Main Attractions: Bhadra Fort, Adalaj Vav, Sabarmati Ashram, Teen Darwaza
Best time to visit: October to March
Ahmedabad city is a wonderful tourist destination of the state of Gujarat. It serves as the major commercial center of the state and acts as the sixth largest city in India. It is famous for its textile industry and a number of fascinating monuments. It is popularly known as the ‘Manchester of the East’ as it is the largest denim producer in the world. Ideally located on the banks of river Sabarmati, it is also the place where the lover of peace Gandhiji fought the battle for freedom. A large number of educational and learning centers are also located here where students come to study from far and wide. The city also takes pride in its traditional folk art.
Ahmedabad was established by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 AD. There is an interesting story behind the establishment of this city by the Sultan. He once saw a rabbit trying to attack his hunter dog and realized that if the rabbits of this place were so brave then the people here would be among the bravest. During his rule, he built several wonderful monuments, mosques, pavilions and mausoleums here.
Established in the year 1917 AD on the banks of river Sabarmati, the ashram is also known as Gandhi Ashram. At one point of time Gandhiji himself lived here and led the Dandi March for the freedom struggle of India. The March was against the salt laws imposed by the British Government. Satyagrah of the Ahmedabad Textile Mill workers was the first campaign launched here. This ashram has played an important role in the freedom struggle of India. Tourists from far and wide come here to pay homage to Gandhiji.
It is a beautiful triple arched gateway with sheer architectural beauty. Serving as the landmark of the city, the monument was built in 1411 AD by Sultan Ahmed Shah. It is one of the most famous monuments of the city. Teen Darwaja leads to the Royal Square (Maidan Shahi). The Darwaja is located inside the fort complex. The market near the Darwaja adds to its popularity.
This majestic fort was built in 1411 AD by Sultan Ahmed Shah. It has several wonderful buildings and the beautiful Nagina Bagh within its complex. The fort got its name from the Hindu Goddess Bhadra Kali. Hence, the fort also houses a temple dedicated to the goddess.
Famous for its architectural beauty, this mosque was built in yellow sandstone in the year 1423. It reflects an arresting example of Indo Saracenic architecture. It combines both Hindu and Mughal architectural styles.
Located 18 km off Ahmedabad, Adalaj Vav is a small village built by Queen Rudabai in 1499 AD. It is a mesmerizing piece of architecture which must be visited. Its intricate carvings and magnificent sculptures will surely leave you spell bound. ??
Some of the other attractions of the city are Calico Museum of textiles, Rani Roopmati Mosque, Sarkhej Roza, Kankaria Lake, Shahibagh Palace and Jhulta Minar.
Shopping in Ahmedabad:
Shopping is a great delight in a city like Ahmedabad. Here you can shop for a variety of handicrafts such as antique jewelry, bandhni textiles, meenakari furniture Kutchi embroidered tablecloths, handwoven silk patola saris, terracotta toys, mirror studded wall hangings, etc.
Accommodation in Ahmedabad:
Being a commercial city of Gujarat, Ahmedabad offers a variety of accommodation options to tourists. You can choose from a variety of hotels starting from budget to luxury hotels.
How to Reach Ahmedabad:
By Air: The nearest airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport which is located 15 km off the city center. It serves both domestic and international flights.
By Rail: The railway station in the city connects it to some of the main cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, Lucknow, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Raipur, Hyderabad, Nagpur, etc.
By Road: The well maintained roads and National Highways connect Ahmedabad with cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Gandhinagar, Vadodara, etc.
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