India’s first UNESCO world heritage city, Ahmedabad is an interesting city that dates back to the 15th century. Located on the banks of river Sabarmati, it is one of the prosperous cities of the country. Known as the ‘Manchester of the East’,one of the highly industrialized cities in India and India’s Textile City, Ahmedabad has myriad charms for all its visitors.
A heady combination of combination of Western and Indian influence, Ahmedabad is a cultural melting point. Sabarmati River divides the city into two parts - the old city and the new Ahmedabad. 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 must-see attractions.All the monuments, forts, temples, pols and havelis are the testimony to the aesthetic appeal that is inherent in Gujarat.
Sabarmati Ashram, a peaceful ground located on the Sabarmati River's west bank, was the second home to the legendary leader Mahatma Gandhi and the nerve center of India's freedom movement . His personal articles like spinning wheel,spectacles amongst others are well-preserved in the Ashram.
Both art collection and medieval castles, Ahmedabad has a sheer wealth of treasures. Museums like Kite Museum,Calico Museum of Textiles, Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum and Vechaar Utensils Museum can surprise anyone with its beauty and historical significance. People who want to know more about the unique and vibrant culture of the city, a tour to Ahmedabad museums can be a help. Ranging from textile museums to cars exhibitions to utensils display, here one can find many museums.
The charming colorful city of Gujarat is the best place to shop for tie-dye technique of bandhani. One can purchase bandhani saree, dupatta, pearl-work garments and much more from the shops. Also, Ahmedabad is the place to sample some scrumptious local food.
How To Get There
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport at Ahmedabad is an international airport with direct flights from other international hubs. Numerous domestic flights are also operational from here.
The main railway station is located in Kalupur area. This station falls under the prominent national railway circuit and is connected to all major cities of India. If you are on the western side of the Sabarmati River, then you can go to the Gandhigram station near Ashram road to buy your railway tickets easily.
The state of Gujarat has best road transportation system in whole of country. Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) and interstate bus services here link Ahmedabad with major cities in the state as well as in India.