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Ahmedabad

Founded more than 600 years ago, Ahmedabad was recently named a World Heritage City by UNESCO. It is the commercial capital of the state of Gujarat. Ahmedabad is situated in the western part of India, about 300 miles north of Mumbai, and about 600 miles southwest of New Delhi. Ahmedabad is also not far away from various wildlife sanctuaries, the largest salt desert in the world (which is especially popular as a tourist destination between November and March), beaches  and more.

The vibrant city of Ahmedabad has a rich cultural, religious, and architectural history. Ahmedabad is well known for being the city where Mahatma Gandhi resided from 1917 to 1930. The Gandhi Ashram stands witness to this and has a museum which portrays the history of India’s freedom movement.

The city is known for its architectural delights, food markets, handlooms and handicrafts. The city has various important architectural structures ranging from the Sarkhej Roja mosque and Adalaj step-well from the fifteenth century to twenty-first-century academic buildings at the Indian Institute of Management and Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, built by noted architects like Louis Kahn and B.V. Doshi.

There are 27 museums across the city which narrate its culture and heritage. Two of these – the Kite Museum and the Karnavati Atit ni Jhanki – are housed in Sanskar Kendra, a building designed by Le Corbusier.

Besides IIMA, Ahmedabad is known for several world-class academic and research institutions in the fields of management, science, design and textiles, including the Indian Institute of Technology, National Institute of Design and the Institute of Rural Management, Anand.

 

Gir Sanctuary

 

Images Courtesy: Gujarat Tourism