Ahmedabad is India's first Unesco Urban World Heritage Site, thanks to its rich past and association with Mahatma Gandhi. Also known as Amdavad, Ahmadabad or Ahemdavad, the city is jam-packed with fantastic Hindu and Islamic architecture, from modern designs to ancient mosques and mausoleums. A trip to Gandhi's former residence Sabarmati Ashram is a must, where you can see his spartan living quarters and learn about his life.
Go on a heritage walk through the narrow streets of the old quarter to discover Ahmedabad’s cultural past, sample street food, or visit a museum – there is plenty to keep you occupied in Gujarat’s major city.
Located on the west bank of the Sabarmati River is Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi’s home from 1917 to 1930 during the long struggle for Indian independence. Because it lies between a cemetery and a jail, rumour has it that he chose this site because any satyagrahi (non-violent resister) would end up in one or the other.
This Ashram (a spiritual hermitage or a monastery) was disbanded many years ago but has been restored as a tribute to Gandhi and his teachings, containing a large number of his documents, letters and photos, and his poignant, frugal living quarters.
A fine example of a Gujarati stepwell (a well or pond descended via steps) is Adalaj Vav, 20km to the north of Ahmedabad. Dating back to 1498 when it was built by Queen Rudabai, its three entrances lead to 16 pillars supporting an enormous platform. The five-storey deep stepwell is octagonal and adorned with delicate stone carvings depicting everything from buttermilk to eroticism.
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