500 km North of Mumbai lies Ahmedabad, a city founded by Sultan
Ahmed shah (1411-1453 AD) of Gujarat, who also made it his
capital. By early 17th century, Ahmedabad had become one of the
finest and riches cities of western India, which prompted Sir
Thomas Roe to describe it as "a goodly city as large as
London". Its strategic position in being accessible
from the sea, its rich and flourishing textile looms famous for
spinning out yards and yards of exquisite cotton, silk and gold
thread, made it an important trading centre of the Middle
Ages. It was the Manchester of India- beautiful, vast,
charming and prosperous.
Air India, Indian
Airlines/Alliance Air, Jet Airways and Gujarat Airways connect the city with Delhi,
Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Pune and Vadodara. Airport is
located 10 km from downtown Ellis Bridge/Ashram Road area.
Ahmedabad is connected to most
state capitals and important railheads like Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur, Mount Abu,
Jodhpur, Kochi, Trivandrum and Saurashtra.
Ahmedabad is connected by good roads with
Udaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Jaipur, Ajmer and Nathdwara in Rajasthan; Ujjain,
Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Pune, Nasik-Shirdi and Mumbai in
important road distances from Ahmedabad
Islamic era of Ahmedabad saw the erection of many magnificent
mosques and mausolea in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style
like Jama Masjid and Sidi Syed Mosque. Other
interesting monument of the Sultanate period are Rani
Spiri's Masjid, Haibat Khan Mosque, Ahmed Shah's Tomb, Bibi ki
Masjid and Rani Rupmati's Mosque. The mysteries of
medieval architecture and others, unfortunately, did not
survive an earthquake in 1819.
into the world of fantasy on the wheels of luxury.
Gujarat with The Royal Orient, a luxury tourist train
built in the style of the regal coaches of the
maharajas, with 2-berth and 3-berth cabins,
air-conditioned comfort, running hot and cold water in
spacious bathrooms, multi-cuisine restaurant car, a
well-stocked bar, library and many other comforts of a
22 km from Ahmedabad and capital of Gujarat, has a fabulous Secretariat
Building, Indroda Deer Park and an amusement
park. Swaminarayan Temple is famous and there is an
excellent mythological them park. The Adalaj Stepwell
on the way to Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad, has intricate
sculpture and arches.
One of the greatest complexes of medieval architecture in
Gujarat, it is almost a suburb of Ahmedabad.
27 km away and on the way to Baroda, is another interesting
day trip. The Stepwell of Mehmedabad and Jumma
Masjid mosques are architectural achievements. From here
you can go to Sojali by rickshaw to see the 1515 A.D.
mausoleum or Chandra Suraj Mahal, a ruined garden
One of the southernmost outposts of the Indus Valley
civilisation, is an interesting examples of Harappan town
planning. The dockyard is an example of ancient maritime
architecture, connected to Sabarmati river before it flows
into the Arabian Sea in the Gulf of Cambay.
54 km away and connected the the city, the sanctuary
offers a pleasant trip. The sanctuary mainly comprises a lake
and marshes where you can see flamingos, pelicans, ducks,
geese, cranes, storks, ibises, spoonbills, wading birds,
kingfishers, swallows, fishing eagles, osprey, harriers and
falcons in great numbers.
Rann of Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary,
The sanctuary is best known for its herds of chestnut-brown
Asiatic onager (wild ass), last surviving species of India's
wild horses. Also home of the gazelle, blue bull, wolf, desert
and Indian fox, jackal, jungle cat, hare and birds like the
houbara bustard, sandgrouse, courser, francolin, quail, eagle,
falcon, harrier, vulture, lark, warbler. The 11th century
sandstone fortress at Patdi, temples around Munsar Tank
at Viramgam and Darbargadh of Dasada can
be visited en route.
An 11th century Sun Temple, rivalling Konark in
architecture an sculpture, with pillars depicting traditional
erotic sculpture and scenes from the Hindu epics can be seen
was the 8th - 15th century capital of Gujarat and has a
breathtaking stepwell, known as Rani-ki-Vav, and other
architecture buildings, It is also famous for its double ikat
patola silk weaving.
First of its kind in India, the park offers excellent
rides for kids and adults.
is famous for its artistic and valuable products like cotton
textile, silk and gold jewellery. Gujarati handicrafts are
colourful and make excellent souvenirs. Tie and dye textiles,
block printing of textiles, mirror-work embroidery, cloth
toys, embroidered footwear and lacquer furniture are easily
available throughout the city. The main shopping areas are
Teen Darwaza, Bhadra Ashram Road and Relief Road. Some well
known handicraft emporia are Gurjari on Ashram Road, Gujarat
Hastakala Haat on Relief Road and Gramodyog Gandhi Haat.
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