Ahmedabad is a city with the right mix of heritage, modernity, liveliness, luxury, technology and infrastructure.

A rapidly growing metropolis, an industrial hub, an educational hotspot, and a city with a magnificent past – Ahmedabad is one of the most important cities in Gujarat and is fast becoming a very popular tourist destination as well. Home to a plethora of remarkable temples, intriguing museums, serene lakes, good restaurants, and classy market, with a little bit of colonial history attached to it, Ahmedabad is a great example of how a city can still retain every bit of its old-world charm while still rapidly progressing on the path of globalization and commercialization.

History

The area around Ahmedabad has been inhabited since the 11th century, when it was known as Ashaval . At that time, Karna, the Chaulukya ruler of Anhilwara (modern Patan), waged a successful war against the Bhil king of Ashaval, and established a city called Karnavati on the banks of the Sabarmati. Gujarat subsequently came under the control of the Delhi Sultanate in the 14th century. This area finally came under the control of Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 A.D. who while at the banks of Sabarmati liked the forested area for a new capital city and laid the foundation of a new walled city near Karnavati and named it Ahmedabad after the four saints in the area by the name Ahmed. The Indian independence movement developed roots in the city when Mahatma Gandhi established two ashrams- which would become centres of nationalist activities. Ahmedabad has become a metropolis, with classical and colonial European-style buildings lining the city's thoroughfares.

Culture

Ahmedabad has become a metropolis, with classical and colonial European-style buildings lining the city's thoroughfares. Even with a lot of urban culture and western culture coming in, Amdavadis are still very much rooted to their culture and heritage. They have conveniently adopted the new without losing essence of their true identity and what makes them different.

Interesting Facts

  • Ahmedabad was the second city to build an IIM in after Calcutta in 1961. It is one of the leading business schools in India and in Asia-Pacific region.

  • Before Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad was the capital city of the state of Gujarat.

  • Ahmedabad is known as Manchester of the East or Boston of India.

  • Forbes listed Ahmedabad as the ‘World’s 3rd Fastest growing Cities’ in the year 2010.

  • Ahmedabad, in fact, the whole of Gujarat is known for its vegan delicacies.

Climate

Ahmedabad has a hot, semi-arid climate. The best time to visit Ahmedabad is during the winter season from November- February.

Best Time
  • November - February

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