AHMEDABAD CITY GUIDE
Ahmedabad is one of the largest cities in Gujrat and is situated on the embankments of the river Sabarmati. Ahmedabad was the capital of Gujrat from the year 1960 – 1970 later Gandhinagar became the capital of Gujrat. It was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the year 1411 and hence it is also known as the city of Ahmed Shah. Ahmedabad is the heart for the Gujrat’s economy as it’s the most important commercial city of the state and hence makes it an important source of tourism generator. The city has many industries and has elegant and royal monuments which keep us reminding of its glorious culturally imbibed past. Ahmedabad was unified into the Bombay Presidency during the British rule in India and was the most important city in the Gujrat region. During the passage of time Ahmedabad earned its pet name as the Manchester of the East due to its textile industry and its handloom and handicrafts. It is becoming into a centre for higher edification, information methodology and scientific commerce. Ahmedabad is the seat for culture and commerce in the Western India. It is the fifth largest city of India and the seventh largest in terms of a metropolitan area of India. It has been laid down by the Times of India as the best place to live in India in the year 2012 and Ahmedabad as of 2014 statistics has a gross domestic product estimated as close to $119 billion. The population is on an increase and has laid the foundation for the construction and real estate.
Ahmedabad covers an approximate area of 464 square kilometres. The river namely Sabarmati often dies up leaving a very narrow stream of water and also making it a very parch area with all dried up and this leads to Ahmedabad’s only problem- The water problem. There are three lakes in the city which provide for the water source to the city they are the Kankaria, Vastrapur and Chandola. Ahmedabad also falls under the earthquake zone 3 in a scale of 2-5. The city is divided into Eastern and Western region which is connected by several bridges over the river Sabarmati. Ahmedabad experiences a major heat wave and the temperature soars up to 48 degrees Celsius in the month of May. More or less it has a hot and semi-arid climate conditions. The summers are extremely dry and hot. The best time to make a visit to Ahmedabad is during the months of November to February.
The city has a Persian influence and many of its monuments and architecture could pin point the style of the construction. Some of the most frequented places of interest is the Law garden, Bal Vatika and the Victoria Garden. The Ahmedabad Kamla Nehru Zoological Park has a large variety of animals that are at the risk of being extinct like the flamingos, caracals Asiatic wolves and also chinkara. Besides these there are a number of other tourist attractions like the Sabarmati Ashram, Sardar Patel national Memorial, Hussain Dosi Gufa and the Calico Museum of textile are the various museums of Ahmedabad. Bhadra Fort, Dada Hari Vav, Jhulta Minar, Sarkhej Roza and Teen Darwaza are the immaculate monument which dates back to the Mughal reign over this region. There are a number of religious places as well like the Ahmed Shah Mosque, Akshardham temple, Hathe Singh temple, Jama Masjid, rani Rupmati masjid, Sidi Sayed masjid and Swaminarayan mandir. Keen interest in bird watching people must visit the Nalsarovar in the months of February as it houses a large variety of migratory birds. Lothal city is of prime importance to the archaeologists as Ahmedabad was well connected with the Indus Valley which had two main cities namely Mohenjodaro and Harappa. Yet another place of interest is Patan which is worth visiting because of its manufacturing unit of weaving Patola sarees.
Ahmedabad can be accessed easily by a variety of transport as rail , road and air are well-connected to the city. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport at Ahmedabad ha both domestic and international terminals and is majorly connected with all the four metropolitan cities of India. Ahmedabad Railway Junctions hosts a number of connected trains which are regularly plying from the junction and due to the well connectivity of the roads and a well provided intra-state bus services.
The most exciting part of the travel to this city is the shopping areas like the Bapu nagar; Ellis Bridge, Kadia, Kalupur, lal darwaza and Paldi are famous for its variety of things that can be bought, starting from handicrafts to silk sarees to jewellery. Handicrafts are the most widely sold items across the city and can be bought and even carried along as a piece of memorabilia. The intricate handmade clay utensils are in high demand and a piece to look for the hard labour put into it.
Alcohol consumption is less as compared to the other cities of the country since Gujrat the land of the Mahatma is declared as a dry state for paying respect to the father of the nation and smoking in the public is strictly prohibited.Since the climate is dry and hot it is advisable to wear only cotton material clothes as it will be comfortable and also helps in absorbing the heat of the sun. Very light woollens are required during the winter months since it hardly experiences any winter. The traditional clothes for the men are called the Zabbho and lehanga and it has a high influence of the Western culture. Generally the locallites prefer wearing the Gujrati clothing and navratri is a treat for the eyes to see the entire state gather up into a festive spirit for 9 long days. Garba is the popular folk dance of Gujrat. Primarily Gujratis are vegetarian people and their diet consists of all veg meals since a large portion of the city follow Jainism.
Ahmedabad has 89% of literacy rate and houses the most esteemed institute namely the IIM, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and the Gujrat National Law University amongst the other premier institution of the city. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has been ranked 9th out of 21 cities for finest exercise of authority and administration in India in the year 2014. The High Court being situated at Ahmedabad it is the judicial capital of Gujrat. Geet Sethi won the World professional Billiards Championship five times and has also received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award is a native of Ahmedabad.