Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat. This is a perfect place in India with a combination of historical and religious places. The main tourist attractions in Gujarat are the Gandhi Ashram in Vadaj founded by the Mahatma in 1915, Bhadra fort, built by the Marathas in 1411, & the Akshardham temple. The fort is enormous and wide, and it houses the royal palace and several gardens. You should also visit the Akshardham temple, a beautifully constructed structure which is located in Gandhinagar. Some of the other places to visit in Ahmedabad are the Vaishno Devi Temple, the Amar Dham, the ISCKON temple, the Science City, the Kankaria Lake & the Nagina Wadi, the Kamla Nehru Zoo, the Jumma Masjid & the Jhulta Minara. Gandhi Ashram is situated about 5km north of the centre. Sabarmati ashram was the Gandhi’s headquarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. It’s said that Gandhi chose this site because it lay between a jail and a cemetery, and any satyagrahi was bound to end up in one or the other. It is from here that the Salt March to Dandi started and during this March Gandhiji vowed that he will not return to the ashram until India had gained independence. The ashram is now a centre for Dalit welfare activities and cottage industries. There is also a museum that presents an informative record of his life and teachings. Bhadra fort was built by Sha Alam in the year 1411. The fort houses a temple of Goddess Bhadrakali that’s why the fort is named Bhadra fort. The fort depicts the history and life of Alam Sha and his family. The fort is in the middle of 44 acres beautiful greenery. The beautiful color, intricate carvings & mesh works adds to the beauty of the fort. There is also a mosque in the name of Siddi Sayed. [caption id="attachment_556" align="alignnone" width="288"]ak Akshardam Temple[/caption]   Akshardam temple in Gandhinagar is a centre of excellence in the field of education and enlightenment. The temple houses 7 feet gold statue of Lord Swaminarayan, & three exhibition halls highlighting the richness of Indian Culture. Light and sound shows, a multimedia show and an animatronics show to propagate the centuries old ethnicity of Indian society are conducted here in this hall. The city is also famous for its various Gujarathi delicacies. Try to taste almost all delicacies in Gujarat. The best time to visit would be during the monsoon season (starts in June & extends for a few months). Festivals like Janmashtami and Raksha Bandhan are celebrated during this season. The nearest airport in Ahmedabad is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and the nearest railway station is Ahmedabad.

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