Located on the bank of river Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is the largest city in the whole State of Gujarat. From the year 1960 to 1970, it served as the capital city of Gujarat. However, later on, the capital was shifted to the Gandhinagar city. It was founded in the year 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah. It is owing to this reason that, sometimes, it is also referred to as the city of Ahmed Shah.
There is an interesting legend associated with the Ahmedabad city. Towards the beginning of the fifteenth century, the state of Gujarat was ruled by the Muslim Muzaffarid dynasty. Once Sultan Ahmed Shah was standing on the banks of river Sabarmati and he noticed a tiny hare chasing a strong ferocious dog. He kept pondering over it. He approached a spiritual leader and asked for explanation. This learned man said that, it is the uniqueness of this land that cultivates such rare qualities in its people. After having heard this, the Sultan got so impressed that he decided to set up the capital of Gujarat over here and he called this land Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad was incorporated into the Bombay Presidency during the British Rule but remained the most important city in the Gujarat region. Over a period of time, Ahmedabad established itself as the home of textile industry and earned the nickname of “The Manchester of the East.” A rising centre of higher education, information technology and scientific industries, Ahmedabad continues to remain one of the important cultural and commercial centers of Western India.
The post independence period saw the declaration of Ahmedabad as a provincial town of Bombay. On the 1st of May in the year 1960, Ahmedabad became the capital city of Gujarat.
What To See And Do
Kankaria Lake is a multisided lake that was built by Sultan Qutab-Ud-Din in the year 1451 a.d. It is basically an artificial lake with thirty four sides. Kankaria Lake is one of the most favorite picnic spots of the people of Ahmedabad. Adjacent to the lake, lies a beautiful garden called Nagina Wadi. There is also a zoo and children’s park located nearby the lake
Set up in the year 1915, Sabarmati Ashram was the central point from where the struggle for India’s independence was started.
SARDAR PATEL NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Sardar Patel National Memorial was established in the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was a great freedom fighter. Located in the environs of Shahibaugh in Ahmedabad
A specimen of fine craftsmanship, the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar is one of the largest and most prominent temples in the entire State of Gujarat.
MOSQUE OF SIDI SAYED
Located near Lal Darwaza in Ahmedabad, the Mosque of Sidi Sayed is one of the most prominent mosques in the Ahmedabad city.
IIM Ahmedabad is a name everyone is aware of and is one of the best MBA colleges in India.
Adalaj is a small village, situated at a distance of 18 km to the north of Ahmedabad. Vav means a step well. Adalaj Vav was built by Queen Rudabai, in 1499 ad. Adalaj Vav is counted amongst the finest architectural structures of Gujarat.
Where To Stay
Many hotels are available in Ahmedabad from lower budget to five star category.
How To Get Around
Domestic Air Port and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is located in Hansol, 9 km north of central Ahmedabad which is connected to manor cities of India and abroad,
Ahmedabad is connected by train to the major cities of India.
By road, Ahmedabad is connected to the places of Gujarat and major cities of India by State and National Highways.