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Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is a serene place, full of trees and their shade along with the feeling of Peace, brought by the presence of a great human. Mahatma, the great man, spent a large part of his life in this quiet place. Ever since his arrival on the banks of this holy river, this place has been immortalized in books as well as in peoples minds, and every year innumerable visitors grace this place for here lived the great man, Mahatma.
Visit the once home of the Father of India; Sabarmati Ashram
Gandhiji lived in the simplest manner possible once he returned from South Africa and saw the poverty in which a majority of the public of India lived. He gave up all the comforts he had upon his return including his clothes and wore the basic minimum of a dhoti and a shawl to cover his body. His simple living motivated a lot of people to give up the comforts of their lives and to work for the poor. Nandini is a part of the ashram where people from all around the world come to experience this simple living. They are given all the same amenities that Mahatma had including basic clothing and food. This place is a reminder of all the amenities that a person has which are not required and acts as an eye opener for a lot of people.
Vinoba Kutir, named after the great satyagrahi Vinoba Bhave is a place where the great activist lived for a period of three years from 1918 to 1921. Gandhiji hailed Vinoba Bhave as the ideal activist or satyagraha, a man in the fight for truth and invited him to come to live here. The Vinoba Kutir is the place where Vinoba Bhave lived during his stay at the ashram for three years. This small shed also is an example of the simple life that Bhave lived. After the departure of Vinoba Bhave from the ashram, a British Admirals daughter, Madeleine Slade came to live here. Mira as Mahatma would fondly call her, she supported Gandhiji in all his endeavors for freedom from the British empire. Madeleine lived here from 1925 to 1933. She stayed in this shed during her eight years of residence at the ashram. This place is also known as Mira Kutir, named after the Admirals daughter, popularly known as Miraben.
The Upasana Mandir is a ground located on the Ashram where the prayers would be said every evening by the people who stayed in the Ashram during that period. After the prayers every evening, the people staying in the ashram would raise any questions that they would have and the head of the family would resolve those questions. This place used to be an epitome of democracy and thus has historical importance. Countless meetings between Gandhiji and other significant people during the fight for freedom against the British empire have taken place here.
The Gandhi Sanghralya or the Gandhi Library is a museum about Gandhiji's life which was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India on May 10, 1963. This museum consists of five units, a library, galleries full of Gandhiji's photos and an auditorium. This museum has eight life-sized paintings of the great Mahatma along with two exhibitions called My life is my message and Gandhi in Ahmedabad. An archive set up in the museum contains about 34 thousand letters by Gandhiji, 8 thousand articles written by him, 30 thousand books and other items. This museum is open from 8 am to 7 pm all year round.
How to Get Tickets?
The Sabarmati Ashram does not require any tickets and the entry is completely free.
How To Get Around?
Sabarmati Ashram is located slightly away from the center of Ahmedabad city and can be reached by bus, car or any mode of public transport.
What Should I Wear?
Decent clothing which covers the entire body is recommended as it is a place of historical importance and is considered an equivalent to a holy site by many.
Best Time to Visit
This place is open all around the year including Sundays and holidays but the months of summer should be avoided due to the extreme heat from April to June. October 2 is the birthdate of Gandhiji and is considered as a special day to pay homage to Gandhiji.
Indian Rupees are accepted here as the local currency.
Will I Need a Guide?
A guide is preferred which are locally available to emphasize on the historical importance of certain locations and other information.
How To Get There?
Ahmedabad is accessible by road in a car or by any public transport like bus or train or you can take a flight to Ahmedabad.
The ashram is open from 8 am to 6:30 pm.