24 Hours in Ahmedabad
A traveller’s checklist is on a constant race against time. The multiple aspects a city has to offer often puts one in a dilemma of choice. One such city is Ahmedabad. From finely carved stones that build the heritage of the old city, to the flavours that blend to create authentic food, to all the precisely assembled pieces of art, the city creates an aspect for every interest that visits it. With 24 hours or less in such a city, filtering out points on your map is essential.
Start your day by nourishing yourself in absolute peace and calmness. Once home to Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, this abode is now converted into a museum displaying the historic journey of ‘Gandhiji’ and his struggle for the nation’s independence. Even if your interests do not lie in the history, the radiating energy of this space is sure to engulf you and capture your mind and soul.
If you are an enthusiast of heritage, culture and architecture, do take out 2 hours of your time in taking a guided heritage walk in the old city of Ahmedabad. Traverse through the market streets, house lanes with pit stops at some of the most famous mosques and temples. This journey is bound to take you to the past of Ahmedabad and the lifestyle that has evolved on this foundation.
If you do have some hours at late night to spend in the city, head towards Manek Chowk. Located in the old quarter of the city, this area houses one of the busiest market streets during the day and transforms into the hub of street food at night. You will find the best Gujarati savoury and sweet dishes and also specials that you would have never heard before. Make sure to try as much as you can before you leave the city.
If your interests lie in appreciating pieces of art, architecture and do not mind spending a few hours of travel, these are the places that you need to head to that exhibits one of the best collection of history, traditional works and much more. These places remain incomplete in the words that describe them and demands your eyes to complete the experience that is totally worth your time.
4.Calico Museum of textiles
India’s premier textile museum with India’s antique textile collection that dates back to 500 years. Experience some of India’s finest handwork and learn about the creations of different styles from each state at this museum.
5.Auto World Vintage Car Museum
The vintage car museum is one of the biggest home for automobiles in the country. If you have a passion for automobiles, this is a must visit place for you. Housing one of the largest collection of vintage cars, the place also lets you ride in a car of your choice for a minimal fee.Amdavad ni Gufa
6.Law garden and Khau gali
A must visit street in Ahmedabad, ahead of you lies an entire street of shops that hold a collection of traditional Gujarati outfits, jewellery and other accessories and at the end of the street is yet another street of delicious street food with some authentic specials. This is your destination to take back home some memories in the shape of souvenirs or just pieces to add to your wardrobe and accessory collection. Ensure that your bargaining skills lie at your fingertips for the entire time. At the end of the day, you are sure to take back some flavours that fill your stomach.
7.Amdavad ni Gufa
Built by architect B.V. Doshi, this underground art gallery is located in the University area.The gallery was built for the works of artist M.F Hussain, but the museum gained so much popularity for its architecture that the gallery has become one of the most visited tourist spot. Above the ground, one can see a series of domes that can be walked upon and even serves as seating for the nearby café. If you are somebody that enjoys creating art, ensure to pick up some exclusive stationery from the nearby stores.Sanskar Kendra
One of architect Le Corbusier’s work in India, this museum houses artefacts that hold historical importance for Ahmedabad. The museum also has a wing dedicated to kites.
Stepwells are integral structures in the history of Gujarat. Ahmedabad is home to a number of such step wells that is well known for its construction techniques, materials, intricate details and purpose. If you are intrigued by architecture, these stepwells should surely make it to your list. Their beauty in design and the ambience created is sure to take you back in time and
make you feel like a traveller in search of water and shelter. Two of the most famous stepwells are Adalaj and Dada Harir ni Vav.
Ahmedabad could be a planned or unplanned pit stop in your journey. Either ways the rustic and authentic aura of this city is sure to make your time worthy. So pick your destinations based on your interests and the ticking clock and you are sure to be enthralled in the magnificence of this city.