Ahmedabad - Places To See

| January 14, 2013
Tags: Ahmedabad, Bhadra Fort, Dada Hari Vav, Gujarat, Jhoolta Minar, Sabarmati Ashram, swaminarayan temple, Teen Darwaza

Gandhi Ashram: Also known as the Sabarmati Ashram, it was one of the epicentres of India’s freedom struggle. Sabarmati Ashram, about 4 km away from Ahmedabad was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and the laboratory for his experiments in truth and non-violence. Situated along the bank of the Sabarmati River, the Ashram was originally called the Satyagraha Ashram.

Bhadra Fort: It was built in 1411 AD by Sultan Ahmad Shah. The regal fort has a beautiful garden in its premises and is popular for the Bhadrakali temple that was built to honour Goddess Bhadra, a form of Goddess Kali. The fort is about 4 km from the city.

Teen Darwaza: It is one of the longest and the oldest gateways in Ahmedabad. It is an amazing piece of architectural magnificence built by Ahmed Shah who founded the city of Ahmedabad.

Dada Hari Vav: It is an elaborately planned and designed octagonal stepped well that is located below ground level behind the tomb of Dada Hari. It was built in 1501 during the reign of Mehmud Begda. It is one of the most complex structures in Ahmedabad with the purpose of providing travellers with cool water and a place to relax. The pillars have beautiful engravings. The stepped well can be visited from 9 am to 5 pm every day.

Jhoolta Minar: An important landmark of Ahmedabad; the swaying minaret is part of the Siddi Bashir mosque. The mosque was built in such a manner that if a little force is applied on the upper arc then the minaret tends to sway. Only one of the minaret remains, the other damaged by an inquisitive Englishman who tried to discover the secret behind the towers. It is located about 5 km from the city.

Kankaria Lake: Kankaria Lake is an artificial lake with 34 sides built by Sultan Kutubuddin in 1451 AD. A summer palace in the midst of the lake is said to have been frequented by Mughal Emperor Jahangir and his wife Noor Jahan. The lake is about 8 km south east of the city.

Swaminarayan Temple: The first Swaminarayan Temple was built at Kalupur in Ahmedabad. People from all over Indian and many other countries visit the temple in thousands every year. The temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and has exquisite wood carvings. The temple is 4 km away from the city.

Siddi Sayed Mosque: Located near the Lal Darwaza about 3 km from the city, the Siddi Sayed Mosque is probably the most important mosque in Ahmedabad. It was built in 1573 by Siddi Sayed, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah.

Sanskar Kendra Museum: The museum depicts the history, art and culture of Ahmedabad. It is one of the many buildings designed by Le Corbusier. There are photographs, letters and documents displayed of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel in the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya and the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial. It is about 4 km from the city of Ahmedabad.

Calico Museum of Textiles: There is a huge collection of Indian and international fabrics, garments and textiles. The museum is about 7 km away from the city centre.

Hazrat Pir Muhammad Shah Library: The library holds many rare manuscripts in Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Urdu and Sindhi. The library is about 5 km away from the city centre.

Vechaar Utensils Museum: Various utensils are displayed in the museum that are made of glass, brass, bronze, copper, German silver, zinc and stainless steel. The utensil museum is about 4 km from the city centre.