About Ahmedabad

In the state of Gujarat, has grown into one of the most important modern cities of India. Straddling the Sabarmati river this prosperous city with six million people and seventh largest urban agglomeration in India.

The city was founded by King Karandev 1 in the 11th century and originally called “Karnavati”. The Hindu kingdom of Karnavati ruled for more than 400 years until 1411 when Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered Gujarat and the city was renamed Ahmedabad after him.

AGandhi_AshramWith an exciting combination of traditions and modernism that captures all visitors with its diversity of places, religious and ethnic communities. It is interesting to see how Indian atmosphere mix with the colonial British influence, how Hinduism, the world’s oldest existing religion develops in the globalizing world.

Ahmedabad is a big industrial hub long reputed for its textile industry and is popularly known as the ‘Manchester of India’. It is also well known as leading city of the state, the most preferred place for medical tour or medical treatments in India. With world class health facilities and affordable cost, the city is becoming one of the most sought medical tourism center in the country. The 108 Service is the highly appreciated ‘Medical at doorstep’ Service. More than 1500 foreigners visit the state per year for various treatments in the state.

  • Location

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    Ahmedabad, India is the largest city in the state of Gujarat (there are 29 states, Gujarat is the westernmost one). The city was the capital of the state before 1970 and is now the administrative center of Ahmedabad district. It is the seventh largest agglomeration in India, located at the banks of the river Sabarmati and is also called Amdavad.

  • Geography

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    Ahmedabad is Gujarat's largest city and the headquarters of Ahmedabad district . It is located on the banks of the River Sabarmati at an elevation of 53 metres (180 ft ). It has a dry climate. Its highest recorded temperature is 48.5°C and lowest is 5°C

  • Climate

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    The city has three main seasons — summer, monsoon and winter. The city has an extremely dry climate except for the few monsoon months. The weather is hot through the months of March to June, with the average summer temperature ranging from a maximum of 43 °C (110 °F) during the day to a minimum of 23 °C (73 °F) at night; summers are very dry and May tends to be the hottest month. The months of November through February have an average maximum temperature of 36 °C (97 °F) and a minimum of 15 °C (59 °F) and are pleasant. January is mildly chilly while June to September is humid. The average rainfall is 93.2 cm (36.7 inches). Cottons and loose clothing work best in Ahmedabad.

  • Culture

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    Ahmedabad enjoys a thriving cultural tradition, being the centre of Gujarati cultural activities and diverse traditions of different ethnic and religious communities. The most popular form of meal — a typical Gujarati thali (meal) — consists of rotli, dal, rice and Shaak (cooked vegetables, sometimes with curry), with accompaniments of pickles and roasted papads. Popular beverages include buttermilk and tea; sweet dishes include laddoos and mango. There are many restaurants, which serve a wide array of Indian and international cuisines. Most of the food outlets serve only vegetarian food, as a strong tradition of vegetarianism is maintained by the city's Jain and Hindu communities. The first all-vegetarian Pizza Hut in the world opened in Ahmedabad.

  • Festivals

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    Kite Festivals The International Kite Festival is always held at Ahmedabad on January 14, to coincide with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. The people of Gujarat celebrate Uttarayan with a lot of enthusiasm and all business comes to a grinding halt for a couple of days. It is also a celebration to mark the end of winter.
    Navratri - Navratri or the festival of nine nights is devoted to Goddess Shakti. The festival also has the famous folk dance of Gujarat "Garba". The festival continues for nine nights, everybody takes part into it with same emphasis. Garba is also played with Dandiyas in hand.

  • Airport

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    Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is just 15 km north-east from the city-centre. The airport consists of the International and the Domestic Terminals. They both use the same airside facilities but are separated on the landside, with a 5-minute distance between them.

  • Transport

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    Rickshaw: Yellow and Green three-wheeled taxicabs known as the Autorickshaws or Rickshaws. Most of the drivers are able to understand Hindi and maybe some basic words of English. They are quite helpful and are not known to cheat tourists. Taxis are less common so you will need to book them in advance. They are also available at the airport or railway station.
    Buses: AMTS/BRTS There are several bus stands in the city which will take you to various parts of the city. The major station in Ahmedabad is Idgah Station. Gujarat State Transport Corporation maintains and runs buses in Ahmedabad and private buses/coaches can also be hired. For using these buses you should either know some words in Gujarati or ask local people to help you. Since buses are commonly used, they usually remain overcrowded. Take care of your luggage while travelling. AMTS Buses & BRTS Buses are being used mostly by Amdavadi for travelling.
    The Ahmedabad railway station holds as a junction with railway lines emerging towards Mumbai, Delhi, Saurashtra and Kutch.

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