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Ahmedabad: India’s Historic Urban Heritage City

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Ahmedabad, India’s first Unesco Urban World Heritage Site, may not appear impressive on first glance. However, show some patience, and the city will compel you to look at it with a completely different perspective. Once you have made your peace with the unwieldy traffic jams and cacophony of honking, Ahmedabad will reward your efforts with historic wonder, regional charm, and culinary delights.

From centuries-old mosques and mausoleums to modern architectural marvels and veritable museums, this city has everything. For the epicureans, Ahmedabad offers a buzzing street-food scene and some of the most excellent restaurants in India.

If you are planning a trip to the city, the most convenient avenue of entry is a flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. I recommend you start exploring Gujarat’s largest city with a trip to the Sabarmati Ashram, the humble abode of the man who gave a direction to India’s freedom movement: Mahatma Gandhi.

The Ashram, today, houses the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahralaya, a museum dedicated to preserving and promulgating Gandhi’s life and teachings. Jami Masjid, located in Manik Chowk, is another historical monument that deserves the explicit attention of tourists. Built by Ahmed Shah in 1423, this mosque is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. During the evening, when the temperatures are more relaxed, the mosque is a sight to behold.

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For shopping buffs, Ahmedabad Law Garden is a pure delight. From souvenirs to handicrafts and authentic Gujarati attires, this public garden offers it all. You can also enjoy a walk and burn some calories while shopping in this beautiful and elaborate public garden. For those with interest in textiles, a visit to one of India’s premier textile museums, Calico Museum of Textiles, is a must. The museum houses India’s oldest textiles, some being as old as 500 years. The culture of kite flying hasn’t thrived as well in any part of the country, as in Gujarat. The city even has a dedicated museum where kite flying lovers can learn more about this ancient sport. Founded by Mr. Bhanubhai Shah, the museum currently houses 125 different varieties of kites.

For those looking to get away from the bustling streets, a day trip to Kankaria Lake is a good idea. It is the biggest lake in the city and offers many entertainment opportunities as well. After a relaxing day at the lake, catch a movie at the Sunset drive-in cinema. This open-air cinema boasts of the biggest screen in Asia and can accommodate 665 cars at any given time. The Sunset drive-in cinema is a must-have experience when in Ahmedabad. After a long and tiring day, satiate your hunger pangs by paying a visit to the Manek Chowk, the oldest quarter of the city, and treat yourself to delicious street food.

Ahmedabad has something for everyone. One of the reasons why the city has turned into a popular tourist destination in the recent past is the fact that it is very well-connected with all the other major cities. Whether you are in Delhi, Pune, or Mumbai, it’s easy to find a flight that will take you directly to the Ahmedabad.

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