Things to Do in Ahmedabad – A Complete Travel Guide

Ahmedabad

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  1. About Ahmedabad
  2. Things to do in Ahmedabad
  3. How to Plan a trip to Ahmedabad
  4. Places to stay in Ahmedabad

About Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat. It sits on the banks of the Sabarmati River, about 25KM from Gandhinagar, the state capital, and also Ahmedabad’s twin city. A hub of art, culture, cuisine, nature hotspots and historical landmarks, the city of Ahmedabad is a popular destination among all kinds of travellers. The city holds a lot of treasures, offering a lot of fun and exciting adventures for its visitors. Apart from its cultural and historical significance, Ahmedabad has also been known to be the educational and economic hub of the state.

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Why is Ahmedabad called the Manchester of the East?

Besides the famous places in Ahmedabad, which the city is usually known for, the city has gained prominence in industrial and economic growth over generations. It emerged as an important centre of the textile industry. Ahmedabad is known to be the second-largest producer of cotton in India and it used to house the country’s second-oldest stock exchange, which was shut down in 2018. This is quite similar to the cotton-textile industry in Manchester, England. During the colonial rule, the similarities between Manchester and Ahmedabad earned the latter its nickname, Manchester of the East, which still holds relevance even today.

Hidden Facts about Ahmedabad

People mostly know about famous places in Ahmedabad. But there are many hidden facts about this city that make it more interesting.

  • Ahmedabad was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411, and that’s how it got its name. But the geographical area was inhabited since the 11th century and was known as Ashaval. It only became a city under Ahmed Shah.
  • There are many other names of Ahmedabad that is mostly used by older generations or locals – Rajnagar, Shrinagar, Amdavad, Ahimdavad, Ahamdavad, Ahamadpur, Akmipur and Ahmednagar.
  • The distinguishing logo of the State Bank of India – the country’s largest bank was inspired by the shape of the Kankaria Lake, one of the two lakes of Ahmedabad.

Things to do in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad tourism is not just about the famous tourist attractions but the activities you do.

  • Shop for the locally made fare – There are plenty of malls in Ahmedabad you can shop from on your trip. But the best places to buy local fabrics, textiles, jewellery and other art collectables are from the local markets like Law Garden Night Market, Dhalgarwad, or Teen Darwaza Market.
  • Spend an evening around Sabarmati waterfront – One of the most popular hangout places in Ahmedabad, among locals and tourists alike, this riverside promenade offers boating, Ferris wheel and other leisure options.
  • Go on a local food trail – As a cultural hub of the state, Ahmedabad also takes pride in being a centre of culinary fare. Dig into ethnic Gujarati cuisine among other locally famous food of Ahmedabad at the traditional eateries and food joints.  
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Best places to visit in Ahmedabad

With a host of historical monuments, museums, and artistic structures, there are endless sightseeing options. Here are some of the best and most popular tourist places to visit–

1. Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
  • How to Reach – The popular tourist spot is located at 6.6KM from the city railway station. You can book a cab or take the local auto or bus to reach. 
  • Timings– 9AM- 9PM
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 1-2 hours

2. Adalaj Stepwell

Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad
  • How to Reach – The ancient stepwell is located at 22KM from the city railway station. You can take a local bus, auto or book a cab to reach. 
  • Timings– 9AM- 5PM
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 2-3 Hours

3. Kankaria Lake

Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad
  • How to Reach – The lake area is only 3KM from the city centre. The best way to reach is to take a bus, auto, or book a cab to reach.
  • Timings – 4 AM -8 AM, 9 AM-10 PM (Tuesday to Sunday), Closed on Monday.
  • Entry Fee– 
    • Adult: INR 25
    • Child: INR 10
    • Children below 3 years, Senior Citizens: Free 
    • Educational Trip: INR 1
    • Time Required- 1 hour

4. Calico Museum of Textiles

Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad
Image Credits: Ahmedabad Tourism
  • How to Reach – The museum is located at 4.6KM from Ahmedabad railway station. You can book a cab or rent a car to reach, or take the local auto.
  • Timings– 10.30AM- 1PM. Closed on Wednesday and public holidays.
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 2-3Hours

5. Hutheesing Jain Temple

  • How to Reach – The Jain temple is located at 3.3KM from the city centre and the best way to reach is to get a cab or the local transport.
  • Timings– 8AM- 1PM, 2PM-5PM, Aarti timings- 8PM daily
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 1-2 Hours

6. Bhadra Fort

Bhadra Fort, Ahmedabad
  • How to Reach – The fort sits at 2.5KM from the city railway station. You can book a private car or rent a cab or take the local auto to travel.
  • Timings– 9AM- 5PM
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 1 hour

7. Jhulta Minar

  • How to Reach – This 500-year-old structure sits right across the city railway station. You can walk from the station or nearby places. To travel from other parts, take an auto or book a cab.
  • Timings– 5.30AM- 9PM
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 1-2hours

8. Vastrapur Lake

Vastrapur lake
  • How to Reach – The lake is situated 9.6KM away from the city centre. You have to take an auto or book a taxi to reach the lake area.
  • Timings– 8AM- 10PM
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– Less than 1 hour

Places to visit near Ahmedabad

You can also visit other places near Ahmedabad which you can cover in a one-day trip. There are also a few hill stations nearby you can explore.

1. Lothal

Lothal
  • How to Reach – The archaeological site is located 85KM from Ahmedabad. The best way to reach is to book a cab for the day to travel and return. 
  • Timings– 10AM- 5PM
  • Entry Fee– None
  • Time Required– 1 day

2. Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
  • How to Reach – The bird sanctuary is located at 62KM from Ahmedabad. The best option is to book a day cab to travel and return.
  • Timings– 6AM- 5.30PM
  • Entry Fee– Monday – Friday: INR 40, Saturday – Sunday: INR 50
  • Camera: INR 200
  • Time Required– 1 day

3. Modhera

Modhera
Surya Mandhir, Modhera
  • How to Reach – The ancient village is located at 98KM from Ahmedabad city. The only way you can cover this place in a day is by booking a cab or renting a car from Ahmedabad.
  • Timings– 24 Hours
  • Entry Fee– None
  • Time Required– 1-2 days

4. Rani Ki Vav/Queen’s Stepwell

Rani Ki Vav
  • How to Reach – The ancient site sits at 127KM from Ahmedabad city. You can book a cab for the day to travel and return. 
  • Timings– 8AM- 6PM
  • Entry Fee- INR 5
  • Time Required– 1-2 Hours

Places to eat in Ahmedabad

To sample the local flavours, check out these best-rated restaurants and popular cafes:

  • Yanki Sizzler
  • Manmohan Kharek Center
  • Rajwadu
  • Mocha
  • Earthen Oven
  • 650 The Global Kitchen
  • Gordhan Thal
  • Tomato’s

How to Plan a Trip to Ahmedabad

How to reach Ahmedabad

By Train

The city has many railway stations but the busiest and the main one is Ahmedabad Junction. Ahmedabad railway station is well-connected to other major cities and towns in Gujarat, as well as other parts of India. There are regular trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, etc. to Ahmedabad.

By Road

Ahmedabad is well-connected to the rest of Gujarat by SH8 and NH64. There are regular state-run and private buses from Vadodara, Surat, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Mumbai, Pune, and other nearby towns and cities. The best way to reach Ahmedabad from any of these places is to book a cab or rent a private car and travel by road. 

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By Flight

The city is served by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, which is Hansol, 9 km north of central Ahmedabad. There are regular flights available from all major cities in India to Ahmedabad. From the airport, you can book an Ahmedabad airport taxi to reach your hotel or go sightseeing.

Best time to visit Ahmedabad

Being landlocked and around the Kutch region, the city experiences an arid climate. So, the weather is dry with very little humidity most time of the year. Summers can be extremely harsh with temperatures rising to higher 30s (Celsius), while winters, although very chilly can be pleasant for exploring. The best time to visit the city is between October to March. The monsoon is also a good time, with the rain reducing the heat and creating a much greener surrounding.

Places to stay in Ahmedabad

Being the largest city in the state, there’s no shortage of the best hotels and resorts. Depending on your travel goals and duration, you can look for hotels near Ahmedabad airport or near other sightseeing options. Some of the best hotels here are located along the Sabarmati River.

  • Divan’s Bungalow
  • WelcomHeritage Mani Mansion
  • Mangaldas ni Haveli
  • Bloomsuites
  • Hotel El Dorado
  • Hotel Elysian Residency
  • Binori A Boutique Hotel
  • The Hillock

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