Ahmedabad is the seventh largest city in India, and the largest in the state of Gujarat. It is fast developing into a hub of activity. It has a rich cultural heritage, juxtaposed with rapid modernization. You can see heritage buildings and prompt metro and BRTS (bus rapid transit system) facilities all at once. Ahmedabad has many wonderful places to visit, so let’s see how you can explore the city. All this in just 48 hours!
However, there are more options and places of beauty there, but we’ve shortlisted these 6 places for you.
48 Hours in Ahmedabad
1. Sabarmati Ashram
Sabarmati Ashram is an homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation. It is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, and the entire area has an air of serenity. Mahatma Gandhi originally set it up in 1915 after he moved back to India from his life in South Africa as a lawyer.
Here, you can walk around the main building and look at his life, decisions, and choices with all successes and attempts laid out for all to see. It has beautiful pictures and artifacts from that era, as well as his personal belongings like his khadi chakra, and trademark round glasses. Everything is very poignantly and informatively written. You will come back with a renewed appreciation of our history and heritage. The entry to this place is FREE.
2. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid is a heritage structure that was built in 1423-24. Situated on the Mahatma Gandhi Road near Bhadra Fort in Ahmedabad, the Jama Masjid is a work of art. The masjid is made from yellow sandstone, which is believed to be sourced from broken down Hindu temples.
It is one of the finest examples of architecture in India today, with 260 intricately carved pillars. This also has free entry. It is definitely one of the places you should visit when you visit Ahmedabad.
3. Bhadra Fort
Bhadra Fort was built in 1411 during the reign of the Maratha Empire. It used to be a royal fort, so it is just as beautiful and lush as you would expect it to be. The fort contains a royal palace, an immense courtyard and a temple dedicated to Bhadra Kali. It is believed that the kingdom was personally blessed by Goddess Lakshmi. Rumors are that there is immense wealth stashed away somewhere on the premises.
The fort was renovated in 2014 and is now listed as a heritage property managed by the Archeological Survey of India. This is definitely one of the places to see in Ahmedabad. Free entry.
4. Swaminarayan Temple
One of the first Swaminarayan temples all over India, this is another example of wonderful architecture where you can observe immense attention to detail. The temple depicts Indian tradition and fills you with a feeling of awe. It is a not just a temple, but a cultural site. It has beautiful carvings all around, each one done exquisitely well. Again a great place for clicking pictures and gaining a few moments of peace. You should surely set aside some time to visit this breathtaking structure when you explore Ahmedabad.
5. Kankaria Lake and Zoo
Kankaria Lake is the largest lake in Ahmedabad. Friends and family groups frequently visit this lake as a much-loved picnic spot. Weekends drive a huge turnout at the lake. The adjoining areas have been developed into an all-in-one entertainment zone. This includes a zoo, a water park with many rides, food stalls, and for kids – a kid’s city, play zone, and a toy train.
One of the main highlights is the Kankaria Zoo, also called the Kamala Nehru Zoological Garden. The zoo was built in 1951 and is now a tourist attraction in its own right. At Kankaria, the zoo houses many endangered species of mammals, birds, and reptiles such as crocodiles and alligators. It has an immense amount of natural beauty too, so you experience flora and fauna. There is also a butterfly park nearby, which should be a must visit on your “Things to do in Ahmedabad” list. Entry to the zoo is very affordable at just INR 20 per head.
6. Law Garden Night Market
Is a trip ever complete without some amount of shopping? This night market near the famous Law Garden sells traditional Gujarati merchandise. If you love shopping, this is definitely one of the places to see in Ahmedabad. It attracts a lot of tourists who visit this beautiful city.
The market has many options available like sarees, ornaments, accent pieces for home décor, wall hangings, antique jewellery, chaniya cholis (for Navratri festivities and otherwise). Although tempting, try and keep a track of time while shopping as there’s more to explore in Ahmedabad.
So tell us, what are the must-visit spots when you explore Ahmedabad, according to you? Would you like to add anything to the list? Do share them with us in the comments below.