Now being a Gujju and that also a pakki Amdavadi, how can I resist myself writing about my own city? I love Ahmedabad, its beauty, its nature, its roads, cafes, hotels, lakes, museums, heritage sites, street food and everything, actually!
Located on the banks of Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad is the city of Ahmed Shah Baadshah. It has various tourist attractions. I am so desperate to take you through the ride across Ahmedabad, so let me begin.
Adalaj Ni Vav (Step Well):
A five-storey step well, Adalaj Ni Vav was built by Rani Rudabai
in 1499. The deities are carved in its walls and the ceiling openings allow the sunlight to enter in this octagonal well. Unlike other step wells of Gujarat, this is the only one which has three entrance stairs. The well is a stunning example of Indo-Islamic architecture.
Located alongside the Sabarmati River, this is the place from where struggle of getting independence for India was started. Sabarmati Ashram was the home of the great Mahatma Gandhiji who fought against Britishers and won the freedom for India. At present, this Ashram contains museum, photo galleries, auditorium where the old manuscripts, photographs and every tiny detail of Gandhiji is preserved.
Hutheesing Jain Temple:
Constructed in 1848 AD, Hutheesing Jain temple is extremely elegant made of white marbles. Its domes, mandapas, pillars, everything is spectacular. This temple has been sacred for all the Jains worldwide.
For the sci-fi lovers, Science City has much more to show you. Hall of Science, Hall of Space, Life Science Park, Energy Education Park, Musical Dancing Fountain, Electrodrome, Thrill Ride and a 3D Theatre are its greatest attractions. Even a day would be less to explore everything in the Science City.
Auto World Vintage Museum:
If you are an Auto-lover, then this is the place for you! Explore all the vintage cars, utility vehicles, motorcycles, buggies, etc. Almost a hundred antique automobiles are displayed here from across the world.
The riverfront reconnects Ahmedabad to its river Sabarmati. This is a very chanting a soothing place to spend some time in the cold winds over the river. Many events and shows are held here such as Annual Kite Festival, Flower Garden Show and more. It is called the Crown-Of-The-City. Experience beauty of the River by visiting riverfront, just once! You will fall in love with the city. J
The Law Garden:
Situated near Gujarat Law Society, you can also call this park as Love Garden because this is the famous place for love birds for outing in the city. It’s very peaceful inside the garden and very contradictory on the outside of garden. There is a very vibrant market where the eminent Gujarati costume ‘Chaniya-choli’
and such traditional accessories are sold.
Kankaria lake is a 34 sided polygonal lake spread in the circumference of almost one mile. It is very hard to describe this place in just a few words but let me tell you a few important places to visit here. They include Nagina Vadi, Zoo, Natural History Museum, Baal Vatika and Open Air Theatre.
Jhulta Minar (Swaying Minarets):
The city is very popular across the world for its Swaying Minarets. Jhulta Minar has set an extraordinary example of craftsmanship. It is a part of Siddi Bashir’s mosque and on applying a little force on this minaret, it starts shaking.
Sarkhej Roza was built in the reign of Ahmed Shah Baadshah. It was the home of his friend cum advisor. Here, three distinctive aspects exist – Religious, Royal and Social. The tombs and palaces constitute the royal realm, the mosque is a part of religious world and pavilions plus tanks give rise to the social sphere. The carvings of tombs, pavilions and everything here is just fantastic. Must visit Sarkhej Roza!
In the old side of the city, Manek Chowk is a well-known city square which is surrounded by many historical structures. If you have visited Ahmedabad but have not been to Manek Chawk means you have missed so much! People specially come here to enjoy the deliciousness of street food.
Amdavad Ni Gufa (Cave):
This is a great tribute to the very popular Indian painter M. F. Hussain. As it is designed by the great architect B. V. Doshi, it has given the name of Hussain Doshi Gufa. The art lovers, this is the incredible place to visit once in the city!
Indian Institute of Technology – Ahmedabad is the name that hardly a person has not heard of. This is the world famous institute to study the lessons of Business Administration. IIM-A has the great natural ambience and a very wide campus. The famous movie 2 States was also shot in this campus
to show the richness of Ahmedabad.
Sidi Saiyed Mosque:
Built in 1573, Sidi Saiyed Mosque is one of the most popular mosques of the city. It has ten semi circular windows whose micro carvings would astonish you. The skillfully carved windows are truly splendid!
The Patang Hotel:
Have you ever dined in a revolving restaurant? No? Then Patang is the name. Its original name is Neelkanth Patang but is famous as The Patang only. This restaurant is one of its kind structures in the entire South Asia. Enjoy the delicacy of cuisine at the towering revolving heights.
VECHAAR Utensils Museum:
This museum is a part of art and architecture heritage, situated in the vicinity of popular Vishalla Village Restaurant. It foretastes the rare inheritance of our craftsmen. In this museum, you can see the utensils ranging from those used before almost 1000 years to till date. Marvelous collection, indeed!
Situated adjacent to the famous Bhadra Fort
, Teen Darwaja is a monument of three architectural spectacular gates. It is one of the oldest gateways of Ahmedabad. Windows of this monument are made using mesh work and 5 palm trees covered with snakes are carved here. Its central window depicts the Tree Of Life. Do you know the best thing here? On this entire street, you can shop anything at the lowest rates in entire Ahmedabad. Yes, anything!
Come, visit Ahmedabad and explore the beauty of this city!