Ahmedabad is the major commercial center of Gujarat. It is also the sixth largest city in India, with a population of more than 5 million. The city was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 AD. The Sultan decided to make the city its capital because of a strange incident he witnessed here. According to a legend, he once saw a rabbit attacking one of his hunter dogs. This made him realize that if the rabbits of this region were so brave, then the people must be braver. Thus, he established Ahemdabd on the banks of River Sabarmati.
He graced his kingdom with a number of magnificent monuments, mosques,
pavilions and mausoleums. The Indo-Saracenic style of architecture was
started and employed by him in the various monuments that he built. This
has contributed immensely to the historical heritage of the city. Today,
Ahmedabad is a hustling and bustling city, with a flourishing textile
industry. It is often termed as the 'Manchester of the East', owing to
the fact that it is the largest denim producer in the world. Many
buildings in the city are designed by world-renowned architects, like Le
Corbusier, Louis Khan, Doshi and Correa.
Ahmedabad is the land where the Father of the Nation, Gandhiji, fought
the battle of national freedom, based on the principle of non violence.
Apart from this, the city is a major educational and learning center.
Many world renowned educational institutes are located here, which are
producing world class professionals. As a result, a huge influx of
students, throng the campus of institutes every year. It is also the
nerve center of cultural activities in the state. Ahmedabad is famous
for its age old traditional folk art. There are also a number of
important political buildings in the city.