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Ahmedabad (also spelled Ahmadabad) is the sixth largest city (pop. 6m) of India. It is the commercial hub of the state of Gujarat, though it is not the capital, which is Gandhinagar, 30 km to the north. Although it is not very well known as a 'tourist' place, it is certainly worth a visit. Actually, the fact that there are fewer tourists, will often get you a nicer welcome here.

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Ahmedabad

Understand

King Karandev 1, the Solanki Ruler, had waged a war against the Bhil king of Ashapall or Ashaval. After his victory Karandev established the city called "Karnavati". This Hindu kingdom of Karnavati retained its importance till early 15th century when Gujarat fell to the Muslim Sultanate.

In 1411 Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered Karnavati, and after his name Karnavati was renamed to Ahmedabad.

The city was built in open and spacious plane to the East of Sabarmati. It compromised of smaller known Fort as Bhadra Fort. The city fort wall was enclosed containing 12 Gates. The city of Ahmedabad went on expanding in every direction by the addition of new areas on both the sides of the river. And with the well laid out beautiful buildings, lakes and mosques.

In 1753 combined armies of Raghunath Rao and Damaji Gaekwad took the fort, which resulted into end of Mughal Rule in Ahmedabad. In 64 years during the rule of Gaekwad and Peshwa, city became worse. In 1818 British took over the administration of Ahmedbad. During this period Ahmedabad developed, Municipality Committee was founded, Railway link was established.

Ahmedabad was a cradle of the non-violent movement for India's independence, being host to the Sabarmati ashram of Mahatma Gandhi. Ahmedabad poses a mixture of rich tradition and modern feel. Ahmedabad is famous of Navaratri festival. Arguably the longest dance festival on earth, Navratri, rocks Ahmedabadi people and their guest too.

The Gujarati community is largely known for its hospitality and for being shrewd businessmen. Ahmedabad is a big industrial city long reputed for its textile industry, and today more so for its chemical, petroleum industries & IT industries.

Ahmedabad

Get in

Ahmedabad is connected with Bombay (aka Mumbai) (500 km) and New Delhi with trains several times a day. There are also flights to both cities at least twice a day from the airport, 15 km north-east from the city-centre. There are even a few direct international flights to London, New York, San Francisco and Chicago as well as Singapore. http://www.ahmedabadairport.com/

Ahmedabad

Get around

The best way to get around are the yellow and black 3 wheeled taxicabs known as the Autorickshaws or simply Rickshaws. Hollering 'Auto' or 'Rickshaw' at a passing Rickshaw should be enough to catch the drivers attention. In most cases the drivers would be able to understand Hindi and maybe even a few words of English. They are normally quite helpful and are not known to cheat tourists. There are some taxis but you will need to book them in advance or at the airport or railway station. For using the local buses, you will need to know some Gujarati phrasebookgujarati, as the routes and numbers are written only in that language.

Ahmedabad

Talk

The local language is Gujarati phrasebookGujarati. Hindi is understood by almost everyone and English is prevelant to a lesser extent.

Ahmedabad

Buy

Ahmedabad is well known for its textile industries. Be sure to look at the traditional hand embroidered and tie 'n die clothes, and if you are buying from the roadside shops be prepared to haggle. It would not be advisable to try these without a local guide. The city's main market area is situated at Ratan Pole and Manek Chowk near Lal Darwaja.It is generally a crowded area but you get a better variety of clothes (it is very crowded during festival seasons). The street side shops near Law Garden also offers good choices. Some shops such as Bandhej and Sanskruti offer these traditional items at fixed (and maybe overpriced) rates.

Ahmedabad

See

  • Gandhi Aashram Located near vadaj the Sabarmati Aashram was once house of Mahatma Gandhi. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aksherdham Temple, Rich and Wonderful architecture. Located in Gandhinagar, about 20 K.M. from Ahmedabad.
  • Science City, Newly build Science City is one latest happening place in the city
  • Vaishnodevi Temple, Replica of famouse vaishnodevi temple... located at S.G Highway
  • Amar dham
  • ISKCON temple
  • 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.
  • Kamla Nehru Zoo This is near to Kankaria Lake and one of the best zoo in India.
  • Vastrapur Lake, Newly constracted lake with spelndid beauty
  • Law Garden,
  • Sarkhej Roja
  • Karnavati Meseum
  • Hathisingh Jain Temple, Shahibaug Road, 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.
  • Calico Textile Museum, is one of the finest textile museums in the world in one of Gujarat's famous carved wooden havelis. The museum displays a magnificent collection of rare textiles dating back to the 17th century. There is also an excellent reference library on textiles. Located in the Sarabhai Foundation, in Shahibagh the Calico Museum of Textiles, widely regarded as one of the finest textile museums in the world was constructed in 1949 AD. It has the finest collection of not just textiles and clothes but also furniture, temple artifacts and crafts in the country. It has no less than five centuries of the finest fabrics spun, woven, printed and painted in different parts of India. It has a collection of marble, sandstone and bronze icons and busts split in two thematic sections- gallery for religious textiles and historical textiles. An excellent reference library on textiles is found here.
  • Juma Majid, (mosque). 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.
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM)1 (http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/), in Vastrapur, the best School of Management in India was built by Louis Kahn and is a wonderful architechtural creation.
  • Darpana Academy of Performing Arts2 (http://www.darpana.com/), is one of the oldes't performing arts academies in the city. Its amphitheater Natarani has a fabulous performance venue overlooking the Sabarmati river and is one of the few places to bring internationally acclaimed performing artists to the city.
  • DA-IICT, Gandhinagar(Dhirubhai Ambani Intitute of Information and Communication Technology)3 (http://www.da-iict.org)
  • Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, It is one of the best arts displaying museum in city. It has a wide collection of Indian miniature paintings, stone sculptures,terracottas, paintings of tagore, art of Nepal and Tibet, bronzes,textiles,wood work, cloth paintings, metal sculptures, coins. A MUST see museum in Ahmedabad city.
Ahmedabad

Sleep

  • Hotel Taj Residency, Ahmedabad (5 Star Hotel)

Hotel Taj Residency offers warm hospitable service with distinct charm. Conveniently located guests are only a few minutes away from Ahmedabad?s international and domestic airports, and 15 minute drive from the central business district and state capital, Gandhinagar.

  • Hotel Inder Residency, Ahemdabad (5 Star Hotel)

Hotel Inder Residency is situated in calm & quiet western suburbs of Ahmedabadnear in main commercial roads C.G & Ashram road. More easy accessibility to the Railway Station and Airport and its close location from main Ahmedabad, and other business areas makes the hotel more convenient and therefore, one of the most sought after places especially for the esteemed business class barons and visitors.

  • Hotel Le Meridien, Ahmedabad (5 Star Hotel)

Hotel Le Meridien is located in middle part of the city, with a beautiful view of the Sabarmati river. Hotel is spread into six floors. In terms of its location and elegant interiors both, this sixty three rooms property is one of its kind in the city of Ahmedabad. The lobby has granite pillars and marble floors which enhance the atrium view of the hotel. The Rooms are well equipped and aesthetically designed.

  • Hotel Cama Park Plaza, Ahmedabad (4 Star Hotel)

Hotel Cama Park Plaza is a landmark of culture and comfort in the city of Ahmedabad, suited for business and leisure travelers alike. It is located centrally in the heart of business and shopping areas. It combines old-world charm with 21st century amenities to make your stay truly comfortable and memorable. Thus it is truly a endless fusion of traditional and modernity.

  • Hotel Comfort Inn Sunset, Ahmedabad (4 Star Hotel)

Hotel Comfort Inn Sunset is a beautiful hotel with its unique architectural design. Hotel enthralls guests with a relaxing lounge and a warm welcome. Its close proximity from Airport is another advantage. It provides a high standard of hygiene & comfortable living for the business traveller as well as tourists to the city. It provides guests with an atmosphere of quality hospitality which lives upto the international standards of a first class hotel at an affordable price.

  • Hotel Fortune, Ahmedabad (3 Star Hotel)

Fortune Hotel is a leading economy hotel of Ahmedabad located in the heart of the city's business center, located around 10 km from the Airport. It offers its guests a complete range of amenities, including large meeting rooms, state-of-the-art business facilities and best food & beverage options. Its close proximity to city center, government houses and major business center in the city is its location advantage. All this makes this hotel an ideal place for both businessmen and travelers alike.

  • Hotel President, Ahmedabad (3 Star Hotel)

Hotel President is a known for its hospitality and luxury, style, and comfort they offer to the guests. This Hotel is situated at the prime location of C.G.Road which is one of the most posh and prime commercial areas in Ahmedabad. Hotel is situated in the very heart of the Ahmedabad city.

  • Hotel Quality Inn, Ahmedabad (3 Star Hotel)

Hotel Quality Inn Riviera is the modern, full serviced, centrally air-conditioned business class hotel of Ahemdabad. The hotel is located in the hub of commercial district of Ahmedabad at the bank of Sabarmati River. Hotel provides an excellent view of the river at dawn and in the evening. It offers 69 well-appointed executive rooms, business & luxury suites of various categories, multi cuisine restaurant, health club, business center and much more.

  • Hotel Westend, Ahmedabad (3 Star Hotel)

Westend Hotel provides its guests with all the modern amenities available in a friendly and homely atmosphere. Hotel is conveniently situated in the commercial area of Ahmedabad. Hotel gives its guests a delicate combination of old-world charm and the modern ambience. The Westend offers a lot more than what you'd expect, landmark location, exotic cuisine, tasteful ambience and warm hospitality that makes you come back again and again.

Ahmedabad

Eat

Eating is always fun in Ahmedabad. You will find at least one eating joint in every nook and corner, anywhere in Ahmedabad.

Gujarati people are fond of eating and they have very delicious, spicy, tasty variety of dishes.

If you are a tourist outside from India and has not stayed in India for longer period, select a food joint which is famous and well organized (hotels, big restaurants). But otherwise, its fun to eat at any place.

There are more than 200 famous listed hotels, restaurants in Ahmedabad, excluding the local food joints.

  • Vishalla, opposite Vana Tolnaka, serves delectable Gujarati food.
  • Rajwadu, Near Malav Talav (lake), Jivraj Park, serves delicious Rajasthani traditional food. The surroundings are created in a nice way to give a glimpse of Rajasthan, a historically rich state in the western part of India.
  • Sankalp, C G Road, is perhaps the best place for South Indian dishes.
  • CafĂ© 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.
  • Choice Corner, C G Road, is very popular for fast food, ice creams and Chinese food.
  • Chills Thrills Frills, has branches all over the city: Very popular for ice creams, fast food and Chinese food.
  • Pizza Hut, Abhijay Complex, Swastik Cross Roads.
  • Honest,White House,Ambavadi serves best Bhaji Pav, pulav and other fast food
Ahmedabad

Drink

Gujarat is the only Indian state where alcohol is prohibited. But this applies only to locals. If you have a non-Indian passport, you can get an alcohol permit from the government that allows you to buy and consume alcohol legally.

Bootlegging is rampant and most locals should be able to procure whatever you want.

Many small shops sell lassis(a yogurt drink). You have a lot of choice: sweet, salty, with almonds. There is also a very wide variety of fruit juices available. Most large places like HavMor are reputable and use good water, you should exercise care when drinking at smaller places.

Ahmedabad

Festivals

Makar Sankranti or festival of kites or "Utarayan", 14th January, in the festival of Makar Sankranti or festival of kites or "Utarayan". The festival marks the end of winter and return of the sun to northern hemisphere and hence is named "Uttar ayan". On this particular day everybody in the city start the day through kite flying and continues in the night by driving lamps (Tukkal) attached to kites in the sky. The sky remains through out the day, dotted with colourful kites.

Navratri (festival of nine nights), Navratri or the festival of nine nights is devoted to Goddess Shakti. The festival also has the famous folk dance of Gujarat "Garba". The festival continues for nine nights, everybody takes part into it with same emphasis. Each night starts with ceremonial "Aarti" and is followed by Garba till late mid-night. The Garba dance is carried out around the statue of Goddess Shakti. Garba is also played with Dandiyas in hand. During these nights, city is been beautifuly decorated and nights become short.

Ahmedabad

Contact

The local area code is 79.

Ahmedabad

Emergency Information

  • Police - 100
  • Fire - 101
  • Ambulance - 102
  • Airport Inquiry - 141 4 (http://www.airportsindia.org.in/aai/ahmd_airpo_GI.htm)
  • Railways I.V.R.S. - 133
  • Railways General Enquiry - 131
  • Telephone Directory Inquiry - 197
  • Telephone Local Assistance - 199
Ahmedabad

Get out

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  • Adalaj Step-Well Adalaj is a village 18 km. to the north of Ahmedabad. The Vav (step-well) at Adalaj derives its name from the lady patron, Ruda, wife of the Vaghela chief, Virsinh; who built it in the 15th or 16th century A.D. The Vav, laid out in the north-south direction, the well in the north and in the south, have a total length of 75.3 metres. It is the only major monument of its kind, which has three entrance stairs leading to the stepped corridor. These three entrances meet in the first storey, underground, in a huge square platform, which has, to the top, an octagonal opening. The platform rests on 16 pillars, on the corners, and two in front of each side. The four corners of the platform are marked by four built-in shrines, with doors, windows, balconies. The stepped corridor begins from this square platform. The corridor is entirely surrounded by a one-metre high parapet with a rounded topping. It descends with four pavilion towers for five storeys. The walls of the Vav are veritable show cases of sculptures and ornamentation. the sculptures range from a king sitting on a stool under a parasol, to erotic scenes; and buttermilk churning girls. The door frames around the entrances of the spiral staircases to the octagonal shaft are surrounded by a parikrama, which is an enlarged version of the frames around the niches. String-courses running along the side walls embellish all parts of the structure, sometimes dividing the wall into horizontal sections. They also appear on the walls of the octagonal shaft, depicting floral or leaf patterns, or rows of animals.
  • Sabarmati Ashram Seven km from the centre of town, on the west bank of the Sabarmati River, this was Gandhi's headquarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels. Gandhi's spartan living quarters are preserved as a small museum and there is a pictorial record of the major events in his life..
  • Shaking Minarets Just south of the railway station, outside the Sarangpur Gate, the Sidi Bashir Mosque is famed for its shaking minarets, or jhulta minars. When one minaret is shaken, the other rocks in sympathy. This is said to be a protection against earthquake damage. It's a fairly fanciful proposition, and one which you'll be unable to verify, unless of course you happen to be on the spot during an earthquake.



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