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.
Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Ahmedabad
If you are planning a Ahmedabad holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Ahmedabad Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Ahmedabad.