About the location: Inaugurated by his contemporary Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi’s erstwhile home has been converted to a simple but engaging museum. The Sabarmati Ashram, at the banks of the namesake river is fragmented into two sections – where Gandhi actually lived, and the modern section conceived by architect Charles Correa. The ashram is ensconced in a peaceful aura, partially due to the reverence that visitors show and possibly due to a unique energy that the place actually has. This is the place where Gandhi started the Satyagraha Movement. You will find that the complex dotted with people meditating, walking in silence or transfixed to the gallery, which showcases Gandhi’s many photographs and memorabilia. The finest part for a traveller is to pick a spinning wheel memento from the curio shop and also send a postcard from the in-house postbox. A special ‘charkha’ stamp is used when your mail leaves the ashram. ©
Brief History: The original ashram was established in May 1915 at the Kocharab Bungalow of Jivanlal Desai (about 10km from here), who was a barrister friend of Gandhi. It was given the name of Satyagraha Ashram. Mahatma Gandhi wanted to carry out activities like farming and animal husbandry and needed more space. In 17 June 1917, the ashram was relocated to an area of thirty-six acres on the banks of the river Sabarmati.
By Road Gujarat has one of the better developed road networks in India. Ahmedabad is well connected with all major cities and towns by road.State and private buses are a great option to travel between smaller towns in the state.
By Train Major Indian cities are also connected via the Ahmedabad railway station that lies on the western railways network.. The main railway station is located in Kalupur area. This station falls under the prominent national railway circuit and is connected to all major cities of India. India’s first bullet train project will be connecting Mumbai to Ahmedabad by December 2023. It will run at a speed of 320kmph and cover the distance in 3 hours.
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