Sunday, January 2, 2011

1. 'Adalaj ni vav'

1. 'Adalaj ni vav' - Step Wells of Adalaj, built in 1496AD is a must visit from Ahmedabad
1. 'Adalaj ni vav' - Step Wells of Adalaj, built in 1496AD is a must visit from Ahmedabad
Vikas Garg
Ahmedabad is named after a sultan Ahmedshah who founded it in 1411. Besides being the largest city in Gujarat, it is also the second largest prosperous city in western India, covering an area of 204,6 km. The most widely spoken language is Gujarati, with Hindi and English. You might have heard of the city because of one of its famous former residents, Mahatma Gandhi, whose ashram is on the banks of the river Sabarmati and became a national pilgrimage site.
Ahmedabad is also known for its people and its many traditions. Especially colorful is the festival of Makar Sankranti (or Uttarayan), which is on 14th of January. During this festival, shops are closed and all citizens participate in the multitude of festivities. Don't forget to look up high. You will see a lot of people sitting on the rooftops, and your eyes will be pleased with the sight of kites and more kites in the air.

Ahmedabad is known for festival of Navaratri too. This festival lasts for 9 days. People do the Garba, which is a traditional dance, all 9 nights. People wear colorful traditional cloths and they make a really eyecatching scene. Garba is real fun watching and playing too.
Ahmedabad has so many historical places like Kankaria lake, Sidi-Sayed-Jali(its a really detailed and beautiful carving),Zulta Minar(swinging minarets) , Lal Darwaja(Red Gate),Tran Darwaja(3 gates) etc. though one of the best building not to miss is little off ahmedabad, called Sarkhej.
One good thing which one shouldn't miss is the food there. There are two beautiful eating places called "Rajwadu" and "Vishala" (dont miss utensiles museum here), which serve the traditional Gujarati food with too many choices to list. Its a little expensive, but if you are visiting Ahmedabad its must to eat the Gujarati food. also just opposite Sidi Sayed mosque is "Agashiye" a bit upmarket but pleaasent traditional food plce on terrace, right near city centre.

Ahmedabad is famous for its textiles, both traditional as well as modern textile industry. also not to be missed is Calico Textile Muesum, with its wide range of collection of various types of clothes and textiles.
New look Ahmedabad is plenty of Malls with multinational brands showroom many Multiplexes. Also you can have best of food from accross the globe here in Ahmedabad.

It is One of the safest city in India. As even Ladies use roam around freely in the late night. And it is because of Gujarat is a Dry state. Although you can purchase liquer if you have permit from the few Hotels having Liquer shop.
Ahmedabad is also known for its nightlife.

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