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City Profile: Ahmedabad

Overview:


Ahmedabad is the 6th largest city in India and 27th in the world. It was the temporary capital of State of Gujarat, situated in western part of India. The place has been the epicenter of many developments that have taken place in our country. The city is an amalgam of both traditions and modernization with flamboyant culture and flourishing industries co existing. The Homeland of Mahatma is famous for its magnificent architecture and thriving industries. It will be an unforgettable experience to visit this city.

The city was named after Sultan Ahmed Shah who founded this place in 1411AD. The Sultan graced the city with architecturally splendid monuments which are now associated with Mahatma Gandhi. Ahmedabad has combined contrasts with contradictions. Ahmedabad is second largest city in the Western India. Even the textile industries here are the second largest in the country. An intriguing combination of ancient and modern exists side-by side here as the many Indo-Saracenic mosques.

Ahmedabad is truly a triumph city which has lived a glorious past and continues to hold its old-world charm with strong headed visions of the future and forging into space age. The world class educational institutes for studying management, engineering and advertising are also located in the city which makes it an education hub of India.

General Information:

Geographical Location: 71.60 to 72.90 East (Longitude)
20.30 to 23.40 North (Latitude)

450 Centigrade (Maximum)
90 Centigrade (Minimum)

Area: 8,086.81 sq. km
Population: 6 million
Languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi
Literacy rate: 79.5%

Public Transportation
Unmetered auto and taxis are the best form of communication within Ahmedabad. Rickshaws can be hired for shorter distances.

Climate
Ahmedabad has a warm dry climate, except for rainy seasons. The best time to visit Ahmedabad is from October to March.

Summers (March to May) are extremely hot with an average mercury level of 36°C with extreme sometimes touching up to 45°C and tourists seldom go out for sightseeing in April and May.

Winters (November to February) offer a mild windy cool climate. It is very pleasant and good for all tourist activities. In winter the average temperature ranges in thirties.

Monsoons (June to October) is rainy season with medium to heavy showers.

October to March months are cool with pleasant atmosphere and perfect for outings and participations in celebrations. June to September are usually typically avoided by visitors, due to uncertainty in heavy rains. April to June months extremely hot and tourists are cautioned for dehydration problems and sunstrokes.

How to get there

Reaching Ahmedabad by Air

The Ahmedabad airport is located 10 kms north of the city and has both domestic and international flight connections. Private coach and taxis can be hired from the airport terminal to reach the city.

Reaching Ahmedabad by Rail

Ahmedabad has direct train services to major cities in India. Western Railways provided access to Ahmedabad.

Reaching Ahmedabad by Road

Ahmedabad has got good highways connecting it to all major places and other states. Inter-state buses of different states of India also provide services to and from Ahmedabad.

Transportation

Airport Authority of India
Sardar Patel Airport
Hansol, Ahmedabad 380012
Tel: 91-79-22867261/62/63 /22861089

Cab Companies

Hello Taxi
2nd Floor Agrawal Complex
Near Municipal Market
C.G. Road, Ahmedabad 380009
Tel: 91-79-66668888 / 64599391

Krish Tours & Travels
1, First Floor, Anar Complex
Opp. Meghalay Flat
Naranpura, Ahmedabad 380013
Tel: 91-79-27683269
Email: krishtravels@gmail.com
Manoj: 91-9909989103

Jet Airways
Tel: 91-79-22866540/27543304

Kingfisher
Tel: 91-79-22858050
Toll Free: 1-800-233-3131

AirIndia

Tel: 91-79-25505162/25505198

SpiceJet

Tel: 91-79-22858039

Toll Free: 1-800-180-3333

Sightseeing

Calico Museum

The Calico museum is one of the best textile museums in the world, with rate collection of textiles from the 17th century onwards. Old weaving machines, exquisite fabrics, brocades and embroidery are on display in the museum.

Sabarmati Ashram

This quiet and peaceful retreat was setup by Gandhiji in 1915 as a Satyagraha Ashram on the bank of the river Sabarmati. Hriday Kunj the simple cottage where Gandhiji lived in and now a national monument and preserved as it used to be in his life time.

Adalaj Step Well

The steps descent five stories, passing beams, columns and brackets that are elaborately carved with geometric, floral and animal designs.

Siddi Saiyed Mosque

Enclosed by the pleasant garden in the center of the city this small mosque is known for its delicate and exquisite trellises and stone window tracery.

Best Restaurants to visit

MoMo Café
Courtyard Marriott
Ramdevnagar Cross Roads
Satellite,Nr.S,G.Highway,
Ahmedabad -380015
Gujarat, India
Tel: 91-79-66185092 /6618500
Fax: 91-79-66185299
Web: www.courtyardmarriottahmedabad.com

Barbeque Nation
Shivalik III
Near Mile Stone Complex, Drive In Road
Ahmedabad 380 053
Gujarat, India
Tel: 91-79-6060 0000/4005 3555
Web: www.barbeque-nation.com

Vishalla
Opp. Vasna Tol Naka,
Ahmedabad 380 055
Gujarat, India
Tel: 91-79-2660 2422 / 2660919
Fax: 91-79-26660 7974
Web: www.vishalla.com

Shopping options

Garvi Gurjari Emporium
Kamdhenu Complex,
Near Panjara Pole, Ambavadi
Ahmedabad 380051
Gujarat, India
Tel: 91-79-26305208

Sanskruit
G-6, Suryarath Complex, Ellis Bridge,
Near Gulbai Tekra Road
Ahmedabad 380 006
Gujarat,India
Tel: 91-79-26443341 /26563456

National Handloom
C.G.Road, Navrangpura
Opp. Law Garden
Ahmedabad 380 006
Gujarat, India
Cell: 0 9374978785

Medical Facilities

SAL Hospital
Opp. Doordarshan
Drive-in Road
Ahmedabad 380 054
Gujarat, India
Tel: 91-79-66115600
Fax: 91-79-66115620
Web: www.salhospital.com

Sterling Hospital
Sterling Addlife India Limited
Sterling Hospital Road
Memnagar, Ahmedabad 380 052
Gujarat, India
Tel: 91-79-40011111
Emergency No. 91-79-40011177
Web: www.sterlinghospitals.com

Care Institute of Medical Science (CIMS)
Near Shukan Mall,
Off Science City Road, Sola,
Ahmedabad 380 060
Tel: 91-79-27712771-75
Fax: 91-79-27712770
Cell: +91-9825066664
Web: www.cims.me

Apollo Hospital
Plot No.1 A, Bhat GIDC Estate,
Gandhinagar -382428
Gujarat, India
Tel: 91-79-66701800 / 01 /03
Tel fax: 91-79- 66701843
Web: www.apolloahd.com

U.S. Consulate/U.S. Commercial Service Office
U.S. Commercial Service
Suite 41/42, JMC House
Opp. Parimal Garden, Ambawadi
Ahmedabad 380006
Tel: 91-79-26565210 / 16
Fax: 91-79-26560763
Email: Ahmedabad.Office.Box@trade.gov