Ahmedabad in India was conquered by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 as Ahmedabad is famous for many things and also known as Amdavad and it is 7th largest metropolitan city of India which signify best Indian culture, Ahmedabad is also known as the fastest rising city of India
Ahmedabad is the capital of Gujarat and has an old association with our freedom fighters who were involved in India independence. Nation father Mahatma Gandhi lived here for so many years and this is the place from where he start Dandi March known as Salt Satyagrah also.
It was nonaggressive protest and civil non-compliance against British rule in India which was led by Mahatma Gandhi in March – April 1930
THE HISTORY OF AHMEDABAD
Guajarati people are known as a famous businessman but beside that they are famous for their hospitality, Ahmedabad city is more popular for its textile industries and these days more so for its Chemical and Petroleum.
Ahmedabad is located at the bank of Sabarmati River, this city was founded by ruler Karandev in 11th century and the city called as Karanavati this Hindu dynasty ruled for 400 years up till 1411 when Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered this place and renamed as Ahmedabad.
In 1818 British take over the city Ahmedabad by deceit. At this time municipality board and railway link was established. The British limited themselves till cantonment area and they didn’t even go out for city betterment.
They didn’t made any school, churches, clubs and colleges in the town like they did in different towns, as a result Ahmedabad is not an English speaking city by inception.
These days English language is not a problem for the city because they have developed the city while shaking hands with international trading hubs and almost everyone speaks English here,
the local language of city is Gujarati but you can found people around speaking Hindi & English, these people are so friendly here that if you don’t speak any local language then also they will have a friendly touch with you.
Ahmedabad is well known for its Navratri festival and it’s considered to be a long festival on earth which celebrated for at least 9 days and Garba a folk dance of local people in Gujarat is celebrated during Navratri.
AHMEDABAD TOURIST ATTRACTION
Ahmedabad has an essence of Historical architecture and modern charms where we find big buildings, huge malls and multiplexes. Sidi Sayeed Masjid, Swami Narayan Temple, Jama Masjid, Sarkhej Roza, Akshardham, Kankaria Lake initially known as a Hauze Kutub aazam,
Dada Harir Vav, tombs of Sultan Ahmed Shah and his Queen, Jhulta Minara or shaking towers and also famous for ISRO. These places attracts tourists. This place has lot of highly recognized education centers which makes it a landmark of good education practices
Ahmedabad is a hot place like other cities of India it has a semi-arid climate and it arise in between desert and humid climate which has less rain according to its requirement, summer starts from mid-March and end up to last mid-June,
it’s an advice to travelers not to travel during summer season as day temperature goes up to 45-48 degree Celsius (95 – 119 degree Fahrenheit). The city go through under three seasons, summer, winter and Monsoon.
Every year Monsoon arrive in between June and makes this place a fun place and people start enjoying monsoon dishes at road side.
The winter arrive in mid of Nov and temperature goes up to 5 to 20 degree Celsius (42-67 degree Fahrenheit) and this is the best time to visit the city for tourists
AHMEDABAD FAMOUS PLACES
1) GANDHI ASHRAM AHMEDABAD
This Ashramis also known as Sabarmati Ashram because it is on the bank of Sabarmati River, it was established by Mahatma Gandhi ji in 1917. This Ashram has become popular due to salt Satyagrah which took place from here to Dandi,
it was non aggressive protest and civil noncompliance against British rule in India. As Gandhi Ji lived her for several years so this Ashram has big collection of memories of Gandhi ji during his period.
These days this place has become a tourist spot in Ahmedabad. We found Gandhi ji lot of teaching clues here like three wise monkeys at the premises.
This premises still continuing the same work which was started by Gandhi Ji like Spinning wheel factory, weaving and making khadi in the ashram, handmade paper factory apart of this there are several other tourist attraction also.
If you took a prior appointment with the Guide then he will be assisting you with other several tourist spot at Sabarmati Ashram likewise Nandini, Udyog Mandir, Painting gallery and so on.
There is a Museum based on Gandhi ji named as Gandhi Smarak Sangralaya which has collated Bapu’s hand written documents, letters and Photos related to his life.
You will find Hriday Kunj (Gandhi Ji Home) in Sabarmati Ashram, Kakasaheb kalelkar named it as Hriday Kunj where Gandhi Ji and Kasturba Gandhi lived here from 1918 to 1930.
Vinoba Mira Kutir, Gandhi ji welcomed Vinoba Bhave as a model Satyagrahi for his total commitment to reality at this place Bhave and Mira Ben stayed in different times, Upasana Mandir or Prathna Bhoomi was the prayer place for Gandhi ji where he offered prayers in morning and evening along with the Ashramites.
Gandhi Ashram Timings it’s open every day of the year from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Gandhi Ashram Contact Number is + 91 7927557277
Sabarmati Ashram Address is Gandhi Smarak Sangralaya, Hriday Kunj, Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380027
Sabarmati Ashram Entry Fee is No Entry Required
Sabarmati Ashram Timings are throughout the week from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
2) AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE AHMEDABAD
This Temple is Situated in Gandhinagar which is 20 Km away from the main city of Ahmedabad, this temple belongs to Swaminarayan cult who believed in Sanathan Hinduism,
This is beautifully carved with pink sandstone structure which is surrounded with greenery and spread across 23 acre of land in Gandhinagar.
This construction is done according to Hindu Vaastu shastra, the main focus point of attraction in this temple is seven foot high Swaminarayan Murti which is made up of Gold leafed attracts the tourist at this place
This temple contain of seven carved beam, two hundred and ten single stone beam, and fifty seven window grills, twenty five roofs and eight zarokhas. Each beam is beautifully carved and no steel has been used in this entire construction and lot of fretwork has been done on stones
Every day after sunset there is light and sound show happens in the premises which shows different incidents about sanatan Hinduism, This show gives us brief knowledge about primitive texts, Vedas and purans.
Around the temple there is footpath constructed by three hundred and fifty six stone beams.
Akshardham temple timings are throughout the week 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM, Monday closed
Akshardham Temple Contact Number is + 91 7923260001
Akshardham Temple Entry Fee is No Entry Fee Required
Akshardham Temple Address is Sector 20, J Road, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 382020
3) SWAMI NARAYAN TEMPLE AHMEDABAD
This is the first temple of Swaminarayan Sampraday constructed in 1822 during British period and this temple is fabricated by Anandanand Swami. It’s situated in kalupur area of Ahmedabad.
This temple is made by pure Burma teak wood the sculpture art is beautifully carved according to their design which is present in their scriptural norms.
This Mandir is believed to be a precious ethnic heritage in the socio religious history of Gujarat and India which shows the relation between British government.
Swaminarayan himself arranged lot of idols over here in the temple along with his personal use things are also displayed in the temple. The idols kept in the temple represents different religious lesson of their gods demonstrated through the carving of the temple
The temple has some privileges for women like they have special division for women follower particularly for their education and rituals, Nar Narayan is the main god of this temple.
Swaminarayan Mandir Ahmedabad Timings are 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Swaminarayan Temple Ahmedabad Laser Show Timings are first show starts after sunset multiple shows may be held during weekends or public holidays (Currently 6:45 PM)
Swaminarayan Mandir Ahmedabad Contact Number is +91 7922132170
Swaminarayan Mandir Ahmedabad Address is Kalupur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380001
4) KANKARIA LAKE IN AHMEDABAD
The structure of the lake was initially started by Sultan Muizz ud-Din Muhammad Shah II and completed in 1451 during the time of Sultan Qutb-ud-Din Ahmed Shah II, Scholars says the original name of Kankaria lake is Hauj-e-Qutb
This lake has Nagina Wadi Palace in the center of the lake which has a tourist attraction. This lake has lot of activity center due to which traveler has come here,
like toy train aside the lake, Bal Vatika has a collection of outdoor toys for the children activities, due to great numbers of tourist visitors a Boat club has come here for the travelers engagement, A Zoo and natural history museum is also a tourist attraction here.
In night this Lake gives us a mesmerize look due to the light along with the lake and the fountain at Nagina Wadi makes it wonderful place for visitors.
Kankaria Lake Timings are 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM throughout the week except Monday
Kankaria Lake Contact Number is +91 07924563415
Kankaria Lake Entry Fee is Rs 25/- for adults Rs 10/- for kids, No entry fee required for Senior Citizens and for joggers it’s free from 4: AM to 8:00 AM
Best time to visit is winters between October to March
5) JAMA (JUMMA) MASJID IN GUJARAT
This Masjid is one of the most popular and beautiful Mosque in India, it was constructed during Ahmed Shah I period in 1423 and it was meant for the personal usage of the ruler.
The mosque construction was done with yellow sandstone and has a big open area which is made of marble. It is enclosed by pillar passage and something written on pillars in Arabic language which is beautifully decorated on it.
There are two hundred and sixty pillars in Prayer auditorium which holds fifteen main domes at different heights. There were two shaking slender tower but unfortunately they lost their half of the height in 1819 earthquake but stills their lower portion is part of central portico.
The mosque central dome has some significance with Hindu and Jain religion, it is noticed that the central dome looks like a lotus more alike found in Jain temples beside
this there are some pillars which has an image of hanging bells generally which we found in Hindu temples. One more focused point is that there is a symbol of OM which is engraved on window of masjid.
These masjid is open for everyone but it is highly requested to maintain silence during prayer time. People can enter the masjid after covering their head but still women are not allowed to enter at main hall.
The tombs of Ahmed Shah, his son and grandson are on the west side of the masjid and queen burial along with other wives are nearby to their tombs.
Jama Masjid opening time is throughout the week is 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM and then from
Jama Masjid Address is Manek Chowk, Gandhi Road, Danapidth, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001
6) SARDAR PATEL MUSEUM AHMEDABAD
This museum is located at the address of Moti Shahi Mahal Constructed by Mughal ruler Shahjahan in 1618 to 1622. When British take over this palace and start using it as government structure and became official residence of Gujarat Governor in 1960 to1978
which was named as Raj Bhavan. To give tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 1980 a statue was built on the ground floor of the museum.
This museum has lot of things related to Sardar Patel life and it is well displayed here like newspaper cuttings, images, cartoons, paintings, personal ownership and other materials.
When you enter the museum you will find Sardar Patel sculpture at main entrance, on first floor there is one room which is totally devoted to Rabindranath Tagore where he used to stay in early age of seventeen,
he was so impressed with the mahal that motivated him to wrote a story called “The Hungry stones” there is a sculpture of Rabindranath Tagore along with it his life related things are also place here like writing, images, and paintings all well kept at first floor in his room
Sardar Patel Museum Ahmedabad Timings are 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM throughout the week, 3D show timings are 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM (Sat & Sun Only)
Sardar Patel Museum Ahmedabad Contact Number is +91 7922867027
Sardar Patel Museum Entry Fee is Rs 20/- Per person for Adults, Rs 10/- Per Person for Kids above 5 years of age, Rs 30/- per Person for Adults (3D show ticket) and Rs 10/- Per person for Kids (3D show ticket).
Sardar Patel Museum Ahmedabad Address is Gandhi –Sardar Smruthi Chowk, Opp. Circuit House, Bheemnath Mahadev, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380004.
7) JHULTA MINARA IN AHMEDABAD
Jhulta Minara are the pair of two shaking pillar in Ahmedabad, these both minarets are differently located like one pillar is located opposite to Sarangpur Darwaja and the next one is near to kalupur railway station.
The pillar near to Sarangpur Darwaja is in the area of Sidi Bashir Mosque which was constructed in 1452 AD in leadership of Sidi Bashir, who was the slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah. The other pillar which was near to Kalupur railway station is bigger in height.
Although these minarets are not in well condition people says that the British engineer has disintegrated the pillar just to stop their curiosity of vibrating pillar.
British engineer tried a lot to figure out the cause of vibrating minarets but they were unable to do so, but were unable to assemble it back to its previous state, so these days tourist will not find any vibration or shaking minarets anymore.
Jhulta Minara Ahmedabad City Address is Jhulta Minara, Sarangpur, Ahmedabad – 380001, Gujarat
Jhulta Minara Ahmedabad Timings is 5:30 AM to 9:00 PM throughout the week
Jhulta Minara Ahmedabad Contact number is +91 9825165103
Sidi Bashir Mosque/Jhulta Minar/the Shaking Minarets Ahmedabad Entry fee, there is no entry fee
8) THE ADALAJ STEPWELL
The Adalaj Stepwell is also known as Rudabai Stepwell, it is situated near to Ahmedabad city and in Gandhinagar region. This stepwell is a specimen of best architecture work done by India. This stepwell was constructed in1498 in memory of King Rana Vir Singh by his wife Rudadevi.
Adalaj Stepwell Ahmedabad Timing is throughout the week from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Adalaj Stepwell Location is Adalaj, Gandhinagar District, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 382421
Adalaj Stepwell Ahmedabad Contact Number is +91 9727199922, +91 7923977200
Adalaj Stepwell Ahmedabad Entry Fee, there is no entry fee
9) HUTHEESING JAIN TEMPLE AHMEDABAD
This is a tourist attraction which is made up by the contribution of close to ten lakhs offered by Gujarati businessman named Seth Hutheesing Kesarisinh, who died at the age of forty nine the construction was supervised and completed by his wife in 1848.
This temple is fully devoted to Lord Dharmanatha also known as the fifteenth Jain Tirthankara
This Temple is very near to Delhi Gate and temple has one mandapa column with a roof and it is totally hold by twelve attractive pole with amazing art on it. In temple main idol is kept on east and has fifty two more idols for other thirthankar
While entering the temple we find unlike manastambha (or Column of Honor) motivated by manastambha and Kirtiasthambha it has 79 ft height pillar look like the chitore tower in Rajasthan. The art in this tower is more look like Mughals time
Hutheesing Jain Temple Ahmedabad Timings is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM throughout the week
Hutheesing Jain Temple Ahmedabad Contact Number is +91 7922180774
Hutheesing Jain Temple Ahmedabad Entry Fee is, there is no entry fee required.
Hutheesing Jain Temple Ahmedabad Address is Shahibaug Road, Bardolpura, Madhupura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380004
10) SARKHEJ ROZA AHMEDABAD
This Roza compound has some different importance amongst other Roza, as it contains burial, mosque and palaces in its premises. Sarkhej Roza is also known for its history and admiration
This Roza is situated at Sarkhej area which is closed to 8 Km far away from the Ahmedabad main city. Once the famous French architect Le Corbusier came to India and stepped to Sarkhej Roza and compared it with Acropolis of Athens
The construction of this Roza was early started by Sultan Muhammad Shah and carry forward by Qutubuddin Ahmed Shah but if we talk about its completion then its final done by Mahmoud Begda.
In Fifteenth century this Complex went under expansion in the leadership of Mahmoud Begda and he constructed one palace and Sarkhej Lake in the complex, he did few more addition like Kiosk and small reserved mosque.
Once the visitor enter this complex they find impressive Bardari at the center of the open area. This magnificent structure has 9 domes which are supported by 16 Columns. This complex was damaged in 2001 due to earthquake and again assembled by the Archaeological survey of India.
This complex is more known by Acropolis of Ahmedabad, this complex consists tombs of Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh, Ruler Mohammad Begda and his queen
Sarkhej Roza Ahmedabad Timing is 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM throughout the week
Sarkhej Roza Ahmedabad Entry Fee, there is no entry fee required
Sarkhej Roza Ahmedabad Contact Number is +91 7926828675
Sarkhej Roza Ahmedabad Location is Post Jeevraj park, Sarkhej Makbara Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380051
HOW TO REACH AHMEDABAD
Travelers can easily commute the city as buses and auto rickshaws are available, the buses runs within the city, The AMTS (Ahmedabad Municipal Transport service) main station is located in Kalupur and railway station is also known as Kalupur station.
The Ahmedabad in India is straightly connect with major domestic cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Indore, Bangalore, Kolkata, Jaipur, Pune, Hyderabad.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport is located in Hansol just 15km away from the city center and 9Km away from the railway station, the buses are available for both international & domestic passengers
Indian railway has a broad connection with all major cities and Likewise Ahmedabad railway station is also well connect with other cities railway stations. The major railway station which serve the city are Sabarmati junction and Maninagar railway station.
Weekend Getaways Near Ahmedabad : Kumbhalgarh, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Gir Forest National ark and Wildlife Sanctuary, Little Rann Of Kutch, Modhera, Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
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