in the whole of Ahmedabad.

Address: Old City

West of Manek Chowk

Ahmedabad

380022

Gujarat

This formidable structure was built by Ahmedabad’s founder, Ahmed Shah in 1411. Surrounded by pleasant greens all around, it houses the much revered Bhadrakali Temple and a palace, complete with balconies that are embellished with intricate designs and more. Going by the folklore, Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth once visited the place and blessed the city to be a prosperous one forever. And going by the commercial development of Ahmedabad, this lore might just be something more than a myth!

Address: Near Lal Darwaja

Ahmedabad

380022

Gujarat

Looking for more out of your tour to Ahmedabad? Well, fret not, for it’s a city of plenty! If you are left with more time, do not miss the other attractions of this beautiful city. There’s Dada Hari Wav, Sarkhej Rosa, Rani Sipri’s Mosque, Swaminarayan Temple, Hatheesingh Temple, Kankaria Lake, Kite Museum, Calico Textile Museum, Auto World Vintage Car Museum and Shreyas Folk Museum. Ahmedabad has so much to explore that you can spend an entire week, walking down the old, winding streets of the Old City, while you also get a chance to hobnob with the modern, sophisticated and stunningly prosperous side of the city.

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Gujarat is an architectural marvel. You may opt to visit some of those in and around Ahmedabad...

Adalaj Vav
(the above image is from there. Here's a challenge: spot the monkey in there)
Sidi Saeed Mosque (that's the inspiration behind IIM Ahmedabad's logo)
Dada Harir Ni Vav Bai Harir Sultani Mosque
Hutheesingh Jain Temple
and ofcourse
Sabarmathi Ashram (where Gandhiji started his movement)
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