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Ahmedabad Travel Guide

Ahmedabad or as the locals say ‘Amdavad’ is the principal business city of Gujarat. Modern Ahmedabad is the second largest city in western India after Mumbai and though crowded like most other cities, Ahmedabad provides an interesting introduction to Gujarat. It is also a convenient base from where you can explore the other interesting places in the state.

Ahmedabad is a city of architectural delights. The old walled city is a labyrinth of by lanes (called ‘pols’) lined with exquisitely carved wooden ‘havelis’ (mansions), an area best discovered on foot.

In the newer part of Ahmedabad you find several buildings that showcase India’s contemporary architecture - some designed by Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Correa, and Doshi. And in the midst of these modern works are some of the finest monuments built in the Indo-Saracen style (a blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture).

The city of Ahmedabad is home to several institutions of higher learning. The National Institute of Design is the leading institution in the field in India and located in Ahmedabad. The Indian Institute of Management, the foremost institute in the country for business management studies is housed in a campus designed by the American architect Louis Kahn also in the city.

The Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association is one of the foremost institutions in the country engaged in research on textiles. So travel to Ahmedabad and take a tour of this textile city of western India.

If you are visiting a monument, please be advised that in all probabilty you will be required to buy an entry ticket. Do so, because if you are caught without one, the consequence can be serious!

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