Ahmedabad, a historic city of western India and economic capital of Gujarat, is located on the banks of the river Sabarmati.
It is a historical city built by Ahmed Shah, having a population of about 50 lacs. It is well connected with rest of the country by Rail, Air and Road.
Historic monuments and modern architectural edifices of futuristic visions stand side by side in this ancient city.
Ahmedabad, once known as Manchester of India, is a city of entrepreneurship, today leads India’s health industry. The city has produced some of the great scientists, artists, technocrats and businessmen. It is the city that keeps exploring, evolving, moving with time.
Places to visit
It has good and well maintained gardens, a land of multiplexes, shopping centres, super malls and lakes. Architecturally, Ahmedabad is one of the most magnificent cities of India. Historical monuments includes Sabarmati Ashram, Hutheesingh’s Temple, Calico Textile Museum, Jumma Mosque, Bhadra Fort, Teen Darwaja, Siddi Saiyed’s Mosque, Rani Roopmati Mosque, etc. It attracts several tourists to visit spots like Akshardham (25 km), Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary (80 km), Adalaj Step Well (20 km), Lothal – the 4500 years old Harappan settlement, Sun Temple of Modhera (99 km), Dakor - place famous for Ranchhod Rai Temple (49 km).
City of Institutes
It has many renowned prestigious academic and research institutes such as Indian Institute of Management(IIM), National Institute of Design(NID) , Space Application Centre(SAC, ISRO), Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Institute for Plasma Research(IPR), Centre for Environment Education(CEE), Mudra Communications, Science city, Infocity, Gujarat University, Gujarat Vidyapith, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT), Nirma University (NU), National Institute of Occupational Health(NIOH), Gujarat Cancer Research Institute(GCRI), etc.
The most famous festival of Ahmedabd is Uttarayan that falls in the month of January and the whole Gujarat state including Ahmedabad celebrates the day by flying kites. The famous international ‘Kite Festival’ is hosted every year in a grand fashion. Navaratri, another important festival is celebrated during September/October month where ‘Garba’, a traditional folk dance of Gujarat is performed for nine nights, in praise of the goddess Ambe. Young and old adorned in the traditional and colourful dresses dance together.
July to September are monsoon months. October, November and December are moderately warm. January to mid-February is little cold, From mid-February to June, the climate is hot.