Nestled in the heart of the Gujarat, Ahmedabad is a zesty city that provides a generous buffet of stimulations that swears to enliven all the five senses. Located on the banks of river Sabarmati, with an area of 92.98 Sq. Kms, and a population of 5.5 millions, the city is an amalgamation of culture, history, tradition and modernity with modern malls and multiplexes on one side and museums and monuments of historical importance on the other side of the river. Besides being home to a number of important industries, Ahmedabad is one of the rising centres of higher education, information technology and scientific industries in western India. With an exciting combination of traditions and modernism, Ahmedabad captures all visitors with its diversity of places, religious and ethnic communities.
Among the interesting places to visit within the City of Ahmedabad are:
Sidi Sayed Masquee
|Located near Lal Darwaza in Amdavad, the mosque of Sidi Sayed is one of the most prominent mosques in the Amdavad city. Constructed in the year 1573, the mosque was established by Sidi Sayed, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah. Sidi Sayed mosque in Amdavad, India consists of ten semi circular windows, the appeal of which is accentuated by the splendid mesh covering them, which is more popularly known as ‘Jali’.
|Situated in the city limits, Vaishno Devi temple in Ahmedabad is a popular shrine among not only the devotees but also the tourists. It’s strategic location on Ahmedabad – Gandhinagar road gains it huge crowds all round the year. A true replica of the famed temple in Jammu and Kashmir, this lovely shrine also depicts Vaishno Devi as the principle deity. The only difference between the two is that the latter can be visited with in a couple of hours.
|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 highlights of the temple consist of the seven feet long idol of Lord Swaminarayan, the chief deity at the Akshardham temple.
|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
|When it comes to monuments in Amdavad, Bhadra fort is one name that indeed deserves a special mention. Constructed in the year 1411 A.D. during the rule of Marathas, it was established by Sultan Ahmad Shah, the founder of Amdavad city. Bhadra fort in Amdavad is a royal fort that occupies the top most position in the Amdavad sightseeing tour.
|Amdavad is well known for its swaying minarets, more commonly known as Jhulta Minar. A classic example of superb craftsmanship, Jhulta Minar is actually a part of the mosque Siddi Bashir. The mosque has been constructed in such a manner that, if you apply a little force on its upper arc, the Minar tends to sway. For kids, Jhulta Minar in Amdavad, India is a real fun place.
|Lying at a stretch of 8 kms on the south western side of Amdavad, Sarkhej Roza was the home of the spiritual leader of Sultan Ahmed Shah named Ahmed Kattu Gang Baksh, who was a Muslim religious leader. It contains a cluster of monuments, the origin of which can be dated back to the times of Mughal rule in Amdavad. Read on to know more about Sarkhej Roza in Amdavad, Gujarat…
|Sabarmati Ashram (also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or Satyagraha Ashram) is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, adjoining the Ashram Road, on the banks of the River Sabarmati, four miles from the town hall. An ashram is a Hindu religious retreat. This was one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, generally called Mahatma Gandhi, who lived there for about twelve years, with his wife Kasturba. It was from his base here that Gandhi led the Dandi march also known as the Salt Satyagraha on March 12, 1930. In recognition of the significant influence that this march had on the Indian independence movement the Indian government has established the ashram as a national monument.