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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular museums in Ahmedabad?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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For a city that’s dubbed as ancient, museums are an inherent part of the skyline. And there’s no doubt that Ahmedabad is one such city. The largest of all cities in Gujarat, it has got some of the most visited museums in the region. So when you plan your to visit the tourist places in Ahmedabad, do weave in these amazing museums in your itinerary:

  • The Calico Museum of Textiles

Dubbed as one of the finest textile museums in the whole world, this place is a must visit. You’ll be spellbound by the artifacts and Indian fabrics that the Calico Museum has up for dekko. Owing to its foundation in 1949 with the aim of promoting Ahmedabad’s textile industry, it’s the face of the entire industry today. Confirm your visit in advance as the museum authorities allow just 20 visitors in one batch. Moreover, you can enter only 15 minutes before the commencement of the museum tour.

Timings: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, 3 pm to 5 pm

Address: Opposite Underbridge

Shahibag

Ahmedabad

380004

Gujarat

Telephone: +91-79-22868172

  • Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

Craving to get a peek of those palm leaf manuscripts, the rare miniature paintings, or the famous sculptures that Ahmedabad is so famous for? If yes, then Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum is the perfect place for you to be at. It’s a trailblazer of sorts, preserving the rarest of rare manuscripts ever since its foundation in 1956. It has the biggest collection of Jain manuscripts, plus the rarest of books in Sanskrit, Pali, Old Gujarati, Apabhramsa, Hindi and Rajasthani.

It’s open on all days except Mondays and public holidays.

Timings: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm, 8.30 am to 1 pm (from May 01 to June 15 every year)

Address: University Road

Ahmedabad

Gujarat

Having on display an astounding number of 3000 rare utensils, this museum is one of the rarest of its kinds! You’ll be overwhelmed by the village like feel that this museum has, keen to keep strong to rural roots. It’s like entering a time warp, with the clock needles stuck on an era long gone. My word - don’t skip a visit to this one.

It’s open to visitors on all days except Mondays.

Address: Opposite A P M C Market

Vasna

Ahmedabad

380055

Gujarat

Telephone: +91-79-26607974

Official Website: http://www.vishalla.com/index.html

Sabarmati Ashram Museum

This historical place sprawls on the western banks 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 for 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

You can turn over another leaf in the history books by visiting the Auto World Vintage Car Museum. It the private collection of vintage car enthusiast Pranlal Bhogilal open to public for a dekko and even a drive! Yes, you can drive one of those vintage beauties for 3.5 kms for a meager sum of around INR 600! Steer clear of the crowd on the streets as you get hold of a Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maybach, Jaguar, Cadillacs, Austin, Chrysler, Lincoln, Ford and much more. This museum will add the perfect dash of antiquity to your tour. ‘Explore’ is certainly the buzzword at Ahmedabad.

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