Fondly called as ‘Amdavad’ by its local populace, the city of Ahmedabad lies on the banks of River Sabarmati. It is the financial capital of Gujarat and a perfect amalgamation of modernity and tradition. This place has both historical and cultural significance which makes it a tourist’s delight and an artistic haven.
Just go through our list of top 8 places in Ahmedabad if you are planning a trip to this city for the first time. Make sure you don’t forget to travel to these tourist hotspots when you visit Ahmedabad for a vacation or business trip!
1. Sabarmati Ashram
It is the signature place of Ahmedabad city and popularly known as Gandhi Ashram. This place was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and meeting place of many Indian freedom fighters during pre-Independence times. It functions as a museum and contains vast collections of letters, photographs, documents, and personal stuff belonging to the ‘Father of the Nation’. This place of historical significance is a major attraction for history buffs, sightseers, and scholars, alike.
2. Calico Museum
This state government-owned museum is one of the few exclusive textile museums present in the country and displays an incredible collection of fabrics sourced from different parts of India. Some of these fabrics are handmade almost 500 years old. We suggest you to sign up for the museum-conducted tour for better understanding of the history of textile in India.
3. Kankaria Talav or Karia Lake
This 15th century magnificent lake was built by Sultan Qutubbudin and is located in Maninagar. There is a lush green garden present in the middle of the lake which is aptly nicknamed as ‘Nagina Wadi’. This well-maintained lake covers an area of 2.25 square km. It offers many facilities for entertainment such as tethered balloon rides and commercial boat rides. For families with kids, there is a children’s play area called Kids City, Toy Train and Zoological Park. It’s a great picnic spot and you can also enjoy tasty foods from various food stalls present, at the spot.
4. Sarkhej Roza
Referred to as ‘Ahmedabad’s Acropolis’, this architectural wonder attracts hordes of tourists, all year round. This awe-inspiring complex has many stone-made pierced trellises. Unlike the normal trellises, these structures don’t have any arches. You will surely marvel at the sight of these elegant and unique structures!
5. Sidi Sayeed Masjid
his mosque was built in the year 1573 and displays walls and ceilings made of marble stone. The most attractive part of this mosque is the intricately-designed Jaalis or ‘Lattice’ which heightens the beauty of this monument. Every year, thousands of sightseers throng this place to revel in its magnificence.
6. Auto World Museum
This is a one-of-its kind museum which boasts of an impressive collection of more than 100 of the finest automobiles in the world, both vintage and new. These stunning pieces of technology are an absolute delight for car lovers. This popular tourist hotspot also has an in-house cafeteria and an auditorium. There is a designated station where you can go for a test drive in one of the select vintage cars. If you love to collect mementos then you should drop by the souvenir shop situated in a corner of the museum.
7. Manek Chowk
What makes this shopping area different from the others is the fact that it accommodates three different markets at three different times of the day. This place gets crowded with vegetable sellers and buyers in the morning. If you visit this area in the afternoon, then you will find this place teeming with jewelry shops. In the evening, this same area floods with various traditional and street food stalls and makeshift eateries. This prominent tourist haven and shopping hub is located near Bhadra Court in the old city of Ahmedabad. There are also many historical buildings and monuments, nearby!
8. Sardar Patel Stadium
Formerly known as Motera Stadium this famous cricket stadium was built in 1982 and is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA). It has a seating capacity of 54,000 and consists of two prominent pavilions. It serves as a venue for various state level, national and international cricket matches. However, you will need a prior authorization from GCA to tour this stadium.
There are other tourist sites in this city which are also worth a visit, such as, Bhadra Fort, Jhulta Minara, Law Gardens, and Jama Masjid. There is a beautiful temple of Badrakali within the premises of the Bhadra Fort. At Law Gardens, you can buy traditional Gujarati dresses and handicrafts at cheaper rates. The yellow sandstone-made Jama Masjid also manages to attract a sizeable number of tourists with its remarkable 260 pillars and 15 domes. If you want to know about the history of utensils, then Veechar Utensils Museum is the best place for you. A wide range and variety of old and new utensils are on display, here. Some of these utensils are made of German silver and almost thousand years old.