Exploring a city is easy. You hire a cab, get a guide book, go to the attractions mentioned, and shop for some memorabilia. That’s it! Is it? Not really! When traveling to a new place, one has to have a bit of a tourist and traveler both in them. A tourist who wants to see all the famous landmarks and attractions of the city and a traveler who intends to take the road less traveled.
On the banks of Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is a city of the future with its roots deeply embedded in a rich past that speaks of a long list of powerful emperors, cruel colonizers and the peace loving Father of the Nation. If you have plans to visit this city which is off the tourist radar you have to have a bit of both tourist and traveler in you.
We give you a full proof plan to do Ahmedabad.
An Interesting Past:
It is surprising to know that this city doesn’t get many tourists or travelers. Though it has a fantastic list of historical landmarks that doesn’t start and end with Gandhi Ashram. An array of forts, temples, mosques and some unique structures are famous in the city. The ones that are sure to intrigue you are Juma Masjid, an epic landmark in yellow stone; Jhulta Minara, as the name suggests, it is an architectural wonder that can moved with a little force; Bhadra Fort, built in the 15th century during Maratha rule; Heritage houses of Poles that are the traditional houses built almost 600 years ago.
And of course, the Gandhi Ashram. It is a mix of historical landmark and museum though and draws maximum tourists from around the world. Gandhiji’s abode still continues the work started by him; you will find a handmade paper factory and a spinning wheel factory. The Vaishno Devi Temple, Akshardham Temple, Hathisingh Jain Temple are some of the famous religious shrines with intricate carvings and sculptures. There are a few step wells in Asarwa that are worth visiting.
Hari ni Vav is one, and it is a few minutes by rickshaw from the Jain temple. However, if you want to experience a perfect example of the step well, travel 18 km north of Ahmedabad and visit Adlaj Step Well. The walls and pillars are full of exquisite carvings.
Museums And More:
You will find some of the best and most intriguing museums in the country here.
Calico Textile Museum: Housed in a traditional Gujarati carved wooden haveli, this museum is one of the best of its kind in the world. It displays a wide variety of textiles and clothes and also furniture, crafts, and artifacts.
Auto World Vintage Car Museum: The private collection of Shri Pranlal Bhogilal has been transformed into a museum, and it displays over 100 vintage cars.
Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum: If you are a connoisseur of art, you shouldn’t miss this museum that has the best display in the city. A wide variety of Indian painting ranging from the works of Tagore to traditional art from Nepal and Tibet and terracotta work, this museum is sure to enthrall you.
Science City: The newest attraction in the city, draws locals and tourists alike. A huge attraction for kids, young adults and young at heart, this place shows, there is no age for learning.
Husain Doshi Gufa: Go there for the Kanoria Art Gallery, Vikram Sarabhai Science Museum, and the charming al fresco restaurants, mainly food trucks that flock to this place.
Sabarmati Skyline Tour: A zip line tour that crosses the tranquil Sabarmati.
Metalabad: A place for music enthusiasts in Gujarat. Check out the website to know all upcoming gigs.
Dine With Dead: Scary? But true! New Lucky restaurant in Ahmedabad is built on an erstwhile Muslim Cemetery. The graves that lie between rows of chairs and tables are believed to be of some Sufi saint. It is not a turn-off, the eatery is always bustling with food lovers.
Law Garden Night Market: Law Garden is the best place to shop to your heart’s content any time of the day. Then what is so special about the night market? The street food. Food and shopping is a deadly combination and doesn’t fail to impress anyone.
Bird Watching: Those visiting in winter take a day trip to Nal Sarovar or Thol bird sanctuary. A paradise for photographers and bird watchers.
Treebo has launched their first hotel in Ahmedabad. The same quality guarantee, the same standard of service can now be experienced in Ahmedabad. Get a taste of the famous Gujarati hospitality when you stay there.