Ahmedabad has a lot going for it, both as one of India’s prime cities and as a destination. Its appeal can be described as something of an attractive contradiction; it is a city that grabs your attention because it doesn’t focus on tourism like other big Indian cities, and because its past visibly collides with its present. Because of this, visitors have a wealth of exciting and authentic attractions and experiences to choose from. Our Ahmedabad hotels share that kind of range, and will have your plans off to a flying start.
To get the best out of inner Ahmedabad, you need to be a bit of a city slicker. After all, it is considered one of India’s fastest growing metropolises and has a population of over six million. Its points of interest will take you all over, sometimes making you feel more like a local than a visitor and, best of all, often deliver the unexpected.
The Auto World Vintage Car Museums on a ring-road northeast of the city centre is a pleasant surprise as it not only lets you look at some pristine historic vehicles, but take a ride in one as well. And who would have imagined that you can experience another mix of styles with a peppy Bollywood movie at the Sunset Drive-In Cinema. This theatre is enough of an institution that the road out front is named Drive In Road. Family holidays in Ahmedabad are popular too, and kids will be pleased with places like Kankaria Lake, which counts a toy train ride, waterpark and hot-air balloon as only a few of its many perks. On top of that, the food selection has everything you could ask for! You can dig into anything from native dishes of the Gujarati Province and local vegetarian fare to European specialties and all types of ice cream – sure to please both kids and adults alike!
Ahmedabad is also a hotspot for Indian festivals. Holi, the festival of colours celebrated by Hindus nationwide, originated in Gujarati and is celebrated on a full moon in February or March. It is best known for its bonfires in main squares and coloured powders that revellers playfully fling at each other. Foreigners are more than welcome to get in on the fun – but a word of advice to the uninitiated, cover your eyes and mouth! Diwali, the festival of lights that features a five-day holiday with snacks, clay lamps in every household and fireworks in the streets – and Makar Sankranti, a harvest celebration that saturates the sky with thousands of colourful kites on 14 and 15 January – are two more Hindu festivals in the spring that bring a lot of life to the city.
In terms of cultural sights, the most famous location in Ahmedabad is Ghandi Aashram, Mahatma Ghandi’s house on a bank of the Sabarmati River, where you can learn more about his teachings and visit the handicraft, paper and spinning wheel factories within. In the Old City – the city centre east of the river – you’ll find a beautiful collection of sandstone pillars and domes common to Muslim architecture of the 15th century in Jama Masjid. Adventurous types can also use Ahmedabad as a base for seeing attractions in other parts of Gujarati. Some are not far away, like Akshardham Gandhinagar, a modern temple with heritage shows 35 kilometres to the north.
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