Ahmedabad is a perfect place with a combination of historical attractions and religious places. The food in Ahmedabad is sure to make your mouths water!
For the ones among you looking for a tryst with various temples with a light dash of history, Ahmedabad is the place to be. Located in the state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is India’s sixth largest city and a major commercial hub in Western India. Ahmedabad is not one of the major tourist destinations, nor is it a backpacker’s paradise, but the city has more than a few spots worth seeing. The low margin of visitors is bound to come in as an advantage for you, because the few people who do come for a tour are treated with utmost hospitality and respect, mainly to promote further tourism in the state.
Best Time to Visit
Like most other cities in the Indian mainland, Ahmedabad is excruciatingly hot during the summer, so an ideal time to visit the city would be during the monsoon when various special delicacies would be available for consumption on the roadside. Monsoon arrives in Ahmedabad during June and extends for a few months, so make sure you plan your trip around then. Given the number of interesting places present in the city, a two day trip would be perfect and optimum for tourists. Visiting Ahmedabad during the monsoon also has a few more pluses owing to the fact that many festivals like Janmashtami and Raksha Bandhan are celebrated during this season, and they are generally colorful and social affairs.
The city of Ahmedabad can be reached from Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata by regular flights. Flights are also available from international destinations like London, New York, Chicago and Frankfurt. The airport is rapidly expanding and will accommodate more flights to various destinations in the coming years. Ahmedabad is well connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Chennai, Nagpur and Pune by train. Regular trains are available for nearby locations and weekly trains are available for distant ones. Ahmedabad can also be reached by car through NH8 from Mumbai, over a distance of 550 kilometers. The eight hour ride can be pretty tiring and boring due to the heavy traffic of trailer trucks in the region. It is therefore advisable to visit Ahmedabad by train.
On the very first day if your trip, visit the Gandhi Ashram in Vadaj. The most important tourist attraction in the entire city, the Gandhi Ashram was founded by the Mahatma in 1915. Walk along the stretches of the Sabarmati River near the ashram, and relive history as the guide takes you through the paths where Gandhi started off his famous Dandi March. A tourists’ delight, the ashram also has a handicrafts section where you can purchase items made using simple tools like the spinning wheel. Later in the day, visit the Bhadra fort, built by the Marathas in 1411. The fort is enormous and wide, and it houses the royal palace and several gardens. Also visit the Akshardham temple, a beautifully constructed structure which is located in Gandhinagar.
Other Places to Visit
Check out the Vaishno Devi Temple, the Amar Dham and the ISCKON temple later during the evening. Ahmedabad houses many temples and every single one of them is excellently constructed. On the second day of your travel, visit the Science City which is sure to delight the younger crowd. Also visit Kankaria Lake, where almost all the families in the city hang out and relax during the weekend. The lake has an island in its center, and this island has a palatial garden called the Nagina Wadi. Make sure you visit the Kamla Nehru Zoo and the Jumma Masjid, a very famous mosque frequented by the tourists. Built in 1413, the mosque is entirely made of yellow sandstone. If you have the time, also visit the Jhulta Minara, roughly translated into ‘the swinging minarets’.
Food & Accomodation
Ahmedabad is a foodie’s paradise, with various Gujarathi specialties and delicacies available in a multitude of shops. Affordable accommodation is available at the Lemon Tree Hotel and the Ginger Hotel. The Ginger Hotel offers business-class rooms for decent rates, and also provides classy service.
Planning Your Trip
Rickshaws and auto rickshaws are available for traveling around Ahmedabad, and public transport buses are also available. Language should not be a problem as most of the drivers understand Hindi. Overall, a rough estimate for a couple traveling for two days to Ahmedabad should range around 6000-8000 INR. Stop worrying, start packing and head out to Ahmedabad!
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