Ahmedabad is the 7th largest metropolitan city in India, with a population of approximately 5.2 million. Located on the banks of the River Sabarmati the city is the administrative centre of Ahmedabad district and was the capital of Gujarat from 1960 to 1970; the capital was shifted to Gandhi Nagar thereafter. In colloquial Gujarati, the city is commonly called Amdavad.
Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the capital of the Gujarat Sultanate, and was named after him. Under the British rule, a military Cantonment was established and the city infrastructure was modernized and expanded. Though incorporated into the Bombay Presidency during British rule, Ahmedabad remained the most important city in the Gujarat region. The city established itself as the home of a booming textile industry, which earned it the nickname the "Manchester of the East". The city was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement in the first half of the 20th century. It was the centre of many campaigns of civil disobedience to promote workers' rights Civil rights and political independence.
With the creation of the state of Gujarat in 1960, Ahmedabad gained prominence as commercial capital of the state. The city is witnessing a major construction boom and population increase. A rising centre of education, information Technology and scientific industries, Ahmedabad remains the cultural and commercial heart of Gujarat and much of western India.
One of the liveliest cities in India. A visit to Ahmedabad is a great way to discover Gujarat.
Ahmedabad was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as his capital in 1411A.D. While returning from one of his campaigns the young Sultan Ahmed Shah impressed with the scenic surroundings and climate of the town of Ashawal undertook the building of his new capital with a fort and twelve gates and named it Ahmedabad. While you can only see the ramparts of the 600 year old Bhadra fort, almost all the twelve gates with the exception of one have withstood the ravages of time and man.If you have been to Ahmedabad before you will want to come again. If you are coming soon, Welcome. Ahmedabad has something for everyone. You will be glad you made it.