Population : 3,600,000
Languages : Gujarati.
area code : 079
time to visit :
October to March
Gujarat’s principal city, is one of the major industrial cities
in India. It has been called “Manchester of the East” due
to its many textile industries.
Over the centuries, Ahmedabad has had number of periods of
grandeur, each followed by decline. It was originally founded
in 1411 by Ahmad Shah, from whom the city takes its name and
in 17th century was though to be one of the finest
cities in India. In the 18th century it went through
a period of decline. Its industrial strenght once again raised
the city up and, from 1915, it became famous as the site of
Places of Interest
: Built in 1423 by Ahmad
Shah, the mosque was built using items salvaged from demolished
Hinda and Jain temples. It has 260 coumns which support the
roof with its 15 cupolas, the two “shaking” minarets lost
half their height in the earthquake in 1819, and another tremor
in 1957 completely the demolition.
Mosque : Constructed
by Sidi Saiyad, a slave of Ahmed Shah, the mosque is noted
for its beautiful carved stone windows, depicting the intricate
interwining of the branches of a tree.
Mosque and Shaking Minarets : The
Sidi Bashir Mosque is famed for its shaking minarets. When
one minaret is shaken, the others rock in sympathy.
of Textiles : This museum
exhibits antique and modern textiles including rare tapestries,
wall hangings and costumes. Also on display are old weaving
: 85 kms, south west of Ahmedabad,
Lothal, is an important archeological site which was discovered
in 1954. The site which stood here 4500 years ago
was related to the Indus Valley cities of Mohenjodaro
and Harappa, both in Pakistan. Excavations has revealed a
dockyard – at its peak, this was probably one of the most
important ports on the subcontinent. Seals discovered at the
site suggested that trade may have been conducted with the
civilisations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia.
: 102 kms North of
Ahmedabad, the beautiful and partially ruined Sun temple of
Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some
resemblance to the later, and better known Sun temple of Konark,
which predates by some 200 yrs. As with the temple of Somnath,
this fine temple was ruined by Mahmud of Ghazni.
: 130 kms north west of Ahmedabad, this was an
ancient Hindu capital before being sacked by Mahmud of Ghazni
in 1024. Now a pale shadow of its former self, it has over
1000 Jain temples and is famous for the manufacture of beautifully
designed patola silk saris.
Daily flight from Delhi & Mumbai.
Daily trains from Delhi & Mumbai.
262 kms from Udaipur.
Life Tour Gujarat.
- Gujarat (26 Nights / 27 Days)
- Agra - Fatehpur Sirki - Jaipur - Bundi - Kota - Chittorgarh
- Udaipur - Ranakpur - Mt. Abu - Ahmedabad - Lothal -
Bhavnagar - Palitana - Diu- Sasangir - Junagadh - Wankaner
- Bhuj - Mumbai.
Star, 4 Star, 5 Star Hotels in Ahmedabad.