Ahmedabad City Guide
When we talk about a worth visiting destination in the Indian state of Gujarat, the name you will hear from the majority of people is certainly Ahmedabad. Of course, Ahmedabad is a major tourist place in Gujarat with its rich historical past, rich heritage and its association with Mahatma Gandhi. The city is named after its founder Sultan Ahmed Shah. He founded the city in the year of 1411. It is situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati.
A well-organized city tours in Ahmedabad let you know the historical past and rich culture & tradition of the city. The city is associated with Mahatma Gandhi (the Father of the Nation). Today, majority of people visit to this city because of Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram. The city presents unique blends of ancient heritage and lively present. The annual procession of Hindus – Rath Yatra and the annual procession of Muslims on Muharram – Tejja are integral part of cities culture and depict the rich culture and tradition of the city. Folk dance, folk music, Garba dance, Dandiya dance, etc are also part of the culture of the city. Dandiya dance of Ahmedabad is widely famous.
And cuisine of the city is also interesting and certainly lip-smacking. While in Ahmedabad you should not miss to try a typical Gujarati Thali (Meal) – consists of Rice, Dal, Roti, Vegetables, Shaak, and Curry garnished with salads, sweets, pickles and roasted papads.
There are several museums and art galleries in the city which are worth exploring. The Sanskar Kendra is a city museum that depicts rich culture, history, are and architecture of city. Gandhi Memorial Museum and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Memorial are famous museums in the city where tourists can visit photographs, documents and other articles of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel respectively. There is a Calico Museum of Textiles that has a large collection of Indian and international fabrics, garments and textiles. Shreyas Folk Art Museum, N.C. Mehta Art Gallery, Natural History Museum, etc are also worth exploring. There is a Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library. The library has a large collection of rare original documents & manuscripts in Arabic, Urdu, Sindhi, Persian and Turkish languages.
As a popular tourist destination of India the city offers a lot to tourists. Magnificent forts & palaces, terrific temples, beautiful mosques, prosperous museums, etc are major attraction of the city tourists can visit on Ahmedabad city tours through out the year. The imposing monuments of Ahmedabad mostly date back to the 15th century. Monuments of the city are excellent example of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The most important place to see in the city is Mahatma Gandhi Ashram Sabarmati. The place is associated with Mahatma Gandhi and is famous in all over the world.
Ahmedabad is famous for Makar Sakranti celebrated in the month of January. Kite flying, folk music and dance are attractions of this famous festival.
Ahmedabad is also known for its industry mainly textile industries. The city has been known for its various industries since medieval times. Today it is world famous for its textile mills. That’s why it is often described as the <“Manchester of the East”. The city also has chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Zydus Cadila and Torrent Pharmaceuticals are based in the city. In fact, the city is the cultural and commercial heart of Gujarat. And it is among a must visit destination of India tours and travels
Major Tourist Attractions in Ahmedabad:
Mahatma Gandhi Ashrams Sabarmati, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Memorial, Sanskar Kendra, N C Mehta Art Gallery, Calico Textile Museum, Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library, Ahmed Shah’s Mosque, Jama Masjid, Hathee Singh Jain Temple, Rani Rupmati’s Mosque, Raj Rarbri Mosque, Bhadra Fort, Kankaria Lake, Teen Darwaza, Victoria Gardens, etc.
Where to Stay:-
As we offer Ahmedabad city guide you, we also offer you excellent accommodation facilities in and around Ahmedabad. Some of major hotels in the city where you stay comfortably are Holiday Inn, Taj Residency Ummed, Comfort Inn Sunset, Pride Hotel, Embassy Hotel, Kingsway Hotel, Naeeka Hotel, Nalanda Hotel, Comfort Inn President, Cama Park Plaza, Hotel Nest and Hotel President.
How to Get There:-
By Air: Ahmedabad is well-connected by both national and international flights. It is well linked with UK, USA, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Goa.
By Rail: Ahmedabad is well connected by trains with the major cities like Delhi, Vadodara, Udaipur and Mumbai.
By Road: Ahmedabad has a good network of roads. It is well-linked by roads with major cities and towns like Rajkot, Jamnagar, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Palitana, etc.
It was once the site of Royal Palaces and beautiful gardens and now a venue for Republic Bhadra FortDay and Independence Day celebrations. The fort has a temple devoted to the Mother Goddess, Bhadrakali.The grand gateway of this fort served as a royal entrance to the Royal Square of the Bhadra Fort.
Dada Hari Wav Stepwells:
Wavs or Baolis are strange constructions, unique to northern India
, and Dada Hari Wav is one of the best. Built in 1501 by a woman of Sultan Begara’s harem, it has a series of steps leading down to lower and lower platforms terminating at a small, octagonal well. Behind the well is the mosque and rauza (tomb) of Dada Hari. The mosque has a tree motif like the one on the windows of Sidi Saiyad’s Mosque.
Wavs or Baolis are strange constructions, unique to northern India, and Dada Hari Wav is one of the best. Built in 1501 by a woman of Sultan Begara’s harem, it has a series of steps leading down to lower and lower platforms terminating at a small, octagonal well. Behind the well is the mosque and rauza (tomb) of Dada Hari. The mosque has a tree motif like the one on the windows of Sidi Saiyad’s Mosque.
In Sanskar Kendra on Bhagatcharya Road, west of the river, celebrates Ahmedabad’s colourful Kite festival and if you are travelling with children, is an absolute ‘must see’ activity.
Manek Chowk & The Tomb Of Ahmed Shah & his queen:
The tomb (Badshah-no Hajiro) of Ahmed Shah; the founder oJama Masjidf the city, situated just outside the east gate of the Jama Masjid, is square shaped with porticos on each side and has pierced stone windows. Women are not allowed into the central chamber. Opposite the Hajiro, across the main road is the Rani-no Hajiro where the queens of subsequent Sultans were buried.
N C Mehta Gallery :
In the Indology Institute near Gujarat University, has a superb collection of miniatures from all over India.
Nalsarovar Wildlife Sanctuary:
It is 64 km away from Ahmedabad, is worth visiting. Famous for its lakes and migratory birds, it makes a relaxing spot for a day trip.
It is 7km away from the centre town, on the west bank of the Sabarmati River, it was from here, in 1930, that the Mahatma began his famous ‘Dandi March’ to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. His ashram was founded in 1915 and is still involved in making handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels. The Gandhi Ashram has a memorial centre, library and a Sound-and-Light (Son et Lumiere) display to offer to its visitors. There’s also a bookshop selling books by and about Mahatma. The small house in the Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi lived, ‘Hridaya Kunj’ is preserved as a national monument.
Shreyas Folk Art Museum:
On west near the city limits, displays the traditional work of Gujarat’s many tribes worth venturing around.
Sidi Bashir’s Mosque:
This is one of the most popular monuments in Ahmedabad, it is known as the mosque with the shaking minarets. Each minaret has three storeys, girdled by carved stone balconies. The master craftsmen designed and built them in such a way that they respond to vibrations. When one minaret is shaken the vibration is communicated to the other minarets via the roof joining them.
On Ashram Road 100m south of Income Tax Circle, is illuminating and details the various peoples of the state and their customs, such as the painting of “magical” pictures by Bhils to ward off disaster.
Ahmedabad’s quieter spots and open spaces provide welcome relief from the chaos of the busy streets. Just south of Bhadra Fort, the Victoria gardens are suitably formal,with spacious lawns and tree-lined promenades around a statue of Queen Victoria.