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Ahmedabad is the largest city of the western Indian state of Gujarat. This city which is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River is home to more than five million people. Ahmedabad which is colloquially called Amdavad also served as the capital of the state of Gujarat for ten years from 1960 to 1970 after which the capital was shifted to Gandhinagar.
The antecedents of Ahmedadbad can be traced to the 11th century when a king called King Karandev 1 who belonged to the Solanki dynasty waged a war against a tribal king of a kingdom called Ashpall. He then went on to
establish a city which was called Karanavati. The Hindu kingdom of Karanavati was eventually captured by the Muslim rulers of the Delhi Sultanate in 1411. Sultan Ahmed Shah who conquered Karanavati changed the name of city as he rechristened it as Ahmedabad. The Muslim rule in Ahmedabad continued until the early 18th century after which it passed into the hands of the Hindu Peshwa and Gaekwad kings until the British annexed it in 1818 and made it a part of the Bombay Presidency. The British established a military cantonment in Ahmedadbad as they modernized and expanded the infrastructure of the city. During this time the textile industry in Ahmedabad flourished and the city came to be known as the Manchester of the East.
Ahmedabad in the early 20th century featured prominently in the Indian independence
movement as the leader of India’s independence struggle, Mahatama Gandhi established two ashrams in the city namely the Kochrab Ashram and the Sabarmati Ashram which functioned as the epicenters of all the action. Mahatama Gandhi in fact launched several of his campaigns of civil disobedience from Ahmedabad like the Salt Satyagrah which featured the famous Dandi March and the Quit India Movement. The city like several other Indian cities also suffered large scale communal violence at the time of Indian independence in 1947.
Ahmedabad was made the capital of the new state of Gujarat in 1960 after it was separated from the state of Bombay on the 1st of May 1960. After this event the city experienced much rapid development as several educational and research institutions were founded in the city along as the industrial base of the city was diversified with the establishment of heavy industries in and around the city.
The effect of India’s economic reforms in recent years have further energized the city’s economy and Ahmedabad today is a vibrant city which is an important center of commercial and economic activity which is currently experiencing much growth and development.
A point to be noted as a visitor to Ahmedabad, Gujarat is the only state in India which follows prohibition though a foreign national can acquire a permit to buy liquor at one of the liquor shops which are located within hotels.
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Ahemdabad’s most famous event is its Navratri( festival of nine nights) festival. This festival usually precedes the Hindu festival of Deepavali and extends over nine nights. This festival is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Shakti. The goddess is celebrated with the conduct of religious ceremonies called ‘pujas’ after which everybody continues to celebrate by performing traditional folk dances of Gujarat which are called ‘Garba’ and ‘Dandiya Raas’. These dances are performed over the period of nine nights on public grounds which are beautifully decorated with flowers and fairy lights. Moreover men, women and children all sport elaborate traditional costumes for the dances and some fashionable folk are even known to wear a new garment for each night’s performance. Ahemdabad really comes alive during the festival and if you are planning to visit Ahemdabad any time soon you should try and plan your visit to coincide with this exciting festival.
Ahemdabad celebrates the popular Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan with the hosting of the Kite Festival. This festival is usually celebrated on January 14th every year and signals the end of winter. The entire city celebrates the festival with great enthusiasm and kite flying competitions which feature colorful and elaborately designed kites are held on the terraces of every building in the city.
The Modhera dance festivals another important event that is held in Ahmedabd annually. This event which is organized by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat is held at the Sun Temple which is located in the town of Modhera which is located at a distance of 60 Km from Ahmedabad. This festival features classic dance performances and extends over three days every January.
holidays - How to Get There
Airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Jet Airways, Emirates, Sri Lankan Airways and British Airways provide air links to Ahmedabad from Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Your travel time is however dependent on the stops that you are compelled to make during the route that you choose to fly.
Australia doesn’t currently have a mission in Ahmedabad and the city is served by the Australian Consulate General based in the neighboring city of Mumbai