Ahmedabad has a rich history of Mughals as the city is named after a king name Sultan Ahmed shah founded in 1411 and nowadays it is also known as the world's first heritage city.
Ahmedabad total area of 8087 Sq.Km which is geographically located at the center of Gujarat state and largest city of Gujarat with over a population of 1 crore. The city was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement in the first half of the 20th century. It was the epicenter of many campaigns of civil disobedience to promote workers' rights, civil rights, and political independence. Mahatma Gandhi also established Gandhi Ashram on the bank of river Sabarmati and selected Ahmedabad as his "Karmabhumi".
Ahmedabad was part of the Bombay Presidency during the British rules in India. Kankaria Lake, in the neighborhood of Maninagar, is an artificial lake developed by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the Sultan of Delhi, in 1451 A.D.
The City established itself as the home of a booming textile industry, which earned the nickname "The Manchester of India.” With the creation of the state of Gujarat in 1960. Ahmedabad remains the cultural and commercial heart of Gujarat, and much of western India. Since 2000, the city has been transformed through the construction of skyscrapers, shopping malls and multiplexes.
The BRTS and the Sabarmati River Front development project are two most important project which has changed the lifestyle of people of Ahmedabad. Kankaria Lake, Siddi Saiyad’s Jali, Jama Masjid, Roza of Sarkhej, Gandhi Ashram, Abhay Ghat are the historical monuments/places situated in the city. Science City, Vaishnovdevi Temple, ISCON Temple are also famous for the tourist’s attraction. Lothal, Step-Well of Adalaj & Akshardham Temple are also very famous tourist places nearby. Thol Lake and Nal Sarovar Lake are famous Bird Sanctuary where migratory birds from Central Asia visit every year in the winter season, is situated in the Ahmedabad District
Oct to Jan is the best time to visit Ahmedabad as the weather becomes mild and pleasant to the road around the city. The temperature during this time is 5 to 27 degrees at maximum level There is also quite an inflow of events and activities such as the Navratri, Diwali, Christmas, New Year, Uttrayan (International Kite Festival) in January. Many seasonal streets food courts and restaurants come alive during this time. The famous International Kite Festival is also one of the major tourist-magnets during the winter.
Feb to May/June is the time when summer is at peak, daily temperature above 43 to 47 degrees at maximum level, which is not pleasant for sightseeing. This season is also not a good time to explore the city.
Things to Do in Ahmedabad in Summer
Enjoy the night life in Ahmedabad at popular hangout places – like SG Highway, Manekchowk, Law Garden, Vastrapur lake, River Front, Kakariya lake etc.
Spend a day at the waterfalls near Ahmedabad – Zanzari.
Visit the various museums in Ahmedabad – Vintage Car Museum.
Explore the city’s culinary culture at Manek Chowk
Dine at the best restaurants in Ahmedabad – Rajwadu, Gordhan Thal, Grand Thaker Thal for best authentic Gujarati food Agashiye, Dakshinayan and Sankalp for south Indian food, Five Patel and 70 degrees for fashion food, Walk on fire and crazy noddle for authentic Chinese food and famous revolving hotel Patang from where you can have a view of entire city with lights.
Spend time at the shopping in Ahmedabad – AlphaOne Mall, Iscon Mega Mall, Himalaya Mall, Ahmedabad Central and famous Ratanpur Market, Law Garden etc.
Visit the Gujarat Science City
Enjoy the Rath Yatra, Janmashtami, dandiya celebrations dance to the beats of during Navratri celebrations (August /October/November)
Things to Do in Ahmedabad in Winter
Explore the major historical places in Ahmedabad – Bhadra Fort, Jama Masjid, Sarkhej Roza, Rani no Hajiro, River Front, Sabarmati Ashram, Kakariya lake etc.
Watch a movie at the Sunset Drive-In the famous and only open theatre in India where you can enter with a car has a capacity of more the 500 cars in a movie show. It's the best place to watch a movie and spend time with family and friend.
Shop at the Law Garden’s Night Market
Offer your prayers at the city temples – Hutheesing Jain Temple, ISKCON Temple, Swaminarayan Temple, etc.
Take a trip to nearby attractions – Adalaj Step Well (30 km), Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary (60 km), Akshardham Temple (26 km), etc.
Take part in the International Kite Festival (14th January)
Whether you are visiting Ahmedabad in summer, winter or monsoon, the city will delight you beyond measure. Wish you a memorable holiday filled with fun, frolic, food, and festivals!
How to reach Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is a major Indian city, enjoys excellent connectivity with major cities via air, road and rail. While Ahmedabad Airport is about 12 km away from the city centre while Ahmedabad Railway Station is within 5 km radius. Besides, several state and roadways buses connect Ahmedabad with cities such as Surat, Mumbai, Pune and Udaipur among others.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, also known as Ahmedabad Airport, links the city with major national and international destinations. Flights for Indian cities such as Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Goa and Pune can be availed from Terminal 1. Those travelling to international destinations like Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Singapore, can board flights from Terminal 2. After reaching the airport, travellers can book taxis or cabs to reach anywhere in the city.
The state of Gujarat has the best road transportation system in the whole of the country. Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) and interstate bus services here link Ahmedabad with major cities in the state as well as in India. There are regular buses for Mumbai, Goa, Pune, Bhavnagar and Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad. Those driving from Mumbai to Ahmedabad will have to cover about 530 km that takes around 9 to 10 hours via NH 8.
The city of Ahmedabad is well linked to most of the country via an extensive rail network. Several super-fast and express trains are available for metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai from Ahmedabad Railway Station, which is also known as Kalupur Station. After reaching the station, travellers can avail services of auto-rickshaws, taxis and city buses to reach the city.
Place to visit in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad has ample of places to visit like
Revolving hotel (Patang Hotel)
Siddi Saiyad’s Jali
Roza of Sarkhej
Auto World Vintage Car Museum
Vaishno Devi Temple
Lothal, Step-Well of Adalaj
Nal Sarovar Lake
Things to do in Ahmedabad
From the famous Sabarmati Ashram to the glittering Kankaria Lake, and from the inspiring Science City to the happening Electron The Disc Lounge, check out some of the best things to do in world first heritage city Ahmedabad that one should not miss out on when in the city!Sabarmati Ashram: Feel The Silence, Sunset Drive-In Cinema: Experience Something New, Jhulta Minara: Quite A Sight, Auto World Vintage Car Museum: One Of Its Kind, Law Garden: For The ShopaholicsHeritage Walk: Explore The History,Victoria Garden: Feel The Vibe, Jami Masjid: Witness The Marvel, Calico Museum Of Textiles: Worth A Visit Kankaria Lake: Enjoy the View, Science City: Learn Something Manek Chowk: Go For Shopping, Electron The Disc Lounge: Experience The Nightlife, Kite Museum: Unique Place To Explore, Shanku’s Water Park: Have A Fun Day, Vechaar Utensils Museum: Explore This Place, Balvatika: Spend Time In The Wild, Ahmed Shah’s Mosque: Know The History, Dada Hari Vav: Explore The Architectural Beauty, Hathi Singh Jain Temple: Seek Blessings
Popular shopping places in Ahmedabad
Alpha One Mall, Iscon Mega Mall, Himalaya Mall, Ahmedabad Central, CG Road, Famous Ratanpur Market, Lal darwaja, Law Garden for traditional ware etc are the most popular place for shopping
Food to try in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is famous Gujarati food items like Khaman, Dhokala, khandvi, Patra, Handvo, Fafda, Gatiya, Bhajiya, Khakhara, Bharkharwadi, Dabeli, Jalebi, Samosa, kachori, Pani Puri (Goalgappe), Fusion Dosa, Fusion Passat, Eeg Meggi, Masala Bun Maska and Tea, Gujarati Dishes like Sev Tameta, Khichadi etc, Punjabi dishes, Chinese Fusion dish, South Indian dishes, Rajasthani Dishes, City has delicious verities of food to offer and it is a haven for people who just love to eat. Ahmedabadi believe in making a fusion of every food recipe they every have tried in any part of the world. But when it comes to Gujarati food they never compromise and serve authentic Gujarati food to guest in the city. Ahmedabad has world best Pan shops in-country rather world I must say there are more the 100 verities of Pan (soff) like Fire Pan etc, also city has soda shop at every corner one should try after dinner.
Only tip which I would like to share with my experience is you must take car on rent and see the beauty of Ahmedabad and create lots and lots of memories by clicking pictures and video with fun activity and delicious food.
Things to Carry
Carry all your gadgets you will need them like Mobile, Camera, Power Bank, Shorts and t-shirt.
Via Flight- Ahmedabad is well connected by air from different metro cities of the country as well as other parts of the world.Via Road- Buses and Car any part of India is well connected and Gujarat has the best road in the country nearby states border are Rajasthan, Maharashtra.Via Train- There are direct train route available to the Ahmedabad from different metro cities of the country
For how many days should I plan for Ahmedabad ?
According to me, one can plan 7 to 10 days in Ahmedabad to explore and the rich heritage and history of the city and taste the delicious food recipe of Gujarat.
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