Sabarmati Ashram - A Peaceful, Free Place & on river-side to Explore in Ahmedabad, Gujrat

Gandhi Ji comes to everyone's thoughts when we talk about Ahmedabad city in Gujrat and Sabarmati Ashram is that place which takes you back to the era when this special personality used to live here. Gandhi Ji is known across the world for his leadership & how significantly he influenced independence movement of India, in peaceful manner. More you read/think about his effort more impressive things will hit you. Anyways, this blogpost is about Sabarmati Ashram, what makes it a must visit place when in Ahmedabad city, how to reach Sabarmati Ashram from other parts of Ahmedabad city.       Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Law Ground Night Market - A colourful sight in Ahmedabad city of Gujrat

Gandhi Ji comes to everyone's thoughts when we talk about Ahmedabad city in Gujrat and Sabarmati Ashram is that place which takes you back to the era when this special personality used to live here. Gandhi Ji is known across the world for his leadership & how significantly he influenced independence movement of India, in peaceful manner. More you read/think about his effort more impressive things will hit you. Anyways, this blogpost is about Sabarmati Ashram, what makes it a must visit place when in Ahmedabad city, how to reach Sabarmati Ashram from other parts of Ahmedabad city.   


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Let's talk about how to reach Sabarmati Ashram from different parts of the city.    The Sabarmati ashram now has a museum which is called the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya. This museum had originally been located in Hridaya Kunj, Gandhi's own cottage in the ashram and later another structure was built with the goal of having a museum inside Sabarmati Ashram. The Sangrahalaya was then re-located into the well-designed and well-furnished museum building.    There is no entry fees for Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujrat.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Sidi Sayyed Mosque - A small structure located at an ignorable location in Ahmedabad

Let's talk about how to reach Sabarmati Ashram from different parts of the city.

The Sabarmati ashram now has a museum which is called the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya. This museum had originally been located in Hridaya Kunj, Gandhi's own cottage in the ashram and later another structure was built with the goal of having a museum inside Sabarmati Ashram. The Sangrahalaya was then re-located into the well-designed and well-furnished museum building.

There is no entry fees for Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujrat. 



Various things in Sabarmati Ashram campus are inaugurated by some of the key personalities from Indian politics. The new museum was inaugurated by Independent India's first prime minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. I also saw few trees planted in the Ashram by lot of other prime ministers & presidents of the country. Noticed a recent one planted by current prime minister Mr Narendra Modi.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Exploring the Remains of Harappan Culture in Lothal

Various things in Sabarmati Ashram campus are inaugurated by some of the key personalities from Indian politics. The new museum was inaugurated by Independent India's first prime minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. I also saw few trees planted in the Ashram by lot of other prime ministers & presidents of the country. Noticed a recent one planted by current prime minister Mr Narendra Modi. 



With prior appointment from The Secretary of Gandhi Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, you can join the walking tours which happen regularly. This 90-minute guided tour starts with a slide show and ends at the Library of Sabarmati Ashram.     This walking tour goes through following places:    Magan Niwas  is a cottage which exhibits different designs of charkhas and it's pretty interesting space to explore in Sabarmati Ashram.    Upasana Mandir is prayer ground inside Sabarmati Ashram of Ahmedabad, where you would listen to devotional songs and readings from the Holy Gita, Quran and Bible. Regular visitors of Ashram can be seen around this space quite often.    Vinoba-Mira Kutir is another cottage which we have shared separately in this blogpost.     Nandini was the guest house of the ashram.    Udyog Mandir is temple of industry symbolizing self-reliance and dignity of labour. This symbolises the mission of Mahatma Gadhi about creating things from locally available resources and desi stuff.     Gandhi in Ahmedabad is a gallery which exhibits major events of Gandhiji's life from 1915 to 1930 in Ahmedabad. This is pretty big section and hard to miss even if you go outside the walking tour as well.     Painting Gallery has 8 life size paintings have been displayed.    We missed to book walking tour but we went to most of these places and loved walking around. You can't enter some of these places with shoes on. So you need to take off your shoes before entering into some of these cottages of Sabarmati Ashram.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Rani no Hajiro - An interesting place to explore in Old Ahmedabad, Gujrat

With prior appointment from The Secretary of Gandhi Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, you can join the walking tours which happen regularly. This 90-minute guided tour starts with a slide show and ends at the Library of Sabarmati Ashram. 

This walking tour goes through following places:

Magan Niwas  is a cottage which exhibits different designs of charkhas and it's pretty interesting space to explore in Sabarmati Ashram.

Upasana Mandir is prayer ground inside Sabarmati Ashram of Ahmedabad, where you would listen to devotional songs and readings from the Holy Gita, Quran and Bible. Regular visitors of Ashram can be seen around this space quite often.

Vinoba-Mira Kutir is another cottage which we have shared separately in this blogpost. 

Nandini was the guest house of the ashram.

Udyog Mandir is temple of industry symbolizing self-reliance and dignity of labour. This symbolises the mission of Mahatma Gadhi about creating things from locally available resources and desi stuff. 

Gandhi in Ahmedabad is a gallery which exhibits major events of Gandhiji's life from 1915 to 1930 in Ahmedabad. This is pretty big section and hard to miss even if you go outside the walking tour as well. 

Painting Gallery has 8 life size paintings have been displayed.

We missed to book walking tour but we went to most of these places and loved walking around. You can't enter some of these places with shoes on. So you need to take off your shoes before entering into some of these cottages of Sabarmati Ashram. 

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Sabarmati Ashram is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad city in Gujarat state.  Sabarmati Ashram is around bank of Sabarmati river on one side a wide road on other side. This was one of the many residences of Mahatma Gandhi who lived at Sabarmati (Gujarat) and Sevagram (Wardha, Maharashtra) when he was not travelling across India and was not in prison.     Related Blogpot from Gujrat - Rani Ki Vav - The monument which is used in 100 Rupees note

Sabarmati Ashram is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad city in Gujarat state.  Sabarmati Ashram is around bank of Sabarmati river on one side a wide road on other side. This was one of the many residences of Mahatma Gandhi who lived at Sabarmati (Gujarat) and Sevagram (Wardha, Maharashtra) when he was not travelling across India and was not in prison.



Sabarmati Ashram was his base from where Dandi march also started and known as the Salt Satyagraha. This event happened on 12 March 1930. In recognition of the significant influence that this march had on the Indian independence movement the Indian government has established the ashram as a national monument and it's maintained pretty well.    Related Blogpost from Gujrat - One day Trip around Ahmedabad - Adalaj ni Vav, Modhera Sun Temple, Patan's Rani ni Vav & Gandhinagar

Sabarmati Ashram was his base from where Dandi march also started and known as the Salt Satyagraha. This event happened in1930. In recognition of the significant influence that this march had on the Indian independence movement the Indian government has established the ashram as a national monument and it's maintained pretty well.



Above photograph shows Magan Niwas, which  is a cottage which exhibits different designs of charkhas and it's pretty interesting space to explore in Sabarmati Ashram. There are different kinds of charkhas placed all around the Magan Niwas.      Related blogpost from Gujrat - Panoramic Views of Modhera Sun Temple, Gujrat (India)

Above photograph shows Magan Niwas, which  is a cottage which exhibits different designs of charkhas and it's pretty interesting space to explore in Sabarmati Ashram. There are different kinds of charkhas placed all around the Magan Niwas. 



While walking around Sabrmati Ashram, you would realise that lot of people come here for peace and some can be found in a meditative state. There is certainly something magical about the space, unless noisy crowd comes in and make it like just another touristy place.      Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Exploring old Ahmedabad on foot

While walking around Sabrmati Ashram, you would realise that lot of people come here for peace and some can be found in a meditative state. There is certainly something magical about the space, unless noisy crowd comes in and make it like just another touristy place. 


Above photograph shows view of river front from Sabarmati Ashram. Mahatma Gandhi stayed in Sabarmati and Wardha for a total of twelve years along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi and followers including Vinoba Bhave. The Bhagavad Gita was recited here daily, as part of the Ashram schedule.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Modhera Sun Temple - A Brilliant Place to see in Gujrat, India

Above photograph shows view of river front from Sabarmati Ashram. Mahatma Gandhi stayed in Sabarmati and Wardha for a total of twelve years along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi and followers including Vinoba Bhave. The Bhagavad Gita was recited here daily, as part of the Ashram schedule.



There are different buildings inside Sabarmati Ashram. One of them is Vinoba Kutir, which is a cottage named after Acharya Vinoba Bhave who stayed here for some time. Today It is also known as Mira Kutir after Gandhiji's disciple Mirabehn who later lived there, following Gandhi's principles.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Interesting tour of Hutheesing Jain Temple    While walking around Sabarmati Ashram, we felt like eating something and we found it odd that there is no place inside the Ashram which offers food/snacks. There was one area which was closed. We went out of the Ashram, crossed te road and found some basic Gujrati food. It was ok to reach a comfortable state. And then grabbed icecream to cheer up the mood & then re-entered the Sabarmati Ashram again.

There are different buildings inside Sabarmati Ashram. One of them is Vinoba Kutir, which is a cottage named after Acharya Vinoba Bhave who stayed here for some time. Today It is also known as Mira Kutir after Gandhiji's disciple Mirabehn who later lived there, following Gandhi's principles. 

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While walking around Sabarmati Ashram, we felt like eating something and we found it odd that there is no place inside the Ashram which offers food/snacks. There was one area which was closed. We went out of the Ashram, crossed te road and found some basic Gujrati food. It was ok to reach a comfortable state. And then grabbed icecream to cheer up the mood & then re-entered the Sabarmati Ashram again.

We enjoyed spending time around Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad but certainly it would not be a place for people who are looking for exciting photography opportunities from touristy angle. It can be a lovely place during winters when weather is pleasant and you can walk around the Ashram.

We enjoyed spending time around Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad but certainly it would not be a place for people who are looking for exciting photography opportunities from touristy angle. It can be a lovely place during winters when weather is pleasant and you can walk around the Ashram. 

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