Ahmedabad , ‘the Manchester of the East’, is located on the banks of the Sabarmati river and is the third fastest growing city in the world over the last decade (according to a study by Forbes). The city earnt its epithet due to a flourishing textile industry and it later went on to become an important center for the Indian Independence movement, with many civil disobedience and workers rights marches and movements staged by the disenfranchised textile workers against the oppressive colonial policies.
In the modern era, Ahmedabad culture reflects both its Indian and colonial past, and economic liberalisation has pushed the city to the forefront of commerce, communication, education, construction, and manufacturing industries. The city is bifurcated into the eastern and western regions by the Sabarmati River and the two regions are connected by nine large bridges. The city is well known for its gardens, parks, lakes and riverfront development as well.
Ahmedabad continues its dominance in the textile industry and is one of the top producers of cotton garments and products. It is also home to major Indian corporations and food processing and pharma industries.
Many people say the colours, aromas and sights of the city truly come out at night, which is also when the weather becomes most bearable for casual strolls along its historical streets.