Ahmedabad SightseeingAhmedabad is the ex-capital city of Gujarat that also houses the Gujarat high court. It is situated on the banks of the river Sabarmati which splits it into the eastern and the western part. Nehru Bridge, bridges the gap between the two sides.
The eastern part has an ancient touch to it, with closely knit buildings including those from the colonial rule. This side also houses the General post office and the city’s main railway station. While on the other side of the river the western end hosts modern buildings, shopping malls and educational institutes. Hindus, Muslims and Jains are predominant here and reside in harmony.
Monuments in Ahmedabad
The monuments of Ahmedabad present a
blend of Hindu craftsmanship and Persian culture. Mosques and private
mansions have been built on this combination of the Indo Saracenic
The popular monuments in Ahmedabad are namely,
- Dada Harir Vav
- Teen Darwaza
- Bhadra Fort
- Jhulta Minar
- Modhera Sun Temple
- Darya Khan's Tomb
Some religious monuments also steal the heart standing majestically holding all the grandeur with amazing architecture. Apart from being sights of religious interests, they also attract people for their look and the amazing sights that they offer.
Sidi Sayed Mosque: This is one among the famous mosques in Ahmedabad. It is famous for its lattice work windows. It was built in the last year of rule of the Sultanate of Gujarat.
Jama Masjid: It is the most splendid and the largest mosque in Indian subcontinent of its time. Built in the Indo Sarcenic style with yellow sandstone, it looks amazing.
Hathee Singh Jain Temple: It is one of the best Jain temples was built in the year 1848. People visit here in large numbers to capture its brilliant styles of architecture with astonishing carvings.
Akshardham Temple: This majestic monuments located in Gandhinagar, stands as an epitome of fine craftsmanship. It is one of the largest and most popular temples in entire state of Gujarat. Due to its architectural and religious relevance, it is flocked by thousands of pilgrims everyday.
Parks and Gardens in AhmedabadVictoria garden has Queen Victoria’s Statue. Bal Vatika is a children’s park, with a water park and amusement park. It is at the banks of Kankaria lake. The Law Garden has College of Law in its neighborhood. The shops here are famous for their handicraft collections by local people. The Kamla Nehru Zoological Park is home to endangered Flamingos, Chinkaras etc.
Lakes in AhmedabadThere are two lakes in Ahmedabad namely, Kankaria Lake and Chandola Lake. Kankaria lake is a man-made lake. Located in Maninagar, in the southern part of Ahmedabad, it is one of the biggest lakes in the city.
The Chandola Lake is thronged by lots of people yet it manages to offer tranquility with its serene sights. It is located on Dani Limba Road, close to City Central. It also serves as an artificial reservoir for Ahmedabad city. Created by Tajn Nari Ali’s wife, the lake offers celestial ambiance with its neighboring attraction, Shah Alam’s catacomb.
Apart from these, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has taken initiative for environmental upliftment with the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project for the poor people living on the banks of the river.
Shopping Sites in AhmedabadAhmedabad boasts about a big range of markets that are visited by thousands in number. some of the popular ones are Manek Chowk, Law Garden Night Market, KAPASI Handicraft Emporium, Banascraft. These colorful markets are popular for selling a huge range of amazing Gujarati stuff like Bandhej and Bandhini clothes, antique jewellery, handicraft items and pottery you would love to possess.
In terms of cuisine, the city maintains its traditional vegetarian taste buds with a long chain of vegetarian restaurants, food stalls serving Indian cuisines and most importantly the Gujarati thali. Manek Chowk is famous for its food stall that serves snack and traditional Gujarati food items.
Going Around in AhmedabadSightseeing in Ahmedabad can be a great fun with private as well as public transport. You can hire a taxi or cab for a day or even can avail the bus service in Ahmedabad.
Life in Ahmedabad runs on AMTS (Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Services) buses that serve as local transport here. Every Amdavadi relies on these buses for his daily commuting. These buses also offer services for special occasions like marriage, private city tours, excursions and picnics at existing general rates.
There are fixed charges. For one and a half hour, the charges are Rs.1750. The buses shall be booked in advance with the booking amount of Rs.3500. The service is also available for Student’s tours at discounted rate of Rs.1000 for first one and a hour hours. You can also avail the services for fairs and festivals. Apart from this Ahmedabad Darshan buses are also available that ply from one part of the city to another.