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Ahmedabad - The Destination

  
Ahmedabad, the city of Ahmed Shah (Medieval ruler of Gujarat), is a city of rich past and its connection with the Mahatma (Great Soul), also known as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Ahmedabad city offers you a unique style of architecture, which is a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles (Indo-Saracenic style of architecture). Today Ahmedabad is well-known for its textile mills and is often referred to as the Manchester of the East.

Ahmedabad is a colorful city where you can enjoy the better side of life, be it food or amusement. The Walled City in Ahmedabad will take you down the memory lane to the city's glorious past. Ahmedabad has got numerous places of interest for tourists, ranging from ancient monuments to amusement parks. The charm of the various museums, mosques and forts harmonizes the simplicity of the Ahmedabad city.

There are many places of tourist interests near Ahmedabad that are worth visiting. Sarkhej,Adlaj Vav,Lothal,Modhera, Patan, Gandhinagar,

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Mahudi, Nalsarovar Wildlife Sanctuary et al.

The lively people of Ahmedabad celebrate their numerous traditional festivals with great excitement and gaiety. The tourists in Ahmedabad during any event or festival enjoy the celebrations in the special Gujarati style. Besides the traditional Navratri and Rath Yatra, Ahmedabad is also the host of the contemporary International Kite Festival too.

One of the most exciting part of Ahmedabad is the old dwellings of the city, where little seems to have changed. This part of the city is divided into unique self-contained pols (living quarters), where huge wooden doors lead off from narrow winding lanes. Within each doorway entire communities of jewellers, weavers, woodcarvers and printers live and work, each in their own separate pol. Skillfully carved 16th century wooden havelis (mansions) teeter dangerously over narrow passageways. In many streets, there are Jain bird-feeding enclosures called parabdis, filled with pigeons. On the dry sandy bed of the Sabarmati, streaming flags of block-printed fabric are laid out to dry in the sun.


Manek Chowk, the Old City’s chief marketplace has rows of Gujarati merchants reclining upon spotless white bolsters and mattresses doing brisk business in silver jewellery, reams of printed fabric, embroidery and expensive patola silk saris. In these parts it is common to see men sporting the traditional Gujarati dress - a short white-skirted cotton tunic worn over loose white cotton jodhpur-like trousers and the compulsory gold earrings- certainly an exotic and mesmerizing destination, not to be missed.
Ahmedabad - Facts at a Glance

State : Gujarat
Area : 235.71 sq. km
Temperature : 23 C – 41 C (Summer)
15 C - 35 C (Winter)
Rainfall : 70 cms
Altitude : 53 mts
Language : Gujarati, Hindi, English
Best Season : November - February


History of Ahmedabad


The vibrant history of Ahmedabad commences with King Karandev I, the Solanki ruler who waged a war against the Bhil King Ashapall or Ashaval. Karandev Inamed this city Karnavati. In 1411 century Gujarat fell in the hands of Sultan Ahmed Shah, and he renamed the city to Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad remained the royal capital for a period of 162 years (1411-1573 A.D.)

This city was originally built on the banks of the river Sabarmati, but it has expanded since. Enclosed by a fort by Mohammed Begdo, the grandson of Ahmed Shah, to protect it from outside invaders, conditions in the city were chaotic at the time of Sultan Muzaffar III. Akbar, the great Moghul emperor, conquered Gujarat in 1573. During the Moghul reign, Ahmedabad became one of the thriving centres of trade in the country with textiles being exported as far as Europe. By 1753, the armies of Raghunath Rao and Damaji Gaekwad captured the city, which resulted in the end of the Mughal Rule in Ahmedabad. A famine in 1630 and the rule of the Peshwa and the Gaekwad almost destroyed the city. By 1818, the British East India Company took over the city.

The main Ahmedabad city (downtown) is currently a thriving business centre. On any given day the city is almost crowded. The city has developed rather irregularly and hence most of the roads are narrow. A wide variety of shops and businesses exist in the city.

In 1915, Mahatma Gandhi came from South Africa and established Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati. The famous salt satyagraha was started here in 1930. The rich cultural legacy of this city has continued even after India’s independence with a perfect fusion of the austere Islamic principles of design with the Hindu art of sculpted ornamentation.
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