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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top experiences you must not miss in Ahmedabad?

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A distant cry from the glitz laced, overcrowded tourist spots that you usually visit, Ahmedabad makes for an experience that feels out of this world. Silent most of the times, it breaks out in cries of festivities without a hint. That’s how this is. The attractions that certainly make to the top experience list here are:

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




Telephone: +91-79-27557277

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

  • Navaratri

Here comes the grandest of all celebrations -  Navaratri or the Festival of Nine Nights! It starts 9 days prior to Dussehra, another major festival. No experience in this world can equal the exuberance that comes of participating in the Navaratri festival in Ahmedabad. The city is at its pompous and grandest for these nine days as masses dedicate the days to Hindu Goddess Durga, the most revered of all deities in the whole of India. Unmatched enthusiasm, gatherings, dance parties and Garba, Gujarat’s famous dance form, plus a lot more of fun and frolic awaits you here. Don’t forget the plates full of special Gujarati dishes. It’s nothing less than tempting.

  • International Kite Festival Or Uttarayan

A strong crowd of thousands descends at Ahmedabad, with the drawing near of Uttarayan. January 14 is the big day that has enthusiasts waiting for the festival to commence. It celebrates the end of winters and the sky turns a myriad of colours as kites of enticing designs engage in what seems like a clash of titans! Kite lovers from all over the world and India can be seen having a blast at rooftops, with Gujarati delicacies like surati jamun, laddoos and Undhyu adding to their energy. Chinese flying dragons, Italian kites, candle-lit kites and, hold your breath, 500 kites on a single string - all this and much more awaits you. Happy Uttarayan!  

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




A history that seeps back to the very foundations of this city makes for its past, while its present glides away to the highest echelons of modernity. Treading these two extremes is this wonderland. Do visit.  

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