Population: 5,200,000 (2001)
Telephone Area Code: 079
Gujarat's principal city is Ahmedabad (also known as Amdavad) and is one of the major industrial cities in India. If you are braced to taste the mystifying paradox that India can serve up, than a visit to its megacity, Ahmedabad, comes as a prescription. Nestled in the heart of Gujarat, this zesty city provides one with a generous buffet of stimulation that swears to enliven all the five senses. A day here is like living through an enigmatic and passionate dance between the old and the contemporary, the virtuous and the ruthless, the peaceful and the chaotic, the artistic and the crude, the spiritual and the material.
But these very opposites often carry many visitors to such thresholds, that after a point, they find themselves immersed in the innate spirit of this enchanting place. Many who came here have never left. It is not because this city is perfect. Far from it. But it is because this city lives from the ‘heart’ and one can feel it. If you can scratch through the surface of the smog, than you'll begin to experience its raw aesthetic energy and irrepressible spirit.
Over the centuries Ahmedabad has had a, number of periods of grandeur, each followed by decline. It was founded in l411 by Ahmed Shah (from whom the city takes its name) and in the I7th century was thought to be one of the finest cities in lndia. In 1615, In the noted English ambassador, Sir Thomas Roe, judged it to be 'a goodly city, as large as London' but in the l8th century, it went through a period of decline. Its industrial strength once again raised the city up, and from 1915, it become famous as the site of Gandhi's ashram and the place where he launched his celebrated march against the Salt Law.
Attractions of Ahmedabad
Places to visit in Ahmedabad, Kankaria Lake, Chandola Lake, Vastrapur Lake, Malav Lake, Sardar Patel National Memorial, Sabarmati Ashram, Hussain Doshi Gufa, Calico Museum of Textiles, Bhadra Fort, Dada Hari Vav, Jhulta Minar, Sarkhej Roza, Teen Darwaza, Religious Places, Ahmed Shah Mosque, Akshardham Temple, Hathee Singh Temple, Jama Masjid, Rani Rupmati Mosque, Sidi Sayed Mosque, Akshardham Swaminarayan Temple at Ahmedabad City Tour.