Tracing the path of Mahatma Gandhi around Gujarat not only cultured me with heaps of history lessons. It also showcased to me a myriad of wonderful sights ranging from spectacular architecture to vibrant street scenes. Engrossed with the experience to no end, I was also stirred with a bout of creativity documenting my trip. Situated around me were photogenic scenes young people today would refer to as, “Instagrammable content”. Aside from gathering knowledge about history and local culture, one can also have a field day with their own camera exploring the Gandhi Circuit in Gujarat. To help you guide your photography walk, here are some Instagrammable Spots in Gandhi Circuit, Gujarat India.
Statue of Unity (Kevadiya)
Located at Kevadiya colony, the Statue of Unity is a towering figure of one of India’s independence activist, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He served as chief adherent to Mahatma Gandhi during India’s non-violent independence movement. He was also the country’s first Deputy Prime Minister. Erected in 2013, the statue stands 182 meters. Making it as the world’s tallest statue. And towers over the picturesque Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmanda River. It’s so tall it’s nearly five times the height of Christ The Redeemer in Brazil!
During the day, one can strike a pose against the backdrop of the statue. To highlight the enormity of it. But be sure to come early so you can avoid the crowds outside for your photo op. As well as to go up first to the 135-meter viewing deck on the statue’s chest. Come step inside to learn more about the significant contributions of Dr. Patel to India’s struggle for Independence in the museum. Come nighttime, a spectacular 30-minute light and sound show is held at the same location. Providing you with yet another Instagrammable opportunity.
Location: Sardar Sarovar Dam, Kevadia, Gujarat 393155, India
Hours: 8AM-6PM Daily (Closed on Mondays)
Jama Masjid (Ahmedabad)
This 15th century Mosque located in the city of Ahmedabad is a classic example of a magnificent Indo-Saracenic (also called Hindu-Islam) architecture evoking numerous syncretic elements, intricate patterns and designs. The entrance may be underwhelming. But step inside and you’ll understand why this lands a rightful place in the top Instagrammable spots in Gandhi Circuit Gujarat.
Once you’ve stepped inside the expansive courtyard, you can easily achieve IG-worthy shots at almost every spot. Every corner seems like a place to ogle at. From the ornate wall carvings, the accented latticed screens to inside the mosque- imagine having 260 columns bring support to the main prayer hall. That’s massive.
Sadly, the two minarets have been destroyed in a past earthquake. But the remains of both are still supporting the main entrance of the mosque itself, laced with intricate carvings all throughout. The Jama Masjid is truly an architectural and heritage landmark worth seeing in the city.
Address: Manek Chowk, Gandhi Rd, Danapidth, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001, India
Hours: 6AM-8PM Daily
Dandi Bridge is one of the most important parts of this heritage path. And definitely one of the most Instagrammable spots in Gandhi Circuit as well!
Because it was here where Gandhi’s Salt March started on March 12, 1930. While a new footpath was reconstructed to replace the old one, part of the original bridge is still visible through the side metal railings.
Having a photograph on this bridge instantly gives you an Instagram content brimming with historical significance.
Address: Ashram Rd, Rabarivas, Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380027, India
Hours: Open 24 Hours Daily
Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
The heritage city of Ahmedabad is just bursting with beautiful Instrammable spots in Gandhi Circuit Gujarat. One of which is the famed Sidi Saiyyed Mosque.
Built in the late 16th century and during the last days of the Gujarat Sultanate, the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque fuses together elements of Indian, African, and Islamic architecture. Opened on one side, the mosque mosque is set up like a theatre without a fourth wall. Exposing the beautiful interiors and the movement inside.
It is highlighted by its ten intricately engraved stone jalis (latticework windows) and the marble tablet embedded on the front wall of the mosque. Since I could not come inside the main prayer hall, I marveled at the beautiful carvings all around me, like intertwined trees and foliage.
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The most impressive is the Sidi Saiyyed Jali. You can find this just beside central walled arch. The jali measures sixteen feet and the carvings represent the Tree of Life motif. An artistic representation of a sacred tree that is believed to grow in paradise according to Islamic mythology.
The myriad of hues courtesy of the mosque’s popping colors plus the countless rich architectural patterns and details combines to create a very photogenic landmark. Best to come around non-prayer times and be mindful of your attire please. We came around 8:00 AM and it was just perfect – cool weather and no crowds at all.
Address: Bhadra Rd, Opposite Electricity House, Old City, Gheekanta, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001, India
Hours: 8AM-7PM Daily
Teen Darwaja Street Market
India is probably one of the few countries in the world where travelers would delight in settings one would describe as ‘beautiful chaos’. Teen Darwaja is one such fine example. This street—which transforms to a bustling marketplace during the day—hides a beautiful 3-arched early 15th century gate. It was once a grand entrance that led to the palace inside the walled city.
On a busy day, the place is filled with colorful scenes of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Old but very interesting homes and commercial spaces line up the street on both sides. While vendors of all sorts ply the road all day. Making it the perfect location to photograph the beautiful people of Gujarat.
Address: Old City, Bhadra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001, India
Hours: Open 24 Hours Daily
Shree Muktajeevan Swamipaba Smruti Mandir (Memorial Temple)
As night time approached, our tourguide AK gave us a quick tour of his hometown, Ahmedabad. I loved how busy, colorful, and loud the streets were altogether. And finally after a 20 minute drive, we’ve reached the busy market area at the Ghodasar Canal Road.
Across the street revealed a magnificent treat for the eyes. An all-white structure called the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir, or the Memorial Temple. As soon as we crossed the streets, we immediately took out our cameras to snap the sunset cascading behind this unique and grand marble temple in Ahmedabad.
Apparently it’s called a memorial temple because it was built at the exact site of Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s cremation in 1979. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj built the extraordinary monument in commemoration and celebration of His remarkable Guru. Around the grounds were four faces of the temple filled with unparalleled architecture, art, and sculpture. All representing Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s service to society.
Our visit was made extra special that day too. As we took part in the night worship that took inside its immaculate interiors. Beautiful, just beautiful. Deserving to be on the top Instagrammale spots in Gandhi Ciruit Gujarat, indeed!
Address: Ghodasar Canal Road, Ghodasar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380050, India
Sudama Mandir Temple (Porbandar)
Built in honor of Lord Krishna’s childhood friend Sudama, this 1907 temple is the most popular pilgrimage site of Hindus in the city of Porbandar. Especially with newly-wed couples from Rajastan.
Witnessing the hordes of faithful converge inside the temple is an astounding sight in itself. Coupled with the temple’s fine architecture and you get yourself a very fascinating Instagram image.
We went there early in the morning. And the pinkish blue skies were a magnificent backdrop to the beautiful off-white marble of the temple. Don’t forget to snap a shot of the pigeons feeding and flying by at the entrance. It’s quite fascinating!
Address: Sudama temple road, opp. Sudama temple, Lakdi Bandar, PGVCL Udhyog Nagar, Bhatia Bazar Old, Porbandar, Gujarat 360575, India
Hours: 5AM-11:30PM (Daily Except Friday closes at 11PM)
Porbandar Market Gujarat
Photo-walk your way through the very same market where Mahatma Gandhi frequented as a youth. Situated near his birthplace Kirti Mandir, Porbandar Market is a scene of yet another beautiful chaos.
Where the colors of a wide variety of textiles, clothing items, spices, vegetables, jewelry, terracotta figures, art works and many more, are sold. Not to mention the sight of Mahatma Gandhi’s monument built at the very heart of it.
Witness the fascinating daily bartering and life of the locals at this market. And what better way to document it than through photographs.
Tip: Be careful of your surroundings. The Porbandar Market can get busy with vendors, cars, autos, people, and cows roaming about! I know this because I was hit by a cow on my side while taking an IG worthy shot! But still very much worthy to add to this list of Instagrammable Spots in Gandhi Circuit. Hehe
Address: Kasturba Road, Porbandar, Gujarat
India is a country built on historic and spiritual heritage. And it cannot be denied that Gujarat, where Gandhi Circuit lies, is home to some of the most beautiful temples in India. One of which is the spectacular Khodaldham Rajkot, a temple just one hour away from Rajkot.
We were apprehensive to go at first. The temple was still an hour away from the airport. And we only had three hours before our flight. So even if the schedule was very tight, we risked it because we heard such praises from AK and our driver guides. And we weren’t let down.
We threaded about half a kilometer of its grounds and gardens before reaching the foot of this colossal temple made with white marble. The temple’s many ornate wall carvings is one of the most popular photo subject of tourists joining the India Heritage Walk tours. Truly a wonderful sight to behold to end our journey around Gandi Circuit courtesy Gujarat Toursim.
What about you? Do you have other Instagrammable Spots in Gandhi Circuit to add to the list? DM us!
*NOTE: Words and photos by Tina Punzal of Hungrytravelduo.