Ahmedabad city along the Sabarmati river has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage City. It is the commercial capital of the state of Gujarat and was once renowned for its cotton textile mills. 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 famous temples, various wildlife sanctuaries, the largest salt desert in the world (which is popular as a tourist destination between November and March) and beaches. The 1000-year old Modhera Sun Temple is exquisite and is located two hours from Ahmedabad by road.
In August-end, the temperature in Ahmedabad varies between 25-30 degrees celsius, with light showers.
A few of the local attractions of Ahmedabad are listed below:
- Old-City area, including the famous Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, whose window screen inspires the logo of IIMA, Jama Masjid and the bustling Manek Chowk. Heritage walks are conducted regularly in this area.
- Sarkhej Roja Mosque and Adalaj Step-Well.
- The Sabarmati Ashram of Gandhi describes the life of Gandhi and the freedom movement, as Gandhi lived in Ahmedabad for several years after his return from South Africa.
- Calico Textile Museum conducts a unique tour that needs to be pre-booked in advance via their website
- Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum
- Educational Campuses like IIMA, NID (Design) and CEPT (Architecture), each of which houses an archive
- Arthashila Ahmedabad is located next to the IIMA campus and features innovative exhibits and screenings