Ahmedabad Travel Guide
Ahmedabad Travel Guide
The Manchester of East, Ahmedabad is the sixth largest city in India. With joyful people and colorful environ the places is the perfect blend of modernization and cultural touch. Ahmedabad is also considered as the commercial hub of the state. People of Gujarat are fun loving and their fascination for music, food and Garba (dance form) is world-wide famous. This enchanting place is also known by the name ‘Amdavad’. The city is located on the banks of the river Sabarmati. Nestled in the heart of Gujarat, this Ahmedabad Travel guideis going to offer you each and every detail about the city. Like this this place has elegantly carved wooden havelis (mansions). You will get to witness many attractions monuments and amusements parks that offer you a memorable and beautiful journey and memories for life time.
History of Ahmedabad
1. Sultanate Rule - The history of Ahmedabad is 600 years old when this city was called ‘Karnavati’. According to the source, the city was founded by King Karandev 1 in 11th century. It was a Hindu ruled kingdom for 400 years until Sultan Ahmed conquered Gujarat in 1411. Sultan then renamed the place to ‘Ahmedabad’ after his name.
2. Mughal Reign - Mughals have been a major part of this city. Emperor Akbar conquered this place in 1573. During Mughal time the city emerged as the commercial and trading center. Shah-Jahan built Moti Shah Bagh here. He loved this place and spent majority of his life time here.
3. Maratha Rule - After more than 200 years of rule, Mughal reign came to an end. In year 1753 families of Raghunath Rao and Damji Gaekwad took over the cities from Mughals. But there was a regular conflict among the family members regarding their claim to this charming city and due to these constant clashes they destroyed the entire city. Ultimately this leads to famine in 1630 which was the catastrophe for all Ahmedabad.
4. British Era and Ahmedabad - Due to constant conflicts and fights among the kings and kingdom gave chance to The British to take the advantage of these situations and ultimately the city, Ahmedabad was taken over by East India Company in year 1818 AD. They established a rail link between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in year 1858. As majority of financial communities of the city is of Hindu and Jains, The role of the British was confined to only administrative purpose.
5. Freedom Fighters and Their Fights in Ahmedabad - Being the home of Father of Nation ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ Ahmedabad has a major role in the freedom fighting. The iconic ‘Dandi March’ which was led by Mahatma Gandhi began from Sabarmati Ashram which was established him and is still singing the glorious chapters from the life of Gandhi Ji and his work. After Independence the city came in the province of Bombay and became a part of Gujarat in 1960 after it was divided from Maharashtra.
Culture Traditions and Cuisine of Ahmedabad
One of the most prominent cities of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is rich in culture and heritage. The mixtures of population from different communities serve an authentic example of most rich culture and heritage through the ages. Whether its culinary traditions or if its festival celebrations, each event has its own charm. Culture and traditions of Ahmedabad has its roots hundreds of years back.
Lets’ Take a Look Individually -
1. Arts and Festival - The handicraft items of the place are very popular. The colorful items showcase the lively spirit of Ahmedabad. Folk arts mostly have ‘bandej’ and bandini’ work. Along with these two, mirror work, batik, Gujarati paintings and Kundan with traditional Gujarati jewelry work are attracting not only Indian but also International travellers. If we talk about the festivals of Gujarat, the most famous ones are Navaratri, Uttarayan (Kite Festival), Diwali and many others.
2. Music, Dance and dialect of Ahmedabad - Gujarat’s very famous dance form Garba is widely famous through-out the country. Some other traditional dance forms are Dandiya Raas, Tippani, Padhar, Sidi and Dangi. Music has an array of Bhajan which are devotional songs which are broadly categorized as poetry/lyrics, Dohas, Sorathaa, Chhand and etc. As the population of Ahmedabad includes people from different communities, but mostly the major language that is spoken by the local people is Guarati. Other communication language includes Hindi and English.
3. Cuisine in Ahmedabad - Talking about the fast foods of Ahmedabad, you can taste wide popular fast food Ahmedabad like Daal Dhokli, Dhokla, Ganthia Farsi, Kachori, Hahdwoh Khakra, Khandvi, Khaman Dhokla, and many more. In the Gujarati food the concentration is more on the use of sugar rather than spices and salt so the same can be seen in the cuisine of Ahmedabad too.
Best Places to Visit Ahmedabad
The city of Ahmedabad was also served as the capital of Gujarat until 1970 when the privilege of being the capital of state moved to Gandhi Nagar. The city was ruled by many emperors for many centuries and each and ruler has given something to this beautiful city. Some offerings make this city historical and some are vanished with the flow of time. Still there many places in Ahmedabad, that is worth visiting and are famous as tourist attraction in present time.
Nestled beside the bank of Sabarmati River, this ashram was established by Mahatma Gandhi who spent 12 years of his life here. This is considered as the focal point of non-violent movement and Salt Satyagrah.
Ahmed Shah 1 built this fort in 15th century that served as the city’s cultural centre. During British reign the fort also served as a jail. Today the structure houses Government houses and is used to hoist the Indian National Flag during national events.
One of the largest Hindu temples which were built in 1992 and are dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. The building houses a majestic 7 foot tall statue of Lord Swaminarayan which is witnessed by all the travellers.
Adlaj Step Well:
The structure was built by Muslim Queen Rani Roopba in 1499. The depth of the stories goes up-to 5 stories.The well is among the best example of Persian-Muslim influences architecture.
Some Other Best Places to Visit in Ahmedabad Which Are Equally Important and Worth Watching Are -
1. Kankaria Lake
2. Kamla Nehru Zoo
3. Juma Masjid
4. Calico textile Museum
5. Jhulta Minara
6. Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
Best Time to Visit Ahmedabad
Generally Ahmedabad has hot and humid climates. Being situated at the near sea, climate is mostly sweaty and humid. During the months from November to February the weather become pleasant and happening. So the best time to visit Ahmedabad is winters when climate is at its best and you can enjoy your vacations at the best.
How to Reach Ahmedabad
Being one of the major cites of Gujarat in terms of leisure as well as business travellers the city is well-connected to other major cities of India by all means of Transportation.
The major airport is Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport that connects Ahmedabad with all major cities and states of India.
Foremost cities like Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Shirdi, Gandhi nagar and Udaipur are connected by the road with Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad Railway station whichis also known as Kalupur Station connect this city to all major cities of India like Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, Patna and etc.
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