Exploring Ahmedabad – India’s First World Heritage City
Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat, is a beautiful place to visit, eat, shop and take a detour. Nice, wide roads adorned with green trees across, the place is one of the most visited tourist attractions. It has an equal mixture of art and craft visible in the amazing architectures of the temples housed in this city and also the handicraft/textile shops present here.
How to Reach Ahmedabad
Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport and Ahmedabad Junction, respectively, is the airport and railway station that connect other cities to Ahmedabad. Taking a cab to move around the city would be a good option in order to visit places at your own pace.
Serenity of Sabarmati Ashram
Sabarmati Ashram was one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of India, and the man who played a significant role in ousting British from India. Located at Sabarmati suburb adjoining the Ashram Road, this serene place portrays the simple life lead by Gandhiji. The Ashram has the rooms occupied by Gandhiji and Kasturba Gandhi, during their stay, open to public in order to show the level of simplicity pertaining in their lives and also their efforts to promote Indian-made fabric through the charkha or the spinning wheel that can be found in Gandhiji’s room.
The peaceful place was drenched in fresh downpour when I went there, with the greenery of the plants seeming more evident than ever, the excited birds cooing to welcome another round of a blissful shower and visitors taking a stroll of the area, completely relaxed. The Ashram, present at the banks of the Sabarmati river as it was, had a beautiful view of the calm waters of the river that was flowing across.
Boats & Toy Train Ride at Kankaria Lake
Kankaria Lake, formerly known as Hauz e Qutub, is the second largest lake of Ahmedabad. Famous for its brilliant lightings at night and tantalizing street food, this lake attracts a lot of visitor, especially at night when it is filled with multicolored lights giving an amazing view of the lake at night. For recreation this place also offers boat rides and a toy train ride around the lake for the adults and children alike. Gujarati street food such Sev Puri, Bhel Puri, Dabeli, etc., are available at affordable prices and tourists are sure to get something different to relish.
Shopping at Law Garden
Law garden is the street full of garments and fancy, chunky jewellery shops that sell a wide variety of ethnic dresses ranging from embroidered and sequined free-size lehengas to beautifully printed and embroidered kurtis for women. Some shops also had amazing bedcovers and multi colored dupattas as an added object of interest to the already incredible and varicolored garments hung in the stalls. Street-side jewellery included pretty jhumkas, typical Gujarati necklaces and other fancy accessories for women. Shopping-freaks are never to return back from this place without multiple bags dangling from their hands!
Ahmedabad is city that has breathtaking architectures to explore, dainty delicacies to taste and incredible handicraft/apparels to buy – in short, a city that can satisfy every kind of visitor!