Easily Access Ahmedabad's Top Cultural Attractions
The Radisson Blu Hotel affords convenient access to the area's historic attractions. Visitors can explore Sabarmati Ashram & Museum, six kilometres from the hotel, or venture further to Kankaria Lake, 12 kilometres away. The hotel is 18 kilometres from the Adalaj Vav-step well and 30 kilometres from the intriguing Akshardham temple.
Named after its founder, Sultan Ahmed Shah, Ahmedabad was founded in 1411. Originally the capital of the Gujarat Sultanate, Ahmedabad established itself as the hub of the prosperous textile industry, earning the appellation "Manchester of the East." Now, Ahmedabad is an up-and-coming centre of education, scientific industries and information technology, undergoing a major construction boom. As Ahmedabad expands and transforms, the city remains the cultural and entrepreneurial centre of Gujarat and even much of western India.
- Sabarmati Ashram - 6 km
The centre of India's independence movement for many years, Ahmedabad is home to the Satyagraha/Sabarmati Ashram, which Mahatma Gandhi established on the banks of the River Sabarmati in 1917. Particularly in the morning, as the sun rises over the river and a meditative spirit prevails, visitors of this site still sense the energy of Gandhi's non-violent struggle for Indian independence. At the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya museum, visitors peruse the library of Gandhian literature, pictorial and written documentation, and selected paintings to gain a sense of Mahatma Gandhi and the people who worked alongside him.
- Kankaria Lake - 12 km
Now a thriving recreation centre, Kankaria Lake is a polygonal lake almost a mile wide. Sultan Qutb-ud-Din constructed the lake in 1451, and it features an island-garden in the centre, home to the summer palace Nagina Wadi. Kankaria Lake is surrounded by a zoo, parks, boat club, natural history museum and children's gardens.
- Adalaj Vav step well - 18 km
Eighteen kilometres south of Gandhinagar lies the Adalaj Vav-step well, an intricately carved well several storeys deep. Queen Rudabai built the Adalaj Vav in 1499 A.D., and it served as a stopover for travellers and caravans along lengthy trade routes. Today, the site draws visitors to view the ornamental designs across its walls and columns, portraying leaves, birds, fish, flowers and other designs.
- Akshardham - 30 km
Set amid vast gardens that span 23 acres, Akshardham is a stately, ornately carved structure made from 6000 tons of pink sandstone. Located at Gandhinagar, the temple is an impressive 108 feet tall, 240 feet long and 131 feet wide. The focal point of the complex is the gold-leafed, seven-feet-high monument to Lord Swaminarayan, a Hindu "murti," or idol. This contemporary testament to Hinduism was built per the injunctions of Vastu Shastra.