rich in crafts, history and natural beauty, the remarkable coastal state of
Gujrat --- the home state of Mahatma Gandhi --- continues to attract
artists, scholars, the intellectual elite and businessmen from the world
over. Amongst a tantalizing wealth of appealing possibilities which facet,
which area does one begin exploring first ?. Ahmedabad, its busiest city,
perhaps, which blends and reflects the chequered past, the vibrant present
and a hopeful future.
In the old walled city of Ahmedabad are monuments and narrow, teeming
bylanes which still successfully keep alive an ancient, precious heritage.
Punctuating the skyline, are the tall factory chimneys of more than 60
textiles mills which rely on sophisticated technology. Many of the most
renowned names in the textile industry can be found at Ahmedabad.
Ahemdabad was established on the left bank of the river Sabarmati river in
1063 - 1093 A.D. by King Karna Solanki. Later, Sultan Ahmad Shah, the
founder of the Ahmadshahi Dynasty in Gujrat, pitched camp on the banks of
the Sabarmati and was so influenced by the site that he decided to develope
it into his capital. The city that began to take shape was thus named
Ahmedabad after its founder
The majority of even the earliest monuments that date back to 1411 A.D. ---
the year Ahmedabad was so christened are replete with ancient flavours
intermingling with the hustle and bustle of modern day life. The spurt of
architectural activity that began roughly from the period of Ahmad Shah was
sustained and often embellished by successive rulers.
Touristic Places in Gujarat