A visit to Gandhi Ashram (or Sabarmati Ashram) presents a captivating glimpse into the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. Learn about his non-violent, spiritual and revolutionary leadership, which supported India’s battle for independence from British rule. Peek inside humble houses and visit a superb museum, home to hundreds of Gandhi-related artifacts. Gandhi Ashram sits serenely on the banks of the Sabarmati River, hidden away from Ahmedabad’s bustling city life. It was Gandhi’s headquarters from 1915 to 1930.
Wander through the tree-shaded grounds of the ashram to see a handful of simple dwellings and temples. Picture the time when Gandhi lived here and planned his peaceful fight for Indian independence. Check out the original sandals, spectacles and a spinning wheel inside Hriday Kunj, which was his one-time home. Go to Upasana Mandir, a temple where Gandhi and his followers prayed. Spot period artifacts in the cottages called Vinoba Kutir and Magan Niwas.
In the ashram’s museum, an extensive exhibition of art, manuscripts, newspaper cuttings and photographs celebrates Gandhi’s achievements. A highlight is the My Life is My Message gallery, a collection of more than 250 photographs accompanied by insightful quotes. See depictions of significant events, including the 1930 Salt March, and testimonials by notable peers such as Albert Einstein. Don’t miss the portraits by famous Indian painters Chandulal Shah, Hiralal Khatri and Shri Rajkishore Kapoor.
While here, be sure to visit the ashram’s bookstore. You’ll find a vast collection of literature, providing a deeper insight into the life and philosophies of the respected leader.
The ashram is about a 15-minute drive from Ahmedabad’s city center and easily reachable via low-cost taxis and auto-rickshaws. Public buses also stop close to the ashram’s entrance. Visit nearby attractions including the Sabarmati Riverfront Park, an area of green lawns and waterfront pathways set on the opposite side of the river.
Gandhi Ashram is open daily and admission is free. Visit the ashram’s official website for more information on the museum’s exhibits.