One of the most liveliest cities in India. A visit to Ahmedabad is a great way to
Ahmedabad was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as his capital in 1411 A .D. While
returning from one of his campaigns the young Sultan Ahmed Shah impressed with the scenic
surroundings and climate of the town of Ashawal undertook the building of his new capital
with a fort and twelve gates and named it Ahmedabad. While you can only see the ramparts
of the 600 year old Bhadra fort, almost all the twelve gates with the exception of one
have withstood the ravages of time and man.
If you have been to Ahmedabad before you will want to come again. If you are coming
soon, Welcome. Ahmedabad has something for everyone. You will be glad you made it.
is well connected by air, rail and road to major Indian cities.
By Air-International and
Domestic airlines connect Ahmedabad to Bombay, Delhi and major cities of India. The city
is also linked to Muscat, London and Newyork.
By Rail-Ahmedabad is
linked to Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai and other major cities in India by rail.
is connected by National and State Highways to major cities in India.
Jewels of Ahmedabad
a veneer of modernity hides 600 years of eventful history. History
immortalised by the magnificient architecture of Ahmedabad’s monuments
ranging from the grand Havelis to the majestic mosques. The HAVELIS
( wooden Mansions ) of Ahmedabad are a window to the lofty life
styles of the rich of early 19th century Ahmedabad.
Exquisitely worked wooden facaded Havelis jostle for space in the narrow
Pols of walled Ahmedabad. But no sooner do you cross the columned
verandahs the Havelis open into the Otlo (courtyards), the
divankhanu (formal drawing room), the service areas and other rooms.
In the mosques and mausolea of Ahmedabad you will discover the
contribution Gujarat made to Islamic architecture in India. They embody
a fusion of the austere Islamic principles of design with the
traditional Hindu art of sculpted ornamentation. See fusion architecture
at its best in the stone tracery on the windows of SIDDI SAYED MOSQUE
(1571) and the elegant JUMMA MASJID (1424). The delicate tracery,
the ornamented minarets and rich detail of SARKHEJ ROJA
(1445-51), is yet another example of this splendid style. So are the
RANI ROOPMATI MOSQUE (1430-40) and RANI SIPRI MOSQUE (1514).
SHAH ALAM ROZA built by Empress Noorjehan’s brother also reflects
the same elegance in its carved marble architecture.
The SHAKING MINARETS of Sidi Bashir’s Mosque remain a mystery
till today. Shake one minaret and the other resonates in harmony while
the interconnecting terrace stands still. The Jain temples of Ahmedabad
present yet another distinctly different style of architecture of which
the HATHEESING JAIN TEMPLE is most representative. A grandiose
structure built in marble that cost a whopping Rs. 10 lakhs way back in
1848. Next is the 300 year old DUTCH CEMETERY near
Kankaria lake. These tombs dating back to the 17th and 18th
centuries were in memory of the Dutch and English pioneers who
established their factories in Surat and Ahmedabad. Now on to the
museums and art galleries of Ahmedabad. The CALICO TEXTILE
MUSEUM one of the finest textile museums in the world displays an
impressive collection of rare textiles and costumes that date back to
the early 17th century. At the UTENSILS MUSEUM more
than 2000 varieties of traditional Indian utensils in curious shapes and
sizes are on display. SHREYAS FOLK ART MUSEUM with its collection
of folk culture from Gujarat as well as the L . D. MUSEUM and
INSTITUTE OF INDOLOGY are unique. AMDAVAD NI GUFA designed by
the renowned architect Balkrishna Doshi houses a collection of M . F.
Hussain’s paintings and adjoining this is the Herwitz art gallery. And
finally the crown jewel, SABARMATI ASHRAM . Mahatma Gandhi’s home
from 1918-1930, the Ashram is tucked away in a quiet corner by the river
Sabarmati. It served as Mahatma Gandhi’s base for his Dandi
Satyagraha, that triggered the nonviolent agitation against the
Shreyas Folk Museum -
(Close on every Monday, All Public Holidays &
Exhibiting the finest arts and crafts of Gujarat, Shreyas Folk Museum is
situated 2.5km west of Sabarmati. Set in suburbs of Ambavadi in
Ahmedabad, the museum has a huge display of textiles and clothing in
Gujarat. One of the major attraction of the museum is a complete
skeleton of an elephant with a height of about 3.19m. Old coins,
weapons, toys, costumes, masks, puppets, musical fountains and animal
caparisons also lure foreign tourists.
The museum remains open daily from 10:30am-05:30pm except Mondays and
It remains close during lunch hours .i.e. 01:30pm to 02:00pm.
BUILT IN 1423 BY THE FOUNDER OF
AHMEDABAD.THIS MOSQUE IS BUILT IN YELLOW SAND STONES AND IT STANDSON THE
260 PILLARS WHICH SUPPORT 15 DOMES A STAGGERED ELEVATONS.