“Ahmedabad is a city, Amdavad is an emotion”
This one – liner directly indicates the love of people for their town. The city of Ahmedabad also recognized as ‘Amdavad’ is India’s fifth most populous city has a population of about 6 million happy faces. The former capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is a city that enjoys the title of ‘UNESCO world heritage site’ and is also the first to cherish this caption in India.
Ahmedabad is situated on the banks of River Sabarmati and is in an illustration of beauty and antiquity. Symbolizing the rich culture of Gujarat this city seats itself comfortably and relishes the pride of being ‘India’s seventh richest city’.
Each and every corner of the city holds a tale, a tale deeply rooted in history and studded with urbanity. Ruled by various dynasties and rulers this vast city has its mention in the recorded history and can be easily judged with its richness not just in terms of money and financial soundness but also in the aspect of cultural and traditional values.
Stuffed in the stories from the past this city is like a book in itself. The long tales making the city what it looks like today are to be cherished today, tomorrow and even a day after.
To get to the detailed study of the history of city let us take a leap in time
In the beginning of the 15th century, Gujarat was ruled by the Muslim Muzaffarid Dynasty. One fine day the Sultan (king) of the rule was walking past the Sabarmati River and was stunned to look at a view that he could not believe on. The Sultan saw that a small hare was chasing a vicious dog, which is usually seen otherwise.
He was surprised over his encounter and called his spiritual adviser to the court to ask what he had seen today, has any indication? The reply of the saint was that this city witnesses miracles and generates a unique relation between the animals and the humans residing there. It is then when the sultan (emperor) decided to make this city his capital and named it Ahmadabad.
Going through the testaments of the city you will come across the fact that this ancient city has facts and figures dating centuries back. Nearly in the 10th century the city of Ahmedabad was known as Ashapalli, which was under the rule of the Bhil Dynasty Kings.
In the 11th century the Bhil rule hasd to go through the challenge of the Solanki Dynasty, which moved them and a war was initiated. The fear was of the powerful Solanki King named Karandev, who was adamant to capture the land from the Bhil’s.
In the battle the fear of the Bali’s came true and they lost their empire to the Solanki King Karandev. Vaghela dethroned the Solankis’ in the 13th century in a massive war.
Vageha did not rule for a long period of time and was washed away by the Sultan, Ahmed shah who captured the reign and renamed the town.
Sultan Ahmed Shah was the emperor of the Sultanate Empire in the state of Gujarat. His grandson Muhammad Begada was the one who took the charge of the state and constructed a huge wall to secure the city from trade invasions and wars. The wall on the outer side was about 6 kilometers long with 12 gates remarked on it. However, the fate was not on the side of Muhammad Begada and was named as the last ruling Sultan (king) of the city Ahmedabad.
In the year 1573, Akbar crushed the Sultanate rule and captured the empire under his control. Mughals in their rule promoted the textile industry and the trade commerce was taken in the front row.
However, at the time when Jahangir was the ruler, it was not a land in the list of promotions, as the ruler thought it was the region of dust and dirt and named it as Gardabad. Nonetheless, the king spent his end days in this city and the popular monument of Moti Shahi Mahal was made in his rule.
The Marathas were the only Empire that had the power to conquer the reign of the Mughals, Raghunath Rao and Dama ji Gaekwad were the 2 Maratha rulers who annexed the Mughal Empire and established the rule of Marathas.
Now it was the rule of Marathas and the rule went till the time of Independence. One can still see the Marathi culture in the monuments and buildings of the city.
The idea of ‘Satyagrah’ and the ever so popular salt march was initiated to re capture the country from the British started from this zone of the nation.
Famous leaders like the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi was also a son of Gujarat and he was the one who initiated the bullet of Independence on the British men.
It was among the first cities and the flagship holder of burning the rage against being free and the fire of Independence was lighted in every city since then. And in the year 1947, country India was a free land.
The best time to visit the city of Haridwar is all the time of the year. Best time to visit this amazing city is in the months of winter and spring as this is the time the city landscapes the perfect beauty in terms of nature and weather.
A metropolis city like Ahmedabad is a perfect location to stay and enjoy a few days in the amalgamation of its historic stories and urban manmade upliftment. It has a lot of hotels and resorts to stay in and spend few days like in home. Ahmedabad being a city of trade and commerce also holds a visit of various officials from across the world; hence the facility of stay is luxury, budget, and semi budget even deluxe rooms are available for one and all.
Ideal duration to stay In Ahmedabad is two nights as this would make your visit a complete package of sightseeing, shopping and relaxing all in one. You can also spend a few days more if you love the city and feel free to explore more of its stories and hidden beauties. Ahmedabad can also serve as a medium destination to continue on the journey in Indian cities. As it have accessibilities to cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Agra, Chennai, Jaipur and more.
The city of culture and tradition has things that would make you excited to shop your heart out. Ahmedabad has various markets and shopping centers that are a collection of hand crafted materials, tradition clothing and footwear’s. You can also shop for their packed starters and carry them to your place to make your kins taste the spice of Ahmedabad. Take an empty bag to markets like Teen Darwaza and enjoy your shopping sessions.
The ashram is dedicated to the former leader and the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. Situated in the Sabarmati Suburb of the city this place in the city is most visited by the tourists from across the nation.
It is a sight of Hindu spiritual values and was the exact place from where the Salt March by Gandhi Ji was initiated to attain the joy of freedom from the British ruling the country at that time. It was home for Gandhi Ji and his wife Kasturba Gandhi for more than twelve years. In the year 1917 on the date of 17th July this ashram was built and was dedicated to the great Mohandas Karam Chandra Gandhi.
Kankaria Lake that was previously named as Hauj-e-Qutub is the second largest lake in the city of Ahmedabad of Gujarat, India.
It is situated in the south - eastern part of the city and is in the Maninagar area. The emerald green lake of Ahmedabad is the favorite attraction to the people who are coming from a different place as the beauty of this water body is impeccable.
This city is a bucket of museum from the past items and story. One of the oldest cities has a lot to offer when it is a word of historic stories and hence, it showcases different materials of things in one city. The first and most famous museum of Ahmedabad is Sardar vallabh bhai pater national museum, which has various items and stories related to the great leader.
The other one is the Auto world vintage car museum. This museum has taken each person’s heart as it beautifully decorates the place with vintage automobiles, cars and various vehicles that is simply splendid.
The next in the list is the Lalbhai Dalpathi museum that has stories of Ahmedabad trade well described and is also home to various Mughal and pre- Mughal paintings that are loved by the tourists and people who are fond of historic stories.
Jama mosque of Ahmedabad is a popular Muslim praying spot that is made in lovely architecture and is a holy place for Muslim followers from around the world. Built in the year 1424 by the emperor Ahmed Shah Sultan in yellow sandstones and the look of this elevated mosque is mind blowing. It is the tomb of the ruler who lies in peace at this spot. This holy place remains closed on the Fridays hence, do plan your visit accordingly.
The beautiful and clean lake of Vastrapur is located in the western region of the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India. It was officially named after a great man Narsinh Mehta.
This lake was beautified and renovated by the ‘AMC’ in the year 2002 and has since become a popular spot for the tourists to enjoy a boating session or a chilled out evening by its side.
The beautiful greenery by its side will make you love the picturesque location more every second you spend there.
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