Ahmedabad, the seventh largest city in India and the commercial capital of Gujarat, was named after its founder, Sultan Ahmed Shah, and its infrastructure was modernised and expanded under the British rule. The home of a booming textile industry, it is also known as the Manchester of the East.
The historic appeal is not lost on you as you run into a historic monument at every corner, promising mystique in the midst of a bustling city, which is a rising centre of education, information technology and scientific industries.
Ahmedabad is home to a number of tourist attractions, among them are the Sabarmati Ashram, The Headquarters of Mahatma Gandhi during India's Independence struggle, The Calico Museum with its large collection of rare textiles, The Jama Masjid, often depicted as the most beautiful mosque in India, The Siddi Saiyed Mosque, The Bhadra Fort, The Akshardham Temple, The Dada Harini Vav step well in Patan, A Masterpiece in water architecture, as well as the 15th century architectural complex of Sarkhej Roza, and the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.
Its long tradition in craftsmanship has made it world famous for handicrafts. The visitor to Ahmedabad will also find a modern city with the best of antiquity museums, art galleries, theatres, parks and a complete range of ethnic garment showrooms.
The city has been put on the world map by institutions like Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology, EDI, Nirma University, Swaminarayan Gurukul, CEPT University, NIFT and a few others.
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