Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s glittering gem and the birthplace of some of the brilliant ideas and businesses that shaped the nation will bowl you over – in good ways and bad. With traffic and noise pollution fit to compete with India’s biggest metros, the place can be a little overwhelming, but the city also quickly wins you over with its incredible architecture, ranging from centuries-old mosques and mausoleums to cutting-edge contemporary design. 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 the first UNESCO Urban World Heritage Site in India.
Even more important than the culture and beauty of this vibrant city are the factors that make it a place of great convenience and comfort. From its safe streets to its well-connected transport network, from the robust infrastructure and lifestyle amenities to the cost of living in Ahmedabad, there is much to push its case. And if that doesn’t have you convinced enough, we’re here to tell you more about why this vibrant city is touted to be one of the best places to live in India.
Amdavadis (as the residents of Ahmedabad are called) are absolute foodies and the city is a testimony to that. From lip-smacking street food in the old walled city to a seven-course meal in the revolving restaurant Patang, it has a wide range of delicacies to cater to every palette. The traditional Gujarati thali, which is served in most restaurants, consists of delicious local dishes which are a must if you’re experiencing the cuisine for the first time. Of course, if you’d rather avoid the crowds and cook for yourself, the Khamasa market is the largest market in Ahmedabad, where locals and visitors enjoy buying food, tea, spices and other items at the best prices.
Ahmedabad is not a huge city: It’s only about 464 square kilometers. But you still have to get around. Luckily, the city has an internationally acclaimed Bus Rapid Transit System called Janmarg which connects all major areas of the city. Auto fares in Ahmedabad are also cheaper compared to other cities like Pune or Mumbai. Currently, Amdavadis are eagerly awaiting the East-West and North-South Metro corridors linking 32 locations that will further improve connectivity in the city. And if you need to jet off to international climes for business or pleasure, most major cities in Europe and the Middle East can be reached from the Ahmedabad National Airport.
Safety and Comfort
Need time off? Ahmedabad has a vast and eclectic mix of places that you’ll love at the end of a long day. And what’s best is that you can feel free to explore them even in the late hours of the night. According to a Hindustan Times’ multi-city survey, 88% of Ahmedabad’s women believe the city to be the safest in the country. Another survey done by TripAdvisor revealed that 85% of women travelers chose Ahmedabad as the safest city. So, no need to keep your eyes on the clock here. In Ahmedabad, you can be the free traveller you always wanted to be.
Amdavadis are energetic people and love their celebrations. The city enjoys rich traditions and is the centre of Gujarati cultural activities. Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri and Diwali are some of the biggest festivals celebrated here, when the bustling city takes on beautiful hues of light and colour. If it’s something more global you’re interested in, then you should check out the annual International Kite Festival, where kite makers from all over the world flock to the city.
Now that you have a good view of the exciting things that Ahmedabad has to offer, what would be the game-changer in making it one of the best places to live? Well, the standard and cost of living for sure. Ahmedabad might be considered the city of billionaires but living here can actually be quite reasonable. If you are a migrant to the city, one of the best options that you can find to anchor your living costs is a great managed accommodation/co-living provider. Professionally managed operators like Stanza Living offer all-inclusive services so that your fully furnished room will be accompanied by shared entertainment and gaming spaces, healthy meals, high-speed WiFi, regular laundry and housekeeping, building maintenance, and common use appliances. With these services already bundled in the monthly rent, you can have a firm grip on expenses.
Need more proof? Well, with increasing education and entrepreneurship opportunities in premium institutions and startups, Ahmedabad is one of the leading centers of business, arts, and IT. This, coupled with the vibe and excitement of the city is why Ahmedabad can replace older metros in the list of best places to live in India. And if you’re worried about whether you’ll fit in here, don’t be. Whether it’s the beauty of the city’s cultural ethos, the courage of its people, the wealth of its history or the spunk of its entrepreneurial spirit, there’s always something in Ahmedabad that’s just for you.