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About Ahmedabad

Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Nearest City to Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad

Best Time to Visit Ahmedabad: October to March

Peak Season: November to February

State: Gujarat | District: Ahmedabad

At a distance of 29 km from Gandhinagar, 109 km from Vadodara, 175 km from Bhavnagar, 220 km from Rajkot, 230 km from Mount Abu, 250 km from Udaipur, 257 km from Surat, 310 km from Jamnagar, 534 km from Mumbai, 585 km from Bhopal, 681 km from Jaipur and 905 km from Delhi, Ahmedabad is the largest city and also the former capital of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is India's first UNESCO World Heritage City and also regarded as one of the fastest growing cities in India.

Also known as Amdavad, the city of Ahmedabad is the commercial hub and also the living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat state. Popularly called as the Land of Gandhi, Ahmedabad is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation. It has been one of the most important centers of trade and commerce in western India since medieval times. Presently it is famous for its textile mills and is often referred to as the 'Manchester of the East'.

The history of Ahmedabad dates back to 11th century when it was known as Karnavati after the name of the King Karandev, a Solanki Ruler. The Solanki rule lasted until the 13th century, when Gujarat came under the control of the Vaghela dynasty of Dwarka. Gujarat was conquered by the Sultanate of Delhi at the end of the 13th century AD. Later, Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered the place and renamed it as Ahmedabad in 1411 AD. In the year 1573, the city of Ahmedabad was taken over by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Peshwas and Gaekwads jointly ended Mughal rule and established Maratha Empire in 1583. The British captured Ahmedabad in 1817 and was under the British till independence.

The city of Ahmedabad played an outstanding role in the India's freedom struggle. The Indian independence movement developed strong roots in the city when Mahatma Gandhi established two ashrams, the Kochrab Ashram near Paldi in 1915 and the Satyagraha Ashram on the banks of the Sabarmati in 1917 that would become centers of intense nationalist activities. Ahmedabad became the capital of the new state of Gujarat after separated from the State of Bombay in 1960.

Ahmedabad is a popular tourist destination as there are number of interesting places in the form of splendid monuments, wonderful museums and gorgeous lakes. Sabarmati Ashram, Kankarai Lake, Jama Masjid, Akshardham Temple, Adalaj Step well, Huthee Singh Jain Temple, ISKCON Temple, Vintage Car Museum, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Swaminarayan Mandir, and Sardar Patel National Memorial are some of the well-known places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is the nearest airport which is about 10 km from Ahmedabad. It has flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Cochin, and Lucknow. Ahmedabad Junction is well connected by trains with Mumbai, Allahabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Puri, Chandigarh, Tirunelveli, Kutch, New Delhi, Okha, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jodhpur, Lucknow, Rameswaram, Ajmer, Jaipur, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Dwarka, Bhavnagar, Vishakhapatnam, Bikaner, Mysore, Trivandrum, Kochi, Surat, Vadodara and Jaisalmer. Ahmedabad is well connected with buses from New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Agra, Jaipur, Gandhinagar, Gandhidham, Amreli, Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Mount Abu, Udaipur, Surat, Jamnagar, Bhuj, Porbandar, Anand, and Vadodara.

Ahmedabad is a land of fairs and festivities. Uttarayan International Kite Festival, Navratri, Diwali and Holi are the most famous festivals celebrated with great excitement and enthusiasm in Ahmedabad.

The best time to visit Ahmedabad is from October to March while the peak season is from November to February. Better to avoid summer as the sun is scorching during the days and the temperatures are high.

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Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 079
Languages Spoken: Gujarati, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Uttarayan, Navratri, Diwali & Holi
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How to Reach Ahmedabad

By Air

Nearest Airport: Ahmedabad - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (10 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Ahmedabad Junction Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Ahmedabad Central Bus Station (4 Kms)

Top 13 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

Heritage

#1 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 8 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Gandhi Ashram is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is one of the prime places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Formerly known as Satyagraha Ashram, the Sabarmati Ashram was established by Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1915 at the Kocharab Bungalow of Jivanlal Desai, a barrister friend of Gandhi. Later on it was shifted to the banks of Sabarmati River and then it came to be known as 'Sabarmati Ashram'. This was one of the residences of Gandhi, who lived here with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi from 1917 to 1930 CE.

The ashram was served as one of the main centers of the Indian freedom struggle. Gandhiji led the Dandi March or the Salt Satyagraha from this Ashram on 12th March 1930 and had taken a vow that he will not return to Sabarmati Ashram until India gained independence. In gratitude of the substantial impact Dandi March had on the Indian independence .....

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Heritage | Pilgrimage

#2 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 2 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Jama Masjid, literally known as Friday Mosque, is a splendid mosque situated within the old city region of Ahmedabad. Located on the western side of Manek Chowk, it is one of the beautiful mosques in India and among the top places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Also known as Jami or Jumma Mosque, Jama Mosque was built in 1423 AD during the reign of Ahmed Shah I, the founder of the Ahmedabad city. It is considered as the largest mosque in Indian subcontinent built in this period. The mosque was originally intended only for private use of the sultans. This edifice was built by using materials retrieved from the demolished Hindu and Jain temples. The most striking feature of the construction is its unique meshwork in the main prayer hall, which allows enough illumination into the room without any direct sunlight.

The mosque was built in Indo-Saracenic style and having very attractive carvings on walls and domes. Built with beautiful yellow .....

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Backwaters

#3 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 3 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Kankaria Lake is a manmade lake situated at Maninagar area of Ahmedabad. Formerly known as Hauj-e-Qutub, Kankaria Lake is the second largest lake in Ahmedabad and among the popular places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Covering an area of 76 acres, Kankaria Lake was built by Sultan Qutub-ud-Din in the year 1451 AD. It is basically an artificial lake with 34 sides and having shore length of quarter mile. The lake has slopes instead of steps at six places to reach water and is covered by square cupolas each raised on 12 pillars.

Lying on the south eastern side of the Ahmedabad city, Kankaria Lake is one of the most favorite picnic spots of the people of Ahmedabad. There is a beautiful island in the center of the lake known as Nagina Wadi or Bagh-e Nagina which houses a small summer palace and a musical fountain with multicolored laser lights that are displayed during night. An evening walk around the lake when the entire area is lit-up .....

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Pilgrimage

#4 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 29 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Swaminarayan Akshardham is a Hindu temple located in Gandhinagar city of Gujarat State. It is one of the most magnificent temples in India and among the top places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Dedicated to Swaminarayan, Akshardham Temple was commissioned by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) after initiation by its promoter, Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 1979. It took 13 years to complete and was inaugurated in 1992. It is a Hindu house of worship and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, education and unification. A specimen of fine craftsmanship, the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar is one of the largest and most prominent temples in the entire state of Gujarat.

Sprawling across an area of 23 acres, the temple complex consists of a splendid shrine, large prayer halls, exhibition halls, verdant garden and research center. Built by using tons of pink stones, this gigantic temple is 108 feet .....

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Heritage

#5 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 2.5 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Bhadra Fort is an ancient fort situated on the east bank of Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. It is one of the historical places in Gujarat and among the most popular Ahmedabad Tourist Places.

Bhadra Fort was built in 1411 AD by Sultan Ahmad Shah I, the founder of Ahmedabad city. In the year 1573, Bhadra Fort was taken over by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Under the rule of Mughals, Ahmedabad became the leading center of textiles in Gujarat. Peshwas and Gaekwads jointly ended the Mughal rule and established Maratha Empire in 1583 CE. The British defeated the Marathas in the war held between 1775 AD and 1782 AD but they gave back the fort after signing a treaty with the Marathas. The British captured the fort in 1817 CE and was used as a jail till independence.

The fort was named so because of the presence of Bhadra Kali Temple which was built during the reign of the Marathas. .....

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Pilgrimage

#6 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 2 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Swaminarayan Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Kalupur area of Ahmedabad. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Dedicated to Lord NarNarayan, Kalupur Swaminarayan Temple is the first and foremost temple of the Swaminarayan Sect. Swaminarayan Sampraday is categorized into two sections namely the NarNarayan Dev Gadi and the Lakshmi Narayan Dev Gadi. Swaminarayan Temple at Kalupur serves as the headquarters of the NarNarayan Dev Gadi. According to history, the land for construction of this temple was given by the British Imperial Government in 1822 CE. The task of constructing this temple was hand over to Anandanand Swami by Swaminarayan.

The structure of the temple is mesmerizing and has been designed like a mansion. The temple is carved in Burmese teak, and every arch and bracket is painted with bright colors. It is adorned with brilliantly ornamented domes and .....

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Museum

#8 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 6 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial is a museum and exhibition center situated in Shahibaug locality of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, it is one of the most famous museums in Gujarat and among the best places to experience Ahmedabad Tourism.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial Museum is housed in Moti Shahi Mahal, which was constructed between 1618 and 1622 for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The building was later used as a British cantonment to house the senior officials. In 1878, the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore stayed here and this building served as an inspiration behind his story The Hungry Stones. This palace became the Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Gujarat from 1960 to 1978 and was transformed into a national memorial dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the year 1978. Later in the year 2013, the infrastructure of the museum was enhanced with the latest .....

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Heritage

#9 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 21 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Adalaj Stepwell, also called Adalaj ni Vav is a stepwell located in the village of Adalaj near Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. It is one of the famous places of heritage in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Ahmedabad as part of Gujarat tour packages.

Also known as Rudabai Stepwell, Adalaj Stepwell was built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of Vaghela chief, Veer Singh. According to history, the construction of stepwell was started by the King Rana Veer Singh and he was died in a war with King Mahmud Begada unfortunately. Begada fell for the beauty of the widowed Queen Rudabai and asked her to marry him. The Queen agreed to marry Begada on the condition that he completes the construction of the stepwell that was started by her husband. He agreed and started the construction again. When the well got completed, Rani Rudabai jumped into the vav and committed suicide.

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Museum

#11 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 5 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Calico Museum of Textiles is a museum situated in Shahibaug area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It is one of the popular textile museums in India and among the top places to visit in Ahmedabad.

The museum was founded in 1949 by industrialist Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai. Originally, the museum was housed at the Calico Mills in the heart of the textile industry. Later the museum was shifted to Sarabhai House in 1983 due to an increasing number of exhibits. The museum has played an important role in determining the curriculum taught in the textile designing courses at the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. The museum is managed by Sarabhai Foundation.

The museum exhibits an enormous collection of fabrics, which are collected from all over the country. Bordered by the lush green gardens and fountains, the museum has two separate sections for textiles, the religious clothing section and the historic textiles .....

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Museum

#13 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 12 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Auto World Vintage Car Museum is a museum situated at Dastan Estate in Kathwada area of Ahmedabad of Gujarat. It is one of the best vintage car museums in Gujarat and among the best Ahmedabad Tourist Places.

World Vintage Car Museum was started by Shri Pranlal Bhogilal in the year 1927. Pranlal Bhogilal is an enthusiast of vintage cars and he has converted his private collection of more than 100 exclusive vintage cars into a museum at Dastan Farm. The museum exhibits several of the greatest cars of all types and ages from all over the globe.

The Museum houses some finest cars like Bentley, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Maybach, Cadillacs, Austin, Chrysler, Lincoln, Fords and many other varieties from the classic collections of USA and Europe. Most of the cars are built by renowned coach builders like Hooper, Barker, Gurney-Nutting, Fleetwood, Labaron etc. They are all hand built to individual specifications of the buyer. There are also .....

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Park

#15 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 4 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Sabarmati Riverfront is a waterfront developed along the banks of Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. It is one of the beautiful places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Sabarmati Riverfront is a project undertaken by Gujarat Government in order to preserve the river and promote tourism. Even though the project was proposed in 1960s, the construction was began in 2005. Since 2012, the waterfront is gradually opened to public with various facilities. The prime agendas of this project include environment improvement, social infrastructure and sustainable development.

The main feature of this 11 km long riverfront project is a two-level promenade situated on both sides of the river where the lower level serves only pedestrians and cyclists while the upper level is capable of hosting numerous cultural and educational events, leisure activities, large public parks and plazas and a few areas for commercial and retail development. This is an ideal spot .....

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Heritage | Pilgrimage

#16 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 12 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Sarkhej Roza is a mosque and tomb complex located in Makarba village of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. It is one of the popular historical places in Gujarat and among the best places to experience Ahmedabad Tourism.

Sarkhej Roza is an elegant architectural edifice comprising various buildings grouped around a stepped tank called Sarkhej Pond. These include the tomb of Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh, a mosque, the tombs of Mahmud Shah Begada and his queen, and a palace. It is also known as Acropolis of Ahmedabad as its design is often compared to the famous Acropolis of Athens.

According to history, Sarkhej Roza was a prominent centre of Sufi culture and where the Sufi saint, Ganj Baksh lived. It was on the saint's suggestion that Sultan Ahmed Shah set up his capital on the banks of Sabarmati River, a few miles away from Sarkhej. After the death of the saint in 1445 CE, Mohammed Shah has ordered to build a mausoleum in his remembrance together .....

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Shopping

#21 of 24 Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

At a distance of 2 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Manek Chowk is a bustling market situated in old Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat. Surrounded by historical places, it is considered as the second biggest markets in India and among the best places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Named after the Saint Maneknath, Manek Chowk acts as a vegetable market in the morning, a jewelry market in the noon and the street food market at night. This place has an average annual turnover of 3 million rupees. It is widely known for its street food stalls that start emerging around 9 PM and continue till midnight. The food is also very tasty and economical. Locals consider it a suitable place for hanging out with friends and family.

The Morning Vegetable Market is suitable for the people who are in search for fresh fruits and vegetables. Tourists who want to cook their own food can purchase fresh produce at really affordable rates. In the afternoon, Manek Chowk is a hub of gold and silver jewelry. There .....

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