Ahmedabad is the financial capital of Gujarat state in India. It was widely considered as the “Manchester of India” due to hundreds of cloth mills. Time has changed, now the city has been converted into the business hub of India. Ahmedabad is also the fastest growing city in the country in terms of business.
Ahmedabad is also growing as the best tourist destination of the country. Everyday, thousands of tourists visits this beautiful city for various purposes i.e. their personal vacation, business trip and many more. In this article, Traveljee has compiled a list of the best tourist places in Ahmedabad.
Top 10 Best Tourist Places in Ahmedabad
1. Gandhi Ashram (Sabarmati Ashram)
Gandhi Ashram is the most popular tourist place in the city. It is mostly visited by history interested tourists due to its historical importance. It was the home of “Father of Nation” Mahatma Gandhi. It was the most popular place in the country in the past where most of the activities has taken place for freedom struggle. Gandhi Ashram was the home of many Indian freedom fighters. Museum is also created on the theme of “Mahatma Gandhi”, to display the important events information, letters, photographs and other related stuff. Sabarmati Ashram is one of the best tourist places in Ahmedabad for history lovers.
2. Kankaria Lake (Kankaria Talav)
Kankaria lake was built up by Sultan Kutubuddin in 15th century in Ahmedabad. It was widely known as “Qutub Hojj” or “Hauj-e-Kutub” at the time of its completion in 1451 CE. A beautiful garden is also situated on the middle of the lake which is known as Nagina wadi. In Urdu, Nagina wadi is referred as a beautiful garden.
Kankaria Lake’s length is 2.25 square km which is situated in the southern part of the city in Maninagar area. This lake has so many picnic related facilities such as Kids City (Kids play area), Toy Train, Zoo, Water Rides, Food Stalls, Entertainment, Tethered Balloon Ride and much more. Kankaria Lake is one of the most popular tourist places in Ahmedabad.
3. Sidi Sayed Masjid
It is one of the oldest mosques in India. The Sidi Sayed mosque was built in 1573 with the original marble stone and fixed on the wall of the mosque. Net (Jaali, a Gujarati word) is the most popular part of the whole mosque which is beautifully designed. It is the center of attraction for thousands of tourists every year. It is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Ahmedabad.
4. Manek Chowk
Manek Chowk is the most popular traditional food street in Ahmedabad. It has lots of old buildings with the best architecture. It is located near Bhadra Court, a prime location of the city. Manek Chowk is also known for its bullion market and traditional food street.
Best Things to Do: Traditional street food is much popular in the city. There are varieties of food available from modern to Desi like traditional Indian, Chinese, Punjabi, Mexican, Continental and others. It is better to taste the traditional street food at Manek Chowk for a real taste of India.
5. Lal Darwaja
Lal Darwaja is a famous local market for traditional shopping. Lal Darwaja is a very crowded with so many footpath stalls selling products at the cheapest rates. Be aware, lots of low quality and duplicate items are also sold at the place.
Tips: Be aware of duplicate items or low quality products at Lal Darwaja. They will quote you 5 times higher prices from its original selling price. For example, if you would like to buy shoes from the stall owner, they will quote you Rs. 1000/-. If you are good at bargain, you can easily purchase that shoes for around Rs. 200/-.
Safety: Generally, Lal Darwaja is one of the popular shopping destinations of Ahmedabad city. Thousands of people visit this place for cheap price products. It is always advisable to secure your money and also yourself. A sometime pickpockets incident happens to steal your money and luggage. Read more here for Lal Darwaja shopping and safety tips.
6. Vastrapur Lake
Vastrapur Lake is the pride of Ahmedabad and situated in the western part of the city. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has renowned this lake in the year 2002 with so many new facilities to make it tourist spot of the city. Vastrapur Lake is much popular among walkers during the morning and evening.
7. Motera Stadium (Sardar Patel Stadium)
It is also known as the Motera Stadium which is situated in Motera, Ahmedabad. It is the largest cricket stadium in the state of Gujarat with a capacity of 54,000 which was built in 1982 by the Gujarat Cricket Association, commonly known as GCA. Shashi Prabhu was the architect for Motera Stadium. He has also designed famous Indian buildings in the country.
Lots of state level, national level as well as International level cricket matches held in the stadium. There are two ends namely 1. Adani Pavillion End and 2. GMDC End. You have to take permission from GCA as a tourist to see the stadium. It is one of the most popular cricket stadiums in India.
8. Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Ahmedabad which was built in the year 1424 during the era of Ahmed Shah. There are total 15 domes and 260 spires in the mosque. Jama Masjid meaning in English is “Friday’s Mosque” i.e. Jama=Friday and Masjid=Mosque. Jama Masjid was inaugurated by the Sultan Ahmad Shah-I on 4th January, 1424 for private use of the sultans. For so many decades, it is being used by the public of the city for prayers.
9. Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum
The Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum is also known as L. D. Museum, located near the University of Gujarat, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. It is a museum of Indian Sculptures, Wood works, Paintings, Manuscripts, Bead works, Bronzes, Drawings, and coins. The museum is open on all working days except on Mondays and holidays. FYI, the museum also have in house art reference library.
10. Rani Ni Hajiro
Rani no Hajiro is a tomb complex, located near Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad. The construction is based on Indo-Islamic architecture and designated as Monument of National Importance. The tomb complex has one of the best Islamic architectures in the country. Many shopping areas are also located near the monument.
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Article last re-published on May 5, 2015.