The Taj Gateway Hotel Gir : I visited Gujarat as a part of my college trekking team and was every enthusiastic about seeing a few lions. We wanted a luxurious stay and opted for the Taj Gateway Hotel in Gir and it surpassed all our expectations! The pool, spa and the bar along with the surrounding scenery made our holiday worthwhile.
The trip to the Sabarmati ashram enthralled me spiritually. I felt more connected with the Gandhhian ethos of nonviolence and swaraj. After this beautiful trip to the ashram the next place which I decided to visit was the Bhadra Fort in Ahmedabad which is a famous historical site and one of the iconic structures of the city.
The fort is a construction of the 14th century and is located centrally in the city. It was built during the time of the Mughals. The charming appeal of the fort is still there which captures the admiration of every tourist who visits it. The lush green gardens surround the fort from all the sides which makes it look even more beautiful and serene.
The fort got its name from the Goddess Bhadrakali whose temple is located within the premises of the fort. This fort is used by the Chief Minister of Gujarat to hoist the national flag on the Independence Day. There are many important monuments and other government offices which are located near the fort. An important iconic structure of the city known as Teen Darwaza is located near the Bhadra Fort. The fort is decorated with beautiful paintings and other forms of art which shows the love Mughal rulers had for art and artists.
This fort is an ideal location to click some beautiful pictures and capture the rustic charm of a centuries old structure. When I visited the fort, the sun was about to set in background which provided a very good scenery to capture in the lenses. It is a good beautiful temple which should be visited by one and all in the city. The time inside the fort was well spent by me admiring the architecture and paintings inside the fort. There is so much to learn about history from these forts and palaces of the Mughals.
Once I was done with the visit to the Bhadra Fort of Ahmedabad I went to try some of the local cuisines of Gujarat from a famous local restaurant. The next place in my itinerary to visit was Ahmedabad’s Kankarialake.
Mahabat Maqbara Junagadh : A very famous Mausoleum located in Jungadh attracted my friends and me and we hired a guide on the venue. He explained to us that the mausoleum belonged to and was constructed by a ruler named Mahabat Khan and we were astonished by the brilliant architecture of the beautiful monument.
The flight from Chennai to Ahmedabad was a bit tiring. I went straight to my hotel where I had lunch and after that was ready to begin my travel incursions in the city. The first place which I had chosen for this trip was the Sabarmati ashram of Mahatma Gandhi. A place that was instrumental in shaping the freedom struggle of India. I had seen this place on television many times but this was my first visit here.
Sabarmati Ashram is a place where Gandhi spent most of his time while returning to India from South Africa. It is a place which is widely regarded as a symbol of Gandhian ethos and values. The entry to the ashram is free for everyone and a large number of tourists and visitors can be seen to visit the place every day.
The feeling of peace and calm that one feels inside the ashram is exquisite. The ashram was built to give training and motivation to all the followers of the Gandhi and motivated them to follow the doctrines of nonviolence and non-cooperation. The teachings and philosophy of Gandhi is very well reflected inside the ashram. Gandhi will always be revered by everyone and this is the reason why a large number of people come from far off places to visit the ashram.
Gandhi was referred as Bapu by his followers. The Gandhi’s room inside the ashram is in a very neat and clean condition and houses his desk, chair and charkha. One is allowed to do photography inside the ashram. For those interested in learning the Gandhian thought and philosophy this is a place they should visit. There is a big library here which sells all the books and essays written by Gandhi.
It was the perfect place in the city to begin my Gujarat trip. Also the visit to the nearby riverfront of Gandhi ashram is a nice place to hangout. Once done with the trip to the Sabarmati ashram, the next place which I decided to visit was the Bhadra fort of Ahmedabad. It is a historical fort located in the middle of the city.
Datar Hill Junagadh : The birth place of Gandhi offered us much more than just historical stories. The Datar hill in Junagadh was a pleasant surprise and welcome treat with it greenery and scenic views. We stayed at a small inn in the valley and got a chance to see nature at its best.
Lord Dattatreya Temple Girnar : The temple did not really fit in to our original plan of college trekking trip but it was suggested to me by one of my friends and we decided to visit it. The temple was a haven for the mind and the soul and we truly enjoyed it. It also has a great historic significance and is considered to be very holy by both Hindus and Jains.
Hello everyone. The series of blogs to follow here will share my travel journey which I took recently to Gujarat. This month I got some time off from my schedule so I decided to utilise it the most by visiting some part of the country I didn’t visit before. There were many places shortlisted by me but then I decided to go to Gujarat. The place had always been in my bucket list. I planned the entire trip and booked air tickets for the travel.
From Chennai there are many ways by which one can travel to Gujarat. I chose to go by air. I also got tickets at lucrative prices through the Gujarat flight hotel deals promotional offers. I was lucky to get a direct flight ticket from Chennai to Ahmedabad. The flight was of SpiceJet Airlines and scheduled to depart from Chennai at 12 PM.
I had my online check in done in advance while I was on the way to the airport. After check in the baggage I was aboard the flight. The flight also took off in time. The excitement of the journey started to grip me. There were many places which I had shortlisted for my trip. I had decided while on flight that I will visit Ahmedabad, Junagad and Jamnagar and try to visit all the famous places there.
The inflight entertainment of Spice Jet is very good. There are many songs and movies one can choose from to pass their time. The flight journey from Chennai to Ahmedabad is 2:30 hours. The flight landed at the Ahmedabad airport at 2:40 PM. The airport of Ahmedabad was a brilliantly made terminus. The weather in the city was a little hot so I decided to leave straight for my hotel first where I had my lunch.
Once done with lunch and a little rest at my hotel room I decided to begin my excursions in the city. The first place which I decided to visit once I was in Ahmedabad was none other than Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram, the house that shaped India’s political struggle for independence from the British.
You would often find me present at each social event, partying with friends, travelling etc. When it comes to GPA my friends and all are stunned and land up cursing me for performing outstandingly. As usual my answer is same I haven’t put any extra effort it’s as same as theirs! The only difference is the manner I choose to study.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!