Ahmedabad, on the Bay of Cambay is the state of Gujarat’s principal city. Given its mix of medieval and modern, along with the coexistence of Hindu, Muslim and Jain communities, it is a compelling place to explore. Indeed, Ahmedabad is one of the finest places in India to see the blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural style known as Indo-Saracenic.
Founded in 1411 by Ahmed Shah, by the 17th century, it was thought to be one of the finest cities in India. After a period of decline, its industrial strength raised the city and from 1915 became world famous as the site of Gandhi’s ashram and the place where he launched his celebrated march against the Salt Law.
A wander through the vibrant bazaars and residential areas of the old city offers visual reward in the form of Bhadra – the fortified citadel, numerous mosques including the stunning 15th century Jami Masjid and tombs of Ahmedabad’s Muslim rulers plus Hindu and Jain temples. Northern Gujarat also abounds in remarkable step-wells, deep with elaborately carved walls. Dad Hari-ni-Vav on the outskirts of the city is perhaps the finest.
On Ashram Road is Sabarmati Ashram where the Mahatma lived from 1917 – 1930, as he helped weavers to find security and re-establish the manual textile industry in Ahmedabad. The unmissable Calico Museum of Textiles has an excellent collection of antique and modern textiles.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Ahmedabad, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to India
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