One of the most unsung tourist destinations in India, Ahmedabad, offers a plethora of cultural experiences, history and heritage, religious infusion and the most surreal temples India has to offer. To top that, this 600-year-old city has been recently declared by UNESCO as India’s first heritage city. Here are 5 reasons why Ahmedabad is the most interesting place to visit in India:
Without history, there would be no future
Ahmedabad is filled with beautiful architectural wonders, centuries-old historical monuments, and you are sure to find a bit of history every turn you take. There are a number of destinations such as the Adalaj Ni Vav, Teen Darwaza, Sanskar Kendra to name a few. Ahmedabad also has a great history of fashion. The Calico Museum of Textiles displays the beautiful journey of textiles and fabrics in India.
Rani Ki Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell), a 2-hour drive from Ahmedabad, is a gorgeous archaeological site that displays the great beauty of complex carvings and proportions. This site is basically created to store water; however, the beautiful construction and a temple-like feel portray the importance of water and its worship during the time. It is also on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 2014.
Ahmedabad, itself, has multiple historical wonders, such as the Jama Masjid built in yellow sandstone, which is as magnificent as the Jama Masjid in New Delhi. It also has the Bhadra Fort, which is believed to be blessed by Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, and remains a true symbol of affluence. The Sarkhej Roza is a spectacular complex of inspiring Islamic art and Gujarat’s answer to the Acropolis of Athens.
In Ahmedabad, you can also pay respect to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, as you embrace the calm of the Sabarmati Ashram. This place was built by Mahatma Gandhi himself and is also from where he started India’s fight for Independence from the British empire.
Laughter is brightest where the food is best
The folks in Gujarat, especially in Ahmedabad, are known for their love for food. Here, you will find exclusive restaurants serving sumptuous meals; however, it is Ahmedabad’s street food that has many people sharing some tasty stories.
Ahmedabad offers a wide variety of snacks, such as fafda, dhokla, pakoras, khaman, and khandvi to name a few. These snacks are a combination of sweet and spicy, and will have your taste buds bursting with joy! Ahmedabad is also known for such sweet delights such as Jalebee and Mohanthal.
Always have the temple in your sights
Ahmedabad is a stellar example of how two religious groups can live together and thrive. Here, you can visit some of the top Hindu temples and Islamic mosques. One of its greatest temples is the Shree Swaminarayan Temple, known for its complex carvings and grandeur.
The Akshardham Temple, located only 30 minutes from the city, is another splendid complex built with gorgeous sandstone.
Ahmedabad also houses two of the prominent Islamic mosques: Sidi Saiyyed Mosque and the Jama Masjid. The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is especially renowned for its semi-circular arches and latticework.
Treat yourself to a little shopping
Ahmedabad is famous for its textiles and handicrafts. Its beautiful and colorful textiles and fabrics — such as Bandhani, Gota, and Patola — are unique and something you won’t find anywhere else in the world. There is a wide network of shopping streets in the city where you can find traditional dresses, souvenirs, and local artwork.
It’s safe and pocket-friendly
Gujarat, especially Ahmedabad, is one of the safest cities in India and you can go about, on your own too, at any time of the day or night.
There’s something for everyone on any budget — from pocket-friendly hotels and local joints to luxurious resorts and restaurants. Most of the heritage sites are free to visit or only have a nominal entry fee.
So, go out there and explore Ahmedabad!