The bustling mini metropolis of Ahmedabad is perhaps the largest and the most famous city in Gujarat. It is a city that has an archaic vibe couple with a modernistic touch in places. You will be surprised at how much there is to see, do and experience here. From Sabarmati Ashram to Law Garden, delicious street food to handicraft items – the list of things is endless. Irrespective of whether you’re travelling here for two days or even longer – these are the things you must do.
One of the most popular spots in the city – Sabarmati Ashram was Gandhiji’s humble abode and the museum here has preserved a detailed, informative record of his life and teachings. A rather unique experience to have would be to watch an open air cinema at the Sunset Drive. It has the largest screen in Asia and can accommodate around 665 cars at a time.
If you love exploring architecture and are fascinated by every little detail – Jhulta Minara is a historic site to visit. It is also known as ‘shaking minara’ because whenever a minaret is shaken, the other also starts to vibrate. If that’s not enough, go for a guided heritage walk organised by the municipal corporation of Ahmedabad. A tour through the old city will reveal Apart from a lot of discoveries, you would witness some gorgeous neighbourhoods with common courtyards, that are too impressive and worth the long walk.
For anyone who loves to take back home memories from a city, shopping at Law Garden is a must. The place is home to amazing handicraft and interesting Gujarati outfits, and you can easily bargain and get what you like for chaperons rates.
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Located in the oldest quarter of Ahmedabad, the best place to get a taste of the city’s best street food is Manek Chowk. What’s interesting is that during the day, this place is home to jewellers, and at night it’s a haven for experiencing some of Gujarat’s best desserts, ice creams, sandwiches, and more.
Also, visit the spectacular Jama Masjid built by Ahmed Shah in 1423. The best time to visit here is during the evening, that’s when you can feel peace in the atmosphere and will be able to admire better the grand architecture.
There is no doubt that the Calico Museum of Textiles should be on your to-do list. It is India’s premier textile museum, and has preserved the complete collection of antique Indian textiles, some of which are up to 500 years old. If you have a thirst for knowledge and can admire incredible handiworks, this is where you need to be.