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      Ahmedabad – The city of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram and the largest city in the state of Gujarat

      History And Location
      Founded in the 15th century, Ahmedabad is also popularly known as the “Manchester of the East” or the “Textile city” and is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. Ahmedabad is located on the banks of River Sabarmati in western India. The city serves as the administrative center of Ahmedabad district and is also the judicial capital of Gujarat as the Gujarat High Court is located here. It had been capital of Gujarat from 1960 to 1970. Ahmedabad has a rich history as it was ruled by various dynasties, from Sultanate and Mughal rule to Maratha and British rule. This city served home to prominent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel during freedom struggle.
      How To Get There
      Ahmedabad is a major industrial hub and very well connected by Road, Rail and Air.
      • NH-8 connects Ahmedabad to Mumbai with the distance of about 550 km. All other major cities are also connected well to Ahmedabad by road.
      • The airport is just 15 km northeast from the center of the city. It is well connected with daily domestic flights from all major cities in India. International flights connect some cities from the US, Middle Eastern and South Asian countries.
      • Ahmedabad is connected with Mumbai, Delhi and all other major cities with several trains running daily round the clock.
      The Climatic Pattern
      Climate in Ahmedabad is largely influenced by the Arabian Sea. Ahmedabad has a warm and dry climate throughout the year except during the monsoons.
      • Summer (March - May) – Summers are extremely hot with an average mercury levels of 36°C with extremes touching up to 45°C and tourists are cautioned for dehydration and sunstrokes.
      • Monsoon (July to September) – Monsoons bring medium to heavy rainfall and create a humid climate. This is not an ideal time for tourism.
      • Winter (October to February) – The weather is mildly cool with northern winds. It is pleasant for outdoor activities and visiting tourist attractions. The temperature during the day is around 30°C with cooler nights.
      The Best Time To Visit
      The best time to visit Ahmedabad is in the winters - from October to February. The weather during this time is pleasant and comfortable for outings and participating in celebrations.

      Popular celebrations and observances in winters include Uttarayan - an annual kite-flying day on January 14th and the nine nights of Navratri - celebrated with people performing Garba - the folk dance of Gujarat - at various venues across the city.
      Places To Visit
      Ahmedabad is known for its rich architecture that blends the Hindu and Islamic styles of design. There are many architectural monuments that have a strong historic significance that are a must see.
      Few Interesting Places
      Gandhi Ashram
      The Sabarmati Ashram was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 and today is without doubt the biggest tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. The ashram is tranquil and offers a serene view of the riverside as it lies on the banks of Sabarmati River. It should not be missed by tourists who visit Ahmedabad where one can explore the house where the Mahatma lived. The well-archived history and museum section with picture gallery and collection of write-ups help you walk through the entire life of Mahatma Gandhi. The ashram today continues the work started by Mahatma and houses a handicrafts centre, a handmade paper factory and a spinning wheel factory.
      Jama Masjid
      This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ahmedabad. This mosque is built of yellow sandstone it stands on 260 pillars that support 15 domes at varying elevations. The mosque was built by Ahmad Shah in 1423. It is easily accessible from the center of the city and is a remarkable heritage sight.
      Where and What to Buy
      Ahmedabad is well known for its textiles. It also boasts of exquisite handicrafts and beautifully crafted furniture. One should look out for the traditional embroidered and tie and dye clothes available at the roadside shops where one can get a good bargain. The city's main market area is situated at Thron Darwaja where one can buy beautiful antiques, furniture, fabrics and also jewelry. It is not advisable to visit this market without a guide.
      What to eat
      Ahmedabad offers a wide range of delicacies for the hungry travelers. People in Ahmedabad are fond of eating and the food generally tends to be on the sweeter side. Do not hesitate to indulge in the enormous number of sweet shops around, the city is famous for its sweets and ice cream since the state is abundant in dairy products. Some Gujarati specialties include Dhokla, Khandvi, Srikhand, Haandvo and Bhajiya. You can try the unlimited Gujarati thali or one of the roadside delicacies at the KhauGalli in Law Garden area and Khan Pan Bazaar in Manekchowk.
      If you are travelling in Gujarat, Ahmedabad is definitely not to be missed. On one side the city is a major industrial center with the entire hustle bustle and on another the peacefulness of the stunning historical monuments and heritage by the Sabarmati River.

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