Explore The Cultural Side Of Ahmedabad, India: 7 Best Things To Do

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Ahmedabad is the largest city and the former capital of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Ahmedabad is also called as Amdavad (Gujarati pronunciation) and is situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River, 30 km (18.6 miles) from the state capital of Gandhinagar, which is its twin city. It is one of the most beautiful cities in India and is cosmopolitan, yet it retains its rich heritage culture.

You should spend around a week to explore the diversified culture of Ahmedabad and there are many day trips that you can take from the city. To make your tour full and exhilarating, we have prepared this list of seven attractions that you should definitely visit, when in the city. So, let’s begin our tour of Ahmedabad!

1. Kankaria Lake

Kankaria Carnival 1 Ahmedabad
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Kankaria Lake is a historic lake, built in 1415 by Sultan Qutab-ud-din. The lake covers 76 acres (30.8 hectares) of land and seems to be polygonal in shape. It has 34 equal sides and each side is 190 feet (57.9 meters). The biggest attraction of Kankariya is an island garden, in the middle of the lake, known as “Naginawadi”. It is linked to the bank by a bridge. This lake is regarded as one of the biggest town lakes in the country and it is a splendid location to be, at dusk. The lake will charm you in the late evening hours with its mesmerizing sunset.

Kankaria Lake

Address: Kankaria Lake, Kankaria, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380043

Website: Kankaria Lake

2. Calico Museum of Textiles

Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad

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Continue your tour by visiting the leading textile museum in the country. The Calico Museum of Textiles was established in 1949 and is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. It is located in the Shahibaug area of Ahmedabad city. The museum contains 500-year-old hand-woven as well as machine-made clothes. Also, there is a splendid collection of antique handmade items, displaying the ancient culture of Indian textiles.

The city is well known for handloom spinning and weaving and is called the ‘Manchester of India’. Photography and children under 10 are not allowed here and entry is restricted to 20 visitors, only. Visitors are requested to book in advance, as the museum has a policy of advance bookings only.

Calico Museum of Textiles

Address: Calico Museum of Textiles, Retreat, Opp. Shahibaug Underpass, Ahmedabad-04

Website: Calico Museum of Textiles

3. Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

Engrossed students in note down details & visitor in observing details

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Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, also known as L. D. Museum, is famous for its artifacts, that illustrate Indian art and culture. It is the most remarkable museum situated in the city of Ahmedabad. From book prints to pieces of writing based on different religions, the L.D Museum is purely a treasure trove for bibliophiles. This museum also holds a wide range of books linked to Jainism.

It is a museum of Indian sculptures, bronzes, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, miniature paintings, terracotta, woodwork, beadwork, cloth paintings, painted scrolls, and ancient and contemporary coins. It also showcases the paintings of Rabindranath Tagore and art of Nepal and Tibet. The museum is open daily, except on Mondays and public holidays, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

Address: Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Opp. Gujarat University, Ahmedabad-09

Website: Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

4. Bhadra Fort

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Sultan Ahmed Shah began the work of establishing the city of Ahmedabad with the construction of the royal palace, which was contained inside Bhadra Fort. It is a notable colonial building, situated in the walled city of Ahmedabad. Bhadra Fort was named after the Hindu Goddess Bhadra Kali. This awe-inspiring fort was built in 1411 AD.

Bhadra Fort

Address: Bhadra Fort, Court Rd, Bhadra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 01

Website: Bhadra Fort

5. Jama Masjid (Mosque)

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Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) also known as Jumma Masjid, is one of the most stimulating attractions of Ahmedabad city. This beautiful mosque is situated in the central part of the old city of Ahmedabad and was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah, in the year 1423. This ancient monument was made of yellow sandstone and fuses exceptional Hindu and Muslim style of architecture and workmanship. The ambiance of the mosque is serene.

Jama Masjid

Address: Manek Chowk, Gandhi Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001

Website: Jama Masjid

6. The Three Gates (Teen Darwaja)

Tin Darwja ... ( Three Gate ) one of the important entry gate of Ahmedabad .... just after entry to Bhadra .... What a city planning that time ...

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Teen Darwaja or the Three Gates, is a tri-arched gateway, situated in Ahmedabad and is commonly known as Teen Darwaza. Three Gates is a royal entrance to the city, built by city founder, Sultan Ahmed Shah. This is one of the marvelous landmarks of the city and it is also famous for its spellbinding architecture. You will also find a fountain at the center and an embellished supporting structure, between the arches.

The Three Gates

Address: Bhadra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001

7. Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram..Ahmedabad

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Sabarmati Ashram (also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or Satyagraha Ashram) is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, adjoining Ashram Road, on the banks of the river Sabarmati. It was founded by Mahatma Gandhi, in the year 1917 and he lived here for about twelve years, along with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi. On March 12th, 1930, Gandhi led the Dandi March, also known as the Salt Satyagraha, from this ashram. This place has been famous, ever since that day. Your trip to Ahmedabad will not be complete until you visit this historic national monument.

Sabarmati Ashram

Address: Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Hridaya Kunj, Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380027

Website: Sabarmati Ashram

Having fun in Ahmedabad!

The city of Ahmedabad has countless things to offer. It is a paradise for food lovers and from sweet to spicy, Ahmedabad has its own list of delectable food. You will never forget a holiday spent in Ahmedabad. After all, it’s a city full of fun, food, and culture. So, without any delay, pack your bags and let’s travel to Ahmedabad! And don’t forget to visit all of the above places.

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