Posted 10 March 2023 in Travel Wanderlust
Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat and has a long history since its founding in 1411. With a population of over eight million, the city ranks in the top five most populous cities of India. The area has had a rich history but in the modern era, the freedom movement in India also has roots in Ahmedabad with Mahatma Gandhi residing in the city for a few years.
Ahmedabad has always been an important centre in the state, but it has fast become a major centre for the textile industry in India. Although business keeps pulling in long-term migrants from around the state and country, the city also sees many visitors due to its incredible historical and cultural spots. The city is split by the River Sabarmati; there are nine bridges that connect both sides of the city.
Ahmedabad is popular for its historical sites, the local Gujarati cuisines and street food as well as a variety of natural wonders both in and near the city. As a tourist destination, the city offers a lot of excitement to keep visitors entertained and interested. With several museums, shopping options, and the picturesque Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad has a spectrum of places to see. Let’s take a closer look:
The area near present-day Ahmedabad has been inhabited since the 11th century, but the city itself was founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah. He was the son of Muzaffar Shah I, who defected from the Delhi Sultanate in the early 1400s to form his own dynasty. Since then, the city experienced a boom as a hub for textiles, and later rulers fortified the city with walls and bastions.
Through the next centuries, the city experienced growth and several takeovers, from the Mughals in the 17th century, followed by the Maratha Empire and British, before India gained independence. From the Dandi March that began in the city, the ashram where Mahatma Gandhi lived and later became focal points for nationalist movements, to being an important location for the freedom movement, Ahmedabad has played an important role in the freedom of India.
When India was granted independence and partitioned, many people were relocated to Ahmedabad from Pakistan. Since the new capital of Gujarat moved to the nearby planned city of Gandhinagar, the city went through a decline. However, Ahmedabad is rebounding as both a centre for business and an excellent tourist spot.
Ahmedabad has many places with historical importance as well as architectural wonders that reflect the rich history of the city. Here are some places you should not miss on your next trip here:
Although Udaipur is known as the city of lakes, Ahmedabad has its fair share of lakes in and around the city.
Apart from the previously mentioned spots, there are a few things you cannot afford to skip when you’re in Ahmedabad.
There are many sweet and savoury experiences awaiting the foodie, from authentic Gujarati dishes to food trucks and Mughlai cuisine, Ahmedabad has it all.
Ahmedabad is a major city and one of the most populated in the country. It is well connected to all other major cities by air, with Ahmedabad Airport just 15 km from the central city area. IndiGo flies to the city from most major cities. The city is well-connected by road to many cities like Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Mumbai, Shirdi, and Pune. The nearest railway station is Ahmedabad Railway Station (Kalupur Station) and trains from most major cities arrive here. Within the city, buses, taxis, and auto-rickshaws are available.
Ahmedabad experiences hot, dry summers with temperatures occasionally climbing over 40°C between March and June. Halfway through June the monsoons arrive, this brings some respite from the heat and lasts till the middle of September. The winter months last between November and February, with pleasant and cool weather. Occasional torrential rains sometimes lead to flooding of the rivers.
Because the weather is quite pleasant in the winter, and there aren’t any rains to interrupt outdoor sightseeing, the best time to visit the city is between November and February. With less heat, you will be able to see everything that the city can offer.
Ahmedabad is a city steeped in rich culture, history, and blended with modernity and rapid development. From epic Navratri celebrations (a nine-day festival) to quiet, peaceful nature getaways nearby, the city is unique in its identity. Although many people come to the city for business and employment, many stay for the wealth of food, natural wonder, and cultural heritage.
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