In spite of having a traditional background, it is still one of the modern cities of India. Ahmedabad goes beyond the peak of calmness during the day time and visit it during Navratris to know what a real night life is.
Not just one, but you have many reasons to visit Ahmedabad:
SABARMATI ASHRAM: It is located in Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was the residence of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and most of the Indian Independence Movements led by Gandhi, originated from this place. Recognizing its importance, Indian Government declared it as a National Monument.
The ashram now has a museum, the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya and is one of an architectural marvel designed by Ar. Charles Correa; inculcating the concept depicting the simplicity of Gandhi’s Life. The painting gallery at the ashram depicts the life story of Gandhi. It even has a book store.
ADALAJ KI VAV (Adalaj Step well): It is a unique water building built in the 15th century in the village of Adalaj, 18 km north of Ahmedabad. It is intricately carved and is five stories deep and has a very interesting story engraved in it. Built in Solanki architectural style (Hindu and Islamic Architecture), history reveals that it was built by Rana Veer Singh during Vaghela Dynasty.
KANKARIYA LAKE: It is the biggest artificial lake at Ahmedabad. It is the only place that accommodate adventure sports, amusement park, butterfly garden, zoo and many other gardens as well. Balloon safari, mirror maze and kids city is the major attraction of the place. Kankaria Lake was built by Sultan Qutbuddin in the 15th century.
AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE: Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, it is one of the largest Hindu temples, spread in an area of 23 acres. It’s not just a temple, but I would say a memorial. As one enters the temple, peace and beauty surely enthral the mind.108 ft. high sandstone structure is not only attractive from outside but the gold platted interior is also eye catching. Other elements of attraction at the campus include the exhibition, Sat-Chit-Anand water show, research centre and the food court.
CALICO TEXTILE MUSEUM: Designed in ethnic Gujarati Haveli architecture style, it is the foremost and finest textile museum in the world. The textiles were originally created and crafted for empowering the textile heritage of India. It has now been developed into an institute ideal for textile design scholars from all around the world.
SIDI SAIYYED MOSQUE: While roaming around in the extremely crowded area of old Ahmedabad, one can’t easily sense the presence of any such mosque. It’s the mosque’s Grid (Jali) that attracts its viewer as soon as their eyes catch a look of it. The refined detailing in the grid is magnificent. The grid design is even adapted as the logo for IIM, Ahmedabad.
LAW GARDEN NIGHT MARKET: Situated around law garden, at the main avenue of Ahmedabad; it’s full of life and a vibrant sight to be at. There’s a collection of everything one ever hears about before visiting the city; be it food, silver accessories, traditional chaniya-choli and ghagra or the latest style clothing.
AUTO WORLD VINTAGE CAR MUSEUM: If you are a car lover, then you should never miss this breathtaking place. It has the most amazing collections of Antique Vehicles, Cars, Motorcycles and Utility vehicles. Not only viewing, but they also provide the ride at cost effective rates.
KITE MUSEUM: It is the only kite museum in India; however, despite its breathing-taking beauty, locals are not even aware of its presence. Kites are deeply symbolic and important to the city of Ahmedabad and thus Kite Festival is organised every year during the month of January. It houses the collection of kites donated by celebrated artist cum kite collector Shri Bhanu Shah.
SABARMATI RIVERFRONT: Visit this place, you will feel as if you are in any European country; extremely clean and calm. It’s the most peaceful place in the busting city.
No doubt why even Amitabh Bachchan is impressed with the city, “Ek Din toh gujaro Gujarat me”!