I always wanted to visit Ahmedabad, the capital city of Gujarat. It was funny for the first time when I heard that people called it Manchester city of India but became curious to know why. Manchester in England is famous for the cotton textiles around the world. It is situated along the banks of the Mersey River and the water is very useful for drying of cotton threads. Similarly the modern city of Ahmedabad city is situated along the east bank of Sabarmati river which is also good for drying cotton threads. The city is famous for its cotton clothes and has many textile industries from where many products are exported worldwide. Because of this similarity it’s called the Manchester city of India and now you know why!
Ahmedabad is one of the clean cities I have seen in India. The people and the government has taken great efforts to keep it that way. Despite being a commercial city of Gujarat there are many interesting things to see around and I managed to do a small 2 days detour before I headed for Somnath,Dwaraka,Vadodara,Bhuj and Rann of Kutch.
The mall was opened in October 2011 and is the largest mixed used city centre in Ahmedabad. The 1.2 million square foot complex consists of the retail mall of 7,20,000 square feet, Ista Hotels- a five star hotel of 2,00,000 square feet and service apartments.
They also call it Gandhi’s home. Its situated near the sabarmati River front. The ashram was previously called the Satyagraha Ashram.
A popular temple of goddess Vaishno devi located on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway.
Hathee Singh Jain Temple
It’s a popularly known Jain temple in Ahmedabad and was constructed in the year 1848.
Built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of the Vaghela chief, Veersinh, this five storey stepwell was not just a cultural and utilitarian space, but also a spiritual refuge. It is believed that villagers would come everyday in the morning to fill water, offer prayers to the deities carved into the walls and interact with each other in the cool shade of the stepwell.
There is so much more to see in Ahmedabad but it was time for me to pack my bag and catch my bus for Somnath which will take me roughly 10 hours of ride.
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