Ahmedabad is a showcase of the vibrant nature of the Gujarati people and their fondness of color, music, fun and food. It are those characteristics which bring forth the wonderful and enchanting nature of the lively city. Heralded as the seventh largest city of India, Ahmedabad is nothing sort of fantastic. The serene Sabarmati River flows by the city. In Ahmedabad, you will find an incredible blend of a fascinating history and modern culture. The ancient walls of the city surrounds the beautiful lanes which are lined with gorgeous wooden havelis decorated with intricate carvings. Here monuments and amusement parks dot the city side by side. The architectural styles of the buildings are just as interesting as the people who live here. It will be difficult for you to get bored here.
How to Get There
By Air :
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport caters to domestic and international flights. It is well- Connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, London, Frankfurt, Singapore and few destinations in USA and Middle East. The airport is about 12 km away from the city.
By Rail :
Ahmedabad railway station, located at Kalupur area, is just over 6 km from the city centre
By Road :
Ahmedabad has good highways connecting it to all major places in Gujarat and other states. Interstate buses of different states of India provide services to and from Ahmedabad. Distance from places; Bhuj:332 km, Dwarka:441 km, Jungadh:315 km, Surat:267 km,Vadodara:122 km,Somnath:405 km,Udaipur:257 km
Through the Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad has an important connection to the history of India. The shady grounds of the Ashram offer peace and tranquility of the visitors. The Sabarmati Ashram served as the headquarters for Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation during the years 1917 to 1930. The spot was perfect as it was located between a jail and a cemetery. A satyagrahi could have ended up in either place during the struggle for freedom. The Spartan quarters of the ashram serve as a reminder of the humility of the great man and have been perfectly preserved. A museum here showcases and celebrates the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Adalaj Step Well
The Adalaj Step Well is what is known as a water building. These step wells were once used as water reservoirs due to the semiarid climate of Gujarat. Built in 1499, the Adalaj Step Well is a fascinating example of architecture. The well has been carved intricately and is nearly five stories in depth. Once upon a time, these wells were used to host festivals and other religious rituals apart from serving as a center for daily activities such as drinking, bathing and washing.
The huge Akshardham Temple is one of the largest temples in Gujarat. The magnificent structure boasts of an incredible architectural style. Apart from serving as a place of worship, the Akshardham Temple is a work of art. Exhibitions are conducted frequently in its glorious halls. The temple also serves as a place of research and exhibition. The lush landscape of the surrounding garden is perfect for a meditative stroll while a children’s park nearby has playful activities for children to indulge in.
Hutheesing Jain Temple
The magnificence of the Hutheesing Jain Temple lies in its use of white marble. The delicate carvings on the marble panels will mystify you. The incredible structure was built in the year 1848. The 15th tirthankar of the Jain religion, Dharamanath is worshipped here.
The Sidi Bashir Mosque has been given the more popular name of Jhulta Minara due to its striking construction. The structure is certainly incredible. Intricate carvings cover the walls of the mosque creating a glorious appearance. However, that is not the most interesting thing about it. The two minarets on the other hand are. These two tall and majestic minarets are connected by a passage. If one of these minarets starts to vibrate or shake, the other one will start to do so too. However, the connecting passage remains free from vibrations or motions. The actual reason behind this incredible phenomenon is still a matter of mystery.