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Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, the seventh largest city of India is located on the banks of Sabarmati River. Ahmedabad is a perfect blend of modern vibrant culture and a glorious historical past. The old walled city has beautiful lanes with intricately carved wooden ‘havelis’ (mansions). Ahmedabad is also known for its lovely lakes, old monuments, excellent museums and fabulous night markets.

Nestled in the heart of Gujarat, the city of Ahmedabad is home to some of the most renowned centers of higher learning. The National Institute of Design is an internationally acclaimed institution and one of the leading multi-disciplinary institutions in the field of design education. The Indian Institute of Management is regarded as one of the foremost institutes of the country and is globally recognized for its business management studies. Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association is regarded as one of the top institutions of the country that is involved in research on textiles.

Ahmedabad tourism has got many tourist attractions to offer that range from monuments to amusement parks due to which thousands of tourists throng this beautiful city. Some of the must visit tourist attractions include Sabarmati Ashram, Kankaria Lake, Sabarmati Riverfront, Hathee Singh Jain Temple and Sarkhej Roja.

Weather

Summer season from the months of March to June remains pretty hot. The average summer temperature ranges between 41°C to 27°C. The month from June to October receives medium to heavy rainfall. Monsoon season is regarded as great relief after the hot and dry summer. Winters here generally starts from the month of November and continues till February. The average temperature hovers around 30°C. Winter season is the best time to visit Ahmedabad.

How to Reach

Being an important leisure as well as business travel destination, Ahmedabad is well-connected to other major cities of India by air, road and rail. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport connects the city to all major domestic and international destinations. Ahmedabad Railway Station also known as Kalupur Station falls under the prominent national railway circuit and has trains for almost all the major cities of India. Ahmedabad is well connected by road to major Indian cities like Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Shirdi, Gandhinagar and Udaipur.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Bhadra Fort: Bhadra fort is beautiful monument that is famous for its intricate carvings, pattern works and beautiful frescos suits. In the year 1411, Ahmed Shah had built the fort. The fort got its name from the name of the Bhadrakali temple which is located in the premises of the fort. Arches at the entry gate, has some inscriptions that represents the history of the fort. At present, fort houses important offices like ASI, post office, etc.

Kankaria Lake: It is a 34-sided polygonal lake constructed in the year 1451 by Sultan Qutub-ud-din. It is one of the largest lakes in the city and is a regular hang-out option for locals. A stroll along the banks or lying on the greens or enjoying laser shows or a peaceful and delightful day-out is assured in the amazing Kankaria Lake of Ahmedabad. Here the days are filled with activities spanning from water-rides, boating to hot air balloon rides and toy train rides along with a couple of eating options in the nearby good-quality food-joints. At the centre of the lake lies the Naginavadi, the island summer pavilion. Other attractions around the lake are a zoo, a natural history museum, a toy train, Bal Vatika and an open theatre. A walk in the evening when the entire Kankaria Lake is lit-up is simply delightful.

Dada Hari Vav (Stepwell): Located on the eastern side of the Old City in Asarva is the octagonal-shaped, Dada Hari ni Vav. The seven-storey structural display is one grand show of intricately carved walls, columns, floral sculptures and beautiful carvings. Sunlight filters through its various levels to create an amazing look within the step-well. A spiral staircase spans its entire height. Dada Hari ni Vav brings to life Muslim and Hindu architectures along with Arabic and Sanskrit scriptures. The step-well was constructed in the year 1499 AD. Construction was carried-out by Bai Harir Sultani during the reign of Mahmud Shah. Just behind the step-well is the tomb and mosque of Sultani.

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