Ahmedabad is a perfect mix of century old architecture marvels and unique modern day buildings. With vast options in food and accommodation, Ahmedabad stands out as one of the major cities of India. Ahmedabad is also called Amdavad by locals. From a visit to a beautiful lake in the center of the city to spending a day in older suburbs, visiting ancient architecture to the world famous Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad offers a wide variety of options to make your visit memorable. Let’s check out the best things to do in Ahmedabad here:
1. Visit Kankaria Lake
Located in the Maninagar area, Kankaria Lake was known as Hauz E Qutub in ancient times. A developed lakefront around Kankaria offers tons of attractions for all age groups. A water park, rides, a zoo, ballon rides, food stalls, a toy train and many other entertainment facilities are offered here. Also in the last week of December, a unique music and art festival known as Kankaria Carnival is held here.
In the middle of Kankaria Lake is Nagina Wadi, which is a garden themed entertainment zone. It was built in ancient times for entertainment purposes for the king. A concrete, tree-lined walkway runs from the lake front to Nagina Wadi. There are musical fountains and laser shows during the nights. Kankaria is a perfect place to spend your day in Ahmedabad.
Address: Maninagar, Ahmedabad
Website: Kankaria Lake
2. Spend an evening at Sabarmati Riverfront
Sabarmati Riverfront is the most recent development and one of the new projects of restoration in the Ahmedabad City. Sabarmati Riverfront is built on two level. On both sides of the River Sabarmati, there are areas for only pedestrians and cyclists whereas the high level two area is for various events, activities, public parks and shopping centers.
You will get a beautiful scenic view of the city while you are at Sabarmati Riverfront in the evening. The Sabarmati River divides the city into two parts. There are options for boating and ziplining at the riverfront. There are also parks, gardens and an open-air market known as Gujari Bazaar located nearby. In recent times, many Indian films have been shot at Sabarmati Riverfront.
Address: Sabarmati River, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad
Website: Sabarmati Riverfront
3. Dinner at revolving Neelkanth Patang restaurant
This is the most special attraction of Ahmedbad. Neelkanth Patang is a revolving restaurant located near Nehru Bridge at Ashram Road. It is a tower restaurant and offers Continental, Chinese and Indian food.
Neelkanth Patang restaurant is the best place to have your lunch or dinner. Whether you want to view the Ahmedabad city during the afternoon with views of traffic and beautiful yellow sun across the Sabarmati River or you want to spend a quiet and remarkable evening viewing the city covered with lights, it’s a special ambiance. You will have to reserve your table two days in advance, so make sure to do that while you are in the city.
Address: Neelkanth Patang Hotel, Near Nehru Bridge, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad
Website: Patang Hotel
The Ahmedabad city is divided into two parts by Sabarmati River. The East consists of the old Ahmedabad city with ancient architecture, mosques, and temples. Whereas the West is the new Ahmedabad with modern art and architecture. If you visit Ahmedabad, spending a day at the old suburbs is a must-do activity!
The famous gates such as Lal Darwaja, Teen Darwaja, Bhadra Gate, Raipur Gate, and Delhi Drawaja are all spectacular sets of gates in the older suburbs. The roadside street shopping in the Bhadra Area and Raipur is an experience to cherish forever. The traffic, people, voices and the entire vista at this place is truly remarkable. Visiting the Bhadra Fort or Siddhi Sayed Jali speaks of an epoch of ancient Ahmedabad. Eating local Ahmedabad dishes at a special night food stall area called Manekchowk will surely satisfy your food needs!
Tour the Old Suburbs
Address: Old Suburbs, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad
5. Shopping at famous C.G Road
When it comes to shopping Ahmedabad will definitely not let you down. If you were able to find cheap and unique things from the street vendors in older suburbs but want to shop at some of the international retail shops then C.G Road is the place for you. Starting at Mahalakshmi crossroads and ending at Sardar Patel Stadium, C.G Road is a perfect destination for shopping and eating local dishes.
There are various malls and retail shops to buy electronics, Gujarati ethnic dresses, modern party wear, restaurants, and hotels. Municipal Market on C.G Road offers a wide variety of food options throughout the day.
Shopping at C.G Road
Address: C.G Road, Near Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Website: C.G Road
This is the place where Mahatma Gandhi lived for 12 years with his wife. Today it is the most visited landmark in Gujarat and India. It has a most vivid collection of Gandhi’s photographs and paintings. There are also exhibitions of his quotations, letters and other relics of Gandhi.
This place receives around 750,000 visitors per year. The priceless ‘charkha’ which was used by Gandhi to spin khadi and his personal writing table is an exclusive part of the Ashram. Prior reservation with the Ashram will also offer you a 90 minute guided tour! This is a definite ashram to visit to imbibe the vibes of Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi Ashram Visit
Address: Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati, Ahmedabad
7. Swaminarayan Temple in Shahibaug
Swaminarayan Temple by BAPS in Shahibaug is the true marvel of the unique religious landmark of Ahmedabad. Lord Swaminarayan used to visit Ahmedabad during the ancient times and he built a temple in the Shahibaug area of Ahmedabad. The temple was upgraded and renovated with the guidance of H.H Pujya Pramukh Swami.
With idols of Lord Swaminarayan and Lord Hanuman and Ganeshji, this temple will surely give you a positive vibration. There are certain codes and conducts to be followed while visiting the temple. Make sure to check those out before planning your visit.
Address: Swaminarayan Temple, Shahibaug Area, Ahmedabad
Website: BAPS Swaminarayan Temple
Adalaj Stepwell is a famous landmark located in the Adalaj area of Ahmedabad. Adalaj Stepwell, also known as Adalaj ni Vav, is a distinct architecture marvel of ancient India. The intricate carvings speak of the detailing in the stepwell’s structure. Adalaj Stepwell is five stories deep and is octagonal in the top and a large number of carved pillars.
Private Tour: Full-Day Stepwells Tour from Ahmedabad
Duration: 10 hours
Ahmedabad offers everything!
Apart from these things to do there are tons of other options - for food lovers, Vishala is a must-try ethnic restaurant. The famous Gujarat University building and Asia’s top management institute, IIM-Ahmedabad campus, offers world class business management education, and is also a unique place to see. As we have seen, Ahmedabad offers many options for visitors of all kinds! It stands as a unique and remarkable city.
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