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Ahmedabad or Amdavad (also spelled Ahmadabad) is the fifth largest city in India with a population of 6.5 million. Although it is the commercial hub of one of the most prosperous states of India, Gujarat, its not the state capital, which is its twin city of Gandhinagar, 30 kilometres (19 mi) to the north.
Ahmedabad is a good example of materialistic attitude and spirituality of self-renunciation. One of the fastest growing city in India, Ahmedabad is a centre for information technology, education and industries. Bhadra Fort, Shaking Minarets and Tran Darwaja are the historical sites of the city. Kankaria Lake and Vastrapur Lake are places which let you feel the pleasure of nature. If you want to enjoy the colourful side of this part, then pay a visit during the major festivals of Ahmedabad: Uttarayan and Navratri are two most famous festivals that are celebrated with great zeal and gusto. The winter season is considered the best time to visit the city.
Calico Museum of Textiles
This museum contains one of the world’s finest collections of antique and modern Indian textiles, all handmade and up to 500 years old. There are some astoundingly beautiful pieces, displaying incredible virtuosity and extravagance. You’ll see Kashmiri shawls that took three years to make, and double-ikat cloths whose 100,000 threads were each individually dyed before weaving. A single tour is offered each day the museum is open; advance booking is absolutely essential as spaces are limited (20); call well ahead.
Outside Delhi Gate, this Jain temple is one of 300 derasars in Ahmedabad. Even if youve already seen some, this one will make your jaw drop in wonder at its delicate carvings of deities, flowers, and celestial dams…
Siddi Sayid’s Mosque
One of Ahmedabad’s most stunning buildings, this mosque is famed for its exquisite jali windows, spiderweb fine, two of them depicting the intricate intertwining branches of the ‘tree of life’. Built in the year the…
Lokayatan Folk Museum
This museum, 3km west of the river in Bhudarpura, displays a fascinating range of Gujarati folk arts – particularly from Kachchh – including wood carvings, metalwork and some wonderful embroidered textiles and amazi…
This mosque, tomb and palace complex is dedicated to the memory of Ahmed Shah I’s spiritual adviser, Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh.
Built immediately after the founding of Ahmedabad in 1411, Bhadra Fort houses government offices and a Kali temple. Its mighty gate formed the eastern entrance of the Ahmedabad citadel,
Dada Hari Ni Vav
This step-well, built in 1499 by the supervisor of Sultan Mahmud Begada’s harem, descends through five levels of intricately carved stone columns to two small wells, now often dry.
Inside one of four buildings designed by Le Corbusier, this museum covers Ahmedabad’s history, craft, art, architecture and literature.
Created in 1451 and recently spruced up, this large artificial lake is a nice respite from the hectic streets (though gets crowded on weekends and evenings).
Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum
Part of the LD Institute of Indology, this museum houses a gorgeous collection of ancient and medieval Indian art treasures, including Buddhist, Hindu and Jain deities in stone, marble and bronze, 75,000 Jain
Vechaar Utensil Museum
At Vishalla restaurant, this excellent museum displays the graceful practicality of pots and utensils, with more than 4500 items from all over India, some 1000 years old.
Rani Sipri’s Mosque
This small mosque near the ST bus stand is also known as the Masjid-e-Nagira (Jewel of a Mosque) because of its graceful construction, with delicately carved minarets and domed tomb with fine jali screens.
Dai Halima Mosque
Behind Dada Hari Ni Vav step well, the 16th-century Dai Halima Mosque contains the mausoleum of a royal midwife named Halima, with nice jali (carved lattice) screens.
This factory transforms scraps of waste cotton into paper, which was one of the cottage industries introduced by Gandhi. No chemicals are used in the process and visits are self-guided.
Sidi Bashir Mosque
Between Ahmedabad train station and Sarangpur Gate, the Sidi Bashir Mosque, built in 1452, is famed for its 21.3m-high shaking minarets (jhulta minara), built to shake to protect against earthquake damage.
Part of the Shreyas Museum complex, this one features festival masks from around India, toys, crafts, musical instruments and, just to round things off, an elephant skeleton.
The tomb of Ahmed Shah’s queen sits on a raised platform that’s engulfed by market stalls. Though it’s not in great shape, the jali screens are worth a look.
To the east of Bhadra Fort stands the Teen Darwaja, which was the gateway into the Royal Square, or Maidan Shahi, where royal processions and polo games took place.
One of four buildings in Ahmedabad designed by legendary Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, this one is the most striking.
The glorious, multicoloured, wood-carved Swaminarayan Temple, in the old city, was built in 1822 as the first temple of the Swaminarayan Hindu sect.
This atmospheric mausoleum, outside the Jama Masjidís east gate, may have been constructed by Ahmed Shah himself before his death in 1442. His cenotaph is the central one under the main dome.
The campus at the Indian Institute of Management, one of India's most exalted business schools, was designed by renowned American architect, Louis Kahn and completed in the mid-1970s.
Southwest of Bhadra Fort and dating from 1414, this is one of the citys earliest mosques, built for the sultan and nobles within Ahmedabads original citadel.
Replacing the slum camps that once lined the Sabarmati River, this new waterfront promenade will eventually stretch for 10km through the heart of Ahmedabad.
Summer starts by mid-March and lasts up to mid-June. The typical temperature on a hot, sunny day in May would be 34-44C (93-111F) Its advisable not to visit during thr summer. With the arrival of the monsoon by mid-June, the city becomes a fun place. Youll be able to enjoy the various monsoon specialities of the city like boiled or roasted corn dishes on road-side stalls or some special local dishes like. There are also some famous Hindu festivals like Rakshabandhan (or Rakhi) and Janmastam, the birth date of Lord Krishna, which fall during this season. You may sometimes end up in floods. Winter is the best season to visit the city when the typical temperature is 5-20C (41-68F).
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