In a historic first, UNESCO has named the walled city of Ahmedabad as India’s World Heritage City. And we could not be happier. If history is to be believed, the origin of the city dates back to over 600 years ago and today it stands as an example of perfect balance between industrial growth and rich heritage, engraved deep into the walls of its monuments and edifices. There’s more to Ahmedabad than the tag of the largest city in Gujarat. We list four reasons that make the city your next travel destination:
1. The city was the centre for Mahama Gandhi‘s freedom struggle, housing the Sabarmati Ashram. Walk through this living quarter of Bapu and get a glimpse of his personal belongings and his spinning wheel preserved here.
2. As a historic city, Ahmedabad abounds in temples and monuments. The Hutheesing Jain Temple, the Ram ji Mandir, the Sidi Bashir Mosque or the Julta Minar and the Bhadra Fort are a few examples of the city’s aesthetic appeal.
3. You might be surprised at the variety of vegetarian food you can get in the city apart from the popular dhokla and theplas. Try the sev tameta nu saag or the Gujarati kadhi.
4. The International Kite Festival, held every January, draws kite flyers, manufacturers and visitors from all across the world.