Designated as UNESCO’s World Heritage City, Ahmedabad is one of the best cities to live in today. Founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah and later ruled by powerful dynasties of the Marathas and the Mughals the city offers a plethora of architectural treasures. Explore the place awash in history with our one day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour by private car.
Steeped in history and architecture this vibrant city of Gujarat is also popular as Amdavad. People from varied parts of the country live here owing to its tremendous growth prospects and rich cultural heritage.
Ahmedabad was the former capital of the state and serves today as its administrative centre. A commercial, political, educational, industrial and economic hub of the state has also made great progress in information technology sector.
Varied dance and art forms represent the rich culture, tradition and beliefs of the local people. Tourists throng into the city to feast on the local delicacies and get access to the gastronomic heritage of the city.
Though all festivals are celebrated with great zest and religious fervour, Navratri has been the major draw for tourists. Visitors would be awestruck viewing the people enjoy the nine days of festival with high levels of energy and enthusiasm.
This lively and historic city is blessed with several archaeological treasures. Appreciate the best hotspots of the city with our one day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour.
Package Glimpse of one day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour
Treat yourself with an exciting memorable day as you board on our one day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour that navigates through the mesmerizing spots of the city. Explore the Iconic architectural highlights established by the famous rulers in the past. The trip is a right mix of key landmarks of the city that gives you a fulfilling Ahmedabad experience.
This exciting tour begins with the visit to the prestigious Swaminarayan Temple and ends with the visit to the manmade grandeur of Kankaria Lake. Catch a glimpse of the Hindu, Muslim and Jain influences on the city as you visit a myriad of the city’s highlights. The journey introduces you to the cultural and rich traditions of the city.
One of the most important religious sites of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, the famed Swaminarayan Temple was built by Ananandanand Swami. He was given the massive task of establishing the holy temple by Swaminarayan. Swaminarayan Sampraday is an important Hindu sect which is believed to have been categorised as NarNarayan Dev Gadi and LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi.
Swaminarayan Temple is the initial temple of the Swaminarayan sect and the nerve centre of the NarNarayan Dev Gadi that was built in the 19th century in Kalupur. A wonderful temple stands majestically with its beautiful domes, columns and arches.
An architectural splendour whose interiors are resplendent with striking Gujarati designs reflecting the Gujarati lifestyle and culture is worth a visit. This sacred shrine was constructed on the land given by the Britishers in 1822.
Visitors would appreciate the beautiful carvings all made with authentic Burma teak and the stunning sculptures. Main hall enshrines the idols of Narayana Dev in the centre with Dharamdev, Bhakti Mata and Harikrishna on to his left and Radhakrishna Dev on to his right.
Akshar bhavan of the temple has the idol of Ghanshyam Maharaj in the child form and also showcases the personal items used by Swaminarayan.
The Rang Mahal of the temple features the idol of Ghanshyam Maharaj. Admire the sculptures of Swaminarayan beautifully set in the wood carved temple made by using Burmese Teak.
Next to the temple is the Haveli which used to be the official residence of the Acharya of the Narayan Dev Gadi. Spiritual women leader hold various ceremonies and religious preaching in its premises for women called the Samkhya Yogi women.
Adjacent to the renowned temple is the haveli that houses accommodation rooms for pilgrims and a separate section for women.
- Must See / Things to Do: An impressive collection of items used by Swaminarayan
Marvel at the Hathee Singh Jain Temple, the next stop over of our one day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour. Named after its creator, Seth Hathee Singh, it is an architectural masterpiece. A significant Jain temple dedicated to the 15th Tirthankar, Dharmanath is located at Madhupura in Ahmedabad.
An affluent trader, Seth Hathee Singh started the construction of this massive Jain sacred place of worship but died before the temple was built. However the work was carried forward by his wife Shethani Harkunwar* and completed by 1850 AD, at a cost of 8 lakh rupees which was considered to be a huge amount at that time. Gujarat has a strong influence of Jainism which is evident with the plethora of wonderful temples called derasars located in the city.
Gain a rich insight into the religion as you witness the sculptures and intricate carvings of the glorious temple. This religious gem of the town was designed by architect Premchand Salat.
An interesting feature of the double storied temple is the big dome in the front of the temple.
This engrossing sacred complex has a beautiful courtyard with a row of cloisters. It also accommodates 11 deities with five of them set in the bay structures while rest six are located in the basement. An engrossing feature of the temple is its brilliant carvings.
- Must See / Things to Do: A splendid Manasthamba which have been constructed similar to the magnificent Jain Manasthamba and the Kirtistambha at Chittor in Rajasthan
One day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour gives you the opportunity to witness the remarkable and distinctive collection of textiles at the Calico Museum. Well maintained by the Sarabhai foundation, the museum showcases an extraordinary display of bronzes, pichwais, Jain art, Indian miniature paintings, Jaina manuscripts, sculptures and objects.
It reflects the changing face of textiles from the Mughal period and proves to be a great resource for fashion and textile students. The collection is noted for the display of finest fabrics made in the country during the past five centuries. Prominent Tamil philosopher of Indian Art, Mr. Ananda Coomaraswamy encouraged Mr. Gautam Sarabhai to set up a museum in Ahmedabad to showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage.
It was set up within the premises of Calico Mills and inaugurated by the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Lal Nehru in 1949. However the museum was later moved to the Sarabhai Haveli in 1982 and the management of the museum was then handed over to the Sarabhai foundation. A library with several old books illustrates the history of textile in India.
There are two separate sections in the museum one which displays bed sheets, garments and other fabrics while the other section displays the techniques used behind every art. It showcases the distinct Indian handicrafts including block print, hand-knot print and bead work.
Tracing the history of textiles it houses several galleries that showcase royal garments, varied types of needle work, Bandhani tie-dye, exquisite saris and tribal costumes.
- Must See / Things to Do: Appreciate the collection of court textiles used by the Mughal and the religious textiles
An intriguing site visited with our one day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour is the famed Sabarmati Ashram located on the banks of the Sabarmati River. It serves as an important place of visit as on 12 March 1930, the father of the nation launched the Dandi march or the Salt Satyagraha from this place. Learn about the tales of this extraordinary man who led the independence struggle for the country as you walk through the different sections of the well maintained ashram.
Gandhiji had spent twelve valuable years of his life at this place along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi. Set between a jail and a crematorium the ashram has a inspiring museum called the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya established with the efforts of architect Charles Correa and inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Other noteworthy buildings within the premises of the ashram include Nandini, Vinobha Kutir, Upasana Mandir and Magan Niwas. An array of galleries of the museum are a must visit especially for history buffs. Gandhi in Ahmedabad Gallery traces his life events that took place in Ahmedabad from 1915-1930.
A key attraction of the museum is Hriday Kunj, Gandhiji’s cottage with remarkable exhibits of his personal items. Visitors can also take a 90 minute guided tour of the ashram which commences with a slide show and ends with the walk through of the library.
- Must See / Things to Do: Magan Niwas also referred to as the soul of the ashram which showcases different types of Charkhas
Appreciate the architectural legacy left by the Mughals visiting the charming Sidi Sayed Mosque with our one day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour.
One of the most extraordinary architectural works of the Mughal period is known for its ten stone latticework windows called the Jalis as such it is also called as Sidi Saiyad ni Jali. The logo of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad has been inspired from the intricately carved jali of the window at the western wall that showcases a tree with its intertwined branches.
They have been so famous worldwide that the wooden models of these windows are displayed in the New York and Kensington museums. Travellers would admire the grandeur of the historic monument built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture which is generally a blend of Indo-Islamic and Indian styles of architecture.
- Must See / Things to Do: The wonderfully carved window called the “Tree of Life”
6. Teen Darwaza
Next in your amazing itinerary of Ahmedabad trip is the famed historical gateway called the Teen Darwaza. This historic structure stands as an example of the Indo-Saracenic architecture. A prominent historical gateway built in 1415 has three arches which served as an entrance to the Royal Square at the Bhadra Fort.
- Must See / Things to Do: Ornamented walls and pillars at Teen Darwaja
7. Jama Masjid
Step back in history as you visit the magnificent 15th century Jama Masjid situated on the road from Teen Darwaza to Manek Chowk. Appreciate the architectural splendour of the mosque built by Ahmed Shah I, the founder of the city in 1423.
A yellow sandstone historic structure was created using the things obtained from demolished Hindu and Jain temples. It is believed to have been the only massive mosque of the country during that period.
Traverse along the western entrance where you will find the tomb of Ahmed Shah I that accommodates the graveyards of Ahmed Shah I, his son and grandson. Rising to a height of 40 m, the two minarets offers splendid views from its top. It is noted for the three archways in the facade.
The huge prayer hall stands with the support of 260 columns that has around 15 domes on the top of it. Unique features of the mosque are the pillars carved in the form of a bell that resembles the bells of the Hindu temples. An extraordinary mosque stands as a great example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
- Must See / Things to Do: Columns of the mosque ornamented with beautiful carvings
A final stop of your one day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour is the celebrated Kankaria Lake. Most visited sight of the town, Kankaria lake houses a plethora of attractions for the tourists to indulge in that include the famous Kamla Nehru zoo, a toy train, kids city, interesting balloon ride, rejuvenating water rides and an amazing water park.
Get up close rendezvous with the wild in the Kamla Nehru Zoo that is located within the premises of Kankaria Lake. It accommodates 450 mammals, 2000 birds and 140 reptiles.
- Must See / Things to Do: Take a boat cruise for a relaxing experience
Uncover the glorious past of the former capital of Gujarat with our one day Ahmedabad local sightseeing tour. A trip teeming with history and mythological beliefs makes for an entrancing voyage. Be humbled with the hospitality of the people and admire its epic history.
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