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- Sabarmati Ashram : Very peaceful and serene place on the banks of Sabarmati.
River. Maintained very well - clean and neat. Places to visit at Sabarmati Ashram :
Hriday Kunj - where Gandhiji lived for about 12 years, Vinoba-Mira Kutir, Magan.
Niwas & Udyog Mandir. You can click photographs everywhere. There is no entry fee.
Time required : 1 hour.
- Hothousing Jain Derasar : beautiful Jain temple with marvelous architecture. Time : 30-45 mins. Photography not allowed inside the temple.
- Sidi Sayed Mosque - Main attraction here is "Tree of Life" jali - lattice work on semi-circular window. No entry fee. Time required : 15 mins.
- Kankaria lake : best time to visit is in the evenings - Time : 3 hours. Has lot of activities especially for kids - Balloon Ride (it was not available on Dec 28, 2017 and would not be available till about Mid Feb 2018 when it is expected to come out of technical problem), Segway, Water bubble ride, Bungee ejection, Mirror Maze, Glider Ride etc. You can enjoy a mini toy train ride around the lake. Also Visit the garden (Naginawadi) in the middle of the lake. Best time to visit is in the evenings and especially during the last week of December when "Kankaria Carnival" is organised with lots of cultural, art & social programs.
- Akshardham Temple at Gandhinagar - no cameras, mobiles, large bags etc. Allowed inside - have to be kept at the baggage room at the main gate. Best time to visit is in the evening so that you can also witness the beautiful 4D Water & Laser show (7 pm to 7:45 pm). Plan well to reach the site by 4 pm, visit the temple, you can get your photo clicked with the temple background at a fee of Rs. 100/-. Time to visit the temple - approx 2 hours. After that witness the Must Watch water & laser show (Rs. 90/- per adult). You also have to enjoy the delicious and pure vegetarian food available just outside the laser show area. Gujarati & North Indian Thalis, apart from various types of snacks, also available at very reasonable rates.
You can keep one day to visit very ancient and beautifully carved Sun Temple at Modhera (98 kms from Ahmedabad) and then proceed to Patan (further 36 to visit 900 year old 7-storey step well. Both the sites are very well maintained by ASI - very clean and with beautiful landscaping. Close to Patan step well is Patola House where you can witness the ancient art of tie-and-dye. If you leave Ahmedabad at about 9am, you can comfortably reach back by 7 pm and then after freshening up at your hotel, you can go to Manek Chowk for delicious food.
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History of Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is regarded as the largest city in Gujarat and is also one of the fastest growing cities in India, located on the banks of Sabarmati. The language spoken here is Gujarati and the place is locally known as Amdavad. The city Ahmedabad is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation. The city is popular as the Manchester of the East as it is famous for its textile mills. The history of Ahmedabad dates back to 15th century when it was known as Karnavati after the name of the King Karandev, the ruler of the place. Later when Sultan Ahmed Shah, medieval ruler of Gujarat, conquered the place it was renamed as Ahmedabad.
People and Culture of Ahmedabad
There is a fort known as Bhadra Fort which is enclosed by 12 gates. On both sides of the river, the city was expanded with beautiful structures and lakes.There are other monuments as well, which hold a great importance in the history of Ahmedabad, the tombs of Ahmed Shah and his queens, Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Jama Masjid, Mosque of Sidi Sayid, Teen Darwaza or Triple Gateway are major monuments. The modernization was done under the British rule. Sabarmati ashram was established on the banks of Sabarmati by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915. Ahmedabad is famous for typical Gujarati festivals i.e. navratras and garba which attracts huge number of masses all over the world. The famous Makar Sakranti fair is held in Ahmedabad during the month of January which features the Kite festival which is held between 9th and 11th January 2012, music and folk dance festival etc. The place is famous for its handicrafts and clothes majorly traditional Gujarati dress which is famous all over the world.
Things To Do in Ahmedabad
Best time to visit Ahmedabad is in winter, though it is cold i.e. between November and February. However, from the end of January the weather is more or less pleasant.Visiting Ahmedabad during January is a sight to behold. The Kite festival rewards with a vision of the sky clustered with millions of colorful kites.The monuments in Ahmedabad have a sultanate craftsmanship with Islamic architecture. The renowned Indian Institute of Management was designed by Louis Kahn. The place has a number of gardens such as Victoria Garden, Bal Vatika and Law Garden. There are 76 parks and 96 traffic islands. Queen Victoria is regarded as a great work of art. The wonderful climate of the place attracts visitors throughout the year.The place also holds a great importance in the academic front. Ahmedabad has a number of educational institutes and museums. Well-known museums and galleries of the city are Calico Museum of Textiles, Calico Mills, Shreyas Folk Art Museum, National Institution of Design, Kite Museum, and Sanskar Kendra, Natural History Museum, Kankaria, etc.