Saturday, July 21, 2012


Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat and sixth largest city of india is located in the western region of India. Ahmedabad is situated at the bank of Sabarmati River. Formerly Ahmedabad was known as Manchester of India for its textile industries. Ahmedabad is also called Karnavati and amdavad. Ahmedabad is famous for its diversified culture and various festivals such as Uttrayan (Festival of Kites), Navaratri (Festival of ras garba), Rathyatra (Festiavl of Lord Jagannath). Traditionally, lot of commerce and trade has been originating here and was seen as the commercial capital of Gujarat. Upto the mid 19th Century, it was a major textile manufacturing centre and was called the Manchester of India. Ahmedabad is now growing industrially very fast. MoUs for global investments to the tune of Rs 120,000 crores have been committed recently. 

Ahmedabad offers the traveler various interesting and historical places. Ancient mosques, temples and forts are the main attraction for tourist. Visitors like to visit Jumma Masjud, Hutheesingh derasar and famous sabarmati ashram. A culturally endowed place, it celebrates colorful festivals like the nine nights traditional Garba Dance Festival of Gujarat in the month of October. Ahmedabad is a venue of an International Kite festival in the month of January every year which is passionately participated by the locals and foreigners too. Nestled on the banks of river Sabarmati, the banks of which are being developed for tourism interest. This city has a number of historical monuments, museums, bird sanctuary, picturesque gardens, toy train, skyscrapers, shopping malls to attract the old and the young.

Ahmedabad is the most prominent city in Gujarat, along with being a major commercial center in the state. Consequently, there has been a rapid increase in the number of industries and mills in and around the city. Though it had helped in the growth of the region and the state, it has also added pollution to the environment. As it is located away from the sea, the climatic conditions of the city are fairly influenced by it. Ahmedabad also experiences the three main seasons, like most of the cities in India. Ahmedabad is a major educational centre for technical studies viz Indian Institute of Management, Physical Research Laboratory, Indian Space Research Organization, National Institute of Design and the Academy of HRD. While being a fast progressing industrial hub it has also seen a solid NGO movement which got initiated during Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom struggle focusing on varied development issues in the country. Known NGOs include SEWA, CEE (Centre for Environmental Education), JANVIKAS, DALIT SHAKTI KENDRA  are based in the city.

The climate of Ahmedabad is hot and moist. Best period to visit Ahmedabad is between November and February, it is winter season. Weather is cool and pleasant in winter. In Summer (April-June) temprature can reach 46.0°C. Good Rainfall in monsoon (July-September) gives relief to ahmedabad from hot summer.

Places to Visit in Ahmedabad
Gandhi Aashram Bhadra Fort Juma Masjid, (mosque)
Sidi Sayed Mosque Akshardham Temple Hathisingh Jain Temple

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