48 hours in Ahmedabad | A guide to the city's top historic sites, local flavours, markets & more

48 hours in Ahmedabad | A guide to the city's top historic sites, local flavours, markets & more

Your ultimate guide to experiencing the city like a local!

Planning a two-day trip to India´s first 'World Heritage City'? Get ready for an adventure because Ahmedabad is packed with amazing experiences that might leave you overwhelmed with choices. But don’t worry—we’ve got your back!

Since it’s practically impossible to see and experience everything in just 48 hours, we’ve put together the ultimate itinerary to help you hit the highlights. Whether you're a foodie looking to dive into local delicacies, a history buff eager to explore stunning monuments or a shopaholic ready to tackle vibrant markets, this local city guide has you covered.

Let's dive into the best of Ahmedabad in 48 hours!

Day 1: Start with the Old City! 

Sidi Saiyyad Jaali
Sidi Saiyyad Jaali

Begin your exploration with a hearty Gujarati breakfast, a quintessential part of the city's culture. Indulge in Amdavad's famous chai paired with maskabun, khaman, dhokla, patra, and handavo at iconic spots like Green House Cafe at House of MG or New Irani Cafe.

After fueling up, enjoy a free tour of House of MG, a heritage haveli that offers a glimpse into Ahmedabad's rich architecture and beauty. From there, make your way to Sidi Saiyyad Jaali, marveling at the intricate stone latticework that adorns this historic mosque.

Your next stop should be Bhadra Fort, an architectural marvel that once served as the royal abode of the Gujarat Sultanate. Explore its grandeur before heading to Teen Darwaza Market for some souvenir shopping, where the vibrant colors and bustling atmosphere will surely captivate you.

No visit to Ahmedabad is complete without a visit to Jama Masjid, one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Take in its stunning architecture and soak in the ambience before indulging in a traditional Gujarati thali for lunch. Options abound, with recommendations including Agashiye, Gordhan Thal, Atithi, Iskon Thal, or Pakwan Dining Hall.

Atal Bridge
Atal Bridge

As the day winds down, spend a leisurely evening at the Riverfront, where you can unwind with a scenic cycle ride or a leisurely stroll along the Sabarmati River.

Don't miss the opportunity to marvel at the architectural wonder of the Atal Bridge as the sun sets over the city. End your day on a flavorful note at Manek Chowk, where you can savor a variety of street food delights.

Day 2: Heritage walk, Sabarmati Ashram and more

Passion Passport

Rise and shine early to embark on a Heritage Walk through the charming Pols of Old Ahmedabad, where you'll be introduced to a number of heritage havelis, temples, chabutaras and so much more. After working up an appetite, refuel with a delicious breakfast at Pol Kholi Cafe or Chandravillas, savoring the flavors of local delicacies like fafda and jalebi.

Continue your journey with a visit to Sabarmati Ashram, the tranquil retreat that was once home to Mahatma Gandhi. Immerse yourself in his teachings and the spirit of the Indian independence movement as you explore the ashram's serene surroundings.

For lunch, treat yourself to a culinary journey at Vishalla restaurant, where you can savor authentic Gujarati cuisine amidst a rustic village setting. After lunch, delve into the world of textiles at the Calico Museum of Textile, where you can admire exquisite fabrics and learn about India's rich textile heritage.

Law Garden
Law Garden

For the evening, head to the picturesque Kankaria Lake, a hub of recreational activities and entertainment. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade or hop on a boat ride to soak in the scenic beauty of the surroundings.

And yes, don't skip a visit to Law Garden, where you can shop for vibrant handicrafts and traditional attire. Round off your day with a delectable dinner at one of the city's cosy cafes like Kaffa or Zen, where you can relax and reflect on the cultural treats of Ahmedabad!

Where to stay?

You'll find plenty of great places to stay, no matter your budget or style. If you want to treat yourself, you'll find top-notch hotels like Taj Skyline, Hyatt Regency, Radisson Blu, Courtyard by Marriott, and ITC Narmada.

For a unique and memorable experience, consider staying in the Old City at a heritage hotel like the House of MG, French Haveli, or Deewanji ni Haveli. These spots offer a glimpse into Ahmedabad's rich history.

If you're on a budget, don't worry—there are plenty of affordable and well-rated options around Naranpura and SG Highway. Just make sure to pick a place that's close to the attractions you want to see and has the amenities you need.

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