Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is the capital of Gujarat. According to the history of city was started in the eleventh century by the king Solanki, ruler of Anhilwara. He fought against the King Ashapall and won the battle who established a city called Karnavati, now it is known as Ahmedabad.

To protect it from attackers Mahmud Begada he covered the fort with of 12 gates, 189 bastions and over 6,000 battlements. Among the developing cities Ahmedabad is one of them has a beautiful architectural temples and well developed roads.

The city was destroyed by Peshwa and Gaekwad in 1630 then the East India Company took the control over this city. In 1858 the municipal government came up with the railway link that connects Ahmedabad and Bombay. Ahmedabad was famous for trading and textile industry.

In 1915, Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa came and started ashram in Sabarmati. In 1930 he started the salt satyagraha and he protested against the British for imposing tax on salt from ashram to the village called Dandi.

Ahmedabad has a rich culture with many festivals, popular among them are flying kite on 14th and 15th of January. Navratri festival, Deepavali, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Gudi Padwa, Eid ul-Fitr, Christmas and Gujarat folk dance are the most famous in Ahmedabad.

Transportation


Air Transportation:
It has the major airlines that connects the well-known cities called Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. It handles the other major cities are Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa and Jaipur.

The other airlines are Air India, Indian Airlines, Alliance Air, Jet Airways and Sahara Air. It is also connected to Europe and USA through an aircraft change at Delhi or Mumbai.

Railways transportation:
Ahmedabad Railway Station is the primary terminus which provides access to different parts of Gujarat as well as the country.
The following are the Railway Enquiry numbers:
131 - Railway General Enquiry.
132 - Railway Reservation Enquiry.
133 - Railway Arrival and Departure Enquiry.
The ticket booking office and enquiry office is open from Monday to Saturday between 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. On Sundays, between 8 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Bus Transportation:
Bus Rapid Transit System is the major transport system organized by GIDB. There are many private buses to roam inside the city. The Idgah is the major station, which is a place where you get the buses for the other states.



Shopping Ahmedabad is famous for fabric articles exclusive sarees, bedspreads, bandanas, art, handicrafts, and Zari embroidery. The Khadi Gramudyog Emporiums, Hastkala, Kapasi Handicrafts Emporium, Saurashtra Emporium and Bandhej:
famous places to buy cotton wear and handicrafts.

Antiques: The POIs as well as Teen Darwaja are one of the busiest place with many household articles.

Handicrafts Gujarati State Crafts Emporium: This is the place where you get the items combination of Ahmedabad and Guajarati style.

Handmade Paper: From Sabarmati Ashram are also available here.

Hand Printed Fabrics: The SEWA or the self-employed women's association sell the handmade printed fabrics.

Jewellery: Ahmedabad is also a good place to shop the traditional jewellery.

Textiles: The Law Garden area to shop colorful bed-spreads, cushion covers table cloths, colorful Ghagara-Chol is designed in Rabari style with mirror work. Bandhani Duppatas and nice dress materials are also available here.

Places to see

Swaminarayan Temple: Situated at Kalupur and architecture is made of Burma Teak with the different color shade around the temple, during Deepavali festival the temple is fully covered with lights which will attract many visitors all around the city.

Dada Hari Vav: This has a very different architecture with Octagonal shape constructed below the base level and place for relaxation and meditation.

Sabarmathi Ashram: Today it is not a ashram, it is a museum which has the old items that was used by Gandhiji.

Kankaria Lake: Founded by Sultan Qutab-ud-Din in the year 1451 A.D with the lake of 34 sides. This is the nice place to hang out with family and friends.
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