Ahmedabad ( in Gujarati) or Ahmadabad is the largest city in Gujarat and the sixth largest city in India with a population of almost 5 million. The city is also sometimes called Karnavati, an older name and as Amdavad in colloquial Gujarati. Ahmedabad is the administrative center of Ahmedabad District, and was the former capital of Gujarat State from 1960 to 1970, when Gandhinagar replaced it.
HOW TO REACH
Ahmedabad airport is located 10 km north of the city center. Indian Airlines & other private airlines have daily flights to Mumbai and Delhi. The city is also connected to Bangalore, Goa and Chennai by regular flights.
The city also has a good road network with good network of National and State Highways. Ahmedabad is well connected by trains with Delhi, Mumbai, Vadodra and Udaipur.
The city is well connected with Bombay, Delhi and other major cities.
WHAT TO SEE
It is amongst the most popular tourist sights in the city. Built of yellow sandstone this mosque stands on 260 pillars which support 15 domes at varying elevations. The mosque was built by Ahmad Shah in 1423. It is easily accessible as it stands in the centre of the old city. This imposing structure reflects the Muslim architecture of that period.
Jhulta Minara: –
Quite an unusual structure, Jhulta Minara or swaying minarets are a part of the mosque of Siddi Bashir and can be moved back and forth by applying a little force at the topmost arch. One of the minarets was partly demolished by an Englishman in his endeavours to unravel the mystery of the swaying minarets. The mosque was built by master craftsmen and the crucial mechanism that leads to the vibration is still a mystery. The other interesting fact here is that these minars stand the test of the rumbling trains that pass not very far away from them.
Hathising Jain Temple: –
An impressive white structure, the Jain temple built of white marble and elaborately carved is dedicated to Dharmanath – the 15th Jina or Jain Apostle. Similar to all Jain temples, this temple too is rich in intricate carvings displaying among other things – musicians.
Bhadra Fort :-
To add special charm to the varied sights of the city there is the Bhadra Fort, which once housed royal palaces and well-laid gardens. It boasts of the temple of Bhadrakali and was built in 1411 during the Maratha rule.
Sidi Sayed Mosque:-
Sidi Sayed Mosque is unique for its exquisite screens, which are praised for their amazing Jhali screen, framed, in the ten semi-circular windows. The screen carved out of one rock is just exceptional. A visit to this superb and outstanding example of delicate carving is an absolute must.
Sabarmati Ashram :-
The ashram was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915, and today without doubt it is the biggest tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. It lies on the tranquil stretch of the Sabarmati river and was referred to as the Satyagraha Ashram during the lifetime of the Mahatma. It was from here, that the Mahatma began his famous ‘Dandi March’ in 1930 to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. One can see the three wise monkeys and many more of Gandhiji’s teachings at the ashram premises. The ashram today continues the work started by Mahatma and houses a handicrafts centre, a handmade paper factory and a spinning wheel factory. Besides, there are several other attractions for the tourist.
Kankaria Lake :-
A circular lake built in 1451 by Sultan Qutub-ud-Din. In the centre of the lake is an island garden with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi. The lake is a popular recreation centre surrounded by parks, ‘Bal Vatika’ – an aquarium, a boat club, a natural history museum and a zoo.
Sardar Patel Museum:-
TheÂ Sardar Patel MuseumÂ was established in the city of Surat in the year 1890 and has since then maintained the premier position among the Surat tourist attractions. The museum is a multi purpose museum that remains open on all days of the week barring Mondays. The museum also remains closed on the gazetted holidays declared by the Surat municipal corporation.
Shopping in Ahmedabad will be an interesting experience for the tourists. In Teen Darwaza apart from furniture and showpieces they can even buy beautiful antique jewelry. So for all you ladies out there who are looking for precious antique jewellery they should go for shopping in Ahmedabad.Â In Ahmedabad there is a bustling market of Dhal Garwad. Shops selling ready made garments and dupattas, saris bedcovers reflect the exquisite handicrafts of Gujarat. Shopping in Ahmedabad will be incomplete if you do not plan a visit to Dhal Garwad.
Gujarati thalis are very famous and you can get it anywhere.
Vishalla, opposite Vana Tolnaka, serves delectable Gujarati food.
Sankalp, C G Road, is perhaps the best place for South Indian dishes.
CafÃ© Upper Crust, opposite Maharaja Palace, Vijay Cross Roads: A good bakery, it also specialises in continental dishes.
Banjara, between Rajpath Club and Thaltej Cross Roads: Excellent Chinese and Continental cuisine.
Chills Thrills Frills has branches all over the city: Very popular for ice creams, fast food and Chinese food.