Though many associate Ahmedabad with Sabarmati Ashram and Kankaria Lake, there is so much more to see and experience in Ahmedabad. Bearing a rich legacy of Hindu and Muslim rulers, Ahmedabad is a historic city with a glorious past. It is a bustling city with marvellous mosques, archaeological landmarks, temples, patriotic monuments, glorious museums, gardens, and many other tourist sites. With so many things to see, we have taken out the best ones for you here in the guide for places to visit in Ahmedabad.
30 Stunning Places to Visit in Ahmedabad
1. Sabarmati Ashram
Undoubtedly, the most popular landmark of Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Ashram is a colony established by Mahatma Gandhi to initiate many activities like khadi Udyog, animal husbandry and others. Tourists come here today to look at the famous hand-operated charkha, eyeglasses, wooden slippers, books, letters and other memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhi.
The library and museum contain books, manuscripts, life-size paintings, photographs, and other items.
- Special Attractions: Upasna Mandir, Magan Niwas, Udyog Mandir, Nandini, Hriday Kunj, Ashram Museum
2. Jama Masjid
Among the most beautiful mosques in India, this mosque is just as spectacular as Delhi’s Jama Masjid. Made of yellow sandstone, this mosque has innumerable pillars with intricate carvings and decorations. Its interiors are constructed in a way that allows natural light to filter in through beautiful latticework screens. It is widely believed that pieces of vandalized Hindu and Jain temples were used in its construction.
- Special Attractions: Yellow sandstone architecture, wide courtyard, carved pillars
3. Sarkhej Roza
To witness the rich legacy of the Muslim rulers who ruled Ahmedabad, you should visit Sarkhej Roza. This is a stunning complex of tombs and mosques, built around an artificial lake. A major archaeological landmark of Ahmedabad, Sarkhej Roza has elements of Persian and Mughal designs in its construction.
It is an impressive structure with elegant jali designs, intricate latticework, palaces, and pavilions. Le Corbusier, the famous architect described this as ‘Ahmedabad’s Acropolis’, and compared it with the Acropolis of Athens.
- Special Attractions: Persian designs, tombs, Sarkhej Lake
4. Swaminarayan Temple
Awe-inspiring temple architecture and intricate carvings are the first things you notice upon entering this popular temple complex in Ahmedabad. Also called Akshardham Temple, this temple is a major religious site for millions of Hindus all over the world.
It has the 10-storey tall idol of Lord Swaminarayan, decorated with beautiful gold leaves. More than 6000 tonnes of red sandstone was used in its construction and has 93 sculptured pillars. In the evenings, a sound and light show called Sat Chit Anand Watershow is held here.
- Special Attractions: Nar Narayan Temple, Akshar Bhavan, Temple for women, Havelis
5. Hutheesing Jain Temple
Among the famous Jain temples of Ahmedabad, Hutheesing Jain Temple is built of marble and is dedicated to Dharmanath, a 15th-century Jain Tirthankara. The temple has a huge courtyard with 52 cubicles having shrines of different Tirthankaras.
The intricately carved marble, ornate pillars, a large dome, spires, and magnificent columns are the attractive features of this temple. Expert craftsmanship worked for constructing this temple and is an architectural marvel of Ahmedabad.
- Special Attractions: Stone architecture, carved pillars
6. Kankaria Lake
The most famous tourist attraction of Ahmedabad is Kankaria Lake. This lake is a favourite spot for picnics, leisure walks, recreational activities, evening strolls, and fun. The lakefront has been developed into a top entertainment zone with attractions like boating, zoo, toy train, water rides, water park, food stalls, Kids City, and other entertainment facilities.
In December, Kankaria Carnival is held here, which is a fabulous cultural mix of many events like magic shows, scuba diving, painting competitions, dog and horse show etc.
- Special Attractions: Kankaria Zoo, Lake Front, Butterfly Park, Kankaria Carnival, Train, Nagina Vadi
7. Bhadra Fort
This majestic fort is a top tourist attraction of Ahmedabad. Built in the 1411 AD, Bhadra Fort is an enormous fortress, which includes palaces, temples, courtyards and other buildings in its interiors. It has colossal arched gates, balconies, beautiful latticework, and Quranic inscriptions on the stone walls. The fort is said to have vast riches buried deep down, and one can also find dark tunnels, dungeons, in the fort. There is a temple of Goddess Bhadrakali outside the fort.
- Special Attractions: Teen Darwaza, Maidan Shahi, Lal Darwaza
8. Manek Chowk
This city square is the most famous area of Ahmedabad. It is a bustling vegetable market in the morning, jewellery market in the afternoon, and foodie destination in the night. It is surrounded by historic monuments and commercial buildings.
It has the renowned food street in Ahmedabad. There are many restaurants, roadside eateries, stalls and shops offering mouthwatering and unique foods like kulfi, innumerable types of dosa, flavoured sandwiches, dabeli, dhokla, chaats, and many other unique food items.
- Special Attractions: Shopping, Street Food, Jewelry, Apparels
9. Adalaj Step Well
The architectural marvel of step wells is beyond anything seen in Ahmedabad. These step wells were the only source of water in the arid region of Gujarat. Among the many step wells in Gujarat, Adalaj Step Well is the most spectacular and even the most famous.
Built in 1499, this step well has a beautiful flight of stairs, platforms, galleries, carved floral and geometric motifs, and figurines. Its structure is such that sunlight rarely enters inside and the temperature inside gets lower as you go down.
- Special Attractions: Architecture of the place
For lovers of archaeology, a visit to Lothal is most rewarding. Located 75 km from Ahmedabad, this was a part of the Harappan Civilization, which existed 4500 years ago. This site was a part of a well-planned city and a major seaport with drains, public baths, houses, channels, wells and other features. Digging at this site has revealed earthen pots, bead jewellery, weighing instruments, seals, bird and animal motifs.
- Special Attractions: Excavation sites (Dockyard, Acropolis, well, warehouse, kitchen area, cooking blocks, drainage system, bead maker’s kiln), Archeological Museum
11. Jhulta Minara
A very mysterious but still most attractive landmark of Ahmedabad is the Jhulta Minara or Shaking Minarets. They are so called because when one minaret is shaken, the other minaret begins to vibrate on its own. This fact has puzzled archaeologists since a long time, and research could not yield the answers to this day. Apart from the mystery attached to it, the two minarets are the most beautiful piece of architecture, with intricate carvings.
- Special Attractions: The carvings and the history of the place
12. Teen Darwaza
Another magnificent marvel of Ahmedabad, Teen Darwaza is a three-arched gateway built by the founder of Ahmedabad, Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411. It has intricately carved walls and pillars. It is one of the oldest and the longest gateways in Ahmedabad and is a striking example of Islamic architecture. It is close to Bhadra Fort and has seen many historic events in its life.
- Special Attractions: Street Shopping
13. Lal Darwaza
The most famous shopping area of Ahmedabad, Lal Darwaza actually is the magnificent arched gate that is among the many gates of Ahmedabad. The gate has balconies inside its structure and is fabulous in its design and architecture.
The place around has acquired the name of the gate itself. The place is a huge market where you can buy electronics, ethnic dresses of Gujarat, kids wear, and other items. You can taste the delicious street food of Ahmedabad like Dhokla, Paan, Pani Puri etc.
- Special Attractions: Street Shopping, Street Food
14. Rani no Hajiro
This tomb complex in Ahmedabad is another marvellous architectural landmark of the city. It has several tombs and marble cenotaphs of the queens of the Mughal Empire. Magnificent walls surround the graves and it’s a serene and quiet place amidst all the noise of the city. Beautiful hand-woven zari cloth was used to cover the graves. The open-air courtyard and the entire structure is a marvel of Hindu, Jain and Islamic architecture.
- Special Attractions: Tombs, architecture, shopping
15. Calico Textile Museum
One of the finest museums dedicated to textiles is Calico Textile Museum in Ahmedabad. It has an exclusive collection of fabrics, textiles, Kashmiri shawls, and other artefacts collected from remote corners of India. You can watch out for royal garments and attires, tribal costumes, gorgeous saris, silk threads, beadwork, pichwai paintings, art items, miniature paintings and other rare collections.
- Special Attractions: Pichwai paintings, Jain art items, tribal art, handicrafts, miniature paintings
16. Vechaar Utensils Museum
Containing the priceless collection of antique and rare utensils, nutcrackers, and nut cutter, this museum is a top attraction of Ahmedabad. The collection includes incense burners, lamps, betel boxes, pitchers, ritual accessories, pots, collected from various corners of the country. It has utensils and equipment of various metals like silver, bronze, zinc, wood, stainless steel, copper etc. The utensils are hand-made and created without using machines.
- Special Attractions: Utensils from various eras
17. Auto World Museum
For those who love vintage cars and automobiles, this museum is a treat. The museum has the finest collection of vintage cars and automobiles like Rolls-Royce, Bentleys, Daimler etc. There are motorcycles, antique vehicles, utility vehicles, buggies, collected from all over the world. While visiting, don’t miss the exotic collection of limousines, railway saloons, convertibles, sports cars, horse-drawn carriages and others.
- Special Attractions: Autos from various eras
18. Law Garden
This well-maintained garden in Ahmedabad is a relaxing place for Amdavadis. The lush green surroundings of the garden are ideal for a lovely time with friends or family. Couples too, come here to enjoy the garden. The market near the garden is a delightful shopping place. There are various stalls and street shops selling traditional garments, ornaments, handicraft items, and other things. The street food too is quite delicious.
- Special Attractions: Night market, Street food
19. Dada Hari Vav
This step well in Gujarat was built 500 years ago for storing water for use in the hot summer months. It has cascading stairs going down to the bottom where water was stored in earlier days.
The elaborate carvings in this step well and intricate craftsmanship is seen in its exquisite architecture is a stunning reminder of the high level of ingenuity and foresight of rulers of those days. It is best to visit the step well in the morning when the golden rays of sunlight trying to enter the step well, illuminating the dark corners.
- Special Attractions: The excellent craftmanship
20. Gujarat Science City
A wonderful world of science and technology awaits you at Gujarat Science City. Built in 1960, this place is perfect for kids as well as adults, as they will see many real-life applications of science and its inventions.
There is a 3D IMAX theatre, musical fountain, amphitheatre showing virtual reality movies and simulation rides. Exhibits in the Hall of Space, Hall of Science, Energy Park, and Earth Pavilion are fun as they demonstrate with experiments about the scientific concepts in a fun way.
- Special Attractions: Scientific wonders
21. Vastrapur Lake
This man-made lake in Ahmedabad is a perfect place for relaxation and peace. Families and couples can find the perfect ambience to spend a quality time in the midst of the quiet waters of the lake and its natural greenery. There is a jogging track around the lake, a children’s park, and an open-air theatre for cultural and entertainment programmes and events.
- Special Attractions: The great view
22. ISKCON Temple
Also known as Hare Krishna Mandir, ISKCON Temple in Ahmedabad is a spectacular temple devoted to Krishna and Radha. The temple has breathtaking architecture and intricately designed patterns on walls and prayer rooms.
The temple premises also have fountains, gardens and lush greenery. There are other deities too inside the temple. The morning and evening aarti inside the temple with the sacred hymns echoing among the walls is not to be missed.
- Special Attractions: Serene environment, intricate architecture
23. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Museum
The museum dedicated to India’s great leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was originally built in 1622 by British India as one of their cantonments. After the independence, it was made into a museum showcasing the various memorabilia related to the great leader.
There are personal objects that belonged to the great leader. Archives depicting the achievements and life of the great leader will make you immerse in India’s glorious history. There are interactive multimedia halls having 3D exhibits illustrating his immense role in India’s independence.
- Special Attractions: Artefacts and exhibits from various eras
24. Sanskar Kendra
If you are curious to know about the history of Ahmedabad, you will get a glimpse into the city’s past at the Sanskar Kendra, a cultural centre and museum located near Sardar Bridge. Its design was made by the famous architect Le Corbusier. The exhibits inside range from sculptures, old relics, photographic plates, illustrations, historical documents and manuscripts highlighting the art, culture, various chapters of history, and traditions that made Ahmedabad what it is today.
- Special Attractions: Glimpse of the city’s past
25. Nagina Wadi
Situated in the middle of Kankaria Lake, Nagina Wadi is an amusement park and entertainment centre for all. A tree-lined walkway will lead you straight to this park. Visiting this place is the most joyful and thrilling things you can do in the popular Kankaria Lake.
You can taste delicious food and refreshments in the food stalls here. The musical fountain show here is a special attraction. Lit by colourful lights, the dancing fountains seem to light up the evenings in Kankaria Lake. You can do speed boating, jet skiing, and boating too.
- Special Attractions: Musical fountain, boating, water sports
26. Sidi Saiyeed’s Mosque
A visit to this mosque in Ahmedabad will delight you beyond words. The mosque is a major attraction of Ahmedabad and certainly its most beautiful monuments. Built in the 16th century, the mosque is a fabulous work of Islamic architecture.
It is most famous for the flamboyant lattice stonework on its windows. The delicate lattice jaalis show the ‘Tree of Life’, with the main stem of the tree and the branches spread out all over the window. Do take a camera with you as you will need it in this mosque.
- Special Attractions: Architecture, culture
27. Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum
This museum in Ahmedabad is a treasure trove of knowledge. It’s a popular tourist attraction of Ahmedabad. Here, you can literally lose yourself among the manuscripts, rare printed books on many subjects and various languages.
Besides books, there are miniature paintings, stone sculptures, textiles, coins, terracotta artworks, tribal art, metal sculptures, and other exhibits. The museum will take you back to ancient times and is a treat for history lovers.
- Special Attractions: Exhibits, Paintings, Sculptures etc
28. Parimal Gardens
Among the most beautiful gardens of Ahmedabad, Parimal Gardens is one where you can be away from all the traffic and pollution of the city. It has plenty of greenery and trees everywhere. There are swings and slides for kids, walking trail, fountains, and coloured lights inside the garden. For families with kids, couples or singles, this is the ideal place to spend some peaceful time in the midst of nature.
- Special Attractions: Getting closer to nature
29. Maniar’s Wonderland
Maniar’s Wonderland is an amusement park and adventure zone in Ahmedabad. It has plenty of thrills awaiting kids and youngsters. You can play with real snow in the Snow Zone, splash about in the Water Park, or enjoy the fun at the Play Zone. There are other attractions too like Aqua Roller, Aqua Ball, Joy Boats, Bumper Balls, Zip Line, Toy Train, water sports, buggy ride, desert bikes, and many others.
- Special Attractions: Various adventure activities
30. Rani Sipri’s Mosque
Another gem in the many historic monuments of Ahmedabad, Rani Sipri’s Mosque blends Hindu and Muslim architectural style in its splendid structure. There are long corridors lined with intricately carved columns, screens with jaali decorations, a domed roof and floral motifs on its walls. It is an important place of worship for the Muslims even today.
- Special Attractions: Architecture of this beauty
Though there are others too, these are the top sites to visit in Ahmedabad. Some of them are mysterious and astonishingly beautiful. They are the icons of this bustling city of Gujarat, and its top tourist attractions too. If you also are surprised to find out about these places, do visit them on your next visit and make your Gujarat trip more memorable and exciting.
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