Situated in the heart of Gujarat, Ahmedabad has always been the heartbeat of Western India. The city formerly known as Ahmadabad of Sultan Ahmed Shah has gradually evolved to be a busy metropolitan but has managed a perfect blend of old and new traditions.
The city has been bestowed with a rich cultural heritage be it the pols or the Indo-Islamic monuments, due to which it became the 1st city of India to be inscribed as the “World Heritage City” by UNESCO on 8th July 2017.
There are 100s of temples, mosques and other pilgrim spots in the city due to which it always remains an attraction point for tourists. This blog will give an insight on the various popular places to be visited in Ahmedabad. To start with, we will name a few and then keep updating this space with further places.
8 Most Popular Places/Attractions in Ahmedabad
1. Riverfront-Flower Park
The flower park garden has been developed by AMC at Sabarmati Riverfront upper promenade behind V.S Hospital. It was inaugurated on 3rd January 2017. This garden has been envisaged as the permanent flower garden with different Native and Exotic species of flowers. Some of the areas are – the Flower Terrace, Flower Valley, Rose Garden, Tricone Vatika, Greenhouse and a Food Court. It also showcases a special theme based Flower show in the mid of January each year.
Entry is chargeable after 9 am in the morning but is free for kids below 5 years and Physically Challenged people.
It remains closed every Monday.
2. Sabarmati Ashram
Gandhi Ashram also known as Sabarmati Ashram and Satyagraha Ashram is located right at the banks of Sabarmati River. It is believed that Mahatma Gandhi lived for 12 years here with his wife Kasturba and follower Vinobha Bhave.
Gandhiji along with his followers started The Dandi March” from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi and also led the final struggle of Independence from this place. Thus this Ashram is said to have a lot of historical significance and is now considered to be a national monument.
People still get to see here the personal belongings of Gandhiji like his round eyeglasses, wooden slippers, books, letters and the famous CHARKHA on which he weaved khadi.
Date Built: 17th June 1917
Architect: Charles Correa
Timings: 8:30am to 6:30pm
Attractions: Nandini Ashram, Vinobha or Mira Kutir, Upasana Mandir, Hridaya Kunj, Magan Nivas and Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya (museum).
3. Adalaj Stepwell
In Gujarat wells were the main source of water in the arid areas, thus the people of Gujarat decided to adorn the giant wells with paintings and carvings. Amongst the hundreds of wells or “VAVs” in Ahmedabad, Adalaj stepwell or popularly known as “Adalaj Ni vav” is the most popular one.
It was built in 1498 by the Queen Rudadevi in the memory of her husband Rana Veer Singh. It is a 5 storied deep step-well and a fine work of Hindu & Islamic architecture. It has breath taking carvings on its pillars and walls comprising geometrical designs, figurines, florals and much more.
These step wells are believed to be overnight stopovers for the travellers and Caravans along their trade routes previously. It is one of the most popular places for photography among young Amdavadis.
4. Auto World Vintage Car Museum
Are you a car enthusiast? If yes, then this is one of the best places to visit in Ahmedabad.
‘Auto World’ is a museum built out of the private collection of vintage cars, horse carriages, buggies, motorcycles, and other utility vehicles.
This museum occupies a renowned collection of 115 vintage cars boasting famous brands from Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maybach, Jaguar to Cadillac and so. All of them are open for the public to drive for a fixed distance. You can have the treat to ride on them obviously at the fees of approx. ₹500.
The guides are available for the visitors to know about the history of this vintage beauty. Tourists would gaze at these ancient classic collections of rare vehicles. Photography lovers can carry a camera inside the museum premises by paying extra charges and have a wonderful photo shoot.
5. Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is a well-known wetland in Ahmedabad with more than 200 types of birds inhabit surrounding the lake. Some of them are resident birds and few have escaped the harsh winter of their nesting areas for food and warmth.
It is indeed a one-day picnic place for any bird watcher’s paradise of the large variety of birds like plovers, stints, and sandpipers.
During your trip to Nalsarovar enjoy individual boating time with one Island visit to Dhrabla. However, you can go for loaded boats at the charges of ₹220. Do not forget to try the Kathiyawadi thali in the huts made by local vendors on the island. You can carry a pair of binoculars and a camera as an accessory to snap beautiful pictures.
6. Kankaria Lake
Kankaria is the 2nd largest lake in Ahmedabad, located in the South-Eastern part of the city in Maninagar area. It was built by Qutb-ud-din in 1451 with a shore length of 2.25 kms. It has a pathway which surrounds the lake and has alluring activities and adventures for all age groups. It is a complete family entertainment package.
Attractions at Kankaria Lake: Kamla Nehru Zoological Park, Hot Air Balloon, Kids City, Food Stalls, water Rides, Amusement Park, Water Park, Fish Aquarium, Butterfly Park, Adventure Activities, Stone Mural Park, Toy Train (Atal Express), Nagina Wadi, Mirror Gaze, Mini Golf, Nocturnal Zoo, Light & Sound Show and much more.
Timings: 9 AM to 10 PM
It also has a week-long Kankaria Carnival in the end of December which has various activities and attracts people in huge numbers from all over Gujarat.
7. Siddi Sayed Mosque
Sidi Saiyyed Mosque popularly known as ‘Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jali’ locally, is one of the most well known and most photographed mosques of Ahmedabad. It is built in Indo-Islamic style of architecture and is famous for its lattice work over yellow sandstone.
It has 8 arched windows with stone carved intricate Jalis. One of the Jali depicting ‘the tree of life’ has become a distinguished symbol of the city and its grandeur. It is situated in the North east corner of Bhadra Fort, opposite House of MG, Near Lal Darwaza.
Built by: Abyssinian known as Sidi Saiyyed
Built: 1572-73 AD.
The above are the 5 most popular attractions of Ahmedabad as covered by us for now and we will be updating this article as and when with more destinations within/near Ahmedabad. Your suggestions on places of your choice in Ahmedabad are most welcome. We’ll be happy to receive your valuable inputs and feedback.
8. Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary
Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary is a freshwater reservoir and an ideal place of habitation for varied species of birds. The scrubby forest embarks the sides with a huge flock of overwhelming birds flying together and drawing geometric patterns.
It is proposed to be the most lovely hangout place for the people of all age groups. Early morning is the best time to have a visual experience of surprisingly rare and beautiful species of birds like Geese, Flamingoes, Saras Crane, Herons, Ducks, and Whistling teals.
The agriculture land around Thol lake with ample trees make the home of many birds and a perfect spot for eco-tourists. People usually prefer to visit during the winter months from November to February.
This was all about the best places to see in Ahmedabad. Do enjoy visiting them at least once to have a fascinating experience like never before.
So set out and explore during your stay to know what is famous in Ahmedabad as the biggest tourist attractions for yourself.
You can also suggest places of your choice in Ahmedabad by commenting below. We’ll consider them try to cover them in our article.