Ahmedabad was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the year 1411 A.D. Located on the banks of river Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is the largest city of the State of Gujarat. Between 1960 to 1970, it served as the capital city of Gujarat. Later, the capital was shifted to the Gandhinagar city. Ahmedabad is the hub of trade and commerce in Gujarat. The commercial importance of Ahmedabad makes the city an important travel destination in India. Besides being home to a number of important industries, Ahmedabad has many majestic monuments, which reflect the glorious historical and cultural legacy of the city.
Ahmedabad was incorporated into the Bombay Presidency during the British rule and remained the most important city in the Gujarat region. Over a period of time, Ahmedabad established itself as the home of textile industry and earned the nickname of "the Manchester of the East." A rising centre of higher education, information technology and scientific industries, Ahmedabad continues to remain one of the important cultural and commercial centers of western India.