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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Ahmedabad?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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If the mind-boggling number of tourist attractions in Ahmedabad has you puzzled, fret not! An easy to follow itinerary is all that you need to plan your tour and you don’t need to go for brainstorming to get it done. Just take out your compass, lace up your walking shoes, check the fuel tank and follow this one:

  • Sabarmati Ashram is surely the best place to start your day at Ahmedabad. At just 5 kilometers from the city centre, tourists flock to witness the aura of the place that served as a 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.
  • Grab a quick bite or two if a detour of Sabarmati Ashram has got your taste buds craving. At some 5 kilometers away, Sidi Saiyad Mosque ought to be the next attraction on your itinerary, for it’s one of the very few buildings that are entirely arcuated, having archs as a major architectural component. A 10 minute drive from Sabarmati Ashram down Mirzapur Road will have you here. 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’. You can hire private cabs or taxis from the Ashram for reaching Sidi Saiyad Mosque.

  • Agashiye, one of Ahmedabad’s most loved restaurants, will look much more than just tempting after a dekko at Sidi Saiyad Mosque. Just a few minutes away from the great monument, Agashiye will have you asking for more of Gujarati cuisine, including mouthwatering Khata Dhokla, Be Padi Rotli, Patra Makai, Kachumber Salad, Mag ni fotra waldi Khichdi, Teti Limbu nu Sarbat and more. You can also savour the tasty non-Gujarati dishes.

  • Located at some 11 kilometers from Agashiye, Jama Masjid ought to be the next pit stop for the day. Drive across Ellis Bridge and take SH 17 and you’ll be at this wondrous place in 20 minutes. Revered as the oldest and most beautiful of all mosques of Ahmedabad, Jama Masjid has got a charm that remains unparalleled. It leaves you in a trance with the mesmerising interplay of light and shadows that goes on in its archways.
  • You can head towards Bhadra Fort after coming out of the reverie at Jama Masjid. The quickest way to get here is to steer towards Jawaharlal Nehru Road, for it’ll take you just about 17 minutes to cover the 11 odd kilometers. You’ll be awed by this formidable structure that 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.
  • Turn southwest on Jijabai Marg to lose yourself to the divine charm of Hathi Singh Jain Temple. At just 3.2 kilometers and 8 minutes, it’s more like a stone’s throw away from Bhadra Fort. Built in year 1848, this architectural beauty is dedicated to Dharmanatha, the 15th of Jain Tirthankars. It’s flocked by devotees of all religions and also sees a steady flow of tourists. This double storied building houses 52 shrines and 11 deities. Brilliant carvings on the front dome are a must watch.
  • Now that you’ve seen much of Ahmedabad, rev up your car to check out the attractions that are all around the city. Needless to say, Sarkhej is the most luring of all nearby places. It’ll just take an enjoyable drive of 30 minutes from Hathi Singh Jain Temple to fathom the 19 kilometers to Sarkhej. Hailed as the Acropolis of Ahmedabad, Sarkhej houses the very famous Sarkhej Roja Mosque. This mosque, dedicated to Saint Ganj Baksh, is often said to be a timeless entity for the layout of it is uniquely mesmerising. Plus, you can see a perfect fusion of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles.

  • A drive across NH 8C from Sarkhej is the shortest way to get to Adalaj.It’ll take you around 30 mins to fathom the 30 odd kilometers that separate the two attractions. Before going ahead with the sightseeing plan, do away with weariness at Pizza Station (opp Amber Tower). They dole out some piping hot pizzas, right in the heartland of Gujarat.
  • The major attraction here is the Adalaj stepwell, a structure of immense beauty. Built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, this well runs several stories deep. The main corridor to the well takes you a whopping five storeys down! One tip that you can tuck up your sleeve is to go to the place in bright sunlight, for the intricately designed motifs and figures seem to be suffused with a brilliant energy then. Almost every inch and space on the walls is adorned by some exquisite work - don’t miss the magic.

If you find yourself at crossroads, confused as to which one to take to Modhera - SH 41 or SH 134, here’s the answer. You can choose any, for both will have you at Modhera in 1 hour 15 minutes. A precise 81.4 kms in the odometer from Sarkhej and you land at Modhera. It’s one of the best constructed devotional places in western India. The entrance, with its carved arches, will usher you to the ground that houses 108 shrines, a breathtaking sanctum sanctorum and carvings of marvelling beauty on the walls. Experience the bliss of sheer beauty as River Pushpawati gurgles by the side of temple. And if all the roaming around makes you hungry, grab a quick bite at the PWD cafeteria here.

Won’t a hearty meal there be the perfect ending note to your Ahmedabad trip? I can see some nods out there! Go, gorge!

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Gujarat is an architectural marvel. You may opt to visit some of those in and around Ahmedabad...
Dada Harir Ni Vav
Bai Harir Sultani Mosque
Adalaj Vav
Sidi Saeed Mosque (that's the inspiration behind IIM Ahmedabad's logo)
Hutheesingh Jain Temple
and ofcourse
Sabarmathi Ashram (where Gandhiji started his movement)
You could opt for a dinner at Vishalla and a lunch at Gordhaan Thaal for a traditional Gujarati style platter thaali.
Another night you could have a buffet at Lemon Tree Hotel for an International style food. Don't forget to try out their several varieties of eggless cakes!
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