Your City - Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the 15th century on
the bank of Sabarmati, is the seventh largest city in India
and a vibrant business district.
After King Karandev established the city called "Karnavati",
Gujarat fell to the Muslim Sultanate in the early 15th century.
It comprised of a smaller Fort known as Bhadra Fort. The city
of Ahmedabad freely expanded on both the sides of the Sabarmati
River. The city was well laid out with beautiful buildings,
lakes and mosques.
In 1818 when the British took over Ahmedabad developed and
Municipality Committee was founded. Railway link was also
established during this period. In 1915 Mahatma Gandhi established
Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad is the cultural and commercial heart of
Gujarat, and much of western India. Majority of the population
in Ahmedabad is Hindu while Jains, Muslims and Christians
co-exist in a fair number. The city is also home to a major
population of Parsis and a small community of 300 Bene Israel
Jews. Ahmedabad conjures up an image of a city of diverse
cultures and festivals with impressive zeal that transcends
demographic and religious boundaries.
There is a large population of Vanias (or traders). The majority
of residents of Ahmedabad is native Gujaratis and speaks Gujarati.
Punjabis, Marathis, Tamils, Sindhis, Malayalis and Marwaris
also make up the population mix and have brought their native
language and culture to the city.
Ahmedabad is known for folk art. Paldi area is a haven for
embroidery lovers and so is Law Garden for its mirror work
handicraft and traditional clothes called 'Chania Cholis'.
Historically being home to the first textile industry Ahmedabad
acquired the nickname, "the Manchester of the East." It has
been politically active, starting from campaigns of civil
disobedience to promote workers' rights, civil rights to political
summer maximum: 30°C - 45°C
Average winter maximum: 5 °C - 24°C
crore (2001 census)
persons per sq km ( 2001 census)
Hindi, English and dialects of Kathiawar and Saurashtra
Places of Interest
Akshardham temple: Located 28 kms
from Ahmedabad, this temple is a marvel of traditional sandstone
carving. State-of-the-art technologies like fibre-optics sound
and light shows, multi-media, audio-visual shows only add
to its attraction.
Jama Masjid: The Jama-Masjid of Ahmedabad
is one of the biggest and oldest mosque for Friday Prayers.
It has a spacious courtyard in marble. The walls and the niches
of the mosque have Hindu architecture.
Rani Rupmati's Mosque: Situated north of
the city centre and named after the Hindu wife of Sultan Mahmud
Begado. The wonderful synthesis of Hindu and Muslim styles
Sidi Bashirs mosque: is the mosque with
Sidi Saiyad's Mosque: is worth visiting
for the sheer magic of stone turned into filigree. Its twin
windows of pierced stone are worked in style of a tree with
palm leaves and curving tendrils.
Calico Museum: The Calico Museum of Textiles,
is one of the finest textile museums in the world is can boast
of a brilliant collection of the finest fabrics spun, woven,
printed and painted in different parts of India during past
five centuries. Some old weaving machines are also on display.
Institute of Indology: Located near the
Gujarat University campus, the museum has an important collection
of illustrated manuscripts and miniatures and one of the finest
collections relating to Jainism in India.
Hussain-Doshi's Gufa: This is a gallery
out of the collaborative efforts of artist M.F. Hussain and
architect B.V. Doshi. Here art and architecture fuses together
and complements each other .
NC Mehta Museum of Miniatures: One can get
an idea of the various schools of Indian miniature painting
here. The building was designed by Le Corbusier.
Shreyas Folk Museum: Located 2.5km west
of Sabarmati in the suburb of Ambavadi, the museum showcases
the folk arts and crafts of Gujarat.
Utensils Museum, Ahmedabad: A curious collection
of cooking utensils is displayed in this museum.
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary: Nal Sarovar
(116Km) is a natural lake, about 64 Km away from Ahmedabad.
The sanctuary attracts people from all over the world as different
varieties of migratory birds of various breeds, flock and
rest in winter months.
Educational institutions in Ahmedabad
Prominent schools: Most schools
in Ahmedabad are associated with Gujarat Secondary and Higher
Secondary Education Board. Some schools, like the Delhi Public
School and the Kendriya Vidyalayas are affiliated with the
Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE).
Other prominent schools are St Xavier's Loyola at Memnagar,
Saraswati High school, St Xavier's School in Mirzapur, Mt
Carmel School, Diwan Ballubhai School in Paldi.
Institutes for Higher education: National
||Indian Institute of Management, IIM Ahmedabad
||National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad
||National Institute of Fashion Technology
||Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI)
||Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)
||Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad
||Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
||Nirma University of Science & Technology, Ahmedabad
Engineering and Technical colleges:
||Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication
||Nirma Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad
Medical institutes and colleges:
||B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad
||Smt. NH Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad
Besides institutes for higher education in the fields of
arts, design, management, agriculture, engineering and technology,
the city holds some of the India's big research centres like
Physical Research Laboratory and the Space Applications Centre
of the Indian Space Research Organization. Institute for Plasma
Research is approximately midway between the cities of Ahmedabad