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Book a flight to Ahmedabad with Qatar Airways to experience the largest city in Gujarat for yourself. There are plenty of reasons to visit this stunning city – The Times of India named it the 'best city to live in India' in 2012. Explore the packed, colourful bazaars of the old city in the east or the gleaming spires of modern-day Ahmedabad in the west.
This vibrant city may see fewer tourists than other Indian cities, but you're assured of a warm welcome wherever you go. You can fly to Ahmedabad from most international departure points and enjoy a stop-off en route to Mumbai for a longer break in this fascinating city.
Take a trip to Ahmedabad and you will be walking in Gandhi's footsteps. Sabarmati Aashram, one of the city's most popular attractions, was founded in 1915 and was once home to Mahatma Gandhi. It was here in 1930 that Gandhi's famous 'Dandi March' against the British Salt Tax commenced. Today, visitors flock from across the globe to see the three wise monkeys and learn more about Gandhi's teachings.
The Calico Museum of Textiles contains one of the world’s finest collections of antique and modern Indian textiles, all handmade and up to 500 years old. There are some astoundingly beautiful pieces, displaying incredible virtuosity and extravagance.
For a truly unusual experience head to Dada Hari Vav. This step-well, built in 1499 by the supervisor of Sultan Begada’s harem, has steps down through five levels of carved stone columns to two small wells, now often bone dry. The depths are cool, even on the hottest day, and it’s a fascinating and eerie place.
One of the highlights of any trip to Ahmedabad is the city's architecture, perhaps best appreciated with a visit to the Heritage Houses, dating back 600 years. Here you can explore local culture and meet traditional Ahmedabadi families. The many temples dotted around the city are known for their architectural grandeur, creating the perfect photo backdrop. Look out for the yellow sandstone pillars of Juma Masjid in the centre of the old city, which reflect Muslim architecture from the 15th century. The 260 columns support 15 domes at different elevations.
Travel to Ahmedabad and you'll find it easy to be overwhelmed by the tightly packed, colourful bazaars, spice-scented air and rickshaw-filled streets. But there is a calmer side to this bustling city. Escape the alleyways of the old quarter and make your way to Kankaria Lake, a peaceful oasis that's as popular with local families as it is with visitors. Explore the summer palace, spend an afternoon at the zoo, aquarium or natural history museum, or picnic by the lakeside in the Gujarati sunshine.
It's easy to while away a day exploring some of Ahmedabad's museums; from the paintings and sculptures of Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum to one of the world's finest textile collections at the Calico Textile Museum, uncovering the city's heritage can work up quite an appetite!
Gujaratis are passionate about their food and around every corner of Ahmedabad lie gastronomic delights. Cuisine here is mostly vegetarian, packed with spice and full of flavour. 'Thali' is the most popular type of meal, served as small dishes of dhal, bread, pickles, appetisers and sweet treats and designed to be shared.
Sampling Ahmedabad's street food is a must for any visitor, and the Khan Pan Bazaar in Manekchawk is the ideal place to enjoy local specialities such as Paani-Puri, round, hollow fried crisps filled with vegetables, spices and chutney, or Khandvi, savoury curd rolls. Dhokla (steamed rice and chickpea cake) is another popular dish here.
Ahmedabad is renowned for its textiles, from rugs to wall hangings and clothing to scarves. While the markets of the old town are a great place to start, it is possible to haggle for the lowest price at roadside shops, best visited with a local guide. Traditional hand-embroidered clothes, colourful textiles, spices and Gujarati sweets can all be found at the markets; Manek Chowk and Thron Darwaja offer the most authentic experience.
For a more relaxed way to enjoy shopping when you travel to Ahmedabad, the city's new malls such as the 10 Acres Shopping Mall and Alpha One Mall offer an air-conditioned environment and international stores, as well as restaurants and cinemas.
Flights to Ahmedabad with Qatar Airways arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) International Airport, located around 15km from the city centre.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Ahmedabad please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / D
Language: Hindi / English
International dialing code: +91