King Karandev 1, the Solanki Ruler, had waged a war against the Bhil king of Ashapall or Ashaval. After his victory Karandev established the city called "Karnavati". This Hindu kingdom of Karnavati retained its importance till early 15th century when Gujarat fell to the Muslim Sultanate.
In 1411 Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered Karnavati, and after his name Karnavati was renamed to Ahmedabad.
The city was built in open and spacious plane to the East of Sabarmati. It compromised of smaller known Fort as Bhadra Fort. The city fort wall was enclosed containing 12 Gates. The city of Ahmedabad went on expanding in every direction by the addition of new areas on both the sides of the river. And with the well laid out beautiful buildings, lakes and mosques.
In 1753 combined armies of Raghunath Rao and Damaji Gaekwad took the fort, which resulted into end of Mughal Rule in Ahmedabad. In 64 years during the rule of Gaekwad and Peshwa, city became worse. In 1818 British took over the administration of Ahmedbad. During this period Ahmedabad developed, Municipality Commitee was founded, Railway link was established.
In 1915 Mahatma Gandhi came from South Africa and established Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati.
Kankaria Lake, Aquarium & Zoo
The life bubbles here every weekend, constructed by Sultan Qutub-ub-Din. Originally known as Hauj-e-Qutub (The Kings Bath), in olden times the sultan used it has recreational for himself and his queen. The Lake is a polygon with thirty four sides and three balconies on to the water from the edge of the lake. The sultan enjoyed illumination and fireworks here. In the middle of the lake is situated the Nagina Wadi and is connected by way from the lake. The on sides is situated the Kankaria Zoo & Balvatika. Zoo has various animals and attracts various visitors. The Balvatika has collection mirrors which make you laugh.
In era of the Sultanate, the authorities use to develop wells for travelers as a place to rest or to drink water. The finest example are Dada Hari ni Vav and the Adalaj ni Vav. The interiors of these caves are paved with beautiful carvings in stone.
The Palace of Shahibaugh
Shahibaug Palace was built in 1622 A.D. by Shahjahan as a royal residence. Currently same has been converted into Sardar Patel Memorial. It is also associated with Shri Ravindranath Tagore.
Jain Temples (Derasars)
Ahmedabad has been famous for its Derasars or Jain Temples like Chintamani Temple, Hutheesingh Temple and various other are situated in the old city. There are approximately hundred plus Derasars in the old city. Many of them were built in Moghul times, many are situated in the houses of people and many are underground.
Dawazas(Gates) of Ahmedabad
During Ahmedabad's construction, various monuments were built around the fort of Bhadra. These monuments were the gates for the entrance in the city. These gates, also called Darwajaas are situated all around the old city. Few of them still are visible in proper condition.
- Teen Darwazas
- Lal Darwazas
- Delhi Darwazas
Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram
After the return of Gandhiji from Africa, after some time Gandhiji started living in Ahmedabad. He built on the banks of the river Sabarmati, the famous Gandhi Ashram. In today's modern Ahmedabad this particular place stands high on tourist map. Still various things of Gandhiji can be seen and there are few Khadi shops around, which Gandhiji promoted.
Sidi Syed Mosque
The mosque is situated near Lal Darwajaa and it has magnificiently carved stone work. The mosque is famous world wide for the same.
A fine example of Islamic Architecture is developed in the Sultanat period and was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1423 A.D. It stands on 260 pillars with support of 15 Domes, the mosque is also regarded one of the beautiful monuments in Western India. One could witness outstanding workmanship and design.
Bhadra Kali Mandir (Temple) & Fort
The Temple was built in the fort of Bhadra during Aazam Khan's time. It was built in one of the ground floor rooms and it draws thousands of visitors every day.
Calico Museum of Textile
CMT has one of the finest collections of textile work from all over the India; it all also has collection from varied ages. The collection has Shamianas, Wall Hangings, Saris and various rich works of embroideries. The Museum is situated near Shahibaugh Palace.
Vishalla Utensils Museum
Utensil Museum takes in account of more than 2000 traditional Utensils of all sizes & shapes designed in silver, brass, and bronze. And various utensils have work on them done in wooden & ivory. This beautiful museum is located at vasna.
The Museum is located at Gujarat Vidyapeeth. The museum takes credit in properly documenting life of Tribal. The museum boast a collection of complete tribal life right from their home, artifacts and various objects which are used in day to day life.
Sanskar Kendra - The Kite Museum
Situated at Paldi, the museum boasts the collection of various kites, which is one of its kinds in India. It has collection of kites from all over the world, various photographs as well. The adjacent part to the museum has theatre, which on various occasions is hub of various cultural activities.
Modern Ahmedabad is thriving industrial and business centre, more to it people here love to live the life . The heart of the city C.G.Road is place to be on sundays. You will find a waiting in restaurants cross hundred on weekends. Clubs, Theatres & Picnic Spots in and around ahemabad are equally popular. Ahmedabad has highest number of Multiplexes coming up in whole of India. Three Water parks and many other destinations are equally popular.
People here love spicy food major food haults in nights are Manekchowk (In night), Law Garden and ATIRA. The mordern city of Ahmedabad is for the people who love to enjoy life.
The Ahmedabd has list of places one can visit outside Ahmedabad. Few are given below. All these places are near by to reach one could hire a private car or Government Owned Buses which are available very easily.
- Ahmedpur Mandvi - Chanod - Balaram - Chorvad
- Dandi - Dumas - Dwarka - Galteshwar - Hajira
- Kabirwad - Lothal - Modhera - Nal Sarovar - Nimetha
- Palitana - Pavagadh - Porbandar - Saputara
- Shuklatirth - Sikka - Somnath - Tithal - Tulsishyam
- Ubharat - Veraval