A well-known textile hub, a center of education, an urban metropolis and a city with rich history and heritage – Ahmedabad attracts a large number of tourists every year. Being one of the popular cities in Gujarat, Ahmedabad showcases some of the best tourist places with a blend of historical monuments, magnificent temples, serene lakes and Gandhi heritage. To help you make the most of a trip to the beautiful city, we have brought together some of the most appealing places worth visiting in Ahmedabad.
Constructed by Ahmed Shah in the year 1423, Jama Masjid is amongst the great historical monument in the country. It is a beautiful mosque that was constructed using the materials from the demolished Jain and Hindu temples. One can find evidence of the same in the fusion of brilliant architecture – the lotus carvings of the 15 domes supported by 300 pillars. After visiting the mosque, you can head on to see the Mausoleum housing the graves of Sultan Ahmed Shah, his grandson and his son. The best time to visit is in the evening, when you can feel the peaceful atmosphere in the courtyard. Take a stroll and get engrossed in the stunning architecture.
Opening Hours: 6.00am – 8.00pm
Sabarmati Ashram is one of the major points of interest near Ahmedabad airport, India, as it served as the headquarters of famous freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi for the years from 1917 to 1930. Here‘s something you should know before visiting the place – the reason why Gandhi chose the spot. The area where the Ashram is built lies midway of a jail and a cemetery, and as per Gandhi a non-violent protestor was definitely to land in one place or the other. After Gandhi’s death, his abode is preserved with a record of his life in a museum inside. His life values and teachings are still showcased in the museum as a path finder for tourists visiting the place.
Opening hours: 8.30am-6.30pm
Calico Museum of Textiles
Considered as India’s premier textile museum, the Calico Museum of textiles preserves the most finished antique collection of Indian textiles. To your surprise, some of these are almost 500 years old and the best example of handwork include Kashmiri shawl which is believed to take 3 years for its creation. You can visit the museum anytime during the two tours every day. The morning tour is for the main textile gallery and the afternoon tour is dedicated to the religious art collection by Sarabhai Foundation. It is an ideal place, if you want to learn about India’s rich textile prowess and history.
Opening Hours: Morning tour – 10.30am to 12.30pm & Evening tour – 3.00pm to 5.00pm (Close on Wednesdays)
Kankaria Lake in Ahmedabad is a famous tourist attraction in the southern part of the city built by Sultan Qutubuddin in the 15cc. If you want to have a fun time with your friends or family, the largest lake in the city is an ideal spot. There are a lot of things you can indulge into like water rides, toy train for your kids, balloon rides and much more. The best time to visit Kankaria Lake is in December when the week-long festival or Kankaria Carnival is held every year. To know more about the city, you can see our Ahmedabad travel guide.
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 11.00pm
Situated 28 kilometers from the city of Ahmedabad, Akshardham Temple is one of the magnificent temples in the city for its brilliant architecture. Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, the temple reflects the laws of Swaminarayan faith. The 10 storied temple building with almost 93 sculpted pillars was built using 6000 tonnes pink sandstones. The most amazing thing about the beautiful masterpiece is that it stands erect without a single iron rod. Every year, around 2 million devotees visit Akshardham Temple. There’s also a lake, herbal garden and a waterfall to visit near the temple.
Opening Hours: 6.00am – 7.00pm
Sabarmati Riverfront is known as one of the famous sightseeing places in Ahmedabad. When out with your friends and family on a trip to the beautiful city, visit Sabarmati Riverfront for a fun and exciting time together. The serene ambience and beautiful views makes it a great place for visitors as they indulge in various exciting activities like boating, take a stroll by the waterfront or simply sit and cherish the splendid view. It is situated near the airport so if you are flying in a cheap flight to Ahmedabad, you can easily visit this place before starting with the city tour.
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Situated in Makarba in Ahmedabad, Sarkhej Roza is a popular mosque and tomb complex, best known for its alluring architecture reflecting Mughal’s Islamic style. The mosque is also called Ahmedabad’s Acropolis as its design was compared to Acropolis of Athens by Le Corbusier. Do not forget to visit Ganj Baksh’s Tomb, Persian architectural designs and Sarkhej Lake.
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Ahmedabad is a beautiful city with immense peace and serenity around. Whenever in the city, explore these places worth visiting in Ahmedabad. There are a lot of other places near the city – explore them all if you are there for a week or more.