Ahmedabad, India: A photo essay

There is something magical to me about travel in India. It is harder in many ways but also often much more rewarding. And there is something about the colors there which I rarely find a match for elsewhere in the world. I just love it. On my most recent trip – just a couple nights for business – jetlag was in full effect. I was up before the sun each morning. And while that makes for a long, exhausting day, it also turned in to a spectacular photo-walk opportunity one morning. Here are some of my favorites from that walk.

Sunrise in Ahmedabad. Sometimes jetlag works in my favor.

The original Ellis Bridge over the Sabarmati River; new spans are now on either side.

Reading the morning paper

Just cut through here to get from the waterfront back to the main road. And watch where you step!

Morning silhouettes

Transistor Radio

This was the path I walked (more or less; it is hard to force Google Maps to show paths where there isn’t really one). I started at the hotel, crossed the bridge and came back. Wanting more I headed to the waterfront along the southern entrance there, walked north on the water and then cut through town to get back to the hotel. That rebar “gate” was between the path and the road where I turned back in off the water near the northern end of the trip.


Yes, I walked through the random shanty-town area alongside the bridge to cut through a construction site to get to the waterfront promenade. And I walked back through that gap in the rebar, across some mud and adjacent to an area most definitely used as a latrine. It was all part of exploring the local scene. Not necessarily pretty, but still incredibly beautiful every step of the way.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. The Sabarmati Riverfront is just beautiful and the city of Ahmedabad(my native place) is absolutely wonderful. The city has become India’s 6th largest city and all the development you see in the city is due to the perseverance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who developed this city when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. I hope you visited Kankariya Talav and Law Garden. They are beautiful. And I hope you savoured the awesome gujarati food in Ahmedabad.

  2. Who has a travel business in Ahmedabad?

    It’s an under-rated part of the country. Food fantastic.

    1. I’m not sure how many others have business there, but I definitely did. 😉

      And, even as a veg/dry state this decidedly non-veg & drinker absolutely enjoyed the food. We had a thali platter for lunch one day that was spectacular. Post to come on that eventually.

  3. Seth
    Just when I think you cant go any more, you go some place else.
    This is great.
    Keep it up.

  4. I was born and raised in Ahmedabad. I go back often and your trip report has me extremely excited about upcoming trip this Diwali. Thank you.

  5. I haven’t been back to Ahmedabad in a while now, but I was recall, foreigners are able to buy drinks in Gujurat. I only know of this because my grandpa has a plant there ad travels back and forth very often. I may be wrong, though…

  6. Raised in Ahmedabad. Nice pics and a fairly accurate representation. Food is pretty good in Gujarat. Most Gujjus are big time foodies:-) I was in India at the same time but in Chennai and Coimbatore. Parents and brother’s family came down from Ahmedabad to visit us.

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