Even as Ahmedabad is gearing up to host the highly anticipated India-Pakistan cricket World Cup match at the Narendra Modi Stadium, those who are missing out on the tickets or accommodation at this time have other beautiful options to indulge in. As the highly anticipated match is nearing, hotel and flight prices are soaring, further electrifying the atmosphere. But on the flipside, there are thousands of cricket lovers who won’t be able to afford or find a ticket to witness the live action. For them, Ahmedabad, the UNESCO World Heritage city, has a platter of delectable offerings that will make their trip a memorable and fruitful one.
Sabarmati Ashram: Visit the foremost of tourist hotspots in Ahmedabad is the iconic Sabarmati Ashram. The abode of the apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi is a global landmark of piety which is flocked by lakhs of visitors from all corners of the world every year. The whole ambience and atmosphere on the green and expansive 36-acre ashram campus, which came into existence in 1915, exudes peace and purity, even as the historical significance of the place can not be undermined. There are various artefacts, photos and articles used by or related to Bapu which are displayed here, often left untouched since the demise of the great leader.
Sabarmati River Front: Sabarmati RIver Front is a beautified promenade on the Sabarmati river that flows through Ahmedabad. It is one of the most popular outing destinations in the city, with multiple facilities for fun and recreation. The beautification of the riverfront in the late 90s redefined the identity of Ahmedabad and soon became a very popular spot for family getaway in the city. The weekends are especially vibrant and vivacious with myriad colours of celebration infusing the air with a spirit of positivity and verve. Good to spend a couple of hours or more with family and kids and soak in the liveliness of the place. From boat rides to adventure sports, from delicious food to nature trails, here is everything to satiate every mood and taste.
Adalaj Stepwell: The Adalaj stepwell is a little away from the bustling city confines but worth a visit nevertheless. Built around 1490, It is also one of the oldest surviving stepwells in the world and a wonder of architecture and history. This five-story deep intricate stepwell was built by the Vaghela dynasty. The sandstone structure cost around Rs 5 lakh in those days and served as a permanent source of water in this arid region. The stone carvings that adorn the walls of the stepwell are an addiction for the history buff.
Kankaria Lake: Kankaria Lake is another famous tourist hotspot in the Gujarat capital. Built around 1450, the average depth of the lake is over 20 feet and extends up to 2.5 kms. There is a well maintained and facilitated water front that flanks the lake and houses toy train, zoo, eateries and other activities to ensure a fun-filled evening. A tranquil boat ride in the lake is an experience in leisure travel. Visit it with your family and friends and have a memorable outing.
Jhulta Minara: A lesser known yet unmissable tourist attraction in Ahmedabad is Jhulta Minara. Constructed in the Gothic Muslim style with visible Rajputana influence, these 500-year-old stone towers are 34 metres tall and are said to have the ability to shake, which gave them the sobriquet Jhulta (meaning swinging). Typically, if and when one minaret is shaken, the other one starts shaking too. No one has been able to unravel the mystery behind the engineering technique that lends this unique quality to the minars.