Ahmedabad is the commercial capital of Gujarat state and lies about 545 kms. northwest of Mumbai. Even though it has a history that stretches back to the 11th century, today it is a modern metropolis containing glitzy shopping centres, gardens, entertainment arcades and a spanking new airport, along with a clutch of fine educational institutions.
It is a city of paradox where the ancient and the modern co-exist, minarets rub shoulders with temple spires and ancient institutions share space with air-conditioned shopping malls. It sealed its place in the Indian history when Mahatma Gandhi established the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram as his abode of many years and the centre of his major political activities. This hyperactive metropolis and its rich expressive monuments offer visitors a unique opportunity to witness a blend of cultures, time and ideas.