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Ahmedabad Tourism

The Modern Ahemadabad, which is called Karnavati, on the banks of River Sabarmati, was first established by the Solanki King Karandev I. In 13th century the Gujarat was conquered by Sultanate of Delhi from Vagela dynasty. Sultan Ahmed Shah of Muzaffarid dynasty established his capital and called the place as Ahemadabad. His grandson Mahmud Begada built 10 km lengthy fort around the city with 12 gates. In 1573 Akbar conquered Ahemadabad. Raghunath Roa and Damaji Gaekwad established Maratha rule in Ahemadabad. British East India Company established itself in the year 1818, and it ruled till the Independence of India.

The Mughal king Shah Jahan was responsible for the construction of Moti Shahi mahal at ShahiBaug. The railway link/junction, Ellis Bridge, and later Nehru Bridge were built by British East India Company are attractions of the city. To city has witnessed many freedom fighters fighting for freedom during Salt Satyagraha (Dandi March, 1930s), Quit India Movement (1942) from Sabarmati Ashram, one of the ashram established by Mahatma Gandhi, another is Kochrab Ashram (Paldi). Ahemadabad is also city for higher education with reputed colleges like L.D. College Of Engineering college; an industrial city with heavy and chemical firms(Zydus, Cadila, Torrent, Nirma group, Adnani group etc.), spinning and weaving textile mills like Ahemedabad Spinning and Weaving Company Limited (Ranchhodlal Chotalal), Calico Mills (Maganbhai), Arvind mill etc. The city is benefited by the improved water supply because of the Sardar Sarovar Project.

The most convenient entry point into Gujarat is through the metropolis of Ahmedabad. The city contains some very fine museums, the Calico Museum of Textiles being considered among the worlds finest. Ahmedabad's walled city is a living testimony to its heritage of crafts as women walk by in dazzling embroidered garments and flashing ethnic silver jewellery. Traditional Ahmedabad combines mosques of inspired workmanship, wooden Jain temples, unique stone stepwells and houses with ornately carved wooden balconies and window screens. Modern Ahmedabad, just across the River Sabarmati spanned by four bridges, is a showpiece of contemporary architecture with designs by Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn and the best known Indian architects. Ahmedabad is a convenient base for a number of excursions, Modhera being the best known. 106 km away, this is one of the very few sun temples in the country.

According to the 2002 survey of NASCOM, Ahemadabad ranked as fifth among top nine "Super nine Destinations" for IT enabled services. It is contributing to the economy of the country by housing and attracting skilled workers to some of the prestigious Information Technology Industries.

Ahmedabad blends harmoniously an ancient heritage with a vibrant present. Ahmedabad's prosperous and eventful past and present is embodied in its rich kaleidoscope of history, art and culture, rich architecture and imposing monuments. Tourists can visit Ahmedabad throughout the year.

Places of Interest in Ahmedabad:
Ahmed Shah's Mosque
Balvatika (4 km)
Teen Darwaza and Bhadra Fort
Daria Khan's Ghummat (3 km)
Siddi Sayyad's Mosque
Gita Mandir (3 km)
Swami Narayan Temple (2 km)
Hathisinh Mandir (2 km)
Jhulta Minar (3 km)
Jumma Masjid (0.5 km)
Kankaria Lake (4 km)
Rani Sipri's Mosque and Tomb (2 km)
Rani Roopmati Mosque (0.5 km)
Rauza of Shah Alam (3 km)
Sabarmati Ashram (6 km)
Siddhi Sayyad Mosque (0.5 km)
Dada Hari Vav (4 km)

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