Incomparable places to visit in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, a city of Gujarat which has changed dramatically as a metropolitan city from the time of King Ahmed Shah. However, there is one thing which has not been changed and that is the glorious charm of this city, it is still the same. This huge industrial city has always been popular among tourists and in Western India. Irrespective of the varied era, it always holds an important place and is called as the heartbeat of Gujarat. What we see today in the city is a beautiful symbiosis of ancient and modern Ahmedabad. A textile hub, a metropolis city, a city with a glorious past, and also an educational center are the four words which define the complete importance of the city.

However, it is quite difficult to pen down the beauties of this splendid city and so we have compiled the list of some top popular attractions of the city which one must visit on their Gujarat holiday package.

1.Sabarmati Ashram

The place where one can attain the ultimate level of peace and calmness due to its serene and tranquil ambiance. This peaceful ashram is situated along the river bank of Sabarmati River and is also called as Harijan Ashram, Gandhi Ashram, and Satyagraha Ashram. History states that Sabarmati Ashram was constructed in the year 1915 by Mahatma Gandhi after his return from South Africa. All his works related to animal husbandry, agriculture, and Khadi Udyog. Sabarmati Ashram tops the list of tourist attractions in the city where millions of national and international travelers flock every year to learn about the lifestyle and to see the reminiscences of Mahatma Gandhi.

Visiting hours: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm (every day)

Entrance Charge– Free

2. Jama Masjid

Constructed in the year 1424 by Sultan Ahmed Shah I. The architecture standing in Ahmedabad is as famous and spectacular as the one that is standing in New Delhi. Also called Jumma Masjid or Jami, Jama Masjid is one of the most happening and striking destinations in the city of Ahmedabad. According to mythology, the construction of this architecture was done with the pieces that were taken from the Vandalized Jain and Hindu Temples. This huge and beautiful structure is supported on almost 260 pillars which are adorned with beautiful intricate carvings and also the interior of this yellow stone mosque glitters with colorful natural lights.

Visiting Hours: 6 am to 8 pm (every day and the doors of the mosque are closed during the prayer time).

Entrance Charge– Free

3. Iskcon Temple

Also called Hare Krishna Mandir, this huge and gorgeous temple is one of the most alluring architectures in western India. This beautiful temple is spread over a huge area of almost 4 acres and is adorned with fountains established between the beautiful gardens, and also with the colorful scented flora. However, the temple is mostly dedicated to Lord Krishna and her love Goddess Radha but one can find a number of idols dedicated to other Hindu gods and goddesses. The premise of this temple is always filled with the devotees reciting “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”. If you are planning to visit the ISKCON Temple then do plan it accordingly so that you can attend either of the Arti ceremonies.

Visiting hours: 4:30 am to 1 pm and then 4 pm to 9 pm (every day)

Entrance Fee: No cost

4.Bhadra Fort

This ancient architecture was constructed in the year 1411 by Sultan Bhadra and since it is reckoned as one of the most popular travel destinations in Gujarat. One can find a huge Bhadra Kali Temple, a majestic palace, and a lush green courtyard in the premise of this fort. According to interesting Hindu mythology, once Goddess Lakshmi visited this majestic fort and blessed the king that his kingdom and the city will always be flooded with wealth and also blessed with lifelong prosperity. It is still believed that there are numerous rice stacks buried somewhere deep inside the fort.

Visiting Hours: 9 am to 5 pm (throughout the week)

Entrance Fee: No cost

5.Calico Museum of Textiles

The other popular tourist destination in Ahmedabad which runs under the maintenance of Sarabhai Foundation which is one of the most ancient textile industries or museums in the country. One can find an exotic collection of antique textiles, and fabrics, a wide variety of textiles, tie and dye fabrics, samples of Kashmiri Shawls, and also the relics collected from various parts of the country. Indian miniature paintings, collection of bronze, Jain art items, and tribal art and handicrafts are found in a huge collection here.

Visiting Hours: 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2:45 to 4:30 pm (it is closed on Wednesday)

Entrance Fee: No cost

6.Kankaria Zoo

Also called Kamala Nehru Zoological Garden, Kankaria Zoo is one of the most perfect tourist destinations where one can spend some really amazing quality time with your family and friends. It is believed to be established in the year 1951 along the bank of the Kankaria Lake and is home to various rare and endangered species of reptiles, birds, mammals, especially alligators and crocodiles. Animal spotting and the lush greenery of the place make your visit pretty enjoyable and full of thrilling experience.

Visiting Hours: varies according to the seasons like from March to October timing is 9 am to 6:15 pm, and from November to February its opening time is 9 am to 5 pm.

Entrance Fee: INR 20 and it is free for educational tours but only on Thursday.

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