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Places to visit in and around Ahmedabad

No city is ever made up of only one thing; each is a composite of a million small things. Gujaratis are known all over the world for their love of food and Dandiya, but there’s more to the state—and Ahmedabad—than just that.

Here is a list of some travel destinations near Ahmedabad that will make you fall in love with the city.

The Sabarmati Ashram

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sabarmati ashram 3The Sabarmati Ashram, established by Mahatma Gandhi in early 20th century, is the witness of many important happenings, meetings and decisions of Indian freedom struggle. Situated at the bank of river Sabarmati, ashram was named after the river. Today the ashram stands as the monument that reminds the world about Gandhi’s mission and philosophy of life. Among other sites, Gandhi’s house called Hriday Kunj is the favourite site of visitors. Gandhi lived here from 1918 to 1930. For more information please visit: https://www.gandhiashramsabarmati.org/en/

 

Nalsarovar

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Lying in the low lands between the plains of central Gujarat and eastern Saurashtra, Nalsarovar is a haven for migratory birds from November to January and so is it for those looking for a one-day picnic near Ahmedabad. About 200 types of birds descend on the lake from as far as Central Europe during this period.

Key attractions: The birdwatchers’ delight hosts flamingos, pelicans, geese, ibises, fishing eagles, herons and many many more; And for those who would like to amuse themselves differently, there is boating, camping, angling and animal rides to choose from.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 61 km

To get here: Drive down NH 947 and Sanand–Nalsarovar Road

Adalaj ni vav

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Legend says Adalaj ni Vav, or the Stepwell at Adalaj,was built by a Muslim king to placate a Hindu rani whom he wanted to marry. The unique monument is also historically famous for being a refuge for both pilgrims and travellers on the trade route.

Key attractions: The Indo-Islamic architecture; and the cool interiors

Distance from Ahmedabad: 18 km

To get here: Drive down the state highway 71, untilyou see the signboard

Akshardham, Gandhinagar

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Located in one of the greenest cities in the world, Gandhinagar, Akshardhamis a spectacular pink sandstone monument dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. The environs are just as serene as the temple itself, and make for a great getaway from the raucousness of city life.

Key attractions: Akshardham Mandir is the main attraction in itself. The exhibition halls with life-like depictions of the life of Lord Swaminarayan, the vast green area around are added benefits.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 28 km

To get here: Drive from Ahmedabad Railway Station on NH 8C

Lothal

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Lothal was once a bustling port, the southernmost outpost of the Indus Valley Civilization. Today, it’s a good spot to get a glimpse into the wonderful maritime architecture and excellent town planning of the time.

Key attractions: The Lothal museum has insightful archaeological findings on display; there are alsoquaint places for spending a nice evening with family.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 78 km

To get here: Drive through NH 8A till Lothal

Indroda Nature Park, Gandhinagar

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Located on the banks of the Sabarmati, Indroda Nature Park is the place to be for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts. Its nickname—India’s Jurassic Park—is well-deserved, given its wealth of fossilized dinosaur remains. In fact, the cache of fossilized dinosaur eggs is believed to be the second largest in the world.

Key attractions: The park is divided into the Dinosaur and Fossil Section, Mammal Section, Avifauna Section, Walk-in aviary, Reptile Section, Earth Section, Marine Section, Plant Section and the  Botanical Garden.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 25 km

To get here: Drive along NH 8C to Dholakuva

Thol Bird Sanctuary

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A man-made wetland in the Mehsana district, this bird sanctuary near Ahmedabad hosts the world’s tallest bird, Sarus crane and a lot of other migratory water birds each winter. However, it makes for a peaceful, green picnic spot all year round.

Key attractions: Quiet corners for spending a nice time with family;rare birds to spot.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 28 km

To get here: Go on a road trip via the Ognaj–Vadsar Road

Zanzari Waterfalls

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Zanzari is situated on the river Vatrak in Dehgam. It is a series of rapids with the main waterfall about 25 feet high. For those who like to capture nature on camera, this is the place to be!

Key attractions: Soaking blissfully under the waterfall is the main attraction, languorous camel ride.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 64 km

To get here: Take the Dahegam–Bayad highway, turn right 32kmafter Dahegam, trek 3.5 kmup to the waterfalls

Maniar’s Wonderland

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The perfect spot for a one-day picnic, Maniar’s Wonderland is a quick drive from Ahmedabad. This snow-themed amusement park is split into two parts—Wonderland and Snow Park—both of which are home to rides that will thrill the young and young at heart.

Key attractions: Wonderland houses the Aqua Roller, Aqua Ball, Traffic Island and Desert Bikes, while Snow Park has a snow field that offers snowball fights and blast-from-the-past Ice Age experiences.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 13 km

To get here: Drive from the Karnavati Club on the Sanand Highway

Tirupati Rushivan Adventure Park, Himmatnagar

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Gujarat’s largest amusement and theme park, Tirupati Rushivan Adventure Park houses the replicas of many world-famous monuments, making it popular with kids and adults alike.

Key attractions: Thrillful rides, water parkand a beautiful nature park.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 74 km

To get here: Drive down the Vijapur–Himmatnagar Highway via Gandhinagar

Polo Forest

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If the natural beauty of Polo forest doesn’t hold you, perhaps the history will. Hidden away between sacred hills, on the banks of the ancient Harnav river, lie the ruins of temples dating back to the 10th century. And some of them are still being used!

Key attractions: The dam by the river, overnight camping in the forest, ancient temples.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 106 km

To get here: Go on a road trip via Gandhinagar and Himmatnagar, turn off to Vijaynagar to reach Polo Forest.

Heritage Walk

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The heritage walk is the favourite attraction of tourists who are interested in knowing the old Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation started the heritage walk on November 19, 1997. The two km walk starts from early 19th century Swaminarayan temple Kalupur, travels through narrow lanes of Pols, the ancient residential structures of old Ahmedabad, and concludes at the famous 15th century Jama Masjid. Hence the Walk is popularly known as the journey of 'Mandir to Masjid'. It is organized twice a day, morning walk: 8.00 AM to 10.20 AM and evening walk happens from 9.00 PM to 11.00 PM. After the evening walk you can spend time at Manek Chowk to taste the delicious food. For more information please visit: http://www.gujarattourism.com/destination/details/6/10 or http://ahmedabadcity.gov.in/portal/jsp/Static_pages/heritage_walk.jsp

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