With a population of 6.3 million, Ahmedabad is the sixth largest city in India and the commercial hub of the state of Gujarat, though not the state capital. Although the city is not known as a major tourist destination, it certainly has its own unique charms. As fewer tourists pass through the city you will often get a warmer welcome here than other tourist hotspots. The city is very well connected to destinations throughout India, with daily flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and other major cities and regions. The airport is the focus city for a number of low-cost Indian carriers like Blue Dart Aviation, and IndiGo, so the chances of getting a cheap flight are very high. There are flights with a stopover from Birmingham as well as many other airports in the UK. Be certain to use our flight comparison tool to ensure that you find the best deal to the city.
Without a doubt the biggest tourist attraction in Ahmedabad is the Gandhi Ashram, which was once the home of Mahatma Gandhi. The Ashram lies on a tranquil stretch of the Sabarmati River, and it was from here that Gandhi began his program of non-violent civil disobedience. The Ashram houses a number of attractions for tourists, including a crafts centre which allows visitors to sample some of the local produce. During the industrial revolution, Ahmedabad established itself as the textile capital of India, earning the moniker "Manchester of the East", and today this history is celebrated at Calico Textile Museum. The museum, which was constructed in 1949, is regarded as one of the finest in the world devoted to the textile industry. The Textile Museum displays a superb collection of rare textiles, many of which date back to the 17th Century.
Following your flight there are quite a number of options for onward travel. The Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) is a comprehensive bus service that covers most locations in the area. The buses serve the international airport through the stops of Airport Circle or Sardarnagar Approach. An auto rickshaw or a taxi will cost approximately 200- 300 rupees (just over £2). These rickshaws are yellow and green three-wheeled vehicles, and are almost always cheaper than regular taxis, but more expensive than the local bus service.