Ahmedabad has 32 heritage sites, hundreds of 'pols' that capture the essence of community living and numerous sites associated with Mahatma Gandhi who lived here from 1915 to 1930.
With this title, Ahmedabad has joined the likes of Paris, Cairo and Edinburgh. Of the 287 world heritage cities across the globe, the only two cities in the Indian subcontinent which enjoy the status are Bhaktapur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka.
The largest city of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is a city of legacies. The Sabarmati River runs through its centre. It is a city of many wonders, from centuries-old mosques and mausoleums to cutting-edge contemporary designs shaping the skyline of the city to various cultures and religions defining the character of the city.
Here is why Ahmedabad deserves this title –
1. Ahmedabad epitomises the UN's objective of sustainable development. On one end it is preserving its ancient heritage and culture, and on the other it is accelerating in its development as it is chosen to be one of India's first smart cities.
2. It has been the city from where the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, started his freedom movement. The Gandhi Ashram on the western banks of Sabarmati River show the life and struggles of Mahatma Gandhi and how he began the journey of India's freedom from Ahmedabad.