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About Ahmedabad


Ahmedabad is well-connected with the rest of the country via a large air, rail and road network.

By Air : Major airlines fly to and fro from Ahmedabad connecting it nationally and internationally.

By Rail : Ahmedabad is on the Western Railway network and well linked with the rest of the country.

By Road : Ahmedabad has a good road network of National and State Highways. The State Transport Corporation connects it to all the major cities and towns of Gujarat and other states of the country.


Ahmedabad seems like a kaleidoscope; it is both ancient and modern. On the one hand, it has spiritual peace and tranquility, but on the other hand it also has a busy modern life. Gandhi Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati River is the symbol of spiritual roots of India. Nowadays Ahmedabad is bustling with life and business activities.

The city has a distinct culture. Apart from the good roads and flyovers, its glitzy shopping malls also add to the glory of the city. Ahmedabad is also known for premier educational institutes of India, such as the Indian Institute of Management. People are warm and hospitable and the local arts and culture are sure to rejuvenate you. If we look to the history, Ahmedabad was the biggest city in terms of area in the pre-British era till Calcutta and Madras Presidency were set up.

In the beginning of 11th century Ahmedabad region was ruled by Bhil king, who was later on defeated was the Solanki ruler of Patan. After 13th century, it fell into the hands of Vaghela dynasty of Dholka. After 13th century entire Gujarat became a part of Delhi Sultanate. It was named as Ahmedabad by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411. After 1573 Gujarat came under the Mughal rule of Emperor Akbar. People of Ahmedabad are known to have business acumen and that's reason it is considered to be a prosperous city since the beginning.


Kings Karandev 1, the Solanki Ruler, had waged a war against the Bhil king of Ashapall or Ashaval. After his victory, Karandev established the city called "Karnavati". This Hindu kingdom of Karnavati retained its importance till early 15th century when Gujarat fell to the Muslim Sultanate.
In 1411, Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered Karnavati, and after his name Karnavati was renamed to Ahmedabad.
The city was built in open and spacious plane to the East of Sabarmati. It comprised of smaller known Fort as Bhadra Fort. The city fort wall was enclosed containing 12 Gates. The city of Ahmedabad went on expanding in every direction by the addition of new areas on both the sides of the river. And with the well laid out beautiful buildings, lakes and mosques.

In 1753 combined armies of Raghunath Rao and Damaji Gaekwad took the fort, which resulted into end of Mughal Rule in Ahmedabad. In 64 years during the rule of Gaekwad and Peshwa, city became cleaner. In 1818 British annexed Ahmedabad via cunning. During this period municipality Committee was founded, Railway link was established.
The British restricted themselves to the cantonment area and didn’t take much interest in the city. Nor did they get around to colonizing Ahmedabad culturally; they didn't set up schools, churches, clubs all over the city, the way they did in other cities they integrated to their way of life.
So, unlike most other large Indian cities, Ahmedabad is not an English speaking city by nature - but language is never a problem as it has emerged as an international trading hub of Gujarat and almost everybody speaks English. The local language is Gujarati. You can get around by using Hindi or English with most people. The locals are by and large a friendly folk so you’ll get by, even if you don't speak any Indian languages.
Ahmedabad was a cradle of the non-violent movement for India's independence, being host to the Sabarmati ashram of Mahatma Gandhi. Ahmedabad poses a mixture of rich tradition and modern feel. Ahmedabad is famous for the Navaratri festival. It's considered to be the longest dance festival on earth. Navratri rocks Ahmedabadi people and their guests too.

The Gujarati community is largely known for its hospitality and for being shrewd businessmen. Ahmedabad is a big industrial city long reputed for its textile industry, and today more so for its chemical, petroleum, international trade & IT industries. It is also well-known for the Finance Wizards and as the modern hub of Jain Religion. The city has been put on world map by institutions like Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology, IHM, MICA, Petroleum Institute, EDI, Nirma University, Swaminarayan Gurukul , CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology) University , NIFT and a few others. The place has become a landmark for good education practices.