About Ahmedabad


Founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in 1411 AD, Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat, has grown into one of the most important modern cities of India. Straddling the Sabarmati river, this prosperous city of six million is a delight for archeologists, anthropologists, architects, histsorians, sociologists, traders, bargain hunters, and plain tourists.


Places to Visit in Ahmedabad - Tourist Attractions  



The Gandhi Ashram (7 km from IIM Ahmedabad)

For many years Ahmedabad was the center of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent struggle for India's independence. The energy of that movement can still be felt at the Satyagraha Ashram that he established on the banks of the Sabarmati in 1917, after the previous Kochrab Ashram had to be abandoned because of a breakout of plague. He chose a location that was, at the time, far out of the city so that he could try farming and other such experiments.

You can get a sense of his life, the history of the movement and those who worked alongside him, at the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, a small museum that includes excellent pictorial and written documentation, a library of Gandhian literature and paintings, and an immense archive of letters written by Gandhiji, every single one on the back of used paper.

The grounds include the Hridaykunj, Gandhiji's sparse living quarters, Vinoba-Mira Kutir, where Vinoba and Mira each stayed on separate visits, a prarthana bhumi, a guest house and a building used as a training center for cottage industries, all preserved as part of the museum. The grounds are open from sunrise to sunset, but the best time to visit these grounds is early morning, as the sun rises over the river, and people are in a meditative spirit.

Official Website : http://www.gandhiashramsabarmati.org/en/

(Calico Museum Main Gate)

(Inner location of Calico Museum)

(Indian Costumes in the Calico Collection
- 18th to mid-20th Century)

(Wooden Blocks for Printing on cloth)

Calico Museum (10.5 km from IIM Ahmedabad)

The Calico Museum of Textile, only thirty-one years old, is today justly regarded as one among the foremost textile museums in the world and an important Indian institution. Its outstanding collection of Indian fabrics exemplifies handicraft textiles spanning five centuries and attracts large numbers of visitors from the general public, as well as increasing numbers of Indian and international research scholars. Most significant, it has become a major reference area for our surviving handicraftsmen and also for the Indian machine-textile industry.

The Museum was inspired by Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy, who, in conversations with Shri Gautam Sarabhai during the 1940s, suggested the founding of a textile institute in the city of Ahmedabad, a major trading centre of the textile industry of the sub-continent since the fifteenth century. In 1949 Shri Sarabhai, his sister Gira Sarabhai and the great industrial house of Calico acted on this suggestion, founding the Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad, as the specialist museum in India concerned with both the historical and technical study of Indian handicraft and industrial textiles.By the early fifties the Museum discovered its original intent, encompassed too large an area and concentrated its energies on the vast and vital field of handicraft textiles, devoting less and less time to industrial fabrics.

By the second decade of its existence the Museum launched an ambitious publications programme. The programme worked on two series, namely Historical Textiles Of India under the editorship of John Irwin, then keeper of the Indian Section of the Victoria and Albert Museum; and the second, under the editorial direction of Dr Alfred Buhler, fumer Director of the Museum Fur Volkerkunde Und Schweizerisches Museum Fur Volkskunde, Basel, who conducted a Contemporary Textile Craft Survey of India.

Inaugurating the Museum in 1949, Jawaharlal Nehru stated, "The early beginnings of civilization are tied up with the manufacture of textiles, and history might well be written with this as the leading motif." And indeed, so well had the Calico Museum of Textiles fulfilled this brief that by 1971 the House of Calico decided that the excellence of the fabric collection and the invaluable research conducted by the publications department were such that the Museum should be an independent society.

Official Website : http://calicomuseum.org

(Adalaj Stepwell)

(Adalaj Stepwell)

Adalaj Stepwell (22 km from IIM Ahmedabad)

Adalaj Stepwell is a unique Hindu 'water building' in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad town in Gandhinagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. The stepwell was built in 1499 by Muslim king Mohammed Begda for Queen Rani Roopba, wife of Veer Singh, the Vaghela chieftain. The step well or 'Vav', as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is five stories in depth. Such step wells were once integral to the semi arid regions of Gujarat as they provided basic water needs for drinking, washing and bathing. These wells were also venues for colorful festivals and sacred rituals.

Stepwells, also called stepped ponds, built between the 5th and 19th centuries, are common in the west of India; over 120 such wells are reported in the semi-arid region of Gujarat alone, of which the well at Adalaj is most popular. To collect rain water during seasonal monsoons. While many such structures are utilitarian in construction, they sometimes include significant architectural embellishments, as in the Adlaj stepwell, which attracts a large number of tourists. In the past, these stepwells were frequented by travelers and caravans as stopovers along trade routes.

Reference Website : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adalaj_Stepwell

(Mosque of Sidi Sayed Jaali)

(Sidi Saiyyed Mosque)

Sidi Sayed Mosque (8 km from IIM Ahmedabad)

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque built in 1573, is one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad. As attested by the marble stone tablet fixed on the wall of the mosque, it was built by Sidi Saeed or Sidi Saiyyed, an Abyssinian in the retinue of Bilal Jhajar Khan, general in the army of the last Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate.

The mosque was built in the last year of the existence of Sultanate of Gujarat. The mosque is entirely arcuated and is famous for beautifully carved ten stone latticework windows (jalis) on the side and rear arches. The rear wall is filled with square stone pierced panels in geometrical designs. The two bays flanking the central aisle have reticulated stone slabs carved in designs of intertwined trees and foliage and a palm motif. This intricately carved lattice stone window is the Sidi Saiyyed Jali, the unofficial symbol of city of Ahmedabad and the inspiration for the design of the logo of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

The central window arch of the mosque, where one would expect to see another intricate jali, is instead walled with stone. This is possibly because the mosque was not completed according to plan before the Mughals invaded Gujarat.

Reference Website : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidi_Saiyyed_Mosque

(Kankaria Lake)

(Kankaria Lake Nagina Wadi)

Kankaria Lake (12 km from IIM Ahmedabad)

Kankaria Lake is the biggest lake in Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India. It is located in the southern part of the city, in the Maninagar area. A lakefront has been developed around it, which has many public attractions such as a zoo, toy train, kids city, tethered balloon ride, water rides, water park, food stalls, and entertainment facilities. The lakefront was revamped in 2008. Kankaria Carnival is a week-long festival held here in the last week of December. Many cultural, art, and social activities are organised during the carnival.

Kankaria Lake was built by Sultan Qutbuddin in the 15th century. The work was completed in 1451 CE and was known as "Qutb Hauz" or "Hauz-i-Qutb." It was used for bathing by the kings. It had a water purification system but it has been lost with the time. At one point of the circular lake, there opens a walkway which later merges into a garden called Nagina Wadi (which means beautiful garden in Urdu) that is located in the centre of the lake. With an approximate circumference of 3 miles (4.8 km), it represents the regale history of Ahmedabad. It is a 34-sided polygon having steps which leading down to water level.

Reference Website : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kankaria

(Planet Earth)

(Hall of Science)

Gujarat Science City (9 km from IIM Ahmedabad)

Kankaria is one of the most popular and favorite tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. It is a circular lake constructed in 1451 by Sultan Qutubub-Din.In the center of the lake is an island garden with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi. The lake is a popular recreation center, surrounded by parks, 'Bal Vatika', an aquarium, a boat club, a natural historical museum and a zoo.

The local authority has recently done wonderful changes to the surroundings with the whole perimeter blocked for vehicular traffic to make it wholly a walkway for the tourist to enjoy. The toy train is also very popular amongst the tourist, which lets you to travel the whole Kankaria lake circle in the slow-moving train.

Official Website : http://www.scity.gujarat.gov.in

(Sabarmati Riverfront)

(Sabarmati Riverfront)

(Sabarmati Riverfront)

Sabarmati Riverfront (12 km from IIM Ahmedabad)

Sabarmati Riverfront is a waterfront developed along banks of Sabarmati river in the city of Ahmedabad, India. It is being developed by Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL), a special purpose vehicle of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for project.

The first known proposal for developing the riverfront was given in 1961 by prominent Ahmedabad citizens and the French architect Bernard Kohn. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) set up the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Ltd (SRFDCL) in May 1997 funded by central government of India.

The project has encountered several delays due to concerns regarding water level, flooding, rehabilitation of displaced slum dwellers and met with severe opposition from activists involved with slum rehabilitation. However, the process of obtaining land for the development, through clearance and reclamation has been substantially completed. It is also the largest slum displacing project of the city till date.In the first phase, EPC identified a 20 km stretch of the riverfront extending from Subhash bridge to Vasna barrage and proposed to reclaim 162 hectares (400 acres) of the riverbed. SRFDCL planned to sell or lease out a part of it to finance the project. In 2003, it extended the project to cover a 20 km stretch from the Narmada main canal to Vasna barrage.

10.4 km stretch of walkway is open for public use. Water amusement rides including speed boat and motor boat are working between Nehru bridge and Gandhi bridge. Both walkway and rides were inaugurated by CM Narendra Modi on 15 August 2012.

Main Objectives :

  • Environmental Improvement: reduction in erosion and flood to safeguard the city; sewage diversion to clean the river; water retention and recharge.
  • Social Infrastructure: rehabilitation and resettlement of riverbed dwellers and activities; creation of parks and public spaces; provision of socio-cultural amenities for the city.
  • Sustainable Development: generation of resources, revitalisation of neighbourhoods.
Official Website : http://www.sabarmatiriverfront.com


Tourist Attractions near to Ahmedabad


Rani Ki Vav (The Queens Stepwell)

(Lothal)

(The Modhera Sun Temple)

Gujarat  

Kutch district is a district of Gujarat state in western India. It is the largest district in the state of Gujarat and the second largest district of India.

Bhuj is a city and a municipality in Kachchh in the state of Gujarat, India. Bhuj is home to one of the first Swaminarayan Sampraday temples, built in 1822. The Kutch Utsav commencing on the last day of February is a window to this ancient land of heroism and romance. Places to visit are Kachchh Museum, Darbargarh Palace, Kutch Desert Festival, Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

Popular tourist attractions

  • The Great Rann of Kutch - Kutch Desert wildlife Sanctuary is divided into the Little Rann which has a 4,950 sq. km Wild Ass Sanctuary, created in 1973 and the Greater Rann which is a 7,850 sq. km desert wildlife sanctuary. Together they form the largest adjoining tracts of wild life territory in India.
  • Dholavira - One of the five largest Harappan sites in Indian sub-continent, Dholavira is located in the Khadir Bet Island in Kutch district of Gujarat. Dholavira also consists one of the world's earliest water conservation systems.
  • Vijay Vilas Palace - It's a perfect royal residence set amidst well trimmed gardens and marble fountains. Made with coloured glass, protruding porches and domes on pillars, this palace is a treat to the eyes.
  • Mandvi - is a fortified town located 60 km southwest of Bhuj. It is famous for its beaches and camel and horse rides on the shores.
  • Narayan Sarovar - means the Lake of Narayan, a name for Vishnu.Narayan Sarovar in Kutch is the most ancient and pious place for Hindus. It is one of the five holy ponds in India.
  • Aina Mahal - Aaina Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) in Maharao Lakhpatji's old palace. You'll see traditional Kutchi architecture in this structure. Created by Ram Singh Malam in the 18th century, the mirror work is influenced by Indian and European styles.


Reference Website : http://www.gujarattourism.com/

(The Great Rann of Kutch)

(Dholavira)

(Vijay Vilas Palace)

KUTCH (400 km from Ahmedabad)  

Kutch district is a district of Gujarat state in western India. It is the largest district in the state of Gujarat and the second largest district of India.

Bhuj is a city and a municipality in Kachchh in the state of Gujarat, India. Bhuj is home to one of the first Swaminarayan Sampraday temples, built in 1822. The Kutch Utsav commencing on the last day of February is a window to this ancient land of heroism and romance. Places to visit are Kachchh Museum, Darbargarh Palace, Kutch Desert Festival, Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

Popular tourist attractions

  • The Great Rann of Kutch - Kutch Desert wildlife Sanctuary is divided into the Little Rann which has a 4,950 sq. km Wild Ass Sanctuary, created in 1973 and the Greater Rann which is a 7,850 sq. km desert wildlife sanctuary. Together they form the largest adjoining tracts of wild life territory in India.
  • Dholavira - One of the five largest Harappan sites in Indian sub-continent, Dholavira is located in the Khadir Bet Island in Kutch district of Gujarat. Dholavira also consists one of the world's earliest water conservation systems.
  • Vijay Vilas Palace - It's a perfect royal residence set amidst well trimmed gardens and marble fountains. Made with coloured glass, protruding porches and domes on pillars, this palace is a treat to the eyes.
  • Mandvi - is a fortified town located 60 km southwest of Bhuj. It is famous for its beaches and camel and horse rides on the shores.
  • Narayan Sarovar - means the Lake of Narayan, a name for Vishnu.Narayan Sarovar in Kutch is the most ancient and pious place for Hindus. It is one of the five holy ponds in India.
  • Aina Mahal - Aaina Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) in Maharao Lakhpatji's old palace. You'll see traditional Kutchi architecture in this structure. Created by Ram Singh Malam in the 18th century, the mirror work is influenced by Indian and European styles.


Reference Website : http://www.gujarattourism.com/

(Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, Jaipur)

Pushkar

(Udaipur - Venice of the East)

Rajasthan (590 km from Ahmedabad)  

Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, for both domestic and international tourists. Rajasthan attracts tourists for its historical forts, palaces, art and culture. Every third foreign tourist visiting India also travels to Rajasthan as it is part of the Golden Triangle for tourists visiting India.

Endowed with natural beauty and a great history, Rajasthan has a flourishing tourism industry. The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, and desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner & Jaisalmer are among the most preferred destinations of many tourists, Indian and foreign.

Popular tourist attractions

  • Jaipur - Known as pink city of India and the capital of Rajasthan, famous for palaces and temples.
  • Udaipur - Udaipur is an enchanting place full of old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes.
  • Jaisalmer - Famous for its golden fortress, havelis and some of the oldest Jain Temples and libraries.
  • Jodhpur - Affectionately known as the "Blue City" for its blue painted buildings, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan.
  • Pushkar - Pushkar is a sleepy little holy town that attracts a lot of backpackers and hippie types.
  • Ajmer - Popular for shrine of Sufi Saikhllnt Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
  • Bikaner - Famous for its havelis, palaces and temples


Reference Website : http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in