Ahmedabad is the cultural capital of Gujarat and a major textile and crafts center of India.
The city is also packed with a diversity of architectural styles, with over fifty mosques and tombs, as well as Hindu and Jain temples and grand step-wells which often display beautiful carvings.
The old part of town has a maze of narrow winding alleys with carved wooden house fronts and thriving bazaars.
What to see
Ahmed Shah’s Mosque.
Dada Hari Stepwell.
Daria Khan’s Ghummat.
Jhulta Minar (Shaking Minarets),
Rani Rupmati Mosque.
Rani Sipri’s Mosque.
Sabarmati Ashram: A Sound and Light show on the life of Mahatma Gandhi Is held in the evenings at the Ashram. (Timings: Gujarati- 1930 hrs, Hindi - 2100 hrs Monday / Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday), English - 2100 hrs (Wednesday/friday/Sunday).
Shah Alam Rausa.
Siddi Sayyad’s Mosque.
Sunderwan Snake Park.
Swami Narayan Temple and
MUSEUMS Calico Museum of Textiles: Timings: 1030 hrs-1330 hrs & 1430 hrs-1700 hrs.(closed on Wednesdays and gazetted holidays); Ganndhi Samarak Sangrahalaya: Timing (0830 hrs-1200 hrs & 1500 hrs-1830hrs); Kite Museum:(0900 hrs-1100 hrs & 1600 hrs-1800 hrs, closed on Monday); L.D. Institute of Indology: (1100 hrs-1700 hrs, closed on Monday); N.C. Mehta Art Gallery; National Institute of Design: (Timing: 0900 hrs-1730 hrs, closed on Saturday/ Sunday); Natural History Museum: 0900 hrs-1200 hrs and l6O0 hrs to 2000 hrs; S.V.Patel National Museum (O900 hrs-1200 hrs & 1400-1700 hrs); Shreyas Folk Art Museum: 1500 hrs-1800 hrs (Tuesday to Friday), 1000 hrs-1200 hrs and 1600 hrs-1900 hrs (Sunday & Saturday - closed on Monday and school vacations). Veechar Utensil Museum: (1100 hrs-2300 hrs hrs, closed on Sunday).
Air: Air India, Indian Airlines and private airlines connect Ahmedabad with major cities in India
Rail: Ahmedabad is a railhead and an important junction on the Western Railway line, connected with important cities and towns in the country.
Road: Ahmedabad is connected by motorable roads with Ajmer 203 Km, Delhi 1076 Km, Dwarka 450, Gandhinagar 25 Km, Jaipur 657 Km, Jamnager 304 Km, Jodhpur 442 Km, Junagadh 315 Km, Mount Abu 220 Km, Mumbai 546 Km, Palitana 218 Km, Porbander 409 Km, Rajkot 216 Km, Rajpipla 200 Km, Sasangir 408 Km, Somnath 304 Km, Surat 267 Km, Udaipur 252 Km and Vadodara 113 Km.
Area: 205 Sq. Km.
Altitude: 53 mts Temperature: Summer - Max: 43 Deg.C Min: 23 Deg.C Winter - Max: 36 Deg.C Min: 15 Deg.C Rainfall: 93.2 Cm (Mid June to Mid September) Season: Throughout the year. STD Code: 079
Adalaj Vav (19 Km): Exquisitely carved and ornamented step wells.
Gandhinagar (25 Km): Gujarat’s new capital city.
Akshardham (25 Km): A cultural, complex with an intricately carved, pink sandstone temple dedicated to lord Swaminarayan and 3 exhibition galleries. (Timings: Daily 0930 hrs-1930 hrs Exhibitions: 1000 hrs-1830 hrs, (Closed on Monday).
Water World Resort (50 Km): 15 Kms from Mehsana is the famous ‘Shanku’s Water Park. (Timings:1000 hrs-1900 hrs.
Nalsarovar (60 Km): A natural lake covering an area of over 116 Sq.Km. where a large number of local and migratory birds can be seen from December to February.
Mehsana (64 Km): A palace of the Maharaja of Beroda where Government offices are now housed, and many temples & mosques.
Lothal (80 Km): An excavated Harappan site dating as for back as the 2nd millennium B.C. It is the largest and the only full-fledged Harappan town in India.
Modhera (106 Km): One of the three main temples dedicated to the Sun God ‘Surya’. The Modhera Sun temple though now in ruins is an imposing structure and is considered the best specimen of Solonid art and architecture.
Siddhpur (115 Km): A famous pilgrim centre for Hindus with several temples.
Shamiaji (126 Km): This temple is an exquisitely carved Vaishnav temple. The deity, Shamiaji or the “dark one’, is one aspect of lord Krishna.
Patan (133 Km): Patan has many beautiful Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki vav, the step well represents Solanki architecture at its height.
Palanpur(142 Km): Known for it’s perfumeries.
Jessore sloth Bear Sanctuary( 190 Km): 45 km from Palanpur, this sanctuary is famous for the Sloth Bear, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Rear and a variety of birds.
Ambaji ( 207 Km): Ambaji is dedicated to the worship of shakti and is one of the most popular pilgrim centres in Gujarat.
Kumbharia (l25 Km): A Jain pilgrim centre known for it’s exquisitely carved temples.