Ahmedabad, the commercial hub of Gujarat, is the seventh largest city in India. This business centre of India has attracted many trendsetters and tycoons from the highly competitive field, which makes the city highly evolving, innovative and investing. Beyond the Ahmedabad's commercial persona, the city also boasts a vibrant cultural scene featuring the eclectic influences of its Mughal roots, colonial connections and a pool of Gujarati people. Also, Ahmedabad has many tourism places to visit like Kankaria Lake, Sabarmati Ashram, Calico Museum of Textiles, Hathee Singh Temple, Sarkhej Roza, etc.
Legends say that the city owes its foundation to Sultan Ahmed Shah. While hunting Sultan Ahmed Shah encountered a warren of rabbits on the bank of the Sabarmati river. Astonishingly, the rabbits turned fiercely on his hounds and defended their territory. Considering this as an auspicious sign, Sultan Ahmed Shah built this area as his new capital and named it after himself- Ahmedabad. Till now, Ahmedabad has witnessed the rule of many rulers, starting from Sultanate rulers in 1487, Mughal rulers in 1573, Maratha rulers in 1753 and later was taken over by the East India Company in the year 1818. Until 1960, Gandhinagar was the capital of Gujarat.
A heady combination of combination of Western and Indian influence, Ahmedabad is a cultural melting point. There is a fascinating mixture of places when one goes on a holiday to Ahmedabad. Sabarmati River divides Ahmedabad into two parts - the old city and the new Ahmedabad.
HOW TO REACH
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport caters to both domestic and international flights to and from Ahmedabad. It is located around 14 kilometres away from the city and is connected to all major cities of India. It also has flights to international cities including New York, London, Dubai, Singapore and Colombo. It is one of the busiest airports in Gujarat with as many as 250 flights taking off in a single day. You can easily book a pre-paid taxi from the airport to reach any part of the city.
Ahmedabad is connected to all cities of Gujarat and Mumbai via deluxe bus services run by (AMTS) and Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC). Major bus stops have interstate buses running as well. You may want to pre-book the seats since a lot of people travel by bus.
Falling under the national railway circuit and known as Kalupur Station, Ahmedabad’s railway station is well connected to all the cities in Gujarat and major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur and Jaipur with trains running several times in a day. Other cities like Goa, Jammu, Cochin, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Mangalore are also accessible via train.
Old City lies on the west side of the river and is surrounded by a 10 km long wall. Maze of crowded bazaars, exquisitely carved temples, gigantic monuments, magnificent gates and sub terrain stepwell, all these things together makes the old city. Bhadra Fort, Jama Masjid, Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Siddi Saiyad's Mosque and Tomb of Ahmed Shah are amongst the highlighted attractions of the Old Ahmedabad. All the monuments, forts, temples, pols and havelis in the western part of Ahmedabad are the testimony to the aesthetic appeal that is inherent in Gujarat.
The colonial period saw the expansion of the city to the west side of Sabarmati, facilitated by the construction of Ellis Bridge in 1875 and later the relatively modern Nehru Bridge. Towards the west side of the magnificent Sabarmati River is the New Ahmedabad featuring some finest examples of the contemporary design architecture of Le Corbusier and the American architect, Louis Kahn. The new city on the west side is nearly all built in the last 50 years. This particular section of Ahmedabad features malls, wide roads, and several major universities.
Ahmedabad is majorly an important educational tourism destination of India. With educational centres like National Institute of Design and Indian Institute of Management, the colleges of the city nurture the best talent in business and art. Though not amongst the famous tourist attractions of Ahmedabad, these two prestigious organizations features great architecture, manicured gardens and well-stocked libraries. A lot of industries are also investing in Ahmedabad. The city is the largest business hub in Gujarat and s favourite amongst the famous business giants of India. Owing to its numerous textile mills, Ahmedabad is known to the world as the "Manchester of the East."
People say that Gujarat is the land of legends and Ahmedabad is no exception to this. Sabarmati Ashram, a peaceful ground located on the Sabarmati River's west bank, was the second home to the legendary leader Mahatma Gandhi. His personal articles like spinning wheel, spectacles amongst others are well preserved in Ashram. Sabarmati ashram was the nerve center of India's freedom movement as this was the place where Mahatma Gandhi planned many famous national movements like non-violent, civil disobedience and Swadeshi, which rocked the foundation of British Raj. Mahatma Gandhi's cottage, Hriday Kunj, has been maintained much as he left it and exhibits some of his personal belongings.