Are you struck by a classic case of Wanderlust? Ahmedabad might not be on your bucket list, but that is what we are planning to change! It is a beautiful city, full of fun and unique experiences, myriad shopping opportunities, delicious cuisines, a colorful culture, and locals who have been endowed with an amazing sense of hospitality. When in Amdavad (as it is colloquially called) the top 5 experiences you must not miss are:
• The Shaking Minarets of the Sidi Bashir Mosque: These Jhoolta Minaras are a lovely place to be wide-eyed and awed. Surrounded by mystery, these minarets actually sway when force is applied to the upper arches. Stupefied? You will be, since nobody has been able to fully explain the phenomenon that makes it possible for a building to sway, and yet not collapse.
•The regional cuisine : Oh the food! It’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s very spicy, it’s tangy, and it’s everything else in between. This is a true foodie’s paradise. And it’s not true that non-vegetarian delicacies are a no-show at the city; in fact, some areas are famed for their kebabs and meat curries.
•The shopping extravaganza: Shop till you drop is the mantra in Ahmedabad! The colors and wares at the local markets will leave you spellbound for sure. The tie-dye dupattas, mirror and pearl-work outfits, the junk jewelry, and the traditional jootis will leave you mesmerized and quite speechless. And the upside is, everything is quite affordable actually!
•Kankariya Lake: This polygonal lake is a mile long in circumference and is a lovely place to spend some time, especially in the evenings! The second largest lake in the city, it has developed into a huge entertainment area, with a toy train, peddle boating, food joints, children’s garden, and a resting place. It also has a sound and light show of its own, making it a must visit destination for visitors looking for recreation after a long tiring day.
•Sabarmati Ashram : A ‘must-visit’ on every tourist’s itinerary this historical place, situated on the banks of the Sabarmati river, is where Mahatma Gandhi spent his days spinning yarn from cotton…and if you are lucky they might let you spin the Charka and make our own Khadi too.
Sounds cool, doesn’t it? So, get bag-packing and head to the Manchester of the East, the vibrant city of Ahmedabad.