Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat and one of the fastest growing cities in India, is located on the banks of the river Sabarmati. The city is admired as the Manchester of the East for its textile mills.
Places to Visit
Kankaria LakeKankaria Lake
A beautiful lake built by Sultan Qutab-ud-Din Aibak in the 15th century, Kankaria Lake is a very relaxing site today. The search lights installed at the banks make for a grand appearance after dark. It is believed that the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan often visited the island palace within the lake with his wife, Empress Noor Jahan.
Sardar Patel National Memorial
The Sardar Patel National Memorial was established in the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was a great political leader for India's independence struggle. He was responsible for reuniting the scattered Indian states into one nation. A statue in his likeness, called the Statue of Unity, is to be constructed on the River Narmada. Once finished, this will be the tallest statue in the world.
Set up in the year 1915, Sabarmati ashram is saw the humble beginnings of India's independence struggle. Until the year 1930, the ashram was the home to Mahatma Gandhi. Today the ashram boasts a museum and several other buildings, including accommodation for tourists.
Hussain Doshi Gufa
Hussain Doshi Gufa is an underground art gallery. Designed by B.V.Doshi and depicting the works of painter M.F. Hussain, this unique gallery takes its name from the two eminent personalities.
Ahmedabad is well known for its influential minaret, known as the Jhulta Minar. It is a part of the mosque Siddi Bashir and an example of superb craftsmanship. The mosque has been constructed in way that, if you apply a little force on its upper arc, the Minar tends to sway.
An architectural marvel, Teen Darwaza (Three Doors) will surely leave you awestruck. Built in the year 141 A.D. by the founder of the city, Sultan Ahmed Shah, Teen Darwaza competes with constructions such as the Brandenburg Gate of Berlin.
By Air : Ahmedabad is connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa and Jaipur by air. The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad also caters to international routes including the Middle East, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, some parts of Europe and the United States. Some of these flights stop at Mumbai or Delhi before continuing to their final destination.
By Rail : Ahmedabad is well connected to most destinations in the country as well as to the different towns in Gujarat. Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai and other major cities are linked by a number of trains.
By Road : Gujarat has the best network of roads in India. Inter-state bus services linking Ahmedabad to other cities in the state and beyond are regular and efficient. The roads are smooth four-lane highways in some parts of the state and two-lane elsewhere, but all roads are well maintained and have motels, restaurants and gas stations at regular intervals.
Ahmedabad city primarily experiences extreme climates with a large difference in the day and night temperatures. The best to visit is between September and January.