Ahmedabad is a city in the Indian state of Gujarat, the largest city and former capital of the western state of Gujarat during British colonialism. The city has a rich cultural and historic heritage from its Muslim, Hindu, and Jain communities. Ahmedabad is also an information technology hub in India, with many software companies establishing their headquarters here.
Modern-day Ahmedabad was built by Rao Khengarji III (1638–1641), who shifted his capital from the nearby Palanpur to the present location in 1611. He constructed a fort on a hill known as Bhadra citadel and planned the city’s layout around it. The Kankaria Lake was built in 1451 by Sultan Qutb-ud-Din. It is the largest lake in the city within a radius of 2km. The lake is spread over an area of 9.7 hectares, while its lakefront is around 1 kilometer long. The lakefront comprises public gardens, historic buildings, and parks.
“Manchester of the East”
A rapidly growing metropolis, an industrial hub, an educational hotspot, and a city with a magnificent past – Ahmedabad is one of the most important cities in Gujarat. The city has been withstanding the test of time and its fast growing industries have transformed it into a huge metropolis. The city, as well as the rest of Gujarat, has also witnessed tremendous development in its infrastructure in the past few years.
The city is located on the northern banks of Sabarmati River and is surrounded by very fertile land. The city is one of the major commercial hubs in western India, with a total area of about 1,154 square kilometres. Ahmedabad is located at the metropolis of state with its neighbouring cities such as Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot. The governing bodies of the city are Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Greater Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Ahmedabad Cantonment Board and Chhota Udepur Municipal Corporation.
The city has a rich cultural and historic heritage from its Muslim, Hindu and Jain communities.