The Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Mahatma Gandhi's home, is where the great Father of the Nation spent the years from 1917 to 1930. It is from here that he and 78 followers embarked on the historic Salt March to the Gulf of Cambay, promising not to return until India gained independence. The Ashram today is a tranquil place housing a museum dedicated to Gandhi with adjacent gardens forming a peaceful oasis right by the Sabarmati river.
The Akshardham Temple is an entire cultural complex and a magnificent, 10-story high monument. The intricate architectural detail, regular light- and water-shows after sundown, the multiple exhibits and children's entertainment area make it a perfect fusion of education and entertainment for the whole family.
Kankaria Lake is one of the favorite local weekend getaway spots. Apart from the beautiful natural surroundings, the lake area offers quite a few activities for the whole family - there is a zoo, an amusement park with fun rides, and even a coin museum. At night, the lake gets beautifully lit up.
The Adalaj Stepwell is a beautiful example of Indo-Islamic architecture located just under 20km away from Ahmedabad's central train station. Over the centuries, the five-story well has served as a place of physical and spiritual refuge to traveling pilgrims and locals, who used the space to offer prayers and socialize.
The Calico Museum of Textiles houses a marvelous and certainly unique collection of exquisite Indian textiles, some as old as 5 centuries. Most of the pieces astound with the amount of time and craftsmanship required for their production. The museum offers guided tours (booking in advance necessary).
Dining at Vishala is truly an experience - a lantern-lit walkway leads guests to the reception area of the village and further into the magical outdoor seating area. Dinner meals are usually accompanied by cultural shows and dance performances. Food served centers around local Gujarati flavors, with various thalis being a very popular menu item.
Located at a historic luxury hotel dating back to the beginning of the last century, Agashiye boasts a charming ambiance that takes diners back in time, and offers authentic floor seating as well as open-terrace dining. Serves Gujarati cuisine and traditional thalis, vegetarian only.
Tomato's boasts a unique American sixties ambiance forged by Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia, Hollywood movie-themed artifacts, a juke box, bubble gum machines, Paul McCartney's very own guitar and more. Serves international (Mexican, Chinese, Thai, etc.) vegetarian and meat-based dishes.
This lad-back eatery serves Gujarati cuisine , and is known for its legendary "thali" - a meal made up of various dishes all served in separate bowls on one large platter, accompanied with naan bread and/or rice. The place is known for its hospitality and above average service.
Located at the The House Of MG hotel, this informal restaurant offers, of course, a variety of savory vegetarian dishes, but desserts are the true star of the show here - a large variety is on offer, including ice cream made in-house. Guests are free to observe the chefs at work in the open kitchen.
Manek Chowk is a busy market square in Old Ahmedabad. In the mornings, vegetable vendors gather here only to give way to jewelry stands in the afternoon and food stalls at night. The square and the surrounding area contains a large variety of shops, and is often packed with people.
The Law Garden Night Market is a shopping paradise for female travelers in particular - endless stalls selling traditional garments, dresses, shawls, jewelry, bags (and more) are concentrated in the area. Business here usually starts after 7pm, and haggling is well-expected.
Alpha One Mall is a great alternative to Ahmedabad's many busy markets - it is, perhaps, the one that provides the best selection of international brand shops and boutiques in the city. There is a food court with a decent selection of eateries, as well as a family entertainment center and cinema inside the shopping center.
Located just over 10km from Ahmedabad, the airport serves regular local and international flights. Travelers can reach the city by auto rickshaw or taxi (pre-paid service available at the counter), as well as public transport. AMTS buses stopping at "Airport Circle" or "Sardarnagar Approach" run to the city at regular intervals; reaching these stops will, however, require a several hundred meters walk towards Airport Road.
Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) provides public bus services around the city. AMTS buses tend to get overcrowded, and stops are often not announced - inquire with the driver as to the destination and request to be notified of arrival. BRTS buses are a newer alternative to the AMTS bus system and are a much faster, more efficient way of getting around the city. These buses run in central parts of roads and feature modern bus stops where tickets may be purchased. Note that ticketing in the two bus systems is not integrated, and passengers are required to pay separate fares for the two.
Official taxis may be per-ordered by phone. Some taxi providers include: Ahmedabad Taxi +91 85112 34444 YATAYAT Taxi Service +91 1800 233 7799 Yellow and green three-wheeled auto rickshaws are a cheaper alternative to cabs and can be hailed down anywhere in the city. Agree on the price to destination prior to departure.
Pharmacies are widely available throughout the city. Some locations open 24/7: Manglam Medicine S No 12, Parijat Shopping Ctr, Swainarayan Temple Road, Kalupur +91 79 22133158 New Medical Stores Near Dhanasuthars, Kalupur +91 79 22135004 Dariapur Medical Stores 650, Vadigam Naka, Nr Vadigam, Dariapur Chakla +91 79 22162402