One of the largest city and former capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is also known as Amdavad. It is situated on the banks of Sabarmati river, mostly known for its tourist attractions. It is famous for its cotton textiles, street food places, diamond cutting and much more. If you are thinking of visiting Ahmedabad, here are some reasons to go.
What Ahmedabad is Famous For
1. Sabarmati Ashram
One of the places that is most famous in Ahmedabad city, Sabarmati Ashram is one of the residencies of Mahatma Gandhi. The Mahatma lived here for twelve long years during India’s freedom struggle. The ashram now has a museum, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya. It has thousands of visitors everyday and it is open everyday of the year from morning 8 am to 7 pm.
2. Textile City
Ahmedabad is widely known as the textile hub of India. As a result, there are loads of great wholesale markets for clothing. Such is the dominance of textiles in this city, though, that there even is a textile museum. Here you can see a collection of all the different types and varieties of antique indian textiles. If you want to know about India’s rich textile history then this place is for you. The textile museum is open in the morning hours.
3. A 600-Year-Old-Mosque
One of the oldest mosques in the city built in the year 1414 and was named after the founder of the city, Ahmed Shah. It said to have been used as the royal household’s private mosque.It is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city due to its architecture like the prayer hall with black and white marbles with a separate chamber for women.
It was the first attempt made by the Hindu artisans to build the mosque in islamic style which lead to this architecturally beautiful mosque.
4. Excellent Street Food at Manek Chowk
A busy shopping market in the morning and a yummy street food place at night, this place serves all the different types of snacks in the city. Some of the must try items here are Paani Puri, Masala Dabeli, Jalebi and much more. It is also open till late night.
- Location: Near Bhadra Fort
5. Lal Darwaja Market
One of the most famous and busiest markets in Ahmedabad. This places has different stalls selling clothes, electronic items and handicrafts. Think of it as a budget shopping market. You can spend hours here just window shopping, so if you have some time to kill, here’s where to go. It can be visited along with family, friends or solo. Open all days of the week, from 11 am to 10 pm.
6. Saree Shopping at Sindhi Market
Close to the main center of Ahmedabad, Sindhi Market is a great place to buy traditional clothing. If you have enough clothing, you can head here to buy bed sheets and other linen or even handicrafts and dress material at a reasonable/wholesale price.
7. Delicious Kharkra at InduBen Na Khakhra
If you are craving some tasty khakras and Gujarati snacks, this place is a must visit. Famous for their khakras, they also serve other items like fafda, papad, Mukhwas and much more. If you want to have some good food that is also healthy, then this place is for you.
- Location: CG Road, Navrangpura
8. Wedding Shopping at Dhalgarwad
One of the oldest market in Ahmedabad, this place is known for its traditional fabrics, which is why many brides-to-be will do their wedding shopping here. It also offers a unique collection of cotton prints like Kalamkari, Mangalgiri, Jaipur prints and much more. Famous for its traditional fabric Bandhej and silk patola sarees, this place is a must for a family shopping. It even offers few household items too.
9. Law Garden
The famous public garden in the city. One side of the lush green garden is the market, full of stalls selling handicrafts, jewelry, dresses, accessories and much more. It even has few food stalls, selling delicious Chinese food, in particular. The places is best experienced at night, when the place is all lit up and the smell of yummy food is in the air..
- Timings – Mon-Sun (5:30AM to 10:30PM)
10. CG Road
If you are looking for both trendy and traditional clothing to buy at reasonable prices then this area is for you. It has many malls around, such as Super Mall and Iscon Mall and many more. Some of the shops to head to for souvenirs to take back home include Khadi Gramudyog Emporiums, Kapasi Handicrafts Emporium, Gurjari and Hastkala.
11. Kankaria Lake
One of the biggest lakes in Ahmedabad, initially known as Hauz-E-Qutub, Kankaria Lake was once a bathing place for the royals. There is now a garden in the center of the lake with a summer palace called Nagin Wadi. It has many food stalls around the corner and pathways for people to walk around and take it in the scenery. A great romantic place for couples to visit, as you would expect. It is best experienced when visited in the evening as you can enjoy the sunset on a boat.
12. Kite Museum
Located in Paldi and established in the year 1985 by Mr. Bhanu Shah, it is an absolute delight to kite lovers. It has a rare and huge collection of different type of kites that are made and used all across the globe. As of now the museum has 125 varieties of kites. If you want to learn the sport and relive your childhood days then this place is a must visit for you.
13. Science City
It was setup by the Government of Gujarat in 1960 to let the students know the importance of science and how science has evolved and changed the human life over the years. It is located in Hebatpur with an Imax 3D Theatre, an energy park, a life science park, a musical fountain and much more. For a full day of fun that even educates the kids, the Science City is a must visit.
Ahmedabad is a wonderful, if crowded, place, with plenty to do and see. While textiles are what it is most famous for outside the city, within it, there’s plenty of activity, entertainment and life. So head on over for a holiday and help us add to this list by narrating your experience in the comment section below.