Alluring Ahmedabad: Top 10 Places Worth Visiting

1) Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram is the best known place in Ahmedabad as well as  Gujarat and even has important relevance  in the history of India. As we all know that the Father of the Nation, late Shri Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi used to live here along with wife Late Smt. Kasturba Gandhi and many of his major movements began from this very place.20150714_081127

Sabarmati Ashram is also known as Satyagraha Ashram. Satyagraha is the term which was developed and coined by Mahatma Gandhi. It is even translated as “ Insistence on truth”.

Sabarmati Ashram was the base from where Gandhiji  led the Dandi March, also known as the Salt Satyagraha on 12 March 1930. To recognise  the significant influence that this march on the Indian independence movement,  the Indian government has established the ashram as a national monument.  Do not miss this wonderful and  peaceful memorial to the Father of the Nation. The posters and pictures tell an unforgettable story of the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi.

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2) Sabarmati Riverfront

Sabarmati Riverfront in the city of Ahmedabad is the best example set by the Government of Gujarat for a riverfront of its kind  amidst a city. Sabarmati Riverfront gives an extraordinary attraction where we can spend our time relaxing and enjoying the soothing river flow. Riverfront was developed under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, who is currently the Prime Minister of our country. 20150714_074435

If we talk about architectural development,  the average width of the Sabarmati channel is 382 metres (1,253 ft) and the narrowest cross-section 330 metres (1,080 ft). This project is undertaken with a prime objective of environmental sustainment  and provision of housing for the poor who are living in life- threatening conditions along the river bed. Boating along the river channel is one more attraction of this project . Lot of people visit this place in early morning too to take a morning walk and for doing yoga. The visit to Ahmedabad is not complete if you have missed the evening at the riverfront site .

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3) Kankaria lake

Kankaria Lake is the largest lake in Ahmedabad city, located near Maninagar area of south Ahmedabad. It is an artificial lake around which many attractions have been developed such as a zoo, toy train (named Atal Express),  a kids city, tethered balloon ride reaching the sky, water rides, water park, appetizing food stalls and  other entertainment facilities. The lakefront was reconstructed  in 2008. Kankaria Carnival is a well known festival held here in the last week of December. It  is week-long festival with many cultural, art, and social activities being organized. Another fascinating attraction of the lake is its boat rides which make you feel ecstatic.

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Kankaria Carnival
Atal Express at Kankaria
Atal Express at Kankaria

4) Manek Chowk

Manek Chowk, a well known city square, is situated in Old Ahmedabad. It is surrounded by structures having historical relevance. It is a large-scaled vegetable market in the morning, a bullion market in the noon and the street food market at night. The oldest of the jewellers in Ahmedabad started doing business in Manek Chowk itself.  It is also well known for its food, however, its food stalls start to emerge around 8:30 in the evening and continue till late night, with various local street snacks.You will find so many delicious and mouth- watering dishes such as pav bhaji, pani puri, pizza, bhelpuri, chinese etc. including ice cream. Manek Chowk is also famous for Ahmedabad Stock Exchange, the second oldest stock exchange in India after Bombay Stock Exchange. It was established in 1894. But now it is shifted to Panjrapole Cross Roads in Ambavadi region in Ahmedabad.

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5) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial is a museum and exhibition centre dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel set up in 1978. It is situated at Moti Shahi Mahal in Shahibaug, Ahmedabad.  Moti  Shahi  Mahal was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan between 1618 and 1622. Even Rabindranath Tagore stayed in this Mahal once in 1878 and wrote some books here.  The museum possesses  detailed information about Sardar Vallabhbhai and a lot of memorable things that once belonged to him. The displays are well maintained and adequately explained.

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The first floor of the museum has rooms which exhibit different aspects of India- pre and post  Independence. The highlight of the museum is the Multi Media room which has, with the use of technology,   made history come alive. There is a ‘prison display’ with censors on the prison bars which when touched present certain facts about his life in prison. There is a charkha operated presentation, most enjoyed by the children. A fantastic museum dedicated to increase awareness about the contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was the architect of post Independent India.

6) Isckon Temple

Isckon Temple at S.G highway is a spectacular, must see attraction of Ahmedabad. Basically involved in spreading awareness about lord Krishna and liberation, Isckon has its worldwide centres engrossed in Shree Krishna devotion and spreading the message of bhakti and karmayog all over the world for the devotees of lord Krishna.  One of the most beautifully carved out temples of Ahmedabad, Isckon Temple also has magnificent paintings of Mother Yashoda and Bal Gopal.  Its pious environment gives devotees a peaceful  experience.isckon

7) Gurudwara Gobind Dham

Gurudwara Gobind Dham, located on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway in Ahmedabad is a religious place for Sikh Community . It is a calm place in the midst of the busy commercial complexes. People turn out in huge numbers to visit the gurudwara on Sunday morning. The gurubani  brings  peace to your mind and heart. Langar, a common kitchen or canteen where food is served to visitors for free, is very famous. People of all class and levels sit together and get blessed with the offerings. It’s a doorway to the Guru where one can worship and get a great peace of mind added with inner spiritual strength. It welcomes people of all religions. Gurudwara’s  building structure looks magnificent  the white & golden domes. The silence of the place and prayer can easily connect  you to the God.Gurudwara_Govind

8)  Akshardham Temple

Akshardham  temple, spread over an area of 23 acres in capital city of Gandhinagar, is undoubtedly one of the largest temples in Gujarat. It is around 29 kms away from Ahmedabad. It was inspired by Pramukh Swami, the current spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan organization. Akshardham  is located in the capital of Gujarat and around 20 Km away  from the city of Ahmedabad. The structure  was built 23 years ago in 1992 and is a tribute to Swaminarayan and his life and teachings. The best time to visit the temple is late evening . From the entrance of Akshardham which is 500m from the main temple,  one can see the sparkling  idol of Swaminarayanji. Below the temple complex, there is a museum that showcases  all the history related to Lord Swaminarayan. It is very well maintained and very informative. The way of presenting the stories is unique and makes the whole experience interesting. The temple complex also hosts a tour which revolves into the complete life cycle of Swaminarayanji. The plays are performed by robotic human interfaces creating a mesmerizing experience altogether.akshardham_temple

9) Auto World Vintage Car Museum

Pranlal Bhogilal, founder-president of the Vintage and Classic Car Club of India has set up this museum which features more than 100 pristine automobiles. For those who are even remotely interested in seeing  a Vintage Car, this is nothing short of a treasure house. There are so many Vintage cars of different and interesting models. All the cars are well maintained and the best thing is that one also has an option of enjoying a  short 2-3 km ride in a Vintage car (you can’t drive it yourself  though). This will be surely a nice experience for all the car lovers.

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10) Thol Lake

Thol Lake is located near Thol village in Kalol in the Mehsana district. It is just 27 kms away from Ahmedabad .  It was constructed as an irrigation tank in 1912. This place was declared as Thol Bird Sanctuary  in 1988. The place is practically under fog most of the mornings but with sunrise, you can see a host of birds and hear their chirps for a long time. Thol Bird Sanctuary  is a home to around 150 species of birds, some of which are Painted Stork, White Pelicans, Mallard Ducks, Common Iora and Common Hoopoe.  Sarus Cranes  and Flamingoes are known to visit the lake during winter. Some of the animals reported in the area surrounding the lake are bluebell, striped hyena, wolf,  golden Jackal, blackbucks etc. Serenity of the place is the reason why so many people visit it in early morning, not just for bird watching, but also to feel the beauty of the nature at its best.

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Post by: Yogesh Sharma

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