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Ahmedabad (Amdavad)

Ahmedabad (also called Amdavad, Ahmadabad or Ahemdavad), Gujarat's major city, will bowl you over. Its incredible architecture ranges from centuries-old mosques and mausoleums to cutting-edge contemporary design — and then there's the old quarter, where the narrow streets hide excitement around every twisting corner. Throw in some excellent museums, fine restaurants and a bustling street-food scene and you end up with a city that rightly deserves its place as India's first Unesco Urban World Heritage Site.

The old city, on the east side of the Sabarmati River, was once surrounded by a 6-mile-long wall (10km), of which little remains except 15 gates. The new city, on the west side of the river, has several major universities and many middle-class neighborhoods.

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