Sabarmati Ashram is a landmark place of attraction in Gujarat. The ashram was used as a base by M.K Gandhi for carrying out various political activities based on the principles of Satyagraha, truth and non-violence. This ashram is also termed as Satyagraha Ashram, Harijan Ashram and Gandhi Ashram. The ashram was associated with various philanthropic activities during the lifetime of Gandhiji and has been now transformed into a museum showcasing the works, teachings and ideals of Gandhiji along with his personal belongings.
The museum portrays various historic events based on Gandhiji’s life. It contains various photocopies, manuscripts books and letters written by Gandhiji during that time to his close aides and wife. It also contains personal items of Gandhiji that include spinning wheel or charkha, writing deck, life size paintings etc. In brief this ashram has become one of the notable places of the tourists to visit. The museum also has a library that contains books above 35,000 that focuses on works, teachings and principles of Gandhiji.
The Ashram is divided into following sections that can help foreigners to spend quality time exploring the place. These include Magan Niwas, Hriday Kunj, Nandini, Upsana Mandir, teacher niwas, painting gallery and many more. This ashram is also known for its calm natural surroundings and has become a popular place to visit in India.
The ashram came into existence in the year of 1915 on the month of May 25th at the Kocharab Bungalow which was that time owned by Jivanlal Desai, a friend of Gandhiji. Initially the Ashram was known as Satygraha Ashram and Gandhiji desired to use this place for farming and animal husbandry purposes. But the ashram was later relocated to the western side of Sabarmati River for enlarging its base around 36 acres of land. It was from this Ashram that Gandhiji along with the company of seventy eight followers had launched the Dandi Movement in the year of 1930 on March 12. The ashram played a vital role in the development of cottage industry. In the year of 1951 the ashram has been converted into a museum known as Gandhi Smarak Sangrhalaya under the supervision of a public trust.
Where is it located?
The Ashram is situated within the west bank region of Sabarmati River and is just five kilometer away from the center of Ahmedabad city. It will roughly take 263 km to reach the Ashram from the nearest railway station in Surat via NH8 and NE 1. It will take at least 484 km to reach the place from Gandhinagar Airport via NH 8 and NH 848.