Famous Places to Visit in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, the city that carries a charm since the rule of, Sultan Ahmed Shah. With the passage of time, it has changed a lot and has ascertained as a premium metropolis in the country. The city has always been the twinkling star of Western India and has remained a prominent place without being concerned to any era. One can see an incredible mélange of old and new Ahmedabad, and it indeed does keep things interesting for the tourists and travellers.
The Jumma Masjid/Jama Masjid
Situated on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Ahmedabad, Jumma Masjid or Jama Masjid is one of the finest architectural specimens found in the city. The mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1423 to render the Muslim devotees a place to congregate for Friday prayers. This masjid has 260 pillars that are covered with detailed carvings and natural lights that filter through latticework screens illuminate the interior of the shrine.
Siddi Sayed Mosque
Siddi Sayed Mosque is one of the most pictured monuments in Ahmedabad. Located in the northeast corner of Bhadra Fort and is noted for its latticework over the yellow sandstone. The major high spot of this mosque is the twin jails on the western wall that depicts intertwining of tree branches.
A beautiful complex of tombs and pavilions at a short distance from Vishala Complex. Sarkhej Roja is built around an artificial lake by the rulers of Gujarat. The prominent graves here include that of Ahmed Shah’s spiritual advisor, Sheikh Ahmed Khattu.
Situated south-east of the Bhadra Fort, Teen Darwaza (Triple Gateway) was the entrance to the Royal Square or Maidan Shahi. Earlier, polo games were held, and now the Teen Darwaza straddles the road. It is replete with shops selling block prints, silverware and other small items.
Shah Alam Roza
It is a famous Sufi shrine that draws a lot of visitors. Shah Alam Roza is a tomb complex, which is well known for its exquisite architecture. The highlight of the tomb complex is the dome that has been decorated with gold and precious stones. To the west of the tomb is a mosque, which is done in typical Islamic architecture. To the south of the mosque is a tomb that has twenty-four small domes, where the Shah- e-Alam’s family including Sayid Makhdum Alam, the sixth grandson of Shah-e- Alam is buried. Outside of the wall to the west is an argo reservoir built by the wife of Taj Khan Nariali.
Reckoned to be the largest lake in Ahmedabad, Kankaria Lake is located in the southern part of the city. The lake is an ideal picnic spot for families as the lakefront has been developed into an entertainment zone as it has features like a zoo, toy train, kids’ city, tethered balloon ride, water rides, water park, food stalls, and other entertainment facilities. Even a weeklong festival is celebrated here each year in the last week of December.
About 75kms from Ahmedabad, Lothal offers the remains of a commendable city of the Indus Valley Civilization that existed 4500 years ago. The site reveals the foundation of a well-planned city with paved drains, channels, wells, public baths and block of houses. Bead accessories, earthen pots, birds and animal motifs, seal and weighing instruments were also found here. So, if you are someone who loves digging history, Lothal can be an enthralling destination for you.
Manek is a prominent city square in Ahmedabad. Located in the old town, this place is more than a chaotic square. Manek Chowk is surrounded by many historic buildings and has a bustling multi-purpose market. It is ideal to visit Manek Chowk in the nighttime when it converts into a food lovers’ paradise, where one can relish the taste of authentic Gujarati street food. Baba Maneknath Temple, Badshah no Hajiro, Rani no Hajiro, Ahmedabad Stock Exchange Building and Mahurat Pol are all present in the vicinity of Manek Chowk.
The Calico Museum
At Calico Museum one can see a collection of rare textiles such as royal tents, costumes and carpets. Established in 1949, the museum displays the collection of religious paintings on cloth, embroideries, brocades and silk weaves and Kashmiri Shawls belonging to 17th and 18th century. The museum is located in the Shahi Bagh Gardens and is spread over 12 rooms. Within the museum, a compound is another haveli that exhibits a beautiful collection of bronze icons and paintings.
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
About 60kms distance from Ahmedabad, Nal Sarovar, is reckoned to be one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. Sprawled over an area of 115 Sq km. The lake and the surrounding marshy forests attract about 250 species of waterfowls like flamingoes, geese, cranes, pelicans, storks, cormorants, spoonbills and ibis. For an ideal weekend getaway from Ahmedabad, this place allows one to get closer to nature and away from the hustle of a city.
Hutheesing Jain Temple
Built by a Jain Merchant named Hutheesing in 1850, this temple is situated outside the Delhi Gate. Made of marble, this temple is dedicated to Dharmanath, who was the 15th Jain Tirthankara. A quiet and sacred place that has finely carved sculptures and the paved courtyard with 52 cubicles that house shrines dedicated to different Tirthankaras.