A trip to Ahmedabad is a retracing of Gandhi's footsteps. Sabarmati Ashram, founded in 1915 and one of the city's most popular attractions, was once home to Mahatma Gandhi. It was here in 1930 that Gandhi's famous Dandi Satyagraha (Salt March), in protest of the British Salt Tax, took place. Today, visitors flock from across the globe to see the Three Wise Monkeys and learn more about Gandhi's teachings.
The Calico Museum of Textiles contains one of the world’s finest collections of antique and modern Indian thread work, all handmade, and up to 500 years old. There are some astoundingly beautiful pieces, displaying incredible virtuosity and extravagance.
For something a little different, head to the Dada Hari Vav Stepwell, built in 1499. Its stairs descend through five levels of carved stone columns to two small wells, now often bone-dry. Its depths are cool, even on the hottest day, and it is a mesmerising and eerie place.
One of the highlights of any trip to Ahmedabad is the city's architecture, perhaps best appreciated with a visit to its Heritage House, which dates back 600 years. Here you can explore local culture and meet traditional Ahmedabadi families.
The many temples dotted around the city are also known for their architectural grandeur, creating the perfect photo backdrop. Look out for the yellow sandstone pillars of Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) in the centre of the old city. The structure reflects Muslim architecture from the 15th century, with 260 columns supporting 15 domes at various elevations.