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Hosting a legacy of incredible architecture, culture and a bustling food scene, the 600-year-old city of Ahmedabad wins over visitors with its charm.
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There are various activities that visitors can participate in while visiting Ahmedabad. From shopping to visiting the various museums, the city never fails to keep one entertained.
Ahmedabad has many delights for shoppers and its various markets are hubs of jewellery, handicrafts and many other articles. The most famous market to visit here is Manek Chowk, which is a vegetable market by day and a jewellery and textile hub by evening. It lies at the heart of the old city and is a one-stop destination for retail items. The jewellery market here is said to be the second largest market of its kind in India. Take home some sparkling accessories while gorging on delicious kulfi (a frozen milk-based dessert). This multi-purpose market is also a street food hub. Another market to visit here is Dhalgarwad, which is famous for textiles. It offers a vast variety of fabrics, especially fine cotton. One can shop for products like hand-printed bedspreads, bandhni (tie-and-dye) sarees, dupattas and skirts here. Law Garden Night Market is another place one should visit. It is a night market that has bustling streets and one can buy ethnic clothes and jewellery from here.
Victoria Garden is a peaceful setting situated at Raikhad in Ahmedabad. It is the ultimate stopover for peace lovers and was built 200 years ago by the British. It is spread over an area of 23,000 sq m. The sweet fragrance of flowers and lush green grass wafting through the park mesmerises the senses and the garden is an ideal place to relax, rewind and rejuvenate. There is a statue of Queen Victoria standing here after whom the park has been named. Migratory birds also arrive here and add to the beauty of the park.
Enjoy a cinematic experience at the Sunset Drive-in Cinema. More than just a theatre, it gives visitors a beautiful setting where they can watch movies underneath a blanket of stars. If you are visiting the city in summers this is a must-have experience that you can enjoy while binging some food from the food court here.
In 1969, Nal Sarovar was declared as a bird sanctuary, including the wetlands around it. Located 60 km from Ahmedabad and sprawling over an area of 120 sq km, the lake attracts a vast variety of birds like plovers, sandpipers and stints. The grounds are a delight for bird lovers. Additionally, migratory birds like pelicans, flamingoes, ducks, demoiselle and common cranes flock here in vast numbers, during winter.
A pleasant bamboo grove, alternatively a mini zoo, walk around Sundarvan to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The snake show held every Sunday in the amphitheater here is unique. The centre also works towards rescuing snakes. It has a small population of marsh crocodiles, porcupines, a small aquarium and a section for birds.
Vechaar is an effort to cherish, appreciate and preserve Gujarati heritage, the wisdom of the region's craftsmen and their artistic skills. It is an extensive exhibition of utensils, around 4,500 from across India, some more than 1,000 years old. The range varies from a gourd jug to modern stainless steel and glass utensils.
On display here are works of embroidery, wood carvings, metal objects, bead and leather work, costumes and paintings and household items crafted by women of various communities in Gujarat such as Kathi, Rabari, Ahir, Bharvad, Kanbi, Rajput, Brahmin, Vania, Meghaval, Meman, Miana and several others. The Kalpana Mangaldas Children's Museum within the premises of this museum houses a collection of puppets, dance and drama costumes, coins and a storehouse of recorded music.
The Manek Chowk market is a vegetable market in the early hours of the morning and becomes a foodie's delight at night. The entire area is lined with food stalls after 7 pm. From starters like sev puri (fried strips of gram), pani puri (puffed snack served with tamarind water) and bhel (puffed rice sanck) one move on to the main course and desserts, all while strolling around the market.
This museum houses one of the most important collections of antique cars, motorbikes, utility vehicles, buggies etc. More than a 100 fine cars stand here such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes, Maybach, Cadillac and Buick. They have all been handbuilt to meet the specifications of the buyer.
The city of Ahmedabad has a 600-year-old history. Its fine Indian-Islamic monuments and the architecture of Hindu and Jain temples draw visitors from across the country. The unique tradition of carved wooden houses here is much-admired. To experience its rich heritage, one should explore the city by going on a heritage walk. Covering the major attractions of the city, the walk starts from Swaminarayan Temple in Kalupur.
One of the oldest and finest crafts of Gujarat, patch work and appliqué use patches of fabrics stitched together to create floral and animal designs. In applique work, one fabric is applied over another and their edges are sewn together. This composition of sticking fabric over fabric adds to the visual depth of the product. These designs are used to decorate quilts, wall hangings, modern household products and apparels.