The city of Ahmedabad is well-known for its industries, but if you think that's all it has to it, you are wrong! There are way more things to do in Ahmedabad for adults. Kick start your Ahmedabad trip with Sabarmati Ashram. Also known as Gandhi Ashram, it was the starting point of India's non-violence movement and will provide you with great insights into the country's past. Apart from these, there are various temples and religious places in the city like Akshardham Temple, Vaishnodevi Temple and Jama Mosque visiting which will help you unwind during your travel. Take a nice leisurely stroll in Kankaria Lake or walk around the city markets looking at those colourful clothes, spices, jewellery and what not! Ensure to stop by at Trimandir-Adalaj where you can spend some time praying in the temple, looking at the various artefacts in its museums, dining in its food court or simply relishing its surrounding.
Things to do in Ahmedabad for youngsters
Ahmedabad also has a lot in store for youngsters. Young travellers with a knack of history can give a visit to city's historical buildings like Bhadra Fort, Ahmed Shah's Mosque and Heritage Houses of poles or go exploring the number of museums that it has. Know the latest happenings of the world in the science city or witness the excellent collection of textiles in Calico Museum of Textiles- one of the best textile museums in the world exhibiting artefacts that date as back as 17th century. Don't forget to take a peek into the world of vintage cars at Auto World Vintage Car Museum, you will surely like it! For guys who are fond of automobiles must definitely visit Auto World Museum as the place exhibits a vast variety of vintage cars.
Things to do in Ahmedabad for kids
Kids will also find a lot of things to enjoy here. The city has plenty of museums and galleries to cater to their interests. Take them to Darpana Academy of Performing Arts and watch them having a good time here. The Kankaria lake, being another popular destination for kids, will also keep them engaged with its island garden and fountain show. The lake also has a recreational park called Bal Vatika which is home to an aquarium, museum and zoo. Save few hours to spend in Kamla Nehru Zoo which is considered to be one of the best zoos in India. End the trip by visiting Hathisingh Jain Temple which will let them have a peek in the city's culture.
Things to do in Ahmedabad for Couples
Not only for families, Ahmedabad also has numerous things to offer to couples as well. There are a lot of places to visit in Ahmedabad for couples where two can spend some quality time together. Visit the popular law garden and check out all the traditional garments and colorful handicrafts sold here. A further detour will lead you to its various museums and art centers. Stop at Bhadra fort and click a picture with its archaic building as it backdrop. Visit the Iskcon and Vaishnodevi Temple and seek blessing of the god or go sightseeing at Amar Dham which is most popular tourist places to visit in Ahmedabad.
Things to do in Ahmedabad today
You are in Ahmedabad for few days and want to explore the city fully. You must definitely be wondering what are the best things to do in Ahmedabad today? Don't think so much! Go for something new. Instead of museums and palaces, take a sweet detour in the bustling streets of the city. Talk with strangers, taste the quintessential Gujarati dhokla in one of the downtown places, and lie down in of the many lush sprawls in the city. With many gardens and lake, there are no dearth of places to visit in Ahmedabad for one day picnic. There are various hill station near Ahmedabad as well which you can opt for if you have already discovered it all. Among all the places to visit near Ahmedabad within 50 km, Gandhinagar (the state's capital) and Thol Bird Sanctuary are great places to explore.
Things to do in Ahmedabad in the evening
Being the traditional Indian city, it will be quite hard to find pubs and clubs in Ahmedabad to hop on, but don't worry! The city has plenty of things that will keep you entertained throughout your visit. Shopping in Ahmedabad sure is fun. With numerous marketplaces like Thron Darwaja, Dhalgarwad, Ratan Pole and Manek Chowk along with newer ones C.G.Road and Sarkhej, you will hardly find yourself unoccupied. Shop your heart out or go chomping some delicious eateries (dhokla, fafda, khakda, handwi and much more!) in one of the many thali restaurants, which are also some prominent Ahmedabad points of interest. For the ones who likes to tread the off beat route, there are various other cool things to do like visiting the Vastrapur Lake and Sarkhej Roja. Once you are done with all that, go for places to visit near Ahmedabad like Adalaj Step-Well which is a mere 18 km to the north of the city. The one of a kind monument is quite a sight to see.
Things to eat in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, despite being a calm city has a load to offer to anyone who is up for grabs. While the shopping and nightlife in Ahmedabad is restricted to the bazaars and malls, there are myriad things to explore here, specially the food. The range of quintessential Gujarati food you will get to taste here can be overwhelming, so prepare yourself before coming. You can go for organised restaurants or go for a side stall. The Gujarati food are mostly vegetarian but you look a little you can find some nice serving you the meat. Eating a gourmet meal in a thali restaurant is one of the top things to do in Ahmedabad.
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What to Do in and around Ahmedabad
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SH 41, Adalaj, District- Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad- 382421, Gujarat, India
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Adalaj step well also called ‘vav’ in Gujarati is a unique Hindu water tank that is built in the small village of Adalaj in Ahmedabad. It was a very important place in the early times as this was the main source of water for daily use to the people of the region. It was completed as a dedication to Queen Roopba, wife of Veer Singh, the Waghela Chief.
The legend says that during the 15th century Veer Singh of the Vaghela Dynasty ruled this region which was then called DandaiDesh. It was attacked by a Muslim ruler of a neighboring kingdom known as Muhammad Begda. In the war the Hindu king was killed. Begda was so attracted to the beautiful widow of Veer Singh, Queen Roopba that he proposed to marry her. The queen in spite of being in heavy grief accepted his proposal with a condition before him to complete the construction of the step well. The desperate Muhammad Begda accepted this condition and completed the construction work in a record time. After this when he reminded the queen of her promise she ended her life instead of marrying him by jumping in the same well that was built by Begda. The well thus, bears the tragedy of this queen in its walls till now.
The well is built in sandstone in Solanki Architectural style. It has 5 levels. The top is octagonal in shape based on many exquisitely carved pillars. Each level has a large area as it was also used to celebrate occasions during those times. The depth is for the purpose of water extraction. All the levels are different from each other in design. The top portion has no roof. The motifs of Hindu and Islamic designs, with the sculptures of Hindu and Jain gods on all the levels, make a lovely fusion of both the cultures. The carvings on the wall shows women performing their daily activities such as, adorning themselves, churning out buttermilk, etc and the king overlooks all these. There are also beautiful carvings of the divine pot and the magical tree mentioned in the ancient scriptures. The temperature inside the well complex is quite lower than the outer temperature.
The Adalaj Step well is one of the most popular attractions and things to do in Ahmedabad as it has a great amount of historical significance attached to it. Once a famous water tank, the Adalaj Step Well is a popular place for tourists to visit, during their Ahmedabad trip. Due to the huge number of tourists that visit this well, it is necessary to book the Adalaj Step Well tour tickets, well in advance. While the tickets for Adalaj Step Well are free of charge, still you can get the Adalaj Step Well tour tickets. Still have questions? Don’t worry and go through our tickets section and get the detailed Adalaj Step Well Tour tickets.
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Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India- 380027
08:30 am - 06:30 pm
Sabarmati Ashram was set up by the Father of Nation- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or better known as Mahatma Gandhi. He was also referred to as ‘Bapu’ by many out of love for him. Gandhiji thought this place just near Saint Dadeechi’s temple, the jail and the crematorium was just perfect to carry on his activities for the search and establishment of truth, pure culture and freedom for the countrymen. He said that this place was perfect as the power of Mother Nature was much more powerful than the power of the foreigners together. The ashram was opened fully in 1917.
Gandhiji used to stay in this ashram along with his followers and other freedom fighters and carried on his acts of fearlessness to again bring back the dignity and glory of India. He stayed here for many years till he left for the Dandi March or the protest against the salt law on 12th march 1930 and promised that he would not return to the ashram before the country was freed.
The renovations of the museum were later completed in the year 1963. The main attraction in this ashram is the museum whose objective is to put up the memories and historic events in the life of the great man. This museum has been named as The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahanalaya and was established in the year 1951. It also houses many books, manuscripts and photocopies of important documents.
The beautiful things include portraits of Gandhiji with his wife Kasturba and other things used by Gandhiji himself like his study table and his spinning wheel, which is the major symbol of this ashram. There is a wide range of books in Indian languages and most importantly the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi. The ashram highly promotes local handicrafts and these are sold along with other books, etc for no profit at all.
The ashram does many other activities, such as-
Preserving the old photographs, paintings, etc related to Gandhiji.
Microfilming, lamination and preservation of negatives.
Putting up the entire history of the freedom struggle of India.
Promotion of the Gandhian School of thoughts and activities.
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Kankaria, Ahmedabad- 380002, Gujarat, India
09:00 am - 05:30 pm
The Kankaria Lake is the largest lake in Ahmedabad. It is on the southern part of the city in the Maninagar area. The lake was originally built by Sultan Qutbuddin in the 15th century. It was then called the ‘Hauz-e-Qutb’ or ‘QutbHauz’. It was then used as a place for bathing of the kings. The strange fact is that in those times when it was built, it had a water purification system which has got damaged with time. There is a pthway around this circular lake which leads to a garden called the ‘NaginaWadi’ which means a beautiful garden in Urdu. This is in the middle of the lake and looks like an island. This lake is a symbol of the rich culture and history of Ahmedabad. The shape of this whole place is of an exclusive 34-sided polygon. There is a fleet of steps that leads down to the water level.
The Central Garden along with other parts was later renovated and many new facilities were implemented. The newly renovated park was inaugurated in a week long even called the Kankaria Carnival in December 2008.
The other attractions here are as follows-
The Kamala Nehru Zoological Park that was founded by Rueben David in 1951. It houses numerous birds, mammals and reptiles along with other beasts. It was designated as the Best ZOO in Asia in 1974. The more attractive animals here are tigers, lions, pythons, anaconda, snakes, elephants, albinos, rhesus monkey, peacock, chinkara, spotted deer, white blackbuck, emu, jungle babbler, bush quail, and palm civet.
The Balavatica or the children’s amusement park. It has a boat house, butterfly and weapon displays and also a planetarium, playhouse, mirror house.
The amusement park for all age groups which has fantastic joy rides like the boomerang roller coaster, flipping arm, the torching tower, disc O’ pendulum, merry go round and a children’s center for computer games.
The Kids City is a miniature world meant for kids. It is a huge area including everything such as banks, hospitals, fire stations, radio city, science lab, police station, court room, prison, heritage sites, town governance, ice cream factory and many things more.
A ride in the two toy trains- The Atal train and the SwarnimJayanti Train.
The balloon safari is is an area with a restaurant, tethered balloon etc to admire the whole city and also the making of the Ahmedabad Eye.
The Stone Mural Park named Gurjar Gaurav Gatha. It depicts the grand sculptural masterpiece in white sculptures are constructing the rise of Gujarat.
The Dutch Tombs is an individual embankment that shows the presence of the Dutch East India Company in this area during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Many other water sports amenities are available.
The other attractions are the DaduDayal temple, Natural history Museum, One Tree Hill Garden, Butterfly Park, Open Air theatre, Jaldhara Park.
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Indian Cultural Complex, Sector 20, J Road, Gandhinagar- 382 020, Gujarat, India
09:30 am - 07:30 pm
Akshardham Temple Ahmedabad is a masterpiece built according to a wish expressed by his holiness Shri Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj in 1968 that a temple should be built on the banks of the River Yamuna. His wish was thus fulfilled by his successor and son the great HDH ShriPramukh Swami Maharaj in 2000 and after five years of hard work and divine blessings it was inaugurated in 2005.
Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar near Amhedabad is a grand monument where you will find a combination of almost all ancient art and architectural form which have almost vanished with time. It also puts up many spiritual messages of our culture, tradition and mythology. It is a lifetime experience of a journey towards the glory, happiness, values, harmony and progress of India.If you want to know how much time to see akshardham temple ahmedabad, you'll be stunned to know that you can spend an entire day admiring its beauty.
This ancient style complex is huge and is dedicated mainly to Shri Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha. It is a product of the collective efforts of more than 10000 people and their talents. In the Akshardham temple in Ahmedabad you are in for many more things to do such as-
A tour through the huge main Swaminarayan Temple made with tons of pink sandstone. This place has a magical peaceful atmosphere which gives you a lot of calmness after you spend a little time inside.
The HariMandapam with a larger than life gold leafed idol of Lord Swaminarayan.
The VibhutiMandapam which has many brass lotuses that are brightly lit up. This place will let you get into the deepness of ancient Philosophical values.
The ParsadiMandapam where the holy remnants of Swaminarayan are kept.
The Neelkanth&Sahajananda Hall where the life and journey of Lord Swaminarayan is depicted through fantastic show settings. The amazing video show that takes you on a time travel, cosmos fiber optics, mini-chhapiya village and a journey through India with the help of three light and sound shows.
The Mystic Hall that lets you rediscover India and its many mysteries and fascinations. Here you can enjoy a period film set 200 years back and the life story of an 11 year old yogi child.
A walk through the Premananda Hall is how you can read messages from Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Upanishads through glass windows and fiber idols.
The Sant Param Hitkari Hall hosts a fantastic audio-animatronics show which brings to life the atmosphere and life of characters like how it would have been 200 years ago.
The Sahajananda Van is a fusion of a classic garden and a children’s park. Here you can enjoy rides and games for children or you can admire the collection of herbal plants or the beautiful marble statue of Lord Swaminarayan.
The Sat–Chit–Anand Water Show reveals the ancient secret of inner light by an Upanishadic tale of Nachiketa, who was a 9 year old boy who confronted Yamraj and received divine knowledge from him.
AARSH or Akshardham center for Applied Research on Social Harmony. It has a collection of rare books and articles meant solely for research related activities.
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Sabarmati Riverfront Walkway, Muslim Society, Navarangpura, Ahmedabad- 380009, Gujarat, India
09:00 am - 10:00 pm
The Sabarmati Riverfront is actually a project taken up to renovate the look of the city and make its proper connections with the Sabarmati River. This also has a purpose to develop the living conditions of the people around the river. The project was started by the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation in 2004.
The project encompasses both banks of the river and covers the entire area around. The Fatewadi Canal is fed by water stored in the Vasna barrage through releases from the Narmada Canal. This helps in storing the river water. The project aims at reducing chances in the flood prone areas of the regions and also cleaning activities of the Sabarmati River. The project aspires to create a different sky line project for the city.
This riverfront is a tourist hotspot with lots of area for people to take a walk and enjoy the cool breeze of the river. There are also benches for everyone to sit and relax and spend some leisure time. The view from the riverfront platform is amazing.
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Sarabhai Foundation, Opp. Underground Building, Shahibag, Ahmedabad- 380004, Gujarat, India
10:15 am - 04:30 pm
The Calico textiles Museum is not very old but is a very popular tourist attraction of the country. It attracts not only the general public but also research scholars. It is considered as one of the most famous textile centers of the world. It houses textile handicrafts from over 500 years ago. It has become a major center of reference for the craftsmen of the country who are still surviving.
The museum was inspired from Dr. AnandaCoomaraswamy. He discussed the idea of a textile museum with ShriGautam Sarabhai of the Sarabhai trust even before independence. Since Ahmedabad has been a major trade center of textiles in India, in 1949 Mr. Sarabhai along with his sister Gira Sarabhai aided by the great industrial house of Calico based on their earlier discussion started off with this project. The museum was built with a purpose of not only the Indian handicrafts studies but also the technical study of textiles. After its construction and inauguration by Jawaharlal Nehru, it started stressing more on the traditional handicrafts than the industrial ones.
After the completion of a decade the authorities here started new programs of publications. There were two series of programs, the first called Historical Textiles of India under the leadership of John Irwin, the keeper of the Indian section of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the second section called the Contemporary Craft survey of India, headed by Dr. Alfred Buhler.
For housing the collection two different complexes were built, one known as the Sarabhai-ni- Haveli, which was built comprising of buildings, swimming pool later designated as the ‘chauk’. The haveli was used for housing religious textiles, including Vaishnava and Jain artifacts, carved wood structures. It has displays of large tents, carpets, costumes and textiles of Mughals and the royal courts of India. There is also a lovely pond of lily with a bridge over it and also a sprawling lawn.
The Calico museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad offers you an insight into the unique craftsmanship of handicrafts of Gujarat. Although there are no tickets for Calico Museum of Textiles, we offer you the advantage of knowledge as you buy tickets for Calico Museum of Textiles and experience history and art through the mouth of guide. Calico Museum of Textiles Tickets will offer you a journey through history and heritage of Gujarat. Calico Museum of Textiles ticket prices offer you a deep understanding at affordable rates.
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Dastan Estate, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Kathwada, Ahmedabad- 382430, Gujarat, India
08:00 am - 09:00 pm
‘Auto World’ is a part of the most important collections of antique vehicles including cars, buses, utility vehicles, motorcycles, buggies, etc. It has been built by one family and maintained by it since last century. It houses cars from all parts of the world and of all ages.
This museum showcases cars and vehicles from that part of history when cars were not a mere source of transport but they were a symbol of class, luxury, power and style. The grand limousines, the charming convertibles and the fantastic sports cars along with the royal category cars with back seats like railway salons, horse drawn carriages, boat tailed wooden speedsters and the shooting brakes cars made for the hi class people.
This museum is built on a vast area and showcases more than a 100 variety of cars and vehicles. The finest cars include Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Dailmers, Langondas, Mercedes, Maybach, Packards, Cadillacs, Buicks, auburns, Cord, Lancias, Lincolns, Chryslers and many other varieties from the vlassic collections of USA and Europe. Most of these have been created by famous and vintage car companies like Hooper, Barker, Garney-Nutting, Fleetwood, Labaron, etc. there were all built differently without any machines according to the orders of the royal customers and the rich and famous. There are lovely convertibles available for a luxurious evening ride along the Dastan Estates also.
Other attractions at the Auto World Car Museum include auditorium, souvenir shops, a cafeteria and a station for vintage car rides. It is the largest vintage car collection house in India and one of the best in the world. Here you will be able to enjoy a fusion of scientific technology along with pure art.
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Dr. Kankaria Road, near Lal Darwaza, Ahmedabad- 380007, Gujarat, India
07:00 am - 06:00 pm
This is one of the finest mosques in Gujarat and in the whole country as well. This mosque is famous especially for its mesh designs intricately done on the 10 large windows. This mosque was established by a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah, named SidiSaiyad and thus, it was named after him.
This mosque is located near the famous LalDarwaza in Ahmedabad and was constructed long time ago in the year 1573. The monument is famous worldwide for its splendid architecture and interior designing. The front wall is carved with pretty miniature geometric patterns and also has many floral motifs on the wall. Since, it was a monument of the Mughal period, so obviously has the traditional essence of the designs. The two parts jutting out from the center have stone slabs with beautiful carvings of crawling trees and also an exclusive palm tree. This lattice work is the unofficial symbol of the culture of Ahmedabad and also the inspiration behind the Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.
The central window of the arch is not as beautiful as the other parts and seems to be completed in a hurry. It shows the decline of the Mughal Empire at this time and the invasion of other clans into this region.
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ISKCON Satellite Road, Sarkhej, Highway Crossing, Ahmedabad- 380059, Gujarat, India
04:30 am - 09:00 pm
The International Society for Krishna conciousness was founded by his divine grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966. It is of the Gaudiyavaishnava tradition. This was a style of spiritual tradition according to the Bhagavad – Gita and the Shrimadbhagavatam. The culture and philosophies of ISCKON were first established by Sri Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He is said to be a direct avatar of Lord Krishna along with the 6 Goswamis of Vrindavan. The Mahaprabhu was the seed for a massive Bhakti movement in India that became very popular. Sri Chaitanya had many followers to spread the Krishna Conciousness philosophies. His followers included many to form the Vaishnava clan. This also included a fantastic theologian, Bhaktivinoda Thakur, who brought this clan in front of the modern audience. His son, Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami took forward the legacy perfectly to spread the consciousness in the west also. He is the spiritual prophet of the Srila Mahapada School of the Bhakti Movement.
The beautiful ISCKON Temple in Ahmedabad boasts of a majestic height with amazing pillars carved with the events of Lord Krishna’s life such as his pastime activities, etc. it is one of the largest modern temples in India. It is built in a lovely combination of the Gujarati Sompura and the RajasthaniKhamira architectural styles. The temple can house 4000 people at one time and has the idols of Radha-Krishna, Gaur-Nitai, Sita-Rama-Lakshmana-Hanumana, Shrinathji, Jagannath Balaram Subhadra and other forms of Srila Prabhpada and Srila Bhakti siddhanta Saraswati. The pillars have ornamental stone carvings, marble floors with marvelous colorful granite designs. The windows are carved in Rajasthani Mewa’s style and the Khemira decoration. The ceilings also have stunning Araish designs.
The temple thus aims at spreading peace among members of the society and bringing people nearer to Krishna.
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Bardolpura, Madhupura, Ahmedabad- 380001, Gujarat, India
05:00 am - 09:00 pm
This temple is better known as the Hutheesing Jain Temple. It is the largest Jain temple of Gujarat. The temple was originally a plan of Sheth Hutheesinh Kesarisinh, a wealthy trader of Ahmedabad. He unfortunately passed away at an age of just 49 years and thus leaving the plan incomplete. This was thereby supervised and completed by his wife Shethani Harkunvar. It cost her lakhs of rupees, which was too huge an amount in those times. The temple was dedicated to the 15th Jain Teerthankar, Dharmanatha. The cost was estimated later to be more than a million dollar by the son of the trader Muggenbhai Hutheesing. The temple was built during a tragic famine condition in Ahmedabad and so, it gave a work opportunity to many poor people. It is since been maintained by the Hutheesing family Trust.
The architect was Premchand Salat. The temple was originally two storey. The idol of the prime deity is made of milk white marble that looks very beautiful. The main temple has 11 deities in it, 6 in the basement and the rest divided in the three- bay sanctuary. The main shrine is on the eastern side of the temple. The temple has a big dome roof supported by 12 ornate pillars. There are 52 shrines other than this, each having an idol of a teerthankara. There is also a line of shorter shrines adjoining the main temple on three sides. The most striking feature is a Manasthamba inspired from the Jain Manasthamba and the Kirtisthamba of Chittore, Rajasthan.
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Kalupur, Ahmedabad- 380001, Gujarat, India
06:00 am - 08:00 pm
This temple is built in Kalupur in Ahmedabad according to the instructions given by the former of this sect, Shri Swaminarayan. The administration of the temple is divided into two groups according to his instructions- The Nar Narayan Dev Gadi and the Laxmi Narayan dev Gadi. This 19th century temple has all god and goddesses depicted by green and yellow statues in colourful clothes.
The land for the temple was originally granted to Swaminarayan Trust by Sir Dunlop on behalf of the British imperial government. It is said that the viceroy was so very pleased with Swaminarayan and his activities that he gifted him with few thousand acres of land to him. He even ordered 21 gun- shot salute after the temple was built.
The temple architecture is majorly based on Burma teakwood design and has different hues of bright colours filled in just like many other Swaminarayan temples. The prime deity here is the Nar Narayan Swami. The central gateway is gorgeous with a combination of local and western designs along with a British essence. The gateway scultures are adorned with traditional Rajasthani and Gujrati style clothing. The top of the pillars are a contrast again with the touch of Mughal architecture. The Narnarayan temple is the heart of the entire complex. It is a heritage in the social and cultural history of Gujarat. There are images and idols of the prime deity in the centre, Laxminarayan in the right and Dharmadev, Bhaktimata and harikrishna on the left. The dresses of the deities are changed 7 times a day and look very bright and beautiful.
The Akshar Bhavan on the ground floor has the idol of GhanshyamMaharaj as a child in marble. This place also exhibits personal belongings of Swaminarayan along with the southern side of the building which is called the Tejendra Bhavan for the pilgrims to take rest. The idol of Ghanshyam Maharaj is also placed in the hall where Swaminarayan used to stay on his visits to Ahmedabad. This is known as the Rang Mahal. The striking attraction here is the life size idol of Swaminarayan standing in teak wood. It is the most amazing wood work in Gujarat. On the western side is the women’s temple which is meant for females who have taken spiritual vows and have dedicated their lives to the temple and god. Here the head Acharya’s wife holds up conferences solely for the women living here. This mansion is decorated with gorgeous chandeliers, lams and huge mirrors. The pillars are carved with motifs of sweet flowers and other creepers.
The haveli on the northern side was constructed in 1871 by Acharya Maharajshree Keshavprasadji Maharaj. This is a grand mansion of an octagonal shape. The pillars here are exquisitely carved and the most attractive are the statues of Hanumana lifting the Devgiri Mountain on his palm and that of Lord Ganesha. There are also depictions of the Rani of Jhansi and Lord Vishnu also in the Narasimha Avatar.
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Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380052
Vastrapur Lake is situated in western part of Ahmadabad. It is officially named after Narsinh Mehta. The lake was beautified by the AMC after 2002 and has since become a popular spot in the city.
Every weekend, a large number of people visit this lake. It currently boasts an open air theater and children's park. There is a pathway all around the lake which serves many walkers and joggers in the early mornings and in the evenings.
The lush green lawns surrounding this lake also serve as a central hub of Ahmedabad, wherein various cultural events take place regularly.
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Old City, Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad- 38002, Gujarat, India
06:00 am - 08:00 pm
Jama Masjid, which means the Friday mosque, is the most fantastic mosque of Ahmedabad. It lies in the old city part of Ahmedabad, opposite the Mahatma Ganti Road, on the eastern side of Maidan-i-shah or Teen Darwaza. It was part of a major plan designed by the Mughal Emperor Sultan Ahmed Shah. The western side of the mosque has the tombs of the emperor, his son and his grandson, Ahmed Shah Rauza. Nearby are the tombs of the queens known as the Rani Ka Hazira.
The mosque is built on a rectangular area. It has three entrances, one at the center of each side. The three sides are lined by gardens and the fourth side is used for worship and prayer purposes. In the center of the mosque, is a rectangular ablution. The prayer room is also rectangular with four domes. It is of an Indo-Saracenic architecture style. Some of the central parts of the mosque have lotus structures like the beautiful Jain temple styles. Some pillars even have reference of the bells of Hindu temples.
These are carved on the pillars that are shown hanging from chains. The open courtyard has classic marble flooring with fantastic paintings of Arabic calligraphy work. The whole monument is built of yellow sandstone and has exquisite carvings on all parts. There are 260 columns supporting the 15 domes in the main prayer hall. There is also some very pretty lattice craftwork done on the minarets remaining after the earthquake of 1819.
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Siddhachal Vatika, Sabarmati, Ahmedabad- 380005, Gujarat, India
06:00 am - 09:00 pm
This temple is not one of the most important tourist hotspots of Ahmedabad but is not anything less in comparison to the other beautiful monuments here. This temple is a perfect replica of the original Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu. It will fulfill all your desires of a visit to Vaishno Devi once you visit this place. It will simply erase all your regrets of not being able to visit the original shrine.
This temple even has the look of the original one and is built on a mock hill instead of the high peaks in Jammu. This hill replica is made with the help of an overlapping rough stony pattern. The unusual feature of this temple that is the only thing different from the original temple is that this temple at one part is in the shape of a circular tower, which looks like some old castle. This is built in yellow sandstone like many other temples in Gujarat. The temple interiors have beautiful carvings and many sculptures of Gods and Godesses. The prime deity here is Shakti in its Vaishno avatar.
This place is surrounded by lovely natural surroundings making the backdrop no less picturesque than that of the original temple. There are also sprawling gardens surrounding this temple. You can surely go and enjoy a little time here with your family on a trip to Ahmedabad.
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Asarwa, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
It is a typical Hindu step well of those times. It was built during the rule of Sultan Mahmud and incurred a havoc cost. It was basically built by Bai Harir Sultani, who was locally called by the name of Dada Hari. It was built in the Asarwa Village close to Ahmedabad.
It is 5- storey structure. The depth is for the purpose of extraction of water from deep underground during scarcity times for everyday use. These were very popular during those times due to the lack of modern water holding facility. This has an open roof as soon as you reach the top level and all the levels look just beautiful even though they are now nothing compared to their former glory and grandeur.
The pillars and the walls are adorned with fantastic carvings of the traditional Islamic style of designing with a blend of some Hindu essence to it. These wells were specially the place for women who used to perform their daily chores here along with enjoying the coolness inside. These were places used for rituals and occasions also. In those days these kinds of wells served as cool shelters and stopovers of travelers.