A popular metropolis of Gujarat that still oozes old India’s aroma, Ahmedabad has a really long history to explore. The city is dotted with some significant monuments, museums, maze of old quarter and a string of restaurants serving authentic Gujarati food. Ahmedabad was once the capital of Gujarat. Though in 1970 Gandhinagar took its place, Ahmedabad still acts as the business capital of Gujarat. The city is a culturally rich. It is perhaps the best place to delve into the local traditions of Gujarat and understand the fervour of Gujaratis towards their religion.
Travellers visiting the city never miss exploring the popular Sabarmati Ashram. This place used to be Gandhi’s headquarters from 1917 to 1930 when India was fighting for independence. It was from here, that Gandhiji initiated the renowned Salt March to Dandi with his 78 companions on 12 March 1930. Other popular attraction is Ahmed Shah’s Mosque which dates back to 1414. The mosque was raised for the sultan and nobles within city’s original bastion. Its elaborately carved ceiling, jali screens and grand stone pillars look stunning.
To eye some astonishing Gujarati folk arts, the Lokayatan Folk Museum is an ecstasy. The museum exhibits impressive wood carvings, metalwork and some magnificent embroidered textiles and remarkable tie-dyed quilts. Calico Museum of Textiles is another famous museum of Ahmedabad known for housing a fine collection of antique and modern Indian textiles. Visitors get awe-struck with the fine looking Kashmiri shawls displayed in the museum made with double-ikat cloths using 100,000 threads.
Apart from this, Ahmedabad is a blessing for those seeking delicious Gujarati food. The locals of Ahmedabad are completely devoted to snack items which include khaman, dhokla, fafda, thepla, khakhra, dalwada and chavana.
By Air: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport of Ahmedabad caters to both domestic as well as international tourists.
By Rail: Ahmedabad railway station, located at Kalupur area, is perfect to reach the city. The station is well linked with major Indian cities, including Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.
By Road: The road network of Gujarat is great and thus, travelling by road becomes a hassle free task for those visiting Ahmedabad.
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