The beating heart of the Indian state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad has managed to preserve its cultural integrity through the centuries, remaining relatively unaffected by the British colonial rule. Little-developed by the tourism industry, the city remains a true hidden gem inhabited by remarkably hospitable Gurajatis, teeming with exquisite historic temples, renowned universities, and world-class vegetarian eateries able to convert diners of the most carnivorous persuasion.
Modern Ahmedabad is an industrial and financial hub packed with historical buildings and temples, monuments and attractions. The city prides itself in being the starting point of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent resistance movement and is home to Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram, now transformed into a museum and open to visitors. Ahmedabad managed to remain relatively culturally unaffected by British colonial rule, but even with Gujarati being the local language, most inhabitants understand and speak English well. The Gujarati enjoy a reputation of being very friendly and hospitable, so travelers should not hesitate to ask for help or directions, if necessary. The best time of year to visit Ahmedabad is during the autumn (or early winter) months, when the summer heat subsides and the temperatures are pleasantly cool.Read More