September 03, 2022
CM Content Team
A UNESCO World Heritage City, Ahmedabad, is the largest and perhaps the most famous city in Gujarat. This magnificent city has its unique charm; it is a place where modernity is perfectly juxtaposed with tradition. The city has a modern outlook and is one of the important business hubs in Western India, and at the same time, it has preserved its rich cultural heritage.
Located on the banks of River Sabarmati, Ahmedabad, offers plenty of things to do for tourists. From museums to historic monuments there are many things to explore. If you are travelling to Ahmedabad, here are some of the best things you must do in the city for a memorable holiday.
Timings – 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Entry Fees – Free for all
The Sabarmati Ashram is the place where the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi spent a lot of time during the freedom struggle. Today, it remains as a memorial where you can see many poignant artefacts that are associated with Mahatma Gandhi.
It is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat to know about our freedom struggle, and get a glimpse of the struggles that our great leaders went through back in the time. The ashram also houses a Mahatma Gandhi Museum in its premises, where you can see many books, videos, and other archives from his life.
Timings – 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Entry Fees – lNR 50
Do you have a penchant for vintage cars? Even if you don’t, you would surely love visiting this one-of-a-kind museum in Ahmedabad. Ornate, and classy designs that defined the aesthetics of the vehicles in the 40s and 50s, are rare to see these days. However, you can see these well-maintained beauties and models curated from all over the world at the Auto World Vintage Car Museum.
Some of the amazing cars that you can see at this open-air museum are made by premium car makers like Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Cadillac, Packard, Lancia and many more. These cars were once owned by eminent members of the Indian Royal families.
Timings – 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Entry Fees – lNR Free
Ahmedabad city has many layers. Away from all the modern attractions, you can find many historical monuments that are worth visiting and exploring in the old town. One such stunning building is the Jama Masjid is a fine specimen of architectural brilliance and craftsmanship.
The masjid, an important place of worship for the Muslim community in the city, has been part of Ahmedabad’s identity since the 15th Century. Once it was the largest mosque in the subcontinent region, and the sandstone structure is a visual treat.
If you are into arts and architecture, it is one of the best places to visit in Ahmedabad. The intricate carvings on the walls and minarets will take you back in time to the Mughal era and leave you in awe of the sheer brilliance of the artists.
Timings – 6:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fees – INR 50, INR 200 for Camera
A paradise for avifauna lovers, and wildlife enthusiasts, Thol Lake reservoir was built by the Maharaja of Baroda in 1912. It was later declared as a bird sanctuary in 1988. Spread over a seven square kilometre area, it is home to more than 150 species of birds and mammals such as jackals, blue bulls, blackbucks and more.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is during the winters, between November and January when the entire area turns pink as thousands of pink flamingos from Serbia gather there. It is also the perfect time to watch other migratory birds like sarus cranes, pelicans, geese and more.
Timings – 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Entry Fees – Free
A visit to any city may seem incomplete without indulging some shopping at the local market. Also, Shopping at the night market in public is one of the best things to do in Ahmedabad if you want to take a break from visiting the regular tourist spots. This market is a great place to buy authentic Gujarati outfits and handicraft items.
As you walk through the garden, you can see a wide range of colourful items, which itself is a wonderful experience. The fact that you can bargain with the vendors, and get an affordable deal adds to the overall experience.
After going on a shopping spree, you can indulge in some scrumptious street food. So, shop, grab a bite, and shop again. Sounds like a dream come true, right?
Timings – 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Entry Fees – varies based on the movie
Among the many amazing things to do at night in Ahmedabad is watching a movie at the drive-in cinema. Watching a movie out in the open is something you must experience when you are in the city. Here you can watch the latest release on the big screen with a sound system setup for every car.
This open air cinema has the largest screen in Asia, and can accommodate about 665 cars at a time. Also, there is a restaurant nearby that serves a variety of food at an affordable price. So, you can munch on your favourite food while enjoying the movie.
When you are visiting Ahmedabad, you can book your stay at the Club Mahindra Kensville Golf Resort, one of the best resorts in Ahmedabad. At the resort, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the surroundings that is a cynosure to the eye. The resort boasts of a golf course where you can tee off with your loved ones and enjoy a friendly game. Spread over 900 acres of lush green, this resort is the best place to experience nature at its best.
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.