I was on my travelling spree when the name “Ahmedabad” occurred to me. And now it seems like one of the best decisions of my life. With just the Wikipedia information about Ahmedabad being the largest city in Gujarat and a little about the weather, I left for the city. Since I had very little knowledge of the city, I expected very less from the couple of days I was going to spend there, but the experience was mind blowing. The city has so much to it that it just left me craving for more. I wished that a day was more than 24 hours and I could extend my stay here.
Ahmedabad is quite an interesting place to visit. The rich history, delicious food, amazingly beautiful handicrafts and lot of places to hangout, this city is not less than a metro city.
Yeah, I understand you came here looking at the title, so without keeping more suspense, I come straight to the point and here I share the seven most interesting things to do in the city – Ahmedabad.
1. Visiting Sabarmati Ashram
I started my morning with the quietest place I could imagine here – The Sabarmati Ashram. Ahmedabad is renowned for the Sabarmati Ashram – The place where the father of our nation – Mahatma Gandhi resided with his wife and also started his Dandi March from here. The peaceful atmosphere here makes you feel like entering a temple for worship. The time you spend here in the ashram and the museum, gives you a complete insight of the history, the struggle of our freedom fighters, the experiments of Gandhiji and his life. Since the ashram is located very close to the Sabarmati River, you also get a good view of the river. You may take a stroll along the Sabarmati River or also shop for authentic khadi clothes here.
2. Exploring Vintage Cars at Vintage Car Museum
After this peaceful morning, I went ahead for the next appealing destination – The Vintage car Museum. Even if you are not an automobile fan, this place is a must visit. With over 100 vintage cars of all brands, shapes and sizes, this place is very interesting. It was set up by Pranlal Bhogilal who was the founder-president of the Vintage and Classic Car Club of India. Excitingly enough, the museum also allows visitors to pay a small fee and ride the car of their choice. It feels as if you have become a part of the history going through this legacy collection.
3. Stepping in to Dada Harir ni Vav
For those having an interest in history, Dada Harir is a good option. Dada Harir is a step well in Asarwa area of Ahmedabad. Apart from a deep history which is displayed through the inscriptions on its walls, it also makes for a good photography point. This step well was made of sandstone in the style of Solanki architecture over 500 years ago. This place is about five levels deep with an octagonal structure on the top. When you move inside the well, you will find vertical pillars and platforms stacked upon one another, and if you look horizontally, a view of step-well is formed, lending itself to further beautiful perspectives.
Behind the step well, there is a mosque of Sultani which can also be visited.
4. Relishing Gujarati cuisine at Vishala
Vishala is an open air restaurant setting. The lunch here was such a delightful experience that I will never forget in my life. This place is a heaven for those who prefer relaxation and peace while eating. It’s a very soothing place working in the traditional Indian Village style. The settings as well as the serving manner, both are very warm and welcoming. The guests here are expected to sit on mud floors and the waiters serve food in a very hospitable way.
That’s not all. There is more to it. Here you do not need to worry about the number of calories you consume, since the food is based on village staples, it is not fatty and consists of baked and roasted foods, greens, sprouted salads, and other healthy items.
And the best part is that the guests order and pay the bill in advance, so that they can fully relax once seated.
5. Feasting the eyes at Kankaria Lake
Kankaria lake is one of the best rejuvenating places in the city along with multiple options for entertainment. It is here, where you can relive your childhood as this place has some very nice eating joints, zoo and amusement park along with the option of a boat ride and Musical fountain show. The musical fountain show is one of the best things of city. It leaves you completely spellbound.
6. Peeping into artistic lanes at Amdavad ni Gufa
We may have seen many art galleries but Amdavad ni Gufa is a lot different. Designed by the famous architect B.V. Doshi, showcasing the works of world famous artist M.F. Hussain, this underground art gallery is an amazing place to visit. With domes on the top and cave-like underground structure this place has an exclusive feel and ambience to it.
Apart from this, above the ground is the well known Zen Café. This is an open-air coffee shop that serves delightful beverages and snacks. Spending time at this place was one of the great decisions of the day.
7. Visiting 3-in 1 market called as Manek Chawk
After wandering the city for the whole day, looking at various other attractions like Calico Textiles Museum, Siddi Syed Mosque, Law garden and some more and getting in small talks with the natives, I got to know about this amazing place called Manek Chawk. Some people said it was just another name for great food while others commented that if you visit Ahmedabad and miss out the Night Street Food Market at Manek Chawk, your trip is certainly incomplete and later that night, I could completely agree with them.
A local told me a very interesting fact about the place that Manek Chawk is a vegetable market in the wee hours of the day which then transforms to one of the most famous jewellery market which turns to a food market at night with all kinds of street food available. Hence terming it 3-in-1 market would never be wrong here.
I can feel my mouth watering even as I am being reminded of the place while I write all this down. So, I won’t give you the details here.
Last but not the least, this city has so much to offer that I feel short of words to express. Without creating any hopes or destroying others, I would suggest visit and experience all of this yourself! Go visit Ahmedabad!