Ahmadabad, also called Amdavad, was the earlier capital of Gujarat which later shifted to Gandhinagar. The place is still the administrative headquarter of the state. On the Banks of Sabarmati River the place is a very famous tourist place. Also the city is under the Smart Cities Project started by the Govt on India. Amdavad is situated at an elevation of 53m with an area of 464 sq kms. The place has tropical savanna climate with an average temp of 26C. The best time to visit the place is between the months November to February.
The civilization in Ahmadabad dates as back as 11th century. The place was found as the city of Ashval. Later the city was known as Karnavati under the King Karna of Chalukya Dynasty. The place was ruled even by the Vaghela Dynasty (13th c) and the Delhi Sultanate (14th c). In 15th c it came under the Muzaffarid Dynasty. The third king of the Muzaffarid Dynasty, the four renounced saints, named the city Ahmadabad. In 1573 the city was besieged by the Mughal and became a part of the Mughal India and later was lost to the Marathas in 1758. In 1818 the city n=became the Part of the British Empire as a part of the Bombay presidency. The previously Muslim Dominated city was inhabited by the Hindu Migrants from Pakistan which made Hindu’s a majority here.
WHAT TO SEE
Uttarayan or the Kite festival is one of the main festivals in Gujarat. On this day the sky is covered with kites and hardly can you see the sky, the only thing you can see up is beautiful colorful kites. But people start flying kites a week before the actual festive though that time you cannot see so many kites in the sky.
Navratra is a nine day festival. The ninth day is when elaborated celebrations happen. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is believed that she comes for 9 day and takes away with her all the negative vibes leaving back all the positivity and giving prosperity to people.
Other festivals include, Dipawali, Dasara, Rath Yatra, Muharram, Christmas etc.
The folk dance of Ahmadabad is Garba. Garba is performed in a circle around the Deep (Lamp) or a picture or any other portrayal of Goddess Durga.
The traditional dress of Gujarat is Chanya Choli for women and Dhoti for men. These are worn especially during Garba.
Places to visit
The Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati is a world famous Tourists spot. Gandhi is known as the father of India, and this is the place where he resided which makes it a popular tourist place. The ashram was earlier known as Satyagraha Ashram, was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915. It is also famous as Gandhi started the famous Dandi March against the Tax which was levied on Salt.
Calico Textile museum is one of the best textile museums on the earth. The museum is a Haveli carved out of wood. There is an amazing collection of Cloths here; even the one’s which people have no idea that they exist that goes as back as the 17th century. The museum was contracted in 1949 and has not only cloth displays but also artifacts, furniture, icons of – bronze; wood; marble etc. there is a huge display of hand-woven fine fabric in various colors and prints.
Kankaria Lake, built by Sultan Qutub-ud-Din in 1451, is an artificial lake. What is so magnificent about the lake is that in the center it has a Garden Island on which is built the Nagina Wadi (Palace). The palace garden has a musical fountain show every evening which is worth watching. An aquarium, a park, a museum and a boat club surround the park. An entire day can be spent here.
Jama Masjid, built in 1423 by Ahmad Shah, is an awe inspiring sight and one of the most visited places in Ahmadabad. The architecture of the mosque is magnificent. 15 domes of various sizes and elevations rest on top of 260 pillars. The mosque, even after 6 centuries, stands as it is. It is a beautiful example of Islamic architecture. Mass prayers are held here.
Jhulta Minara means swaying Minarets. A part of the Siddi Bashir Mosques, situated at the topmost arch in the mosque, the minarets are designed in such a way that they sway back and forth.
Auto World Vintage Car museum is built by Shri Pranlal Bhogilal. The museum is actually the collection of Bhogilal’s owns cars. There are more than 100 cars put on display. Also they are in very good condition and also you can have them for a drive. The collection includes Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Cadillac’s, Austin, Lincoln, Ford etc.
Sidi Sayed Mosque, Akshardham, Bhadra Fort, Vaishnodevi Temple, Amar Dham, Kamla Nehru Zoo, ISKCON Temple, Hathisingh Jain temple, Nima University, GNLU, IIM Ahmadabad and more. You can take a car or per day taxi and go around Ahmadabad. You will find something amazing every few kms where you can halt.
What to buy
Sangeeta Boocharas Silver centre is a govt approved centre for shopping silver. The place has variety of silver jewellery including tribal, designer, contemporary and more. They also made other items of silver.
Ahmadabad is known for its textiles. Handmade traditional cloths are really beautiful here. Fine hand done embroidery is something you don’t want to miss.
One cannot leave Gujarat without buying some sweet. The traditional sweets are mouth watering. They are available in good packing and some of them stay for a week long.
What to eat
Being a metropolis, Ahmadabad has several good places for a meal. Also these places serve quality food and variety of cuisines. Italian, Chinese, Mexican north Indian, south Indian etc are available in restaurants and even in small local stalls.
Mostly the food is vegetarian and the most popular is Thali. A must try dish is Khaman-Dhokla which you can get even from road stalls. The dry snacks that you get here is also very nice. This includes Khakra, Phaphda, Bhujiya; Gujiya etc. the food here is generally on the sweeter side but still it is must have experience.
How to reach
Just 15kms away from the city centre is the Sardar Vallabhvhai Patel Airport, Airport of Ahmadabad. There are several national as well as international flights from and to Ahmadabad. There are flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Dubai, Qatar, Sharjah, Singapore etc. From airport cars and buses are available to go to the main city.
Ahmadabad is connected to major part of India by train. There are regular trains to Ahmadabad from Mumbai, Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Kolkata, Agra etc. Ahmadabad has three railways stations, north, south and central.
There are bus services too available from places like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Agra, Mumbai etc to Ahmadabad. The buses are very regular and convenient. The buses stop at several bus stops and not only one. So you can get down at the one nearest to your place of stay.