13 Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, also known as Amdavad, is India’s first World Heritage City and is located on the banks of the River Sabarmati in the state of Gujarat.

It is known to be one of the most modern cities in India, yet steeped in history and culture. It was the abode of Mahatma Gandhi and the Dandi March (Salt March) began from here. It has many historical attractions.

1| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Adalaj Step Well

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Adalaj Step Well
Set in the quiet village of Adalaj, 19 km from Ahmedabad, this step well or ‘vav’ has served as a resting place for many pilgrims and caravans along their trade routes. Built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of the Vaghela chief, Veersinh, this five-storey stepwell was not just a cultural and utilitarian space, but also a spiritual refuge.

It is believed that villagers would come everyday in the morning to fill water, offer prayers to the deities carved into the walls and interact with each other in the cool shade of the vav. The stepwell has three entrance stairs and is a spectacular example of Indo-Islamic architecture and design with intricate Islamic floral patterns and Hindu and Jain symbolism.

2| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Ahmed Shah's Mosque

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Ahmed Shah's Mosque
South-west of Bhadra Fort, Ahmed Shah’s Mosque was built in 1414 by Sultan Ahmed Shah, the founder of Ahmedabad city and it is one of the oldest mosques in the city. The prayer halls (Mehrabs) of the mosque have been intricately designed using black and white marble. There are beautifully carved stone pillars and jaali screens and an elaborately carved ceiling with a circular symmetry.

3| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Dada Harir Vav

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Dada Harir Vav
Built around 500 years ago by Sultan Bai Harir, this stepwell has elaborate craftsmanship and construction underground with steps going down five levels of carved stone columns to two small wells.

For many years stepwells like this one provided most of the water for the cityduring long dry seasons. On the walls as you descend, there are carvings of all types, including some in Sanskrit as well as in Arabic script. The well is best visited in the late morning when light penetrates down the shaft.

4| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Jama Masjid

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Jama Masjid
Built by Ahmed Shah in 1423, the Jama Masjid is one of India’s most beautiful mosques. Made of yellow sandstone, the architecture of this mosque is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. The prayer hall’s 260 columns support 15 domes at different elevations. It provides a refuge of profound serenity, accompanied by people in quiet prayer.

5| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Jhulta Minar

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Jhulta Minar
Also known as the Shaking Minarets, they are within the Sidi Bashir Mosque built in 1452 AD. The Minars are three storeys high with carved balconies. These structures have left the best of architects and pioneering design engineers intrigued and in unresolved wonder. What one cannot unravel is when one minaret is shaken the other begins to vibrate.

6| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Kankaria Lake

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Kankaria Lake
The Kankaria lake is a multi-sided artificial lake, representing a rejuvenated pedestrian urban space in East Ahmedabad. The lake front has been redeveloped to offer a modern urban space with entertainment facilities like the tethered balloon safari, train ride and the high speed rides.

7| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Lothal

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Lothal
Situated 78 km. from Ahmedabad, Lothal, literally “Mound of the Dead”, is the most extensively excavated site of Harappan culture in India, offering a deep insight into the story of the Indus Valley Civilization.

Once a sleepy pottery village, Lothal became a flourishing centre of trade and industry, famous for its expertly constructed system of underground sanitary drainage, and an astonishing precision of standarized weights and measures.

Unlike many other doorways into Harappan culture, Lothal passed through all the phases of the society, from earliest development to the most mature. In the height of its prosperity, it not only survived but was strengthened by three floods, using the disaster as an opportunity to improve on the infrastructure.

Civilization is said to have continued here till the 16th century BC, long after it had disappeared from the northern provinces.An Achaeological Museum, with three galleries was setup here in 1976 to display the artifacts recovered from the excavation conducted from 1952 to 1961.

8| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Modhera

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Modhera
The Sun Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya is located in Modhera village on the banks of the river Pushpavati about 101 km. from Ahmedabad. The design element of the temple follows the tenets of Vastu - Shilpa.

The kund (reservoir) and the entrance passageway face east welcoming the rays of the sun, and the entire structure floats on a plinth resembling a flowering lotus as an ablution to the sun god. The main complex is divided into three parts, the entrance which is the ‘Sabha Mandap’, ‘Antaral’ the connecting passage and the ‘Garbagruha’, the sanctum sanctorum.

The exquisitely carved temple complex and the magnificently sculpted kund are jewels in the art of masonry of the Solanki period which was also known as the Golden Age of Gujarat. No worship is offered at the Temple now. It is a protected monument maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and is included in the list of World Heritage Sites.

9| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Nal Sarovar

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Nal Sarovar
The Nal Sarovar Lake and the wetlands around it were declared a bird sanctuary in 1969. Spread over 120 sq.kms, at a distance of about 60 km. from Ahmedabad, the lake attracts a large variety of birds like plovers, sandpipers and stints and is a birdwatcher’s delight.In addition, migratory birds arrive in vast numbers, homing in on the lake during the winter months.

There are flocks of pelicans, flamingoes, ducks, demoiselle cranes, common cranes, and several waders occupying huge patches of the lake during this season.

10| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram
For many years Ahmedabad was the center of Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent struggle for India’s independence. The energy of that movement can still be felt at the Ashram that he established on the banks of the Sabarmati in 1917.

One can get a sense of his life, the history of the movement and those who worked alongside him, at the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, a small museum that includes excellent pictorial and written documentation, a library of Gandhian literature and paintings, and an immense archive of letters written by Gandhiji.

The grounds include the Hridaykunj - Gandhiji’s sparse living quarters, Vinoba-Mira Kutir - where Vinoba and Mira each stayed on separate visits, a prarthana bhumi, a guest house and a building used as a training center for cottage industries, all preserved as part of the museum.

11| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Sarkhej Roza

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Sarkhej Roza
About 8 kms. from the city, Sarkhej comprises one of the most elegant architectural complexes of Ahmedabad. Grouped around a great stepped tank is the tomb of the saint, Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh (1445), a mosque, the tombs of Mehmud Shah Begada and his queen, and the palace and pavilions. The buildings are remarkable for the complete absence of arches and the use of pierced stone trellises throughout.

12| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Sidi Saiyyeds Mosque

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Sidi Saiyyeds Mosque
The Sidi Saiyyed mosque built in 1573, is thelast of the major mosques to be built in Ahmedabad under the Mughal rule. The carved jaalis in the windows of the western wall of the mosque are known worldwide and have become a symbol of the city of Ahmedabad. The carvings look like fine lace filigree work, but are hewn from solid stone. The craftsmanship of this mosque places it on a level nearly unequaled in the world.

13| Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad: Teen Darwaza

Best Places To Travel In Ahmedabad, India
Teen Darwaza
A triple arched archway, Teen Darwaza is a landmark of the city and is an architectural masterpiece. The gateway was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah and is known for its extraordinary proportions and ornamentations.

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