Ahmedabad is a wonderful city of India and has been labeled as one of the fastest growing cities by Forbes magazine. In the earlier times, this wonderful city became the booming industry for textiles and also earned the name Manchester of east. This city also played a big role in the independence movement of India and is a combination of natural beauty and modern infrastructure. This is the reason that city can also be called as the exotic honeymoon destination of the country. Ahmedabad is a wonderful city ruled by the various dynasties in the past and you can see the cultural impact on the city in the form of various monuments of this place. The River of Sabarmati divides the city into the two parts and these are the eastern and the western regions respectively. The temperature of the city can rise to the record high in summers but nights are comparatively cooler.
Ahmedabad was a cradle with the non-violent movement for India's independence, getting host for the Sabarmati ashram of Mahatma Gandhi, but normally you'll discover communal riots. Most recent had been throughout march 2002 which had been towards minorities (esp muslims). It definitely was not merely a riot, but was a whole lot a lot more like a pre-planned extermination of minorities because for three days of peak riots there was no police and when there was they had been aiding the mobs in looting and burning characteristics & the political leaders directed mobs to minority localities and businesses. Although, it had been some time back people are still bias from the minorities in such an excellent city where hindus and muslims had lived together for centuries without any confrontations and had fought the freedom strugle hand in hand. Ahmedabad poses a mixture of rich tradition and modern feel. Ahmedabad is famous of Navaratri festival. It's considered to be the longest dance festival on earth, Navratri, rocks Ahmedabadi people and their guest too.
The Gujarati community is largely known for its hospitality and for starting to be shrewd businessmen. Ahmedabad is a big industrial city long reputed for its textile industry, and today significantly more so for its chemical, petroleum, international trade & IT industries. It is also well-known for that Finance Wizards and as the modern hub of Jain Religion. The city has been put on world map by institutions like Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology, EDI, Nirma University, Swaminarayan Gurukul and Gujarat Riot of 2002 and a few others. The place has become a landmark in great education practices.
Palaces to Visit
Located near vadaj the Sabarmati Aashram was once house of Mahatma Gandhi. The ashram was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915, and today without doubt it is the biggest tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. It lies on the tranquil stretch inside the Sabarmati river and was referred to as the Satyagraha Ashram for that duration of the lifetime together with the Mahatma. It completely was from here, that the Mahatma began his famous 'Dandi March' in 1930 to protest from the Salt Tax imposed by the British. One can see the 3 wise monkeys and many more of Gandhiji's teachings at the ashram premises. The ashram today continues the work started by Mahatma and houses a handicrafts centre, a handmade paper factory and a spinning wheel factory. Besides, you can uncover several other attractions for that tourist.
Sidi Sayed Mosque, Sidi Sayed Mosque is unique for its exquisite screens, which are praised for their amazing Jhali screen, framed, within the ten semi-circular windows. The screen carved out of one rock is just exceptional. A visit to this superb and outstanding example of delicate carving is an absolute must.
Bhadra Fort, To add special charm towards the varied sights from the city there is the Bhadra Fort, which once housed royal palaces and well-laid gardens. It boasts with the temple of Bhadrakali and was built in 1411 for the duration of the Maratha rule.
Akshardham Temple, Rich and Wonderful architecture. Located in Gandhinagar, about 20 K.M. from Ahmedabad.
Science City, Newly built Science City is one latest happening place within the city
Kankaria Lake, A circular lake built in 1451 by Sultan Qutub-ud-Din. Inside the centre with the lake is an island garden with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi, It has a very beautiful Musical Fountain show(although the music sucks but the lights and fountain are worth a trip). The lake is a popular recreation centre surrounded by parks, 'Bal Vatika' - an aquarium, a boat club, a natural history museum and a zoo.
Hathisingh Jain Temple, Shahibaug Road, An impressive white structure, the Jain temple built of white marble and elaborately carved is dedicated to Dharmanath - the 15th Jina or Jain Apostle. Similar to all Jain temples, this temple to is rich in intricate carvings displaying among other things - musicians.
Calico Textile Museum, is one within the finest textile museums inside the world in one of Gujarat's famous carved wooden havelis. The museum displays a magnificent collection of rare textiles dating back towards the 17th century. There is also an excellent reference library on textiles. Located within the Sarabhai Foundation, in Shahibagh the Calico Museum of Textiles, widely regarded as one in the finest textile museums within the world was constructed in 1949 AD.
It has the finest collection of not only textiles and clothes but also furniture, temple artifacts and crafts within the country. It has no less than five centuries from the finest fabrics spun, woven, printed and painted in different parts of India. It has a collection of marble, sandstone and bronze icons and busts split in two thematic sections- gallery for religious textiles and historical textiles. An excellent reference library on textiles is found here.
Juma Majid, (mosque). It is amongst the most popular tourist sights within the city. Built of yellow sandstone this mosque stands on 260 pillars which support 15 domes at varying elevations. The mosque was built by Ahmad Shah in 1423. It is easily accessible as it stands in the centre inside the old city. This imposing structure reflects the Muslim architecture of that period.
Jhulta Minara, Quite an unusual structure, Jhulta Minara or swaying minarets are a part from the mosque of Siddi Bashir and can be moved back and forth by applying a little force at the topmost arch. One together with the minarets was partly demolished by an Englishman in his endeavours to unravel the mystery from the swaying minarets.
The mosque was built by master craftsmen and the crucial mechanism that leads in the direction of the vibration is still a mystery. The other interesting fact here is that these minars stand the test with the rumbling trains that pass not very way away from them.