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political hub of Gujarat sports a cosmopolitan look. Swanky multiplexes,
brilliantly-lit shopping malls, upmarket entertainment and fitness clubs,
convention centres, bowling alleys and numerous eateries are mushrooming all
over the city and the Amdavadis are letting their hair down like never before.
Entrepreneurs, corporate houses and multinationals are homing in. An
international terminal is being constructed to support all the flagship carriers
that touch Ahmedabad on their routes.
for their fastidious preference for their regional cuisine wherever they go, are
acquiring new tastes. So Mexican fajita wraps are as popular as the old
favourite pao bhaji. An ideal Sunday evening outing is shifting from the gas-lit
Law Garden to the dazzling glow-signed multiplexes. ‘Kaka’s ‘ek cutting chai’ is
slowly yielding to trendy coffee cafes like Barista. The petrol spewing
autorickshaws and two-wheelers share space with the brand new cars. The
labyrinthine bylanes of the old walled city have merged with the new National
Expressway (NE-1) while the old havelis stand as tall as the several new
high-rises in the city.
5 km from the main city, on the west bank of the Sabarmati river, is located
Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram. Gandhi’s living quarters are preserved here and
there is an excellent pictorial record of his life. There is also a bookshop
that is worth a visit. Open: 8.30 am-6 pm.
The shaking minarets of the Sidi Bashir‘s
mosque have since last many centuries generated curiosity. The two minarets are
designed in a way that if one is shaken the other also trembles. The minarets
were damaged in the last earthquake.
famous mosque built in 1571 AD is acclaimed for its splendid filigree screen,
framed in the semi-circular windows.
Built in red sandstone the mosque is considered
to be the most beautiful mosque in the Western part of the country. The mosque
was built in 1423 AD and stands out for its grand scale and superb proportions
and exquisite workmanship.
Once called the Manchester of the East, the city
has a museum dedicated to the textile industry that once flourished here. The
museum showcases an impressive collection of old textiles with associated
machinery and tools.
This temple is dedicated to the 15th Jain apostle
Dharmnath. Built of white marble, it is embellished with intricate carvings.
the most elegant architectural complex in Ahmedabad, the buildings in the
compound of the roza are remarkable for the complete absence of arches and the
use of pierced stone trellises.
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