Ahmedabad - Manchester of the East

     Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat, India. It is the former capital of Gujarat and is also the judicial capital of Gujarat as the Gujarat High Court has its seat in Ahmedabad. It is also financial capital of Gujarat. It is the fifth largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area of India, with a city population of approximately 5.6 million and metropolitan population of 6.4 million.

      In 2010, Forbes magazine rated Ahmedabad as the fastest-growing city in India, and third in the world after two Chinese cities - Chengdu and Chongqing.In December 2011 a leading market research firm IMRB declared Ahmedabad as the best of India's mega-cities.

     Ahmedabad is located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, 32 km from the state capital Gandhinagar. The city is the administrative centre of Ahmedabad district and was the capital of Gujarat till 1960. In colloquial Gujarati, the city is commonly called Amdavad.

     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.

     Since the creation of the state of Gujarat in 1960, Ahmedabad had become a bustling metropolis with beautiful classical and colonial European styled buildings, lining the city’s thoroughfares. 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.


The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is located 15 km from the city centre and 8 km from Ahmedabad Railway station and Bus stand. IThe airport connects the city with destinations across India and the world (Abu Dhabi, Doha, Jeddah, Dubai, Bangkok, Frankfurt, Kabul, Kuwait, London, Muscat, Newark, Chicago, Singapore, Sharjah, Dammam, Riyadh, Hongkong, Paris, Shanghai). It is the busiest airport in Gujarat, and the eighth busiest in India with an average of 250 aircraft movements a day. In 2008 the airport served 5,372,259 passengers.

Ahmedabad is one of the six operating divisions of the Western Railway. Railway lines connect the city to all towns in Gujarat and other major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, Lucknow, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Nagpur etc. The Ahmedabad Railway Station, locally known as Kalupur Station is the city's main terminus.

National Highway 8, linking Delhi to Mumbai, passes though Ahmedabad connecting it with Gandhinagar, Delhi and Mumbai. Ahmedabad's main traffic arteries are the Ashram Road, C. G. Road, Relief Road and SG Highway. The SG Highway or Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway is also known as Ahmedabad's growth symbol. The Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) runs the local bus service in the city. AMTS runs 750 buses.

Top 10 Places To Visit In Ahmedabad

1. Jama Mosque
2. Gandhi Ashram
3. Delhi Darwaja
4. Ellis Bridge
5. Ahmed Shah Tombs
6. Bhadra Fort
7. Sidi Saiyed Mosque
8. Hathisingh Temple
9. Jhoolta Minar
10. Kankaria Lake