Ahmedabad is a city that is part of the Indian state of Gujarat and is located in the western part of the country, on the banks of Sabarmati River, which divides the town into two parts. Largest city and former capital of the state, and the seventh most populous city in the country with nearly six million inhabitants, is recognized as an industrialized metropolis that played a key role in the independence of India in the first half of the twentieth century.
With numerous historical monuments and places of interest to visit, tourism has experienced an important development in the city and surrounding areas. Among the must-see buildings are the Adalaj Stepwell, an unique Hindu water building, the Rani Sipri's Mosque, the Gandhi Aashram, former home of Mahatma Gandhi, the Sidi Sayed Mosque, the Bhadra Fort, built in 1411 and including the temple of Bhadrakali, and other religious buildings with an unique style as the Swaminarayan Temple, the Hathi Singh Jain Temple and the Juma Masjid Mosque. Also can be found in the city attractive natural landscapes such as Law Garden, Victory Garden and Kankaria Lake, and wonderful cultural spaces like the Sanskar Kendra Museum, designed by Le Corbusier, the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya and the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial.
Gastronomy in Ahmedabad maintains a strong vegetarian tradition that characterizes the entire Gujarati cuisine, and its traditional dishes are the typical thali, pickles and papads and other sweet delicacies as laddoo or vedhmi. Besides tourism, among the most important activities for the city's economy are important industries like textile, automobile and gemstones and jewelery.