Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River and a distance of 23 km (14 mi) from the state capital Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad is the former capital of Gujarat and the largest city of Gujarat. It is the fifth-most populous city in India. Its delicious food and colourful culture is making it a fast-growing tourist destination. The city was founded by King Karandev-I in the 11th century CE and originally called "Karnavati". The Hindu kingdom of Karnavati ruled for more than 400 years until 1411 CE when Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered Gujarat and the city was renamed Ahmedabad after him.
Home to the famed Shri Swaminarayan Temple (also known as Akshardham Temple), Ahmedabad has also some intriguing museums and classy markets, with a little bit of colonial history attached to it. Situated directly beside the Sabarmati river, Sabarmati Ashram is a quaint and peaceful ashram built by Mahatma Gandhi after he returned from South Africa. Even today, Mahatma Gandhi’s living quarters are preserved here and is now converted to a museum where visitors can learn all about his life and his teachings. Ahmedabad is an excellent example of how a city can still retain its old-world charm while still rapidly progressing on the path of globalisation.
Explore & Experience–
- Shri Swaminarayan Temple (AKA Akshardham Temple)
- Sabarmati Ashram
- Kankaria Lake
- Dada Hari Wav
- Auto World Vintage Car Museum
- Hutheesing Jain Temple
- ISKCON Temple Ahmedabad
- Adalaj Stepwell