Ahmedabad is one of the most livable cities in India and one of the most important places in Gujarat. The pace of life is relaxed, fun, and simple. The commercial side of Ahmedabad is growing at its pace but the rich history has given it rise as a tourist destination with its peaceful temples, architectural marvels, and interesting museums. Gujarat tourism has plenty to offer and surprise. But what adds on it is its prime located which is close to Rajasthan and numerous other tourist places for all kinds of travelers. Some weekend getaways from Ahmedabad provide an exciting experience, and some offer relaxing and peaceful breaks. Fortunately or unfortunately Gujarat is a dry state and so people here don’t have clubs or pubs as a part of their weekends.
So one of the best ways to enjoy your weekend can be exploring around. Here is a list of some stunning places around Ahmedabad for a short getaway assuring a perfect break.
1. Gir National Park
4. Mount Abu
7. Polo Forest
20. Nal Sarovar
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If you love wildlife, if you love exotic Lions and forests then it is impossible to not have known or been to Gir National Park. After Africa, it is in Gir National Park that you will find Lions in their natural living spaces. Spread across 1412 square km of thick woods, Gir National Park is a must-see whether or not you live in Gujarat. An attraction for thousands of tourists from all across the world, Gir offers you a chance to explore 250 types of twittering birds, a lot of crocodile spotting, jeep safaris, and trekking options. No Gujarat tour package is complete without Gir National Park and you must include it in your tour package to know why.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 364 km.
Places to visit in Gir: Junagadh Zoo, Girnar Mountain, Durbar Hall Museum, Somnath temple etc.
Things to do in Gir: Shopping at Gir National Park, enjoying a jungle safari, exploring the crocodile breeding center etc.
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Do you want to experience Royalty? Udaipur is the place for you. It is fondly known as the ‘City of Lakes’ and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rajasthan. It is loaded with architectural wonders and this is the place you will get to witness palaces converted into hotels. Some of the best places to visit in Udaipur include the mountain pass of Haldighati, the gardens of Saheliyon ki Bari, Lake Pichola, Jaisamind Lake, Jag Mandir Palace, the Vintage Car Museums and more. And once you are there you cannot return without trying out some local dishes and Rajasthani cuisine. Try some of the popular dishes like dal baati choorma, gatte ki sabzi, aloo tikki, Jalebi, kachoris, and more. And another must-experience part of Udaipur’s culture is its busy markets offering everything from local Rajasthani art, colored glass lamps, colorful dupattas, jewelry, and more.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 256 km.
Paces to visit in Udaipur: Lake Pichola, City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Vintage Car Museum, Saheliyon Ki Bari etc.
Things to do in Udaipur: Go boating on Lake Pichola, watch the sunset on Ambrai Ghat, take a heritage walk, taste the local cuisine, catch a pupet show etc.
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Kumbhalgarh is one of the most stunning and preferred destinations for weekend getaways from Ahmedabad. It is popular for its wildlife reserve, cool breezy weather, mountains and citadel Kumbhalgarh is far away from the hustle of the city and yet easy to reach by road. Situated in Rajasthan and ahead of Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh is rich with greenery and cuts off the clamor of the city like a typical mountain place. A lot of tourists include Kumbhalgarh in their Rajasthan tour packages to relax with their family and friends. And you know what, it is home to the Kumbhalgarh fort which is a UNESCO Worl Heritage Site. It is considered as one of India’s most impressive forts offering breathtaking views.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 353 km.
Places to visit in Kumbhalgarh: Badal Mahal, Kumbhagarh wildlife sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh fort etc.
Things to do in Kumbhalgarh: The light and sound show at Kumbhalgarh fort, exploring the wildlife sanctuary and exploring the Jain temples for its architecture.
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If you are someone who loves spontaneous trips, road trips with friends, or family then you’ll understand what a heaven Mount Abu is and so is the journey to it. It is the only hill station in the deserted land of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is a place to great religious presence to the Jain community. The temples here are carved out of white marble and portray scenes of God and Goddesses showcasing architectural brilliance. It is situated in Rajasthan and is a six-hour drive from Ahmedabad. Mount Abu is well known for its postcard sunsets. It is close to Ahmedabad, beautiful, and cooler than the city, boasting a lovely lake surrounded by mountains and is not included in the dry state. If you are into adventure and trekking you can go hiking at the highest peak in the region named Guru Shikhar.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 226 km.
Places to visit in Mount Abu: Mount Abu Wildlife Santuary, Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar, Toad Rock etc.
Things to do in Mount Abu: Go boating at Nakki Lake, Trek to the highest peak of Aravali, go camping, enjoy the sunset, go birdwatching etc.
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If you are a beach lover and Pondicherry or Goa do not fit in your weekend schedule or budget then Diu is the place for you which is just 440 km away from Ahmedabad. This beach destination is loaded with Portuguese imprinted buildings and is a lovely island assuring memorable experiences. It is known for its ample beaches along with Gujarat’s southern coast like Nagoa beach, Ghogla beach, and more. Enjoy a chilled beer and take a walk by the beach may be cut off from social media for a couple of days and pick up that book you got quite some time ago but never had the chance to read.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 355 km.
Places to visit in Diu: Nida caves, Nagoa beach, Diu fort, Ghoghla beach, Diu museum etc.
Things to do in Diu: Rent a bicycle and explore Diu, Climb up to the light house at Diu Fort, discover the best of portuguese food, enjoy some homemade icecream at Ram Vijay etc.
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Rajkot in today’s world is nestled with congested roads and tall buildings, but Gandhiji is in the soul of Rajkot city. It is situated in Saurashtra and is surrounded by some famous attractions like Gir Forest, Somnath temple, and even Diu. You will get experience the Kathiawari culture, amazing local food like fafda jalegi, poha, dabeli, chikki etc. and authentic hospitality owning to the amicable nature of all those to live here. Rajkot has some delicious food options, a lot of grand farmhouses, and vacation homes. The city assures a 24/7 vacation vibe.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 215 km.
Places to visit in Rajkot: Watson Museum, Kaba Gandhi no delo, Ramakrishna Ashram etc.
Things to do in Rajkot: Feast on delicious food, visit Mayur Patola Art workshops, enjoy Tarnetar Fair, explore Krishna Water Park etc.
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Polo Forest is one of the most prefered getaway from Ahmedabad, as it is a short roadtrip of around 160 km. It covers an area of 400 sq km. Polo forest boasts some ancient temples which are over 600 years old. It is home to more than 450 spieces of medicinal plants, 275 birds, 30 mammals and 32 reptiles. Be it meditation or trekking through the Polo forest, the options of spending quality time with yourself and your loved ones are brighter and greener. If you wish to enjoy the greenery and ancient beauty in the region you must visit Polo Forest between October and March.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 160 km.
Places to visit in Polo Forest: Harnav river, Surya Mandir, Jain derasar, Bhim Hill, Tent site, Shiv temple etc.
Things to do in Polo Forest: Go climbing, bird watching, try riverside photography, enjoy some cultural programs etc
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Dwarka is an ancient city of Gujarat which is located on the western tip of Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat. It is the only city known as Devbhoomi Dwarka and is a part of Char Dham and Sapta Puris as per the Hindu religion. The name Dwarka originates from the meaning of dwar as ‘door’ and ka as ‘moksha’ which means ‘door to salvation’. If you enjoy temples and the divine vibe gets to you then Dwarka is one of the best options to include in your Gujarat holiday packages. Considered a must-visit for worshippers of Lord Krishna, Dwarka is full of temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses. Visit the Bala Hanuman Temple which is acknowledged for the nonstop chanting of Jai Shri Ram.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 441 km.
Places to visit in Dwarka: Dwarkasheesh temple, Sudama setu, Bet Dwarka, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Gomti Ghat etc.
Things to do in Dwarka: Enjoy a camel ride at Gomti river, experience the sunset at Sudama Setu, go bird watching, enjoy a chakda ride, buy souveniers etc.
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Patan is now home to the latest Indian entrant in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rani Ka Vav. Patan is loaded with some archaeological marvels and ancient temples that have history dating back to the medieval period. Patan is located on the banks of Saraswati River. It also boasts Dargah and Jain temples. The spirituality of the city has kept the place and people happy and growing.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 126 km.
Places to visit in Patan: Rani Ki Vav, Sahastralinga Talav, Patan Patola Heritage Museum etc.
Things to do in Patan: Explore the local markets, try some local dishes, watch Patola weaving etc.
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We all mostly recognize the city of Gandhinagar as the capital of Gujarat and the place where all major government offices reside. But there is much more to it than just this. It is located on the western bank of Sabarmati River and around 23 km away from Ahmedabad. It is considered as one of India’s well-planned cities. Gandhinagar is all about rich cultural heritage, peaceful temples, and a beautiful environment. It is home to the country’s one of the most beautiful temples named Akshardham temple. Adding to this is the serene environment it offers which is almost impossible to find especially in a city.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 23 km.
Places to visit in Gandhinagar: Akshardham temple, Adalaj stepwell, Sarita Udyan, Fun World, Indrona Nature Park, Capital Complex etc.
Things to do in Gandhinagar: Learn crafts at Craftsman Village, go for outing at Children’s Park etc.
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Champaner is one of the significant historical cities in the Panchmahal district in Gujarat. This destination alone is responsible for bringing Gujarat on the world map in terms of archaeological wonder as Champaner earned itself a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list way before it was a thing. The gorgeous archaeological park is situated right in the center of the town of Champaner set against the backdrop of the Pavagadh Hills. Champaner –Pavagadh archaeological park is well known for its historical as well as mythological significance. It boasts some amazing architecture consisting of both Hindu and Islamic designs. It is one of the most intriguing places as per Gujarat tourism to explore due to its rich history.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 147 km.
Places to visit in Champaner: Pavagadh Fort, Jami Masjid, Kevada Mosque, Lakulisa temple etc.
Things to do in Champaner: Try some local food, explore the stunning temples and mosques etc.
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If you wish to be teleported back in time, then you don’t need a time machine for it but just a trip to Kabirvad will serve the purpose. It is a small island in Bharuch which is belived to be the residence of Saint Kabir years ago. It is located on the banks of the river Narmada. A trip to Kabirvad would surely be calm and serene all around huge Banayan trees. People think that these trees are over 600 years old covering an area of 17,520 sqaure meters.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 154 kms.
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Surat is a port city of Gujarat located in Saurashtra district. It is one of the most populated cities in Gujarat and is known for being a global diamond cutting center. It is also considered to be the commercial hub of textiles. There is a common misconception among people that Ahmedabad is the most updated city in the state of Gujarat but that is so not true. The city of Surat has been ranked as the 9th largest metropolitan city in all of India and it keeps up to that reputation. Fondly known as the ‘city of flyovers’, this city attracts travelers who are interested to know more about the colonial history of the place and the exotic wildlife. It is a warm and welcoming place especially for a short break with an insane passion for food.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 263 km.
Places to visit in Surat: Dumas beach, Dutch garden, Hajira Village, Dandi beach, Sathana Nature Park, Tithal beach etc.
Things to do in Surat: Hit the bazaars, go bird watching at Gavier Lake, munch on local snacks etc.
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As per the translation, Nathdwara mean “The Gateway of the Lord”. It is nestled between the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan on the banks of River Banas. It is considered to be a sacred Hindu site and is visited by numerous tourists annually. It is famous for its Rajasthani style paintings named “Pichwai Paintings” and terracotta work as well. Nathdwara is also translated to “Gateway of Shrinathji”. The destination is considered to be wealthy in terms of its architecture and religious importance.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 305 km
Places to visit in Nathdwara: Shrinathji temple, Annakutta, Charbhuja etc.
Things to do in Nathdwara: Go shopping in local markets, check out the perfumer making, wooden crafts, pottery etc.
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If you wish to visit a beach destination but don’t want anything too over the top, then Daman will suit your needs. Situated right on the southern border of the state of Gujarat, this location is an affordable tropical place to be at and an added advantage is that the liquor here is really cheap. Daman is a beautiful city surrounded by different states. It is rich in culture and history which dates back to over 2000 years ago. It is a center of natural beauty and beautiful beaches. It also offers exciting shopping options with a wide variety of products ranging from leather, handicrafts, and exotic brands of liquor.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 365 km.
Places to visit in Daman: Jampore beach, Devka beach, Moti Daman Fort, Hanuman temple, Mirasol Lake Garden etc.
Things to do in Daman: Take a Spiriual tour by exploring the temples, connect to the histry at Diu museum, party with the locals, relax at Mirasol water park etc.
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Porbandar is famously known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a beautiful beach town and a popular trading hug. Porbandar is an old port city with significant history and eventually is turning into a tourist destination with numerous attractions to explore. The haveli where Gandhiji was born is now converted into a temple. Along with that, there are other temples, dams, reservoirs, serene beaches, and wildlife spots to explore here. A lot of religious people tend to visit Porbandar to explore temples like Sudama Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Hanuman temple, and more.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 394 km.
Places to visit in Porbandar: Kirti mandir, Porbandar bird sanctuary, Porbandar beach, Shri hari mandir, Krishna Sudama mandir etc.
Things to do in Porbandar: Sight rare species of birds, shop colorful fabrics and jewelery etc.
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Kutch is an island shaped like a tortoise and is a formerly royal state of India. It is one of the most surreal places in India with a huge area of the white salt desert. Winter is the best time to visit Kutch due to the Rann Utsav which is organized from December to February. The festival features huge camp settlements with cultural programs and adventure activities. The population of Kutch is very low but it is the largest district of India lying on the border of India and Pakistan. The popular district is also famous for its handicrafts and embroidery work. Right from the attire, food, music, to dances, everything over here is absolutely delightful. Some must-visit places include Kalo Dungar, Mandvi beach, Flamingo Sanctuary, Dholavira, and Wild Ass Sanctuary.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 402 km.
Places to see in Kutch: Rann of Kutch, Dholavira, Mandvi beach, Aina Mahal, Vijay Villas Palace, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary etc.
Things to do in Kutch: Explore the history of Kutch at Kutch Museum, check out the Rogan art of Nirona Village, Go bird watching at Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary etc.
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Vadodara is also commonly called Baroda, a cosmopolitan city in the state of Gujarat. It is home to some of the most amazing architectural structures. This entire city is like an ode to the Maratha dynasty known by the name of the great ruler, Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III. Thanks to the influence of the Gaekwad family, this city is one of those places which showcases some of the most exquisite structures of architecture. One of the most lavish palaces in India includes the Lakshmi Villas Palace in Baroda. Vadodara is considered as the cultural capital of Gujarat majorly occupied with the Gujarati population. Navratri festival is celebrated with pomp and show in Vadodara.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 112 km.
Places to see in Vadodara: Laxmi Villas Palace, Ajwa Nimeta Garden, Baps Sri Swaminarayan Mandir, Sursagar Lake, Kabirvad etc.
Things to do in Vadodara: Explore the architectural marvel, try some local food, relax at Sayaji Baug, enjoy the peace at Kirti Mandir etc.
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Saputara is located in the Dang district of Gujarat nestled in the Western Ghats. It is full of lush green forests, mountains, waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, and more. It is situated at a height of 875 meters above sea level and is considered to be the perfect break for nature lovers, adventure lovers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Saputara is 4 km away from Maharashtra border and 250 km from Mumbai.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 400 km.
Places to visit in Saputara: Hatgarh Fort, Vansda National Park, Saputara museum, townview point, Nageshwar Mahadev Temple etc.
Things to do in Saputara: Go boating at Saputara lake, trek at Vansda National Park, enjoy the view at sunset point, take a dip at Gira Falls etc.
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The Nal Sarovar is the largest bird santury in India and one of the best places to visit around Ahmedabad. It is considered as one of the top 15 wetland in India by the National Commitee on Wetlands for internsive conservation. It is home to resident and migrant bird spieces covering an area of 120.82 sq km. Over 200 types of birds arrive here in the winter season, which is why November to March is the best time to visit Nal Sarovar for bird watching.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 61.7 km.
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Keep your favorite playlist ready, grab your sunglasses, and make sure you have enough space to try out the delicious food that you’ll enjoy any of these places. The second you feel that you haven’t made any plans for the weekend and boredom begins to kick in just choose your weekend getaway and take a road trip or most feasible route to any of these places and unwind.
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