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City Information

Ahmedabad, in western India, is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. The city has emerged as an important industrial and economic hub in India. A rapidly growing metropolis, an industrial hub, an educational hotspot, and a city with a magnificent past – Ahmedabad is one of the most important cities in Gujarat and is fast becoming a very popular tourist destination as well. Home to a plethora of remarkable temples, intriguing museums, serene lakes, good restaurants, and classy market, with a little bit of colonial history attached to it, Ahmedabad is a great example of how a city can still retain every bit of its old-world charm while still rapidly progressing on the path of globalization and commercialization. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati river, Ahmedabad is the former capital of Gujarat, and it’s delicious food, colourful culture and amazing hospitality attract a huge number of tourists all year round. The city is also known the world over for hosting the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit which brings together business leaders, investors, corporations, thought leaders, policy and opinion makers; the summit is advertised as a platform to understand and explore business opportunities in Gujarat.

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Sightseeing

Ahmedabad is a city full of history and heritage and a cultural reflection of rich Gujarat with a unique mix of Hindu and Muslim cultures. Tourist places here are an interesting mix of temples, mosques, forts, museums, vintage car and utensils museums. A walk through the “Walled City” is a fascinating introduction to the latticed carved wooden houses which are part of a varied and unique architectural tradition. There are many fascinating sightseeing places to visit in Ahmedabad. Some of the more interesting places to visit are the tranquil and serene Sabarmati Ashram built by Mahatma Gandhi, the Jama Masjid which is a splendid and magnificent watermarked mosque design built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1424, the Swaminarayan Temple with exquisite architecture and intricate carvings and the Bhadhra Fort which has a majestic palace, a lush green courtyard and a Bhadhra Kali temple.

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Art and Culture

Ahmedabad boasts of a thriving art & culture scene. The city is famed for its rich heritage building, textiles, jain manuscripts, miniature paintings complementing the equally vibrant cultural scene of colourful dances, art and food. A trip to Ahmedabad warrants a visit to the famous Calico Museum of Textiles founded in 1949. The museum showcases the beautiful and rich tradition fabrics and textiles of India. This display is curated by leading experts in the field of textiles. Marking the end of the winter season is the international kite flying festival which is celebrated with flair and colour on 14th January. Ahmedabad’ colour and liveliness is represented by its handicraft goods. Folk art comprises of Bandhej and Bandhini work which is a typical form of mirror work unique to the region. Murals, batik and exquisite kundan work in jewellery is much sought after by tourists.

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Cuisine

Gujarati cuisine is an irresistible blend of several flavours. The cuisine is mainly vegetarian however non-vegetarian dishes are also available in many restaurants. A Guajarati thali which is typical of the region is delicious comprising of several mouthwatering dishes which range from a variety of breads and vegetables and lentils to pickles, salads and tangy curries. The thali is generally served with aplomb is usually accompanied with buttermilk made with yogurt or jal jeera which also aids in digestion. During the mango season, aamras or pulpy mango juice is relished with flat unleavened bread. Ahmedabadis love for snacks is legendary and one can find a local snack house at virtually every nook and corner of the city. Look for restaurants that serve authentic flavours. One can also satisfy midnight cravings at several places like Manek Chowk, Grand Bhagwati or Law Gardens. For the less adventurous the city also serves of international cuisines at several restaurants and hotels

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