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20 Best Places to Visit in and around Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ahmedabad has surely changed from the time of Sultan Ahmed Shah and become a prominent metropolis, but what hasn’t changed about it is its charm. The city has always been the heartbeat of western India and has remained an important seat no matter which era we talk of. It has been one of the most beautiful destinations of Gujarat Tourism. Today, we see a wonderful mélange of old and new Ahmedabad and it indeed does keep things interesting for the tourists. Be it the incredible lattice work or the poles, be it the grand Jumma Masjid or the Adalaj Step Well everything has a story to tell and TRUST ME it is a story you sure want to listen to.

What is So Special About Ahmedabad?

  • Ahmedabad is a unique blend of age-old historical monuments and contemporary avant-garde design buildings.
  • Divided in two parts, Ahmedabad’s one side is steeped into history and tradition and the other side has great buildings, industries, multiplexes with a good urban-planning.
  • Ahmedabad was earlier known as Karnavati, it got its name from King Karnavati 1.
  • Ahmedabad is known as “Manchester of East” because of the abundance of textile industries.
  • Ahmedabad is the birthplace of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The logo of the state bank of India is taken from Lake Kankaria which is located in Ahmedabad.
  • There are two kite museums in the world. The world’s second kite museum is located in Ahmedabad. The first is located in Japan.

Quick Information on Ahmedabad Tourism

Ahmedabad Nickname Manchester of East
Founder of Ahmedabad Ahmed Shah 1
Popular food Dhokla, Thepla, Idli, Farsan, Dabeli, Fafda, Khakhra etc.
Landmark Destinations Adalaj Stepwell, Sabarmati Ashram, Kankaria Lake etc
Famous for Textile Industries
Famous Temples Shri Hanuman Ji Temple, Hutheesing Jain Temple, Modhera Sun Temple, Akshardham Temple etc.
Famous Museums Patang Kite Museum, Calico Museum, Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Sanskar Kendra etc.

Here is a blog that offers you an insight into some of the best places that brings you a step closer to the real Ahmedabad:

  • Sabarmati Ashram
  • Akshardham Temple
  • Jama Masjid
  • Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
  • The Pols
  • Sarkhej Roza
  • Teen Darwaza
  • Shah Alam Roza
  • Kankaria Lake
  • Hutheesing Jain Temple
  • Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
  • Adalaj Stepwell
  • Lothal
  • Manek Chowk
  • The Calico Museum
  • Bhadra Fort
  • Jhulta Minar
  • Dada Hari Vav
  • Sun Temple Modhera
  • Open Air Theatre

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Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram

Your Gujarat Sightseeing Tour would be more interesting and memorable if you visit Sabarmati Ashram. It is a worldwide popular tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. Dubbed as the second home of Mahatma Gandhi, Sabarmati Ashram is a Spartan colony of tiled houses in Ahmedabad.

The place has historical importance as it is considered that it was from here Gandhi orchestrated the final struggle of independence. Here one has the opportunity to witness his cottage called the Hriday Ashram, which has been well-maintained by the authority. One can still see Gandhi’s personal items like round eyeglasses, wooden slippers, letters and books.

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Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple Gujarat

Akshardham Temple is located in Gandhinagar, which is situated about 25kms from Ahmedabad. The temple is dedicated to Swaminarayan and is the best example of contemporary architecture and style. Akshardham is considered a place of education, enlightenment and in a way entertainment. More than 2 million people are estimated to visit the temple each year.

The major attractions of the temple are its 10-story tall golden idol of Swaminarayan; Mystic India, a film on an incredible journey of an 11-year-old child yogi called Neelkanth; the light and music show called Sat Chit Anand Watershow and audio animatronic shows. It is indeed one of the major tourist attractions in Ahmedabad.

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The Jumma Masjid (Jama Masjid)

Jama Masjid Ahmedabad

Situated on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Ahmedabad, Jumma Masjid is one of the finest architectural specimens found in the city. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Ahmedabad. Also known as Jama Masjid, this mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the year 1423 to render the Muslim devotees a place to congregate for Friday prayers.

It is believed that this yellow sandstone mosque was built using pieces from the vandalized Hindu and Jain temples. The mosque has 260 pillars that are covered with intricate carvings and the interior of the shrine is illuminated by natural lights that filter through latticework screens.

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Sidi Saiyyed Mosque Ahmedabad

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque Ahmedabad

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is one of the most popular monuments in Ahmedabad. It is situated in the northeast corner of Bhadra Fort and is famed for its latticework over the yellow sandstone. The major highlight of this mosque is the twin jails on the western wall that depicts intertwining of tree branches.

The carving is well appreciated as it has been done with excellent delicacy. The serene and spiritual vibe of the place is the reason why you should spend some time here.

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The Pols

Poles Ahmedabad

Pols are the tightly packed conglomeration of houses, built to ensure safety and security of the people. Ideally, a Pol would have one or two entrances and secret exits, which only the people residing in the Pol would know about. In Gujarat, Pols can be found at many places; however, the Pols in the old city of Ahmedabad are its best example. The most famed Pol is situated near the Manek Chowk.

In many Pols, one would find a personal temple built at the center and chabutro (tall poles placed for bird feeding). Today, many Pols have been converted into cottage industries, so one may find people on the steps hand-sewing books or crimping the silver. Visiting these Pols in the Old City is a one of its kind experiences and the best way to enjoy the best of Ahmedabad Tour.

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Sarkhej Roza

Sarkhej Roza

At a short distance from Vishala Complex is Sarkhej Roza, which is a beautiful complex of tombs and pavilions. The complex is built around an artificial lake made for the rulers of Gujarat.

The prominent tombs here include that of Ahmed Shah’s spiritual advisor, Sheikh Ahmed Khattu. One can witness fine carving and brass lattice work here. Steeped into history and decked with the beauty in abundance, it’s one of the best places to explore in Ahmedabad.

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Teen Darwaza

Teen Darwaza Ahmedabad

Situated southeast of the Bhadra Fort, the Teen Darwaza (Triple Gateway) was the entrance to the Royal Square or Maidan Shahi where the royal processions and polo games were once held. It is a must visit tourist attraction in Ahmedabad.

Today, the Teen Darwaza straddles the road, which is replete with shops selling block prints, silverware and other small items. It is the oldest and the longest gateway of Ahmedabad. It is one of the remarkable examples of Muslim architecture. It is said that Mughal emperor Jahangir used to visit here with his wife Noor Jahan, the possession of which began from here to end in Jama Masjid.

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Shah Alam Roza

Shah Alam Roza

Shah Alam Roza is a famous Sufi shrine that draws a lot of visitors. It is one of the top tourist destinations in Ahmedabad. Shah Alam Roza is a tomb complex, which is well known for its exquisite architecture.

The highlight of the tomb complex is the dome that has been decorated with gold and precious stones. To the west of the tomb is a mosque, which is done in typical Islamic architecture.

To the south of the mosque is a tomb that has twenty-four small domes, where the Shah-e-Alam family including Saiyyd Makhdum Alam, the sixth grandson of Shah-e-Alam is buried. Outside of the wall to the west is an argo reservoir built by the wife of Taj Khan Nariali.

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Kankaria Lake

Kankaria Lake Ahmedabad

Reckoned to be the largest lake in Ahmedabad, Kankaria Lake is located in the southern part of the city. The lake is the best picnic spot for families and kids. The lakefront has been developed into an entertainment zone as it has features like a zoo, toy train, kids’ city, tethered balloon ride, water rides, Water Park, food stalls, and other entertainment facilities. It is one of the top family and kids friendly tourist destinations in Ahmedabad for a wonderful weekend. Even a week-long festival is celebrated here each year in the last week of December.

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Hutheesing Jain Temple

Hutheesing Jain Temple Ahmedabad Gujarat

Built by a Jain Merchant named Hutheesing Kesarsing in 1850, Hutheesing Jain Temple is situated outside the Delhi Gate. The temple is made of marble and is dedicated to Dharmanath, who was the 15th Jain Tirthankara. The marbles are intricately carved and the paved courtyard of the temple has 52 cubicles that house shrines dedicated to different Tirthankaras. A quiet and sacred place that reflects fine craftsmanship, Hutheesing Jain Temple is one of the must-see temples in Ahmedabad.

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Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

About 60kms from Ahmedabad, Nal Sarovar is reckoned to be one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. Sprawling over an area of 115 sq. km, Nal Lake and the surrounding marshy forests attract about 250 species of waterfowls like flamingos, geese, cranes, pelicans, storks, cormorants, spoonbills and ibis.

In winters many migratory birds like Bluish-grey demoiselle cranes gather here in large numbers from Siberia. Also, Nalsarovar is the best place to catch sight of Sarus Crane, who performs a synchronized dance that involves bowing down with its wings outstretched. This bird sanctuary makes for an ideal weekend getaway from Ahmedabad as it allows one to get closer to nature and away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

If you are planning a trip to Ahmedabad, make sure you include this peaceful yet adventurous destination in your travel itinerary for a memorable Ahmedabad Tour.

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Adalaj Stepwell

Adalaj Stepwell

There are innumerable step wells or vavs in Gujarat and Ahmedabad has one of the finest of all. Named Adalaj Vav; this Adalaj Step Well was built in 1499 by Rudabai, the wife of a local chieftain. It is one of the best places to see in Ahmedabad. The step well is adorned with beautiful platforms and galleries.

The shafts of the well are profusely carved with floral and geometric motifs, interspersed with a number of figurines. The carved pillars that support the pavilions are flooded with diffused light and provide ideal resting places. This beautiful Vav is certainly considered as one of the beautiful destinations to visit in your Ahmedabad sightseeing tour.

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Lothal

Lothal Gujarat

About 75kms from Ahmedabad, Lothal offers the remains of a commendable city of the Indus Valley Civilization that existed 4500 years ago. The site reveals the foundation of a well-planned city with paved drains, channels, wells, public baths and blocks of houses. Bead accessories, earthen pots, birds and animal motifs, seal and weighing instruments were also found here. So, if you are someone who loves digging history, Lothal can be an enthralling destination for you to explore near Ahmedabad.

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Manek Chowk

Manek Chowk Ahmedabad

Manek is a prominent city square in Ahmedabad. Located in the old city, this place is more than a chaotic square. Manek chowk is surrounded by many heritage attractions and has a bustling multi-purpose market. Shopping is the best thing to do here to satisfy your shopaholic soul.

It is ideal to visit Manek Chowk in the night time when it converts into a food lovers’ paradise, where one can relish the taste of authentic Gujarati Street food. Baba Maneknath Temple, Badshah no Hajiro, Rani no Hajiro, Ahmedabad Stock Exchange Building and Mahurat Pol are all present in the vicinity of Manek Chowk.

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The Calico Museum

The Calico Museum Ahmedabad

At Calico Museum one has the opportunity to see a collection of rare textiles such as royal tents, costumes and carpets. The museum was established in 1949 and displays 17th and 18th century’s collection of religious paintings on cloth, embroideries, brocades and silk weaves and Kashmiri Shawls.

The Calico Museum is situated in the Shahi Bagh Garden and is spread over 12 rooms and across two stories. Within the museum compound is another haveli that exhibits a fine collection of bronze icons and paintings. It is one of the must visit museums in Ahmedabad.

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Bhadra Fort

Bhadra Fort Ahmedabad

Today Bhadra Fort houses government offices and Kali temple but once upon a time it was the allure and crowning glory of the city of Ahmedabad. For history buffs it is a sight to behold. It was built by Ahmed Shah in 1411. It got its name from the Bhadrakali Temple which is located near it. It was the part of Ahmed Shah’s kingdom who ruled over Gujarat from 1411 till 1442.

It was also occupied by the British to use it as a prison in 1817 till independence. There is a very interesting story about Bhadra fort. As per the legends it was visited by Goddess Laxmi who blessed Sultan Ahmed Shah with a prosperous city. You will also behold one of the most popular tourist attractions of Ahmedabad Teen Darwaza which is an entry point for Maidan Shahi.

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Jhulta Minar

Jhulta Minar Ahmedabad

The story of Jhulta Minara- Shaking Minarets is very interesting and mysterious. It is said that if one minara is shaken the other one begins to vibrate on its own and nobody till date has been able to decode the engineering of the minarets. Its architecture is quite mysterious and complicated.

There are two minarets, one is located in Sarangpur Darwaja and the other one is located near Kalupur Railway Station. It’s not in good condition and due to the unknown style of construction, it is not possible to renovate it.  Even Britishers were confused and interested to know the secret behind the vibration of the minarets. It is one of the most interesting and popular tourist attractions for sightseeing in Ahmedabad.

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Dada Hari Vav

Dada Hari Vav Ahmedabad

Located near Asarwa village, it is one of the offbeat tourist attractions near Ahmedabad. Stepwells are quite popular in Gujarat. They were constructed by kings and Queens to store water and also to give shelter to the wanderers who used to take a break from their journey. One such amazing Stepwell is – Dada Hari Vav, it is a 500-hundred-year-old Vav built in the reign of Mahmud Begada by the household lady of Mahmud Begada’s harem – Bai Harir Sultani.

However, the date of the construction of this Vav is very confusing due to the presence of two inscriptions in the walls. One is in Persian and the other is in Sanskrit. The Sanskrit inscription mentions the construction year of this Vav in the year 1499 AD and according to the Persian inscription the year is 1485. The Vav has 7 storeys and the exquisite carvings on the walls, pillars and columns are a great blend of Hindu and Muslim architectural style.

The Arabic and Sanskrit sculptures, the floral motifs in the walls and the beautiful traditional architecture is what makes it one of the top places to visit around Ahmedabad.

Timings- 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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Sun Temple Modhera

Sun Temple Modhera

Decked with the River Pushpavati, flowering trees, sounds of the sweet chirping of the birds all around and nature’s blissful vibes, The Sun temple of Modhera is a place of ultimate serenity and tranquility. It is one of the best places to visit near Ahmedabad. The temple is dedicated to the sun god and its gorgeous backdrop is the sole reason to dive deep into the soothing calmness of nature and spiritual whirlwind here.  It was built during the Solanki Period. The temple complex will tell you about the times gone by.

The Rama Kund in the temple has 108 shrines of various gods and demigods and it is surrounded by the idol of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh. It also houses a Sabha Mandap which houses 12 representations of sun god carved in 52 pillars. If you are interested in listening to the stories and myths associated with these gods then you must ask the priest to tell you the stories associated with murals, shrines and carved pillars. The statue of the sun god no longer exists in the temple but the divine light of the sun illuminates the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

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Open Air Theatre

If watching movies are your favorite pastime then you must try open air theatre to do so for a wonderful experience. Watching your favorite movie with good quality sound and graphics under the starlit sky with your friends and family would be the most delightful experience one can ever have. It is one of the best places to visit in Ahmedabad with family and friends for a good weekend. The delicious food of the food court will delight your taste buds. There is no need to worry about space; the theatre can accommodate around 6000 people.

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If you are a type of traveler who loves city tours, markets, heritage attractions, delicious food and fun filled adventures then the delightful city of Ahmedabad is a must visit place.  No place can match the amazing aura and royal grandeur of our Manchester of the East – Ahmedabad. We also cannot explain its beauty in words but we tried our best.

If you are planning to visit Ahmedabad then make sure you visit these places and share your wonderful experience with us in the comment section of the blog. We will be pleased to listen to your stories. Visiting Ahmedabad would be considered to be the most worthy decision of your life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are top tourist places to visit near Ahmedabad within 200 KMs?

  • Vadodara
  • Patan
  • Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
  • Lothal
  • Champaner
  • Sun Temple Modhera
  • Polo Forest
  • Mount Abu

Q.What are top tourist places to visit near Ahmedabad within 100 KMs?

  • Akshardham Temple
  • Vadodara
  • Patan
  • The Lake Bird Sanctuary
  • Vadla
  • Zanzari Waterfalls
  • Lothal
  • Modhera

Q.What are the top places to visit in Ahmedabad for couples?

  • Sabarmati Riverfront
  • Victoria Garden
  • Parimal Garden
  • Kankaria Lake
  • Law Garden
  • Chandola Lake
  • Manek Chowk
  • Rustic Rooftop Candlelight Dinner

Q.What are the best places to visit in Ahmedabad at night?

  • Drive in Cinema
  • Manek Chowk
  • Sphere Lounge
  • Spirit O' Soul
  • Java +
  • Rewind the Disk
  • Law Garden Night Market

Q.What are the top places in Ahmedabad to hang out with friends?

  • Law Garden Night Market
  • Calico Textile Museum
  • Kite Museum
  • Sphere Lounge
  • Manek Chowk
  • Science City
  • Sabarmati Riverfront
  • Kankaria Lake
  • Bhatiyar Gali

Q.How many minimum days to explore the best of Ahmedabad sightseeing tours?

There are many places to delight one’s soul completely in Ahmedabad. For the best travel experience at least, a week is needed to explore the city completely. The place is rich in culture and heritage so it is important to take time and explore the treasure of our ancient past.

Q.What are the nearest airport & railway stations to Ahmedabad?

  • Nearest Airport to Ahmedabad - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station to Ahmedabad- Ahmedabad Junction Railway Station

Published: 29 Nov, 2021

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.