Ahmedabad in Gujarat has a lot to offer to a visiting tourist, the highlight being the varied and interesting museums which
are just not to be missed. But the city can be pretty hot during
summers and is best avoided then. Winter is the best time to visit as
that is also the time to enjoy eating out, but be sure to be adequately
January is the season for kites in Ahmedabad, as it is in the whole of Gujarat. During the festival of Makar Sankranti, which marks the end of winter solstice, the city skies become ablaze with colourful kites of all shapes and sizes. It is a little surprise then that Ahmedabad is home to a unique Kite Museum. A visit to this museum is an educative and entertaining experience for the children, one that will acquaint them with kites - how they are made and how they
fly. Creative designs are bound to capture their imagination.
Another unique exhibition worth a visit is the Vishalla
Utensils Museum, which is housed inside Hotel Vishalla. This hotel is
known for its delicious Gujarati thali
served amidst traditional setting. Around 2000 everyday use and ritual
utensils and vessels are on display at the museum. There are utensils
in copper, brass, and bronze. You will find traditional kitchen and
ritual vessels and tools like nutcrackers, urns, jars, pots, and ladles
of quaint shapes and exquisite carving and craftsmanship.
has the distinction of being a rich textile-producing city and is known
as the 'Manchester of East'. Therefore it boasts of one of the finest
textile museums in the world, in Calico Museum. It is housed in a
quaint and quiet, sprawling haveli of Sarabhai family
and set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains and park benches. The
exhibits include tapestries, wall panels and sarees - fabric which is
woven, spun or printed. You get to see some fine kalamkari and tie-and-dye (bandhna)
work, patola and ikat weaves. It takes more than a day to see all the
exhibits, so you may have to keep more time on hands if you wish to do
justice to it. The museum keeps limited visiting hours to manage the crowd. Check the timings and days before you go.
VisitingAhmedabad and not visiting
the Sabarmati Ashram of the great Mahatma Gandhi would be sacrilege.
Situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River, this Ashram was the stage
from where Mahatma Gandhi embarked on his freedom struggle. As you
enter the gates you are greeted by statues of Gandhiji's famous 'three
monkeys' who exhort not to see evil, hear evil or talk evil. The Gandhi
Smarak Sangrahalaya situated in the precincts serves as a good
portrayal of Mahtma's life through photographs and written word. It
vividly brings to life the greatness of thought and action of the
Mahatma and is truly inspirational, especially to small children who
read of him through school textbooks.
Hriday Kunj, the small room in the Ashram, which was Gandhiji's
personal quarter, has been left untouched to serve as an exhibit. It
has Gandhiji's trademark glasses, the charkha or the spinning wheel which he used to spun khadi,
and other personal effects. The Ashram has a meditative effect on
visitors and takes one back in time to the heady days of freedom
movement. A visit to Sabarmati Ashram is highly recommended.
Besides the museums, Ahmedabad has lots to offer and you must explore all places of interest; you'll find you have fallen in love with the city.
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