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Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is at the centre of Gujarat with a total area of 8087 square km. Ahmedabad is surrounded by Kheda District in the east, Mehsana in the north, Anand District in the south and Surendranagar in the west and overall it includes 556 villages, 1 corporation, 1 cantonment area and 7 municipalities. Also, Ahmedabad is the largest city of the Gujarat state with a total population of around 8.412 Million in 2018. In 1960, Gujarat became a state and Ahmedabad gained importance as the political capital of the state. Ahmedabad is the rising centre of technology, education, and scientific industries and it remains the heart of Gujarat. Since 2000, Ahmedabad has been transformed through the development of shopping complexes, skyscrapers, and multiplexes.

Ahmedabad is majorly famous for the textile industry - Cotton, silk and embroidery, different food varieties, shopping, festivals, heritage places, etc.

Places to Visit

In every city, there are some must-visit places and if we talk about Ahmedabad, then top places to visit are Swaminarayan Temple, Dada Hari Wav, Sabarmati Ashram, World Vintage Car Museum, Kankaria Lake, Hathisingh Jain Temple, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Jhulta Minar, Law Garden, Manek Chowk, ISKCON Temple, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Science City, Kite Museum.

Near Ahmedabad, you can also visit nearby cities - Gandhinagar, Nadiad, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Ratlam, Jamnagar, Pali, Ujjain, Dhule, Bhilwara, Indore, Malegaon, Dewas, Jodhpur, Bhiwandi, Burhanpur, Kalyan, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath, Bombay, Bhopal.

How to Reach

If you’re planning to visit Ahmedabad then you must know about a few details like Ahmedabad Airport is 15km from the centre of the city and it is connected between domestic and the international circuit. With many available trains, connecting Ahmedabad with all the major cities (Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, and Bikaner), you can also use train medium to visit Ahmedabad. And if we talk about road travel then NH8 highway is the road connection for Ahmedabad.

  • By Flight - The Ahmedabad Airport (named as Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport) is linked to all the major cities - Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Goa, Pune and Hyderabad through the direct flight and regular flight options but the direct flights are limited in number. In local transport, Auto-Rickshaws, Cabs, and Taxis are easily available from the Ahmedabad airport (Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport).
  • By Road - Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service connects the city to all neighbouring cities - Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Bhavnagar, and Shirdi via NH8 highway.
  • By Train - Ahmedabad is connected to all the major cities via the Western Railways including several superfast and express trains through the Kalupur Station. Local transport like autos, buses, and taxis are easily available from the station.

When it comes to buying products in Ahmedabad, you have many options to choose from. To make it easy for you, here is the list of the most famous products in Ahmedabad -

  • Traditional Kutch fabrics, Tie and dye Fabrics
  • Patola Silks
  • Carved Furniture
  • Precious antique Jewellery
  • Handicraft Items
  • Home decorative items (of brass and wood)
  • Antique products like cowbells, caskets, and wind chimes

Culture

Ahmedabad follows rich cultural traditions and has various traditions of different religious communities. The festivals celebrated in Ahmedabad include Navaratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Diwali (also known as Deepavali). The festival celebration also includes the annual kite festival in the month of January and Navratri nights are celebrated with various cultural and folk Gujarati songs.