Located in the banks of Sabarmati, Ahmedabad has been the witness of many rules and dynasties. From Sultans to Mughals and from Marathas to the British, all had the privilege of ruling this state. The city is the brain child of Sultan Ahmed Shah who was bowled over by the authenticity of this land and made it as the capital of Gujarat. Then onwards the city had got the opportunity to witness the aura of diversified rulers.
Post Independence Ahmedabad was a provincial town of Mumbai and on 1st May 1960 it became capital of Gujarat. The city experiences semi-arid hot climate. The climatic conditions are greatly influenced by Arabian Sea. The city gets the fell of three major seasons – Extreme hot and dry summers from March till July, Monsoons in mid July from July to September and Pleasant and cosy winters till February.
The city is known for unity in diversity in its cultural celebrations. It has rich cultural heritage. The locals enjoy all the festivals and occasions with great zeal and enthusiasm. The prime festival is Navartri which is celebrated to worship the Goddess by performing traditional folk dance form of GARBA. Kite flying festival that marks the beginning of auspicious Uttarayan celebrated with great joy. The annual Rath Yatra procession on Ashadh –sud-bij of hindus and procession of Tajia of Muslims are other important events of this region. People from all over the world participate in this unique kite festival. Other festivals like Diwali, holi, ID, Christmas are some of variety of festivals that are celebrated with zest in this city. The main language is Gujarati followed by Hindi and English.
Ahmedabad is the travellers’ paradise. The sojourn of this place leaves one spell bound and mesmerised.
The places that are worth million dollar visit in this city are:
- Swaminarayana Temple – Akshardham
- Sabarmati Ashram
- Rani Roop mati Mosque
- Kankaria Lake
- Jhulta Minara
- Adalaj Vav
- Bhadra Fort
- Teen Darwaja
- Jumma Masjid
- Vaishno devi Temple
- ISKON temple
- Auto world
- Hutheesing Jain temple, Harir Mosque, Amdabad ni Gufa etc.
Ahmedabadis are foodies and savour every type of food with great delight. The typical Gujarati thali consists of dal, rice, curd, roti, sweet dish along with pickles and papads is lip smacking and yummy. It’s cuisine have unique taste because of sweet flavour in all the food items. Vegetarian dishes are popular in Ahmedabad though non vegetarian dishes are also available. Dokhlas, Theplas, Khakhras, Jalebis etc are the common food items in this city.
Shopping in this city gives wonderful experience. The city is perfect place to shop items like colourful fabrics like traditional dress worn while performing Garba, jewellery, handmade items, wooden furniture and potteries. The places where you can stroll along and do shopping are CG road, Ashram road, Law garden and Relief road.
Stay options in Ahmedabad are plenty. In fact it has plethora of accommodations. Every hotel in this city offers artistic experience to its guests. With five star Hotel captivating your senses to heritage hotels providing unparallel services that are par excellence. One can go for economical and budge hotels that bestows warm and authentic feel of Gujarati culture.