Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad Tour

Location : Along the Sabarmati River, Gujarat
Trip Highlights : Historical Monuments
Ideal time to visit : November to February
Languages : Gujarati, Hindi & English
STD Code : 079

Situated on the banks of the river Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is the former capital city and most important developed city of Gujarat. The city is haven of the fine amalgam of Indian and Muslim architecture. Unlike the old Ahmedabad, the new Ahmedabad has more of up-to-the-minute design architecture. Ahmedabad is also world renown for Gujarat handicrafts, such as, bandhani (tie / dye) work. Ahmedabad is presently famous for its textile mills and is often referred to as the 'Manchester of the East'. Besides, Ahmedabad has got numerous places of interest for tourists, ranging from monuments to amusement parks. The charisma of the various museums, mosques, and forts adds charm to the simplicity of the Ahmedabad city.
Major Tourist Attractions in Ahmedabad
Juma Masjid
Juma Masjid is amongst the most popular tourist sights in the city. Built of yellow sandstone this mosque stands on 260 pillars which support 15 domes at varying elevations. The mosque was built by Ahmad Shah in 1423. This imposing structure reflects the Muslim architecture of that period.

Jhulta Minara
Quite an unusual structure, Jhulta Minara or swaying minarets are a part of the mosque of Siddi Bashir and can be moved back and forth by applying a little force at the topmost arch. One of the minarets was partly demolished by an Englishman in his endeavours to unravel the mystery of the swaying minarets.
Hathising Jain Temple
An impressive white structure, the Jain temple built of white marble and elaborately carved is dedicated to Dharmanath - the 15th Jina or Jain Apostle. Similar to all Jain temples, this temple too is rich in intricate carvings displaying among other things - musicians.
Bhadra Fort
To add special charm to the varied sights of the city there is the Bhadra Fort, which once housed royal palaces and well-laid gardens. It boasts of the temple of Bhadrakali and was built in 1411 during the Maratha rule.
Sidi Sayed Mosque
Sidi Sayed Mosque is unique for its exquisite screens, which are praised for their amazing Jhali screen, framed, in the ten semi-circular windows. The screen carved out of one rock is just exceptional. A visit to this superb and outstanding example of delicate carving is an absolute must.
Sabarmati Ashram
The ashram was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915, and today without doubt it is the biggest tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. It lies on the tranquil stretch of the Sabarmati river and was referred to as the Satyagraha Ashram during the lifetime of the Mahatma. It was from here, that the Mahatma began his famous 'Dandi March' in 1930 to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. One can see the three wise monkeys and many more of Gandhiji's teachings at the ashram premises. The ashram today continues the work started by Mahatma and houses a handicrafts centre, a handmade paper factory and a spinning wheel factory. Besides, there are several other attractions for the tourist.

Kankaria Lake
A circular lake built in 1451 by Sultan Qutub-ud-Din. In the centre of the lake is an island garden with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi. The lake is a popular recreation centre surrounded by parks, 'Bal Vatika' - an aquarium, a boat club, a natural history museum and a zoo.
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