The former capital city of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is the largest city of the state & the administrative centre of Ahmedabad district, located on the banks of the River Sabarmati. Even though it’s a metropolitan city, it is still rich in the vibrant culture & the flavours of Gujarat.
Ahmedabad was found in 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the capital of the Gujarat Sultanate. The city is named after its founder. Under British rule, a military cantonment was established and the city infrastructure was modernised and expanded. Although incorporated into the Bombay Presidency during the British rule in India, Ahmedabad remained the most important city of the Gujarat region. The city established itself as the home of a booming textile industry, which earned it the nickname “the Manchester of the East.” The city was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement in the first half of the 20th century. It was the centre of many campaigns of civil disobedience to promote workers’ rights, civil rights and political independence.
Among many well known tourist attractions are Gandhi Ashram, Sidi Sayeed Mosque, Walled city and gates, Swaminarayan Temple, Jama Masjid, Utensil and Textile Museum. We will update you about the various Ahmedabad tourist attractions in our forthcoming issues. Ahmedabad has an international airport and well connected with major Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolakata, Chennai etc. It has a larger railway network connecting it with many cities. Gujarat has one of the best road networks and Ahmedabad is well connected with Mumbai, Udaipur in Rajasthan and other Indian cities.