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Ahmedabad is situated in the state of Gujarat in the western India. Traditionally, lot of commerce and trade has been originating here and was seen as the commercial capital of Gujarat. Upto the mid 19th Century, it was a major textile manufacturing centre and was called the Manchester of India. Ahmedabad is now growing industrially very fast. MoUs for global investments to the tune of Rs 120,000 crores have been committed recently.
A culturally endowed place, it celebrates colorful festivals like the nine nights traditional Garba Dance Festival of Gujarat in the month of October. Ahmedabad is a venue of an International Kite festival in the month of January every year which is passionately participated by the locals and foreigners too.
Nestled on the banks of river Sabarmati, the banks of which are being developed for tourism interest. This city has a number of historical monuments, museums, bird sanctuary, picturesque gardens, toy train, skyscrapers, shopping malls to attract the old and the young.
Ahmedabad is a major educational centre for technical studies viz Indian Institute of Management, Physical Research Laboratory, Indian Space Research Organization, National Institute of Design and the Academy of HRD. While being a fast progressing industrial hub it has also seen a solid NGO movement which got initiated during Mahatma Gandhi's freedom struggle focusing on varied development issues in the country. Known NGOs include SEWA, CEE (Centre for Environmental Education), JANVIKAS, DALIT SHAKTI KENDRA are based in the city.
How to reach Ahmedabad
By Air : Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport at Ahmedabad provides adequate air facilities. There are numerous domestic and international airlines that operate flights on a regular basis. Air India operates direct flights to USA and UK from Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is connected to all the major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai via air.
By Rail: Ahmedabad is very well connected with rest parts of the country by train. There are regular trains to metropolitans like Delhi and Mumbai.
By Road: Ahmedabad has a wide network of roads. For travelers residing in other parts of Gujarat like Vadodra, Gandhinagar, Palitana, Rajkot, and Jamnagar, traveling to Ahmedabad is very convenient by road.
Ahmedabad is the most prominent city in Gujarat, along with being a major commercial center in the state. Consequently, there has been a rapid increase in the number of industries and mills in and around the city. Though it had helped in the growth of the region and the state, it has also added pollution to the environment. As it is located away from the sea, the climatic conditions of the city are fairly influenced by it. Ahmedabad also experiences the three main seasons, like most of the cities in India.
In summers, which last during the months of March and June, the weather is very hot and dry. The average temperature ranges between the 23° C to 43° C. The highest recorded temperature is 47° C. During the winter months, i.e. from November to February, the climate is quite pleasant. During this time, the temperature ranges from 15° C to 35° C and the city experiences extremely dry climatic conditions. One can feel a slight chill during the month of January, mainly because of the cold northerly winds flowing in the region.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Ahemdabad is 5° C. Not to forget, the monsoon sweeps the city during mid-June and mid-September. The south west monsoon is responsible for the humid weather at this time. The annual average rainfall in the city is 93.2 cm. At times the torrential rain causes floods in the river. The increasing air, water and soil pollution is one of the major reasons for the varying weather phenomenon.
Places Of Interest
Kankaria Lake is a multisided lake that was built by Sultan Qutab-ud-Din in the year 1451 A.D. It is basically an artificial lake with thirty four sides. Lying on the south eastern side of the Ahmedabad city, the lake also has a fascinating island summer palace. People are of the say that Kankaria lake of Ahmedabad was often visited by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir along with his wife Empress Noor Jahan.
Kankaria Lake is one of the most favorite picnic spots of the people of Ahmedabad. Adjacent to the lake, lies a beautiful garden called Nagina Wadi. For people seeking peace, there can be no better place than Kankaria Lake. The pleasing view of the lake, the humming and chirping of birds and the greenery bordering the lake will make you fall in love with this place. You can also avail the boating facility. Kankaria Lake provides a beautiful view of the sunset. There is also a zoo and children's park located nearby the lake.
Situated at the Dani Limda Road, Chandola Lake in Ahmedabad is an artificial lake. The credit for establishing it goes to the wife of a Mughal Sultan of Ahmedabad named Tajn Khan Nari Ali. Chandola Lake is basically a water reservoir, which is very beneficial for the people of Ahmedabad. The water of Chandola Lake is used for irrigation as well as other industrial purposes.
Adjacent to this lake, lies the tomb of Shah Alam. The domes of this tomb are ornamented with gold and precious stones. It was Asaf Khan, the brother of the Empress Noor Jahan, who got the dome adorned. In totality, there are three big and eighteen small domes that have been beautifully carved by Saleh Badakshi. Chandola Lake also serves as a great tourist attraction spot. During the evening time, many people visit this place and take a leisure stroll.
About 19 kms north of Ahmedabad this stepwell is an architectural wonder built by Queen Rudabai and is certainly one of the finest monuments of Gujarat. It is a seven-storied structure in the form of a well with chambers one behind the other. The 'Vavs' or stepped wells of Gujarat were used as meeting and resting-places during summer since their cool interiors offered unbelievable respite from the scorching sun outside.
In the summer people warmed themselves on the spacious sunny corridors while wide verandahs offered shelter during the rains.Adalaj is a village to the north of Ahmedabad.
The 'Vav' (step-well) at Adalaj derives its name from the lady patron, Ruda, wife of the Vaghela chief, Virsinh. There is an inscription in Sanskrit, which gives the entire history with exact dates. Stepwell perhaps is a unique feature of Gujarat, which speaks of the history, culture, and architecture. It was also considered to be a religious obligation. Kings, rulers, umraos and the rich people of Gujarat spent huge money for constructing these. These step wells used to be frequented by travellers and caravans as stopovers along their trade routes. A unique characteristic of step wells was that they not only conserved water but were also cool chambers where one could rest during hot summer months. In times of drought and scarcity these wells were of great use to common man.
The 'Vav', laid out in the north-south direction, the stepwell with the well in the north and the entrance in the south, has a total length of 75.3 metres. It is the only major monument of its kind, having three entrance stairs leading to the stepped corridor. The stepwell has five storeys and three gates to enter in. It is full of artistic sculptures. The platform rests on 16 pillars, eight on the corners, and two in front of each main side. Four built-in shrines, with doors, windows and balconies, mark the four corners of the platform. The stepped corridor begins from this square platform. The corridor is entirely surrounded by a one-metre high parapet wall with a rounded topping. It descends with four pavilion towers for five storeys. The walls of the 'Vav' are veritable showcases of sculptures and ornamentation.
The stepwell at Adalaj has been preserved by the archaeological department and developed into as a tourist spot. It provides a cool and secluded retreat during the hot summer months. The construction of a stepwell reflected the artistic sense of its promoter. There are hundreds of stepwells in Gujarat, each being unique in its construction. Most of them are simple. The prime purpose behind them could be to serve the people. These step wells attract lots of tourists every year. The carvings, construction and the architecture amaze many experts, since it was built during those days when sophisticated and meticulous engineering techniques had not developed upto the recent standards.
Bhadra Fort is one of the majestic buildings in the city of Ahmedabad. The fort was constructed by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the year 1411 AD. It houses a number of palatial buildings, along with the sprawling Nagina Baugh. Bhadra fort covers an astounding area of 43 acres and its walls once encircled the entire city. The fort is a worth seeing monument in the state of Gujarat. It even houses a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess, Bhadra Kali, which is the main reason why it was named as Bhadra Fort.
It is now the venue of flag hoisting on Independence Day and Republic Day. The fort is a popular tourist spot in the city and stands tall with all its royal grandeur. The main attributes of the Bhadra Fort are its carved arches, delicately carved balconies and fine Jali work (mesh of the windows). The arches in the fort bear Islamic inscriptions. Its biggest attraction is the Teen Darwaja or the Triple Gateway, a huge gateway located on the eastern side of the fort.
It serves as the entrance to the Royal Square, situated in the fort premises. Bhadra Fort offers a plethora of historical structures to be explored. You can visit the luxurious rooms of the kings, the dungeons, the royal court and other halls and rooms of the yore. Another worth visiting place in the complex is the Sidi Sayed Mosque. Today, the fort houses a number of government offices, like that of the Archeological Survey of India, a post office and the statue of the first industrialist of the city.
Calico Museum of Textiles
Calico Museum of Textiles is one of the finest museums to be set up in India. It was inaugurated in the year 1949 by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru. The museum houses one of the rare collections of textiles, dating back to the 17th century. It is presently located in the Sarabhai Foundation, in the Shahibag premises. Calico museum is the world's best museum on textiles. Ahmedabad has been a major textile trade center sine the 15th century. This inspired Shri Sarabhai, his sister Gira Sarabhai and the great industrial house of Calico to establish India's unique museum on textiles in the city.
The museum deals with the both the historical and technical study of Indian handicraft and textile industry and attracts tourists from across the globe. A number of researchers and scholars visit the place for a better understanding of the industry. Calico museum showcases a plethora of things, apart from textiles and fabrics. One can see handicrafts, temple artifacts and marble, bronze and sandstone icons here. It preserves fabrics, spun and woven in the different parts of the nation.
Calico museum is divided into two thematic sections namely, Gallery for religious textiles and Gallery for historical textiles. There is an excellent library for reference which can be consulted for exhaustive information on the subject. The embroidered tent and robes of Shah Jahan are also exhibited here, along with elaborate carpets and plump cushions of the royal court. There are also centuries-old manuscripts and 'mandalas', painted on palm leaves, and marked illustrations explaining the weaving, dyeing and embroidery processes.
Jumma Masjid of Ahmedabad is one of the most beautiful mosques in India. It was built in the year 1423 by the founder of the city, Sultan Ahmed Shah, and is located in the old city. Built in yellow sandstone, this monument is capable of outshining any other monument of Ahmedabad. Jama Masjid is a fine example of Indo Saracenic architecture, with the special touch of the Sultan himself. It presents an extraordinary blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.
The historians refer to it as the most beautiful mosque of the east. It is an imposing structure in the center of the old city and rests on 260 pillars, supporting fifteen domes. The splendid mosque took approximately 13 years to get fully constructed. It is indeed a master piece of the Ahmedabadi eclectic style. Mesmerized by its beauty, Sir John Marshal classified it as a classic example of architecture of its time in the entire world.
Jumma Masjid has a white marble courtyard, with a pool in the center. There is a huge archway in the front. The mosque is dotted by a number of striking pillars, adorned with intricate carvings. These pillars form exact quadrangles for kneeling during Namaz (prayer ceremony) on Fridays. The domes and the mesh on the windows have been carefully carved to provide enough illumination in the main prayer hall, without direct sunlight.
Rani Roopmati Mosque
Rani Roopmati Mosque, situated towards the north of Ahmedabad, is a historic monument built by Sultan Mehmud Beghara. It is named after his Hindu wife Rani Roopmati and was constructed during the period of 1430 to 1440 AD. Rani Roopmati was the princess of Dhar, before getting married to the Sultan of Ahmedabad. Her tomb is also situated near the mosque. The mosque presents a fine blend of Indo-Sarcenic style and is another example of extraordinary skilled craftsmanship of Gujarat.
The mosque has three domes supported by pillars. The central dome is elevated to provide natural illumination in the mosque. These three domes are connected to each other by a flat roof. Other than this, the other imposing features of the mosque are a high central arch, slim minarets, carved galleries and an exquisite mehrab. It is popularly known as Masjid-e-Nagina. The entrances on the side are flanked by balcony windows. Due to its exquisite structures, it looks like an architectural gem amongst the monuments in Ahmedabad.
The domes are supported by a row of 12 pillars. The smaller domes of the mosque ascend around the four corners and highlight the proportions. The central dome is most uniquely elevated to provide illumination, avoiding the glare of the sun. The mosque lost one of its minarets in the natural calamity in 1818 AD. Apart from this, there are a number of other historic places in the vicinity, belonging to the 15th and 16th century.
Sabarmati Ashram is situated on the banks of River Sabarmati. It was founded in the year 1917 AD and is also known as Gandhi Ashram or the Harijan Ashram. The ashram once served as the residence of the Father of the Nation. It is from this place that Gandhiji spearheaded the Dandi March, on 12th March 1930. The March was an important event in the freedom struggle of India. It was aimed at revolting against the salt laws imposed by the British Government. The ashram faces the prison on one side and the river on the other.
It is said that Bapu (Gandhiji) chose the place because it gave him inspiration to move ahead with the freedom struggle undeterred. He found it the perfect place to kick start the national freedom struggle from here. The first campaign launched from the Sabarmati Ashram was the Satyagrah of the Ahmedabad Textile Mill workers. It was followed by the Kheda Satyagrah. Namak satyagrah was the last campaign launched from here. Owing to the importance of Sabarmati Ashram in the National Movement, it is also referred to as the 'Satyagrah Ashram'.
Today, the ashram has become a national monument. It is a holy place for all the Gandhians in the world. A large number of tourists visit the place every year to pay their homage to the father of the nation. It also houses a museum which preserves an invaluable collection, comprising of Mahatama's correspondence, photographs and other memorabilia. The ashram also has a library and a memorial center. Sound and light shows are also organized for the visitors, to give them an insight into the life of Gandhiji and the national movement.
The place where Gandhiji actually stayed is also preserved within the boundaries of the Sabarmati Ashram. It is known as Hriday Kunj and still contains the charkha on which he used to spin cotton. Apart from this, there are a number of other personal belongings which can be viewed here. The Nandini Guest house in the vicinity is also worth seeing. It is here that the stalwart leaders of the nation stayed when they came to see Mahatma. In all, Sabarmati Ashram is a must visit place, to remember the era and its great souls who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country.
Sarkhej Roza is a small city, located 10 km towards the southwest of Ahmedabad. It is known for its beautiful architectural complexes. The complex houses a mausoleum and a mosque. In the ancient era, Sarkhej Roza was a small village comprising of mainly Hindu weavers and Indigo dyers population. It was inhabited by a great Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmed Khattu. He was a close friend and advisor to Sultan Ahmed Shah. The saint lived in the village till the age of 111 years. He died in the year 1445, after which the Sultan ordered the construction of a mausoleum and a mosque in his honor.
The construction of these two monuments was completed by his successor, Qutub-ud-din Ahmed Shah in the year 1451 AD. The grandeur of the complex was further enhanced by Sultan Mahmud Begada in the later half of the 15th century. He constructed a tank in the center, pavilions and a small personal mosque. He even built a mausoleum for himself and his family just opposite to that of the Sufi saint. The Dargah (mausoleum of the saint), is the one of the largest in Gujarat. It has a huge dome and a platform.
The mosque is a fascinating structure for the ones who admire architectural excellence. It has multi domed prayer halls, arches and spacious courtyards and can be reached from the saint's tomb. As a result, the mosque has become the most secluded and tranquil place in the complex. However, the most imposing structure in Sarkhej Roza remains the tomb of the saint, owing to the mammoth size of the dome. The religious as well as the royal worlds co-exist in the complex. The royal tombs stand silently exhibiting their royal majesty.
Sardar Patel National Memorial
Sardar Patel National Memorial is one of the most important buildings in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. It is a museum as well as an exhibition center, dedicated to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is located in the Moti Shahi Mahal, in Shahibag premises. The building is surrounded by Sardar Open Garden, where peacocks and monkeys can be seen roaming merrily. The garden also contains a stone statue of Patel. On special occasions, documentary films are screened at the Sardar Open Air Theatre.
Sardar Patel was a great political leader and an Independence activist. He participated enthusiastically in the freedom struggle of the country and was quite close to Mahatma Gandhi. The memorial was founded in the year 1980, after the government gifted it to establish the memorial in the memory of Sardar Patel on his centennial birth anniversary. The memorial covers the central hall and the adjoining four rooms on the ground floor. The central hall exhibits a number of photos, depicting his life, family, friends and national movement. They are marked with biographical descriptions and quotes by his admirers & colleagues.
Two of the other four rooms, preserve relics of Patel's life, his personal possessions, books and newspapers of the time. One room enshrines documents regarding his work as the Home Minister of India, his efforts in integrating the princely states, his legal career and his education. The remaining room displays the personal possessions of Sardar Patel. It includes his khadi kurta, jacket and dhoti, his shoes, slippers and European-style clothes from his younger days. One can also see the Indian flag shaped by the Indian National Congress in the 1930s.
This is quite an unusual structure. Jhulta Minara or swaying minarets are a part of the mosque of Siddi Bashir and can be swayed by applying a little force at the topmost arch. One of the minarets was partly demolished by an Englishman in his endeavours to unravel the mystery of the swaying minarets. The mosque was obviously built by master craftsmen and the crucial mechanism that causes the vibration is still a mystery. The other interesting fact here is that these minars stand the test of the rumbling trains that pass not very far away from them.
Teen Darwaja is a triple arched gateway, situated in the city of Ahmedabad. It is the landmark of the city and is an architectural masterpiece. The gateway was built by the founder of Ahmedabad, Sultan Ahmed Shah. The foundation of the splendid monument was laid down in the year 1411 AD. Teen Darwaja serves as the entrance to the Royal Square (Maidan Shahi). The imposing structure in the city is known for its extraordinary proportions and ornamentation. It is one of the sought after tourist spots in the city.
The gateway is located in the fort complex. People hang around the structure for basically two purposes, either to admire its royal majesty and architectural grandeur or for a shopping spree. One of the most flourishing shopping zones in Ahmedabad is situated in the vicinity of Teen Darwaja. For an unforgettable experience, don't forget to visit the monument. The market in the area offers a wide variety of items that can be bought, including a rich collection of traditional fabrics and clothes.
The ethnicity of Ahmedabad is spell-bounding. The handicrafts and the traditional folk motif work of the city are its specialty. One can see a profound influence of Hindu, Muslim and Jain art influence in the craftsmanship of these items. Teen Dawaza market is a great crowd puller and attracts a huge influx of tourists. The versatility of the place is such that you name anything and you have it. To experience the beauty of the place at its best, visit it in the evening, when the monument and the neighboring area are brightly lit. The glittering lights in the night are just awe inspiring.
A specimen of fine craftsmanship, the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar is one of the largest and most prominent temples in the entire state of Gujarat. Located in Gandhinagar city, the famous Akshardham temple is a place, which consists of a number of things under one roof like art, education, architecture, exhibitions and research. It is truly an architectural masterpiece.
Established in the year 1992, the Akshardham temple was built in the dedication of Lord Swaminarayan. The credit for laying the foundation of the famous Akshardham temple at Gandhinahar goes to the Bochasanwasi Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). The highlights of the temple consist of the seven feet long idol of Lord Swaminarayan, the chief deity at the Akshardham temple.
Made by using tonnes of pink stones, Akshardham temple is one of the most magnificent edifices of modern India. It measures 240 feet in length, 131 feet in width and 108 feet in height. This intricately carved imperial structure stands regally amid the green garden. Within the complex of Akshardham, lies a beautiful garden known as Sahajanand Van. On one hand, where its beauty lends it the look of a garden and on the other it serves as a park for kids. It encompasses a herbal garden, lake and a waterfall. There is also the ultramodern Akshardham Center for Applied Research in Social Harmony (AARSH). If you want to relax from the rush of the urban confusion then Akshardham temple at Gandhinagar surely is a place to be in.
IIMA is the premier management institute of India. It is the brain child of Dr Vikram Sarabhai. It was established in 1961, as an autonomous body, with the active participation of the Government of India, Government of Gujarat, and the Industry. Today, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad has become a brand in the education world. It is known for providing world class professionals to major national and international organizations. Initially, the institute was collaborated with the Harvard Business School, which helped in propelling the institute towards high quality education. Finally, the outcome was an educational organization following the best of both Eastern and Western values.
There are a number of programs offered in IIMA. These programs are aimed at providing education in diverse fields. The programs offered here compete with the ones provided by one of the best business schools in the world.
- Post Graduate Program (PGP)
- Post Graduate Program in Agribusiness Management (PGP-ABM)
- One Year Post Graduate Program in Public Management and Policy (PGP-PMP)
- One Year Post Graduate Program in Management for Executives (PGPX)
- Special program for teachers, researchers, trainers in HRD for imparting management education
Exec Education (MDP)/Consulting
- Fellow Program in Management (FPM)
Virtual Learning Program
- Management Development Program (MDP)
- In-company Program
- Co-branded Programs
- Strategic Human Resource Management Program (SHRM)
- Communication and Personal Effectiveness (CAPE)
- Strategic Business Communication Program (SBCP)
- Accelerated General Management Program (AGMP)
IIM Ahmedabad has a world class campus for the budding professionals. The lush green campus is spread over an extensive area of 67 acres and is being extended by a further 39 acres. The extended campus will accommodate a state-of-the-art international management and convention centre, along with classrooms, dormitories and ancillary facilities. The existing campus also has residential area for the students. There are 20 dormitories, each capable of accommodating 25-40 students.
They are located in the vicinity of the classrooms to facilitate easy access. The students are provided all the facilities, like pantry, washing machine, oven, stove etc. Apart from this, there is separate accommodation facility for the married students. The staff quarters are located just behind the student's dormitories. Students can also avail health and fitness facilities on the campus.
There are so many places to shop in Ahmedabad that it can be called a shopper's paradise, without any exaggeration. It has a plethora of items to offer. The wide variety ranges from textiles to dress materials, handicrafts and utensils. However, the specialty of Gujarat continues to be that of colorful fabric. It is known for its textile industry and attracts buyers from all over the country and abroad. The traditional weaving practices are still prevalent in the state and this is the most fascinating fact of all.
For the ones who appreciate and find interest in the traditional art and craft galore, Ahmedabad is the perfect place to be. To enhance the experience, the market offers variety and bargain under one roof. You can choose the fabric according to your own taste and design. The main items to be picked from the markets here are traditional embroidered fabrics and saris. It is must for every woman to buy apparels adorned with exclusive Ahmedabadi Tie and Dye work or Zari work. Patola and Tanchoi Sarees are also an all time hit here.
The main markets in the city are located at Teen Darwaja, Dhalgarwad, Ratan Pole, Manek Chowk (old areas), near Lal Darwaja. You can also try new market places at C.G. Road and Sarkhej. These places are usually crowded and stuffed during festive season. Law Garden also hosts some street side shops nearby. Bandhej and Sanskruti are some shops offering only traditional items. You can also check out the shopping malls in the city, which offer everything on a single platform.
Handicrafts are other eye catchy items here. Do not forget to buy some handicrafts from the city, to enliven your home with the spirit of Gujarat. You can check out handicrafts at C.G. Market, which is popular for the same. Apart than this, you can also visit Khadi Gramudyog Emporia, Hastkala and Kapasi Handicrafts Emporium and Saurashtra Emporium. Here, you can buy items like clay utensils that are embellished with paintings and colorful lines, cotton wear and handicrafts.
Main Shopping Areas in Ahmedabad
- Law Garden
- Bapu Nagar
- Ellis Bridge
- Lal Darwaza
Ahmedabad is a paradise for food lovers. The typical Gujarati thali that is served in the restaurants consists of real mouthwatering dishes. The cuisine of Ahmedabad, India has a peculiar taste. A different kind of sweet flavor is prevalent in almost all the food items. Ahmedabad cuisine mainly consists of vegetarian dishes. However, non vegetarian delicacies are also available in the restaurants. Read on to know more about the traditional food of Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Gujarati meal usually consists of rice, bread, rotli and vegetable curry called 'Shaak'. Different kinds of breads are served in the meal such as rotli, thepla, maal purah, puri, bhakhri, and puran-pohli. For snacking, the people of Ahmedabad usually have Ghari and Khakhra. Ahmedabadis cook their food in the Gujarati style, which is simply delicious. Ahmedabadis make an extensive use of ghee in preparing their meals.
There are many Gujarati dishes that are relished not just by the Gujarati community, but by the people of all communities. To name a few, we have dal-dhokli, chevdoh, Dhokla, undhiyu, Khaman, bhusu, fafda, dhokli, papdi, and Sev mamra. The meal is usually accompanied by a dessert. The cuisine of Ahmedabad is a blend of several flavors. The food of Ahmedabad is so lip smacking & yummy that it will make you fall in love with it.
Ahmedabad is a quite and otherwise peaceful city. Here party scene starts early and so it also ends early. People of Ahmedabad, lead a simple life and follow all the regulations strictly. So, there are not many options available in the dry city. Everything closes very early here around eight in the evening, most of the shops pull down their shutters.
You can always shake a leg along with the youngsters of Ahmedabad in its discs without alcohol but with a glass of khas drink or some mouth watering pakoras. Alcohol is not served in most of the restaurants as well as clubs due to government restrictions and cultural reasons. However, bootlegging is common and liquors can be obtained with some connections; but to avoid any legal hassles later, it would be better to have a distance from such illegal activities.
Night life is exclusive at some hotels where tourists stay. To name a few, there are hotel exclusive discos like Dhuan at Hotel Grand Bhagwati, or Zing in Hotel Pride. Apart from these, there is Kasba in Fun Republic mall, and Xtacy lounge at SG highway. One can also spend some quality time with friends and family at 24 hours running coffee shops such as Seasons at Hotel Pride or Silver Leaf in Cama hotel. Then Rajpath Club and Karnavati club are also some of the good options to spend time with families at night. If you have interest in Indian Culture then Ahmedabad also have some best places to offer like, Darpan Academy of Performing Arts, which offer loads of Indian classical music and dance performances at night.
If you are looking some wild and rowdy late nights, then Ahmedabad has very limited options and it can play a dampener to your party spirits. But if you miss the hip hop night life, you can cheer your spirits with the exotic food early. In Ahmedabad, the evenings are a pleasure to enjoy. So, go out and plan a great evening rather than a night out. Enjoy your evenings with delicious Gujarati delicacies. Have a feast early in one of the cultural centers in Ahmedabad. Therefore, even if you do not get much to make your night a blast, you will definitely have a great experience staying in Ahmedabad. So have a nice time in Ahmedabad and go to bed early.