12 Enticing Weekend Getaways Near Ahmedabad

By Niyati Shinde on Oct 05, 2016
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A charming city in the state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad has plenty of things to do and see that can keep one occupied for ages! From the historical Sabarmati Ashram to the gorgeous Kankaria Lake, from the interesting Calico Textiles Museum to the tranquil Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, the city has a lot to offer to its residents as well as guests. But, if you are one of those hobos who has already exhausted all the attractions and activities that the city has and are now in search of top weekend getaways near Ahmedabad, you have come to the right place! Without further ado, here’s what you are looking for.

1. Gandhinagar: Ideal for short trips


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The capital of Gujarat, the well-planned modern city of Gandhinagar proves to be the perfect one-day picnic place near Ahmedabad. Home to several tourist attractions, mostly catered towards families, if you are looking for just a quick one day trip, this is the city you should visit. With its classy civil layout (rivalled only by Chandigarh) and its commitment to greenery and environment preservation, Gandhinagar manages to charm visitors of all ages.
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 27 kilometres
Best time to visit: October to February
What to see:
- Akshardham Temple
- Sarita Udyan
- Mahudi Jain Temple
- Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park
What to do:
- Visit the Craftsmen's Village and shop for lovely Bandhani sarees
- Go for a morning walk in the Punit Van. 

2. Shanku’s Water World Resort, Mehsana: 


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One of the best resorts near Ahmedabad, especially if you are visiting with your kids, the Shanku’s Water World Resort will ensure you have the time of your lives over the weekend! Spread across 75 acres, this resort is a three-star property and has amenities such as indoor games, a huge swimming pool, lush green landscaped lawns and well-appointed rooms, that would make your weekend a memorable one. 
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 75 kilometres
Best time to visit: All year round!
What to see:
- The entire resort is yours to explore. 
What to do:
- Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the warm hospitality that the resort is known for.

3. Anand: Milk Capital of India


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Known as the Milk Capital of India, Anand is predominantly famous for one thing- Amul Dairy and its milk revolution. But it also has plenty of other points of interest and you can explore them on your weekend trip from Ahmedabad. While visiting Anand, you can also take a quick trip to ‘Paris of Gaekwad state’- the village of Bhadran. It is nicknamed so because of its classic architecture.   
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 85 kilometres
Best time to visit: October to March
What to see:
- Amul Dairy Museum
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Veer Vithalbhai Patel Memorial
- Swaminarayan Temple
- Air Manzil
- Khapra Zaveri Palace
What to do:
- Explore the gorgeous Ranchhodrai Dakor Temple with its 8 domes and 24 turrets. 

4. Surendranagar: For a quick road trip on weekend


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Located in the heart of Gujarat, the district of Surendranagar is full of quaint villages, gorgeous locales and is blessed with natural beauty. If you have a long weekend coming up, you can plan a lovely trip to the district from Ahmedabad and spend your time exploring all that nature has to offer. This is the place to visit near Ahmedabad if you want to have a quiet weekend.
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 126 kilometres
Best time to visit: October to March
What to see: 
- Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
- Dhrangadhra
- Chotila
What to do:
- Extend your stay and explore the gorgeous district at a leisurely pace. 

5. Patan: Ancient town near Ahemdabad


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A gorgeous fortified town, Patan is a must visit for architecture lovers and photography enthusiasts. The town was founded by King Vanraj Chavda back in the 745 AD. Hugged by its still intact ancient fortified walls, meander through the cobbled alleys and quaint streets of this alluring town on your weekend getaway from Ahmedabad. 
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 127 kilometres
Best time to visit: September to April
What to see: 
- Rani ki Vav
- Trikam Barot ni Vav
- Remains of Old City of Patan
- Darwajas of the new fort
- Sahastralinga Tank
What to do:
- Shop for the famous Patola sarees over here. 

6. Vadodara: Popular tourist place near Ahemdabad


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Vadodara, also known as Baroda, is Gujarat’s third largest city and is considered to be the state's cultural capital. Having come under the influence of many rulers and religions, the city is a beautiful amalgamation of culture, traditions and architecture. Situated on the banks of the river Vishwamitri, Vadodara is one of the best weekend getaways near Ahmedabad. 
Trivia- The city has had many names; it was once called Chandravati after Raja Chandan. Later, it was known as Viravati because it was considered to be the home of the brave. The present name was derived from the name of Vadpatra because of the presence of many banyan trees along the banks of the Vishwamitri River. Plan a road trip to Vadodara on your next weekend.
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 131 kilometres
Best time to visit: All year round! Avoid the months of monsoon though. 
What to see:
- Laxmi Vilas Palace
- Sayaji Baug
- EME Temple
- Baroda Museum
- Nazarbaug Palace
What to do: 
- Don’t forget to indulge in some kulfi at the Rajasthan Kulfi House. 

7. Champaner: Go for a historical trip


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Founded in the 8th century, Champaner is a historical city located near Vadodara. The city is a must visit for architecture, history, archaeology and photography buffs because of the numerous marvels and ruins that Champaner houses. On your weekend escapade, do check out the intriguing Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park which is home to some striking ruins and splendid religious structures. 
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 152 kilometres
Best time to visit: All year round! 
What to see:
- Jami Masjid
- Champaner Fort
- Amir Manzil
- Citadel Of Mahmud Beghada
What to do:
- If you are visiting in the monsoons, do check out the ancient temple of Khuniya Mahadev and the cascading waterfall near it.  

8. Ambaji: Religious trip from Ahmedabad


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Famous for its Ambaji Mata Temple which is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, the quaint town of Ambaji is for the travellers who want to go on a spiritual journey. Full of myths and mythologies, maybe you can chat with an old soul on your visit and get to know all the stories associated with the town. Don’t forget to share interesting titbits with us!
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 173 kilometres
Best time to visit: October to January
What to see:
- Ambaji Temple
- Jain Temple at Kumbhariya
- Kamakshi Mandir
- Gabbar Hill
What to do:
- Witness a magnificent sunset at Kailash Tekari. 

9. Bhavnagar: Best place to visit


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A bustling industrial hub, Bhavnagar is the fifth largest city in the state of Gujarat. Founded in the year 1724 by Bhavsinhji Gohil (after whom the city is named), Bhavnagar is an important city as far as trade and commerce are concerned and yet, it also caters to plenty of tourists because of its proximity to the beautiful coastline of Gujarat.
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 202 kilometres
Best time to visit: October to April 
What to see:
- Takhteshwar Temple
- Velavadar Blackbuck National Park
- Nilambag Palace
- Gaurishankar Lake
What to do:
- Check out the architecturally marvellous buildings and structures in Bhavnagar.  

10. Mount Abu, Rajasthan: Hill station near Ahmedabad


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For a perfect weekend getaway from Gujarat, look no further than the neighbouring state of Rajasthan. A gorgeous hill station near Ahmedabad, Mount Abu is located in the Aravalli Mountain Range. Located at an elevation of 1,220 metres, this lovely town has been doubling up as a summer vacation  getaway for many years now, providing tourists respite from the scorching heat of the season. 
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 220 kilometres
Best time to visit: All year round!
What to see:
- Nakki Lake
- Sunset Point
- Dilwara Temples
- Adhar Devi Temple
- Universal Peace Hall
What to do:
- Go bird watching at the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.

11. Udaipur, Rajasthan: Take the trip for a long weekend


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Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in the year 1559, the regal city of Udaipur is definitely worth the journey of approximately 258 kilometres. This ‘city of lakes’ leaves visitors in awe of its opulence, its grand architecture and its majestic aura and you can’t stop falling in love with it! And if you are in search of a romantic honeymoon destination in India, look no further than Udaipur. The city is where beautiful memories are made. If you are looking for places around Ahmedabad to spend a long weekend, Udaipur is a perfect choice!!
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 258 kilometres
Best time to visit: September to March
What to see:
- Lake Pichola
- Lake Palace
- City Palace
- Eklingji Temple
- Fateh Sagar Lake 
- Bagore ki Haveli
What to do:
- Gorge on some delicious Rajasthani street food items such as kachori, poha, samosa, aloo bada and jalebee.

12. Surat: Offbeat choice for a weekend


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A port city, Surat is an economic hub and an offbeat weekend destinations near Ahmedabad. We say offbeat because not many people consider Surat to be a vacation destination and that’s where they go wrong. With its understated beauty and its friendly hospitality, Surat manages to be a lovely holiday spot and you should definitely explore it over one weekend. 
Distance from Ahmedabad: Approximately 261 kilometres
Best time to visit: All year round!
What to see: 
- ISKCON Temple
- Science Centre
- Jagdishchandra Bose Aquarium
- Dutch Cemetery
What to do:
- Drive down to the lovely Dumas Beach and have a tranquil evening.
Have you shortlisted a weekend getaway near Ahmedabad from the list? Do let us know how your mini vacation went by commenting below. Happy journey :-)
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