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A rapidly growing metropolis, an industrial hub, an educational hotspot, and a city with a magnificent past ? Ahmedabad is one of the most important cities in Gujarat and is fast becoming a very popular tourist destination as well. Home to a plethora of remarkable temples, intriguing museums, serene lakes, good restaurants, and classy market, with a little bit of colonial history attached to it, Ahmedabad is a great example of how a city can still retain every bit of its old-world charm while still rapidly progressing on the path of globalization and commercialization. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati river, Ahmedabad is the former capital of Gujarat, and its delicious food, colourful culture and amazing hospitality attract a huge number of tourists all year round.
Nothing portrays the extreme down-to-earth lifestyle of Ahmedabad?s citizens better than the Sabarmati Ashram. Situated directly beside the Sabarmati river, this quaint and peaceful ashram was built by Mahatma Gandhi after he returned from South Africa. To this date, Gandhiji?s living quarters are preserved here and is now used as a museum where visitors can learn all about his life and his teachings. The infamous Dandi Salt March, which was a key point in India?s independence struggle, originated from this ashram. It is the most significant place of tourist interest in Ahmedabad, and a huge number of Indian, as well as international tourists, visit this place all year round to visit this ashram which holds a very important place in India?s history.
Unbeknownst to many, Ahmedabad is home to the Jama Masjid, which was built during the era of the Delhi Sultanate, and is as majestic and spectacular as its namesake in Delhi. The structure is made entirely out of yellow sandstone, and its architecture depicts a beautiful amalgamation of Islamic and Hindu styles.
Ahmedabad is dotted with plenty of temples scattered all over the city, the most important ones being the ISKCON Temple and the Swaminarayan Temple. The majestic ISKCON Temple, also popularly known as the Hare Krishna Mandir, seamlessly blends Rajasthani and Gujarati architecture. Built on a sprawling are of 4 acres, with fountains and gardens spread all throughout its compounds, the ISKCON Temple sees a massive footfall of devotees daily, and is one of the most important tourist places related to religion and spiritualism in Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad is steeped in history, and the Bhadra Fort is just one of more of its historical attractions that draws tourists as well as locals. Built during the Maratha rule, the Bhadra Fort comprises of a beautiful palace, an expansive green courtyard, as well as a Bhadra Kali temple. After the fort was renovated a few years back, it is now managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Ahmedabad houses quite a few museums, the noteworthy ones being the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Museum, the Calico Museum of Textiles, the Vechaar Utensils Museum, and the Auto World Vintage Car Museum.
Ahmedabad is famous for its textiles and its tie-dye bandhani handloom technique, which makes it a great place to shop for bandhani sarees and dupattas, as well as mirror and embellished garments, traditionally embroidered dress materials, and other local handicrafts.
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Experience Time: 2 Hour
Distance: 24 kms
Located in the Kalupur area of Ahmedabad, Shri Swaminarayan Temple is a shrine dedicated to Narayan Dev. This splendid temple was built in the year 1822 on the instructions of Swaminarayan, who was the founder of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism. Embellished with kaleidoscopic colours and intricate carvings, this temple is a marvellous example of the architecture of the nineteenth century. Inside the sanctum, the deities are decorated with ostentatious ornamentations and beautiful fabrics. The temple attracts a million people on the day after Diwali for darshan.
The main complex of the temple is spread over a vast area making the spectacle of the temple a marvellous sight to behold. This temple is also the headquarter of the Nar Narayan Gadi, which makes it an even more revered temple among believers. Beautifully carved out of Burma Teak wood, the intricate detailing in the carvings of this temple make it an engineering masterpiece. The personal artefacts of Swami Narayan are also preserved for safe keeping here. The temple is also quite well known for its morning 'Aarti' or prayer service, which is a mesmerising invocation to the divine. The temple complex also has a multi-storey guesthouse and a medical clinic within its compound for the convenience of the visitors. Reflecting the many colours of spirituality, the Swami Narayan Temple is an unadulterated experience of the divine.
Distance: 3 kms
Once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba, Sabarmati Ashram is undoubtedly the biggest tourist attraction situated in the suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Located on the tranquil and serene stretch of Sabarmati River, it was also referred to as the 'Gandhi Ashram', 'Mahatma Gandhi Ashram' and most importantly, 'Satyagraha Ashram' as Gandhi began the famous 'Dandi March' from here. In gratitude of the substantial impact Dandi march had on the Indian independence movement, the Indian government has recognized the Ashram as a national monument.
The Mahatma Gandhi Ashram has a number of other establishments within its bounds. The most famous among them is the museum 'Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya' which has some of Gandhi's personal letters and photographs on display. The museum was initially located in Hridaya Kunj, Gandhi's own hut in the ashram, but was formally shifted here when the museum was built in 1963. There are other buildings and sites within the Gandhi Ashram known as Nandini, Vinoba Kutir, Upasana Mandir, and Magan Niwas. These buildings are named after people who were close to Gandhi.
Distance: 4 kms
Built by a woman of Sultan Begara's harem in 1499AD, these step-wells were made as a retreat during hot summers. Waiting to be filled with rain water, no matter what the weather is, it is always cooler within the Step-wells.
This ancient structure depicts the architecture of the bygone era. At ground level, much might not be visible. But as one rises just a little (with the help of stairs) there is suddenly a deep cascade of steps plunging down several stories, intricate carvings reflecting in the sunlight.
Distance: 12 kms
A connoisseur of vintage cars converted his private collection of vintage cars into a museum. The collection comprises of the best of the world - Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Cadillac, Austin and many more.
The most interesting bit here is that you can get to drive the cars by paying a fee of Rs.500 for a fixed distance.
Located in Ahmedabad, Jhuta Minar is one of the most intriguing architectural wonders that the world has ever seen. They are still an unsolvable mystery. What makes the minarets unique is if one of the minarets is shaken then the other minaret shakes within a few seconds, while the connecting passage doesn't transmit any movements or vibrations. Many architects and historians have tried to understand the physics and logic behind the unrelated movements of the minarets. It is these movements that have led to its name, Jhulta Minar which translates to swinging minaret.
The 500-year-old structure is located in the Sakar Bazar of Ahmedabad. It was initially a part of the Sidi Bashir Mosque which was later torn down during a Gujrat Sultanate war. The minarets were to be the entrance of the mosque. The minarets have a striking architecture that makes them stand out and leave the visitors in awe. The curiosity behind the movement of these minarets is not new, many British men during the Raj have tried to understand the reason for their movement. One Englishman almost had the minarets taken down to understand why they tend to move the way they do.
Experience Time: 1 Hour
Distance: 5 kms
The second largest lake of Ahmedabad, formerly known as Hauz-e-Qutub, Kankaria Lake was built in the 15th century and was later revamped in 2008. Located in the south-eastern part of the city, it is a complete package of entertainment for your family. A pathway circumscribes the lake which has alluring activities and adventures for people of all age groups.
From balloon safari and zoo to toy trains and amusement park, Kankaria Lake has it all. You can also just rejuvenate in the garden as life in Ahmedabad city unfolds around you. The ecstatic ambience with high-spirited people is a cherry on the cake. It is perfect for evening strolls with multi coloured lights glowing all around its periphery. For adventure buffs, Kankaria Lake lays down a plethora of options for like archery, gymnastics and water rides. The most beguiling festival- Kankaria carnival is celebrated with immense vim and vigour. And you are wrong if the festival seems only a source of amusement to you! It also provides you with a great platform to showcase your talent in different competitions.
Kankaria Lake is a place where entertainment, culture, knowledge and talent perfectly blend with each other. Looking for a place where you can have ultimate fun with your family? Just head out to Kankaria Lake!
Distance: 2 kms
One of the most famous gardens of Ahmedabad the Law Garden becomes a favorite place for shopaholics with vendors and shopkeepers bustling on the scene.
You can buy exclusive wall hangings, bandhej sarees, chaniyas (long colourful skirts), antique jewelry and more at reasonable price if you use your bargaining skills a bit.
Dedicated to the 15th Tirthankara of Jains, Dharmanath, this two-storied white marble structure provides a delightful experience and the tiled courtyard is another unique aspect of the temple.
The courtyard is encircled by daunting row of pergolas with 52 shrines and each shrine shows remarkable designs and fine carvings. Named after Sri Hathee Singh, this temple follows an architectural pattern of the Diwara Jain Temples of Rajasthan.
Popularly known as Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jaali, the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque was built in the year 1573 and is one of the most popular and beautiful mosques located in Ahmedabad. This attraction has gained much admiration and reputation over the years, thanks to the architectural grandeur of the entire structure, and in particular, the ornate latticework, known as jali in colloquial terms. It is then no doubt that the place is a paradise for photographers and history buffs alike.
This monument is among the last few mosques that were built under the Gujarat Sultanate and was completed in the last year of their reign before the Mughals invaded Gujarat and defeated them. The construction of this fantastic mosque is credited to Sidi Saiyyed in the retinue of Bilal Jhajar Khan, the general in the army of the last Sultan, Shams-Ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III, of the Gujarat Sultanate. The mosque is especially famous for its beautiful ten stone latticework windows, also known as Jalis, on the side and rear arches. The stone slabs are carved in the designs of intertwined trees and foliage with a palm motif.
With the passage of time, these intricate work and carvings have become an unofficial symbol of the city of Ahmedabad. At the same time, the mosque serves as a memory of the time when Gujarat dwelled happily and prospered under the rule of the Muslims. In fact, the design for the logo of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, also seeks inspiration from this Sidi Saiyyed Jali. Earlier, the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque was used as a government office during the British Rule, but now is under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and is reputed as a significant tourist attraction in the country that is visited by tourists all year round.
Distance: 6 kms
Located close to the Gujarat Samachar Press, The ISKCON Temple in Ahmedabad is the best place to experience spirituality and mental bliss. Also referred to as the 'Hare Krishna Temple', this temple with its calm and peaceful atmosphere, offers the perfect spot for meditation.
Inside the Hare Krishna Mandir, one can always hear the chantings of Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Many devotional lectures and addresses are arranged for the benefit of devotees, especially those with a spiritual bent of mind. The followers hold sessions in institutes, corporates, etc., to teach the techniques of spiritualizing the daily life. The constant chanting of the holy names is a special feature at the centre.
Experience Time: 1 hour
The Bhadra Fort and its neighboring environment is the most scenic part of Ahmedabad. Located in the middle of lush greenery the huge 44 acre Fort got its name from the Bhadrakali Temple that it houses.
Excellent for photography, the fort has intricate carvings, lattice work and frescos that contribute to the serene atmosphere. There are beautiful arches and inscriptions on its entrance and it houses many Government Departments' Offices now. The Siddi Syed Mosque is within the fort too. Teen Darwaza is nearby only which was once the gateway into the Maidan Shahi, where royal games like polo and processions took place.
Distance: 11 kms
Located on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway Road, Vaishnodevi Temple in Ahmedabad is a true replica of the famous temple in Jammu-Kashmir.
Thousands of devotees as well as tourists flock to this temple every year as the temple can be visited in a couple of hours.
Experience Time: 2-3 hours
Gujarat is the state of elegance and colours and Ahmedabad as its capital is a hub of colours and aristocracy. The markets here are a mixture of culture and modernity. Ahmedabad is known as the 'Manchester of India' due to a huge number of cloth mills present here.
Lal Darwaza, Dhalgarwad, Sindhi Market, Law Garden, CG Road, Manek Chowk, Rani-no-haziro, Fernandes Bridge, Ramakda Market and Raipur Gate are some of the major markets in the city. Ahmedabad's markets offer you with best Chaniya cholis and traditional jewellery items.
Along with big malls, it has exceptional street markets which leave no stone unturned in fulfilling your shopping wishlist. Whether you are a local or a tourist you must clean your hands over the marketplace.
Experience Time: 2-3 hrs
Manek Chowk, a bustling city square, is located in the city of Ahmedabad in the Indian State of Gujarat. It is surrounded by historic structures and is considered a part of Old Ahmedabad. If you have a bigger appetite for shopping, this is the place to be, because Manek Chowk plays three different roles in a day. It is a vegetable market in the morning, a bullion market in the afternoon and a foodies hub in the evening. It is considered as India's second biggest and busiest markets. If you manage to spend an entire day here, you'll know how the afternoon takes over the vegetable market and how dusk takes over the bullion market and transforms it into foodies paradise.
Manek Chowk is named after Saint Maneknath who is believed to have interrupted Ahmed Shah I's efforts to build Bhadra Fort in 1411. Today the market is estimated to have a turnover of 3 million per year. Locals consider it an apt place for hanging out with friends and family. Your search for the best of women's attire and accessories will end at Manek Chowk for sure because you will find a variety of designs, patterns and traditional work to choose from.
It is also best known for its Kulfi and other snacks like bhaji-pau, Dosa, Sandwiches etc. So when you are tired after an entire day of shopping, this place is apt to grab a delicious bite and breathe for a while before you go back to your hotel.
Experience Time: 1-2 hrs
Distance: 7 kms
With malls sprouting up in every city and town and even suburbs, it is hard to miss them in and around you; and quite near the centre of the city is Ahmedabad's largest mall the Alpha One Mall or as it is also called Ahmedabad One Mall. Spreading over an area of 706,000 square feet in the busy Vastrapur area of Ahmedabad, Alpha One Mall is the most extensive mixed-used city centre in the former capital of Gujarat.
The three floors of the mall are dotted with various national, international and some local brands as well. From one location shop to franchise outlets, there are all types that you can think of. With entertainment facilities like movieplex and a great food court to visit after the show, Alpha One Mall is an ideal spot to spend a full Sunday with family or a Friday afternoon with friends or simply for a window-shopping stroll whenever you feel like.
Experience Time: 3-4 hours
Popularly known as Kankaria Zoo, Kamala Nehru Zoo is located at Kankaria, Ahmedabad. By the majestic banks of the tranquil Kankaria Lake, this zoo has been the abode of different animals, reptiles, birds and mammals belonging to different species.
An ideal place for informal outings and picnics with friends and family, this zoo is considered to be one of the best zoological park in India.
With lots of hawkers selling various items from clothes to electronics items, Lal Darwaza is crowded yet one of the most famous markets of Ahmedabad.
Sharpen your bargaining skills and shop to your heart's content. You can eat variety of local food in the area like Pani puri, Samosa, Dhokla, various PAN, Dhosa as Lal Bazar is the most popular food street too. Just follow some easy safty tips to avoid any unpleasant incident in the market.
Distance: 0 kms
One of the most famous boutiques of Ahmedabad, Banascraft offers a great variety of handmade items.
Most of the items at Banascraft are handmade and sourced from SEWA, a women_‹_s cooperative society. You can shop here for tote bags, purses, wall hangings, cushion covers, door panels and more.
One of the foremost textile museums and a celebrated institute in Indian textiles around the world, Calico Textile Museum is famous for its remarkable collection of fabrics.
Located in one of Gujarat's beautiful wooden Haveli, the museum is bordered by lush green gardens and fountains that provide an enchanting view. While popular works include sequins, mirrors, beads, silk threads etc., you can also find the fabrics that can be traced back to the times of seventeenth century.
Experience Time: 1 - 2 hours
The Jama Masjid situated in Ahmedabad is one of the largest mosques in India built in the period of 1424. This marvellous edifice formed a major part of the old walled city and was built by Emperor Sultan Ahmed Shah, who is the founder of the Ahmedabad. In addition to being a revered shrine, Jama Masjid also houses the tombs of Ahmed Shah I, his son and his grandson followed by the graves of the queens of the king.
A beautiful blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture styles, the expanse of the Jama Masjid is a magnificent sight to behold. It was constructed with the purpose of serving as a private shrine to the Sultans and took about 13 years to reach completion. What's interesting to note is that the mosque was built out of stones and rubble rescued from demolished Hindu and Jain temples. The facade of Jama Masjid has a huge archway that welcomes you into the main complex. Made out of intricate stonework, the mosque opens into a splendid courtyard with an abolition pool right in the centre. The most striking feature of the construction is its unique meshwork in the main prayer hall, which allows enough illumination into the room without any direct sunlight.
Distance: 1 kms
While Handicrafts from Gujarat are exported to far off places all across the world, you can buy it all from Kapasi Handicraft Emporium.
They include pottery and handicrafts made out of brass and rare metal work, wall hangings, vases, marble art pieces and more. It is the best place for those who don't like to get into the hassle of bargaining for it_‹_s a fixed price shop.
Law Garden, a lush green garden in the middle of a bustling city, is located in Ahmedabad in the colourful Indian state of Gujarat. This well-maintained oasis is frequently visited by locals for recreational purposes. The garden is famous for its market where tourists and locals indulge in shopping and find great deals. The night market is a treat for shoppers as the true colours of Vibrant Gujarat shimmer in the kiosks, and one can find intricate traditional work on the flamboyant items on sale. It's a fabulous place to buy traditional Gujarati apparel, accessories, ornaments and handicraft with traditional handwork on them.
Law Garden is a true paradise for shopaholics, and one can bargain to their heart's content to get some fantastic deals. If you haggle smartly and persistently, the shop owners usually give in when they fear they are losing a customer. One can buy souvenirs for family and friends or just walk around watching the items on display and soak in the fragrances of some delicious street food.
The Law Garden is also well known for street food. Food enthusiasts often visit the garden to get a taste of the traditional Gujarati snacks. The sounds, the colours and the energetic atmosphere of the place should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. And when you are tired of the bargaining and shopping, just find a spot in the lush greenery of the Garden to rest a moment before you proceed with your plan for the day.
Tomb of Sultan Ahmed Shah who was the founder of the city of Ahmedabad. This tomb also has the cenotaphs of Ahmed Shah's son and grandson. Women are not allowed in the central chamber.
There is also a tomb of his queens across the street though it is not in a great shape nowadays.
Experience Time: 1-2 hrs
Abbreviated as L.D Museum, it has Indian sculptures, bronzes, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, miniature paintings, woodwork, beadwork and ancient and contemporary coins. It was established in 1984. The museum is an outcome of visions of Muni Punyavijayaji, an erudite monk scholar and Sheth Kasturbhai Lalbhai, the well-known industrialist of Ahmedabad.
The museum is located on the premises of the L.D. Institute of Indology. All the major regional styles of the sub-continent find their place on the ground floor in Madhuri D. Desai Gallery. The museum has finest paintings in Gujarati Jaina Style, some of which are older than Mughal Period. The paintings find their place on the 1st floor of the Museum Building.
In its eastern wing of the Muni Punyavijayaji Gallery, there is a section displaying the Leelavati Lalbhai Woodwork Collection. The museum houses 76,000 handwritten Jain Manuscripts (500 illustrated versions) and 45000 printed books. This makes it as the largest collection of Jain scripts. The old books are written in languages such as Sanskrit, Pali, Old Gujarati, Apabhramsa, Hindi and Rajasthani.
One of the most popular shopping malls and leisure destinations in the city, this mall houses about 200 shops, numerous food courts and a 4-screen multiplexes.
Enjoy shopping at Radhe Shopping Mall for a great experience and a variety of brands to choose from.
Experience Time: 2 - 3 hrs
Distance: 14 kms
Adalaj Stepwell is a magnificent structure built brilliantly to curb water crisis in and around Adalaj Village. The stepwell is located at a distance of 3 to 4 kilometres to the south-west of Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat. The Adalaj Stepwell was built in 1498 and is one of the many step wells built in India to provide access to groundwater. The entire architecture is an excellent illustration of the intelligence of the engineers and architects India had even at that time. Walk in, and you will witness a sudden yet soothing drop in temperature. Breathe in the tranquillity, absorb the beauty of the intricate carvings, make a silent wish and rest for a while before you proceed with your plan for the day.
The entire architecture is an excellent illustration of the intelligence of the engineers and architects India had even at that time. Traces of their brilliance can be seen in the strength of the structure, the layout, the designs and the intricate work. From the deities carved on the walls and pillars, one gets an idea of how vital Indian mythology has been for the locals. Walk in, and you will witness a sudden yet soothing drop in temperature.
When it was built, the Adalaj stepwell served as a serene spiritual refuge and a place for resting for exhausted pilgrims. It is a marvellous work of Indian architecture very well preserved in Gujarat. The villagers would fill water every morning here and offer prayers to the deities exquisitely carved into the walls. The place also served as a venue to socialise and celebrate local festivals. One has to experience it for oneself to know how mesmerising this work of architecture is.
Dada Bhagwan Temple (also known as Adalaj Trimandir) is a trimandir situated in the village of Adalaj on the Ahmedabad-Kalol highway, 20 kms from Ahmedabad. Built by Dada Bhagwan Foundation, the trimandir brings forth a unique religious concept where statues of all religious deities are placed on a common platform.
Situated in Shahibaug in Ahmedabad, Shree Camp Hanuman Mandir is one of the largest Hanuman temples in India. Believed to have been established by Pandit Gajanan Prasad at least a 100 years ago, the temple is still managed by the descendents of the Pandit family. Tuesdays and Saturdays are the most auspicious days of the week for the devotees.
Located on the Science City Road in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Science City is a remarkable initiative taken up by the Government of Gujarat to spread general awareness and a scientific temperament especially among the youth of the country. Spread over 107 hectares of land, the centre also holds frequent talk shows and workshops for students and science enthusiasts.
Distance: 1.6 kms
Located on the Parimal Cross Road in Ambavadi, Parimal Garden is a beautiful well-maintained garden in the heart of Ahmedabad. Replete with swings and dotted with stone benches, the park is popular among both adults and kids alike. Mostly used for morning and evening walks, the garden also has routine laughing clubs for the elderly.
Distance: 8.3 kms
Situated in the village of Makarba, 7 kms from Ahmedabad, Sarkhej Roza is a mosque and tomb complex. Bosting of absolutely striking early Islamic architectural finesse with spacious corridors and pillared domes, and surrounded by a mesmerising water tank, the tomb houses the grave of Ahmad Khattu Ganj Baksh (the former resident of the place).
Distance: 75.5 kms
Located at a distance of around 85 kms from the city of Ahmedabad, on the banks of the ancient mythical river Saraswati (which has now dried up), Lothal is a popular Indus Valley Site and a 4500 years old city discovered in 1954. Due to its fascinating excavations and dramatic discovery, Lothal is popular among geologists, historians and archaeologists.
Distance: 0.8 kms
Nehru Bridge is a massive bridge built over the river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad connecting the Real Old City (Kot Vistar) with West Ahmedabad. Open to public use in 1962, the bridge is dedicated to Indiaês first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The bridge is considered one of the most scenic places in the city.
Distance: 5.4 kms
Situated in Western Ahmedabad, Vastrapur Lake is an ancient lake which was renovated and prettified in 2002 and in 2013 a huge statue of Narsinh Mehta (a famous poet saint of Gujarat), was installed and the lake was named after him. It boasts of an open air theatre which is used for organising several cultural events of the city.
Distance: 6.3 kms
Sabarmati Riverfront is a waterfront developed on the banks of river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad. Started with an objective for sustainable development and environmental improvement, the pace has now become a major tourist attraction owing to its lush green promenades, beautiful parks and plazas and an all-around soothing ambience.
Housed in the premises of Sanskar Kendra in Paldi, Ahmedabad, Kite Museum was conceptualised and created by Bhanubhai Shah. Designed by by the renowned architect Le Corbusier in 1954, the museum is an elaborate display of a plethora of uniquely carved kites including mirror-work kites, block print kites, Japanese kites etc.
Distance: 7.2 kms
Situated in the premises of Moti Shahi Mahal at Shahibaug in Ahmedabad, Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Museum is a museum and a memorial dedicated to the 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India- Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Surrounded by a beautiful garden, the museum also has umpteen exhibits and photographs from the Indian National Movement.
Established in 1956, Sanskar Kendra is the city museum located in Paldi in Ahmedabad. The museum is a collection of exhibits depicting art, culture, history, and architecture of the city of Ahmedabad. It also boasts of housing the longest incense stick in the world. Another section in the same museum is devoted to the unique Kite Museum.
VECHAAR (Vishalla Environmental Centre for Heritage of Art, Architecture and Research) Utensils Museum was conceptualised by the famous architect- Mr. Surender C and was built in 1981 in the vicinity of Vishalla Village Restaurant in Ahmedabad. The museum is an elaborate collection of utensils ranging from hundreds of years back to the current times.
Experience Time: 1 day
Distance: 282 kms
Vadla is an up and coming haven for migratory birds making their way to the marshy wetlands of Gujarat, just a short drive away from Ahmedabad. Vadla still remains relatively unknown and undiscovered in comparison to the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary and is a hidden gem only known to the locals. Because of the scanty tourist populace and minimal interference in the natural habitat of the birds, Vadla provides you with a direct unperturbed access and exceptional views of the birds who are very sensitive to human presence. Vadla serves as a great opportunity for you to witness the natural behavioral aspects of the birds up close without infringing upon their inhabited area.
Birdwatching at Vadla
Vadla is a paradise for bird watchers with a myriad of migratory birds travelling to the wetlands during the chilly winters. The Vadla lake is known to be a home to Flamingos, Pelicans, Cranes, Ducks and a few more varieties of shore birds. The birds are known to make their way from the freezing cold Siberia to a more tropical climate in Asia. The whole picturesque view of the stunning birds against an expanse of lush padded fields and a setting sun is a true gem in itself and will have you reaching for your camera in no time. Vadla is beautiful in all its unperturbed glory that has been quite a well-kept secret within the locals and is gaining traction as a bird watching paradise among avifauna connoisseurs.
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary near Vadla
The Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary; around 20 kilometres from Vadla is primarily made up of an expansive lake that amasses an area of 120 square kilometres, marshy patches and small islets splattered across the lake. The bird sanctuary has been an abode for migratory birds all throughout the months of Winter and Spring, the reserve plays host to over 250 species of birds; with some of the most notable ones being Rosy Pelicans, Flamingos, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks and Herons. In addition to housing a wide selection of birds the sanctuary is also home to a few mammals like the Wild Ass and Black Buck. The park is a great one-day outing destination with quite a few activities to cover and keep you interested in, the sanctuary is a haven for people who have an affinity towards feathered creatures or just want to relax in general way from the hustle and bustle of Ahmedabad.
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary Timings: 6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday - Friday : INR 40
Saturday - Sunday : INR 50
Camera Fees: INR 200
Activities and Attractions at Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
As soon as you enter the sanctuary, you are greeted by an enormous lake; it is believed to be the best way to travel across the islets and spot different varieties of birds. There are several boatmen that line up on the shore of the lake, however you may have to negotiate with them to come to a fair amount for the ride. The water in the lake is usually very clear and shallow, not more than 4 to 5 feet in depth; which is also one of the main reasons the shore birds inhabit the sanctuary because they prefer low lying waters for hunting their prey. The boat ride takes you across the lake to witness herds of these indigenous migratory birds that flock the sanctuary and the scenic lake instils a sense of calm and tranquillity.
The boat makes a stop at a small islet away from the main entrance, the island is lined with stalls selling snacks and refreshments and has a small watchtower that provides you with a bird’s eye view of the entire property and the avifauna that graces the lake. The view is spectacular and will definitely trigger your inner photographer. The boat makes its way to the main entrance after the halt at the island giving you a few last glimpses of the unadulterated habitat of the migratory avifauna that draws visitors to the sanctuary.
After you are done with the boat ride, you can also take a short horse ride along the edge of the lake. This is usually popular with the kids and is a fun way to explore the sanctuary.
Bird Interpretation Centre
The sanctuary also has an interactive interpretation centre under the name of Abhiruchi Kendra that provides the visitors with information about the travel distances, place of origin and other general information about the most commonly sighted birds. In addition to the birds, the interpretation centre also relays information about the aquatic life in the lake to its visitors.
Vadla is home to a wide selection of feathered creatures making their way to India and escaping the extreme temperatures of Siberia. The whole expanse hasn't been fully discovered yet and has tremendous scope of exploration and has a very raw and pure appeal to it owing to the non-commercialised ambience of this countryside.
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