8 Must See’s and Do’s in Ahmedabad

6 Aug

Ahmedabad – A bustling city and the financial capital of Gujarat. It’s famous for many things but never really known as a tourist destination. On my recent weekend visit to this vibrant city, I was quite surprised to see that the Ahmedabad has a lot of places to visit and many unique things to offer to any type of traveler. It has an interesting mix of heritage sites, a piece of the freedom movement, beautiful temples and mosques, good food, amazing hospitality and a unique culture. It is well connected with other cities in the country and all major airlines and trains have travel services to Ahmedabad.  All this makes it a good choice for a long weekend trip from any part of India.

Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

And here are my seven must see’s and to-do’s whenever you find yourself in Ahmedabad –

  1. Experience the old ways of living in the pols – One of the most unique things to do in Ahmedabad is to walk through its pols (neighborhoods) in the old city. Built over a few centuries ago, pols are self-contained neighborhoods, segregated majorly by castes or communities. Each pol has houses built with common walls, a common area, a black board, a well and a bird feeder. These pols have beautifully carved houses, unique architecture, temples, history, mysteries and many stories. You can visit these pols through a heritage walk organized by Ahmedabad Tourism or stay in one of the homestays here.
Walking through the pols in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Walking through the pols in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  1. Relive a small piece of our freedom movement at the Sabarmati Ashram – Located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, Sabarmati Aashram or the Satyagraha Ashram was once the house of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji lived here from 1915 to 1917 and it was from here that he began his famous ‘Dandi March’ in 1930 to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the Britishers. You should visit the ashram to understand the simplicity with which Gandhiji lived in his everyday life, spin a bit of yarn on a spinning wheel and also visit the small museum nearby that displays important event information, letters, photographs and other related items to Gandhiji and our Freedom movement.
Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  1. Marvel in the beautiful heritage structure of Adalaj ni vav / Adalaj Stepwell –  This stunning five-story step well was built-in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of Vaghela Chieftain to collect rainwater during seasonal monsoons. Built in the Indo-Islam fusion architecture work, the steps are intricately carved with scenes from Indian mythology and everyday life. I especially loved the beautiful carvings around the jharokhas.
Adalaj ni vav, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Adalaj ni vav, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  1. Explore the stunning multicultural religious sites (temples and mosques) – There are many stunning temples and mosques in Ahmedabad built-in multiple architectural and design styles. You must see the Hathi Singh Jain temple is built-in white marble with beautiful carvings, the Jhulta Minar (though you have to see it from the road), the Jama Masjid built-in the Indo-Islamic style with many elements commonly seen in Hindu temples, the stunning screens of the Sidi Sayed mosque. Many of these sites have free entry too.
Screens of S

Screens of Sidi Sayed Mosque, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  1. Visit some unique museums – Ahmedabad has some unique museums that showcase historic lineage and cultural elements of the city – there is the Calico Textile Museum, Vintage Car museum, the traditional Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Veechar Utensil Museum and the Kites Museum. Each of these museums have some interesting exhibits and definitely worth a visit.
Calico Museum, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Pic Courtesy - Museum website.

Calico Museum, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Pic Courtesy – Museum website.

  1. Taste the Unique Local Cuisine – Ahmedabad is a vegetarian’s paradise and the best place to try traditional Gujarati cuisine, the local street food and the Gujarati spin on different cuisines. You should try a traditional Gujarati thali at one of local Gujarati restaurants and Gujarati snacks of dhokla, fafda, khandvi, etc in the morning at any of the roadside stalls. In the evening visit either the Law Garden area or Maneck chowk for street food and you must definitely try the chocolate pizza and a pineapple sandwich.
A traditional Gujarati thali, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

A traditional Gujarati thali, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  • Shop to your heart’s content for textiles and handicrafts – Ahmedabad has some really good and reasonably priced stores to shop for traditional textiles, handicrafts and bandhej. I shopped at a local store called Sanskruti but you can also check out the traditional markets of Rani ni Hajiro and Maneck Chowk.
Sarkhej Roza near Ahmedabad. Pic Courtesy - wikipedia

Sarkhej Roza near Ahmedabad. Pic Courtesy – wikipedia

  • Sarkhej Roza – Though I haven’t visited it myself I am including Sarkhej Roza to the list on my friend, Rachna’s recommendation. This is a beautiful mosque and tomb complex near Ahmedabad and can be combined with your trip to see Adalaj ni vav. The 20th century architect Le Corbusier compared the mosque’s design to the Acropolis of Athens and hence this complex is also known as “Acropolis of Ahmedabad”. A definite addition to my own travel wish list for my next visit to Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad is well-connected to all cities in India and can be reached by any means of transportation. Within the city there are multiple options of transportation with public buses, cabs and auto rickshaws. There are also many options available for stay in hotels in Ahmedabad and you can choose based on the area or your budget.

28 Responses to “8 Must See’s and Do’s in Ahmedabad”

  1. mvschulze August 7, 2016 at 01:47 #

    I’ve always liked Geography. Have been to quite a number of places, (mostly in the US,) and thought I could recognize most places by name – but (and maybe it’s my advanceing age) my recall of Ahmedabad is blank; and also….I hate to say it…Gujarat. So it off to Google maps. It DOES look interesting. Thanks for the visit. M 🙂


    • getsetandgo August 27, 2016 at 22:34 #

      Thanks for the kind words on my post and Ahmedabad is a definite must visit if you plan to be in India anytime 😀


  2. Rashminotes August 7, 2016 at 12:26 #

    Very use post:) Thanks for sharing!


  3. antarikanwesan August 7, 2016 at 15:21 #

    I have just been to the Sabarmati Ashram. All the others are still to be done. Nice post!


  4. 2far2shout August 7, 2016 at 16:48 #

    Its always possible to find something agreeable in an Indian city. I once watched a day siting by a roadside from dark into light in Ahmedabad and saw a real India…


    • getsetandgo August 27, 2016 at 22:43 #

      That’s such an amazing idea and I will try this myself for sure next time. I am also sure it must have been a really good experience….


      • 2far2shout August 28, 2016 at 14:15 #

        Thanks for your comment. When you do this thing about watching you must not fiddle with your ‘phone; it will disturb your concentration. Good luck


      • getsetandgo September 11, 2016 at 19:28 #

        Very Very Important and duly noted 🙂


  5. corneliaweberphotography August 8, 2016 at 09:25 #

    OMG, I have been there just a few months ago at all those places in Ahemadabad, it’s such an exceptional beautiful and historical city. I was lucky to spend three days there at the French Haveli, a great place to stay. http://www.corneliaweber-photography.com


    • getsetandgo August 27, 2016 at 22:54 #

      I have been meaning to stay at the French Haveli and hope to visit it soon… Also look forward to seeing Ahmedabad through your lens too 😀


      • corneliaweberphotography August 28, 2016 at 07:28 #

        It’s a real interesting place to stay. I have bits here and there in most of my Indian posts of Ahemadabad


      • getsetandgo September 11, 2016 at 19:28 #

        Saw some of your posts and loved them…


  6. bysofia August 8, 2016 at 10:22 #

    really cool blog! thanks for liking my post, I think you’d like my blog a lot! would you mind checking it out and perhaps following?


    • getsetandgo August 27, 2016 at 22:58 #

      Hey thanks for visiting my blog and I shall check out yours too…


  7. Rupali August 10, 2016 at 13:56 #

    A big thanks for sharing this. I am planning to visit Ahmedabad.


  8. cbjourneyindia August 16, 2016 at 12:39 #

    A wonderful blog about Ahmedabad, thanks for sharing!
    Check out my blog @ http://www.journeyindia.com


  9. fortyandeverythingafter September 1, 2016 at 20:49 #

    This is a really fascinating post, and some beautiful pictures.


  10. mytravelthings November 23, 2016 at 22:41 #

    Nice content.I just visited Ahmedabad and soon will be publishing a article


  11. drkapadiad May 8, 2017 at 11:17 #

    Thank you for making my city sound so interesting . I am born n brought up in Ahmedabad but i have not yet visited half of d sites.
    I guess all these spots are Old Ahmedabad.. History of Ahmedabad..
    you should write about places developed in last 20 years.. riverfront.. kankaria .. vastrapur lake .. nightlife of Ahmedabad n all.
    Once again thank you for being so kind n sweet to my city.


    • getsetandgo September 2, 2017 at 19:44 #

      Thanks for the kind words on the blog post.. I will definitely visit the newer spots of Ahmedabad on my next trip and blog about that…

      Liked by 1 person

  12. gcmediain May 13, 2017 at 13:50 #

    After reading your post we would love to travel the state of Gandhi Ji , he was an inspiration. We would like to visit the site you had mentioned & try out local food. Could you tell us which is the best time of year to visit ahmedabad ? Thanks for the info.

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