Most places to visit ahmedabad in and Around Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ahmedabad has definitely changed from the time of Sultan Ahmed Shah and become a dominant metropolis, but what hasn’t changed about it is its own charm. The city has always been the heartbeat of western India and has remained a significant seat no matter which era we speak of. Today, we see a wonderful mélange of old and new Ahmedabad and it indeed does keep things interesting for the tourists. Be it the unbelievable latticework or the pols, be it the expansive Jumma Masjid or the Adalaj Step Well what has a story to tell and TRUST ME it’s a narrative you sure want to listen to. Here’s a site that offers you an insight into some of the top places that brings you a step closer to the actual Ahmedabad:

The Jumma Masjid/Jama Masjid
Situated on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Ahmedabad, Jumma Masjid is one of the best architectural specimens located in the city. Also called Jama Masjid, this mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the year 1423 to render the Muslim devotees a place to congregate for Friday prayers. It is believed that this yellow sandstone mosque was constructed using bits in the vandalized Hindu and Jain temples. The mosque has 260 columns which are covered with intricate carvings and the interior of the shrine is illuminated by natural lights which filter via latticework screens.

Siddi Sayed Mosque

It’s situated in the northeast corner of Bhadra Fort and is famous for its latticework over the yellow sandstone. The major highlight of the mosque is that the double sided jails on the western wall which depicts intertwining of shrub branches. The carving is well appreciated as it has been done with excellent delicacy.

Sabarmati Ashram

Dubbed as the next home of Mahatma Gandhi, Sabarmati Ashram is a Spartan colony of tiled houses in Ahmedabad. The place has historical importance as it is considered that it was Gandhi orchestrated the final battle of independence. Here one has the opportunity to see his cottage known as the Hriday Ashram, which has been well-maintained by the jurisdiction. One can still see Gandhi’s personal things like round glasses, wooden slippers, letters and books.

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Pols are the tightly packed conglomeration of houses, built to guarantee safety and security of the people. Ideally, a pol would have a couple of entrances and secret exits, which only the folks residing in the Pol would be conscious of. In Gujarat, pols can be seen at many places; however, the pols in the city of Ahmedabad are the very best example. The most famous pol is situated close to the Manek Chowk. In many pols, an individual would find a personal temple built at the middle and chabutro (tall poles placed for bird feeding). Today, many pols are converted to cottage industries, therefore one may come across people about the measures hand-sewing publications or crimping the silver. Seeing these pols in the Old City is a one of its kind expertise in Ahmedabad.

Sarkhej Roja
At a brief distance from Vishala Complex is Sarkhej Roja, that is a beautiful complex of tombs and pavilions. The complex is built around an artificial lake created for the rulers of Gujarat. The prominent tombs here include that of Ahmed Shah’s spiritual advisor, Sheikh Ahmed Khattu. An individual can observe fine brass and carving latticework here.

Situated southeast of the Bhadra Fort, the Teen Darwaza (Triple Gateway) was the entrance to the Royal Square or even Maidan Shahi where the imperial processions and polo games were held. Today, the Teen Darwaza straddles the road, which will be replete with stores selling block prints, silverware and other small items.

Shah Alam Roza
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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 wonderful architecture. The highlight of the tomb complex is the dome that has been decorated with gold and precious stones. On the west of the tomb is a mosque, which can be done in normal Islamic structures. To the south of this mosque is a grave that has twenty four small domes, where the Shah- e-Alam’s family including Saiyyd Makhdum Alam, the sixth grandson of Shah-e- Alam is buried. Outside of the wall to the west is a argo reservoir built by the spouse of Taj Khan Nariali.

Reckoned to be the greatest lake in Ahmedabad, Kankaria Lake is found in the southern region of the city. The lake is an ideal picnic spot for families as the lakefront was developed in an entertainment zone as it has features such as a zoo, toy train, children’ city, tethered balloon ride, water rides, water park, and food stalls, and other amusement facilities. A week-long festival is celebrated every year in the last week of December.

Hutheesing Jain Temple

Constructed with a Jain Merchant called Huthising Kesarsing in 1850, Hutheesing Jain Temple is located outside the Delhi Gate. The temple is constructed from marble and is dedicated to Dharmanath, who had been the 15th Jain Tirthankara. The marbles are intricately carved as well as the paved courtyard of the temple has 52 cubicles that house shrines devoted to distinct Tirthankaras. A quiet and sacred place that reflects fine craftsmanship, Hutheesing Jain Temple is a must-see place in Ahmedabad.

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
About 60kms in Ahmedabad, Nal Sarovar is regarded as one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. Sprawling over an area of 115 sq kilometers, Nal Lake and the surrounding subtropical forests bring about 250 species of waterfowls like flamingoes, geese, cranes, pelicans, storks, cormorants, spoonbills and ibis. In winters several migratory birds such as Bluish-grey demoiselle crane gather here in large numbers from Siberia. Also, Nal Sarovar is the ideal location to catch sight of Sarus Crane, who plays a synchronized dancing which involves bowing down with its wings outstretched. This bird sanctuary makes for an ideal weekend escape from Ahmedabad because it enables you to get closer to nature and away from the hustle and bustle of town life.

Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple is situated in Gandhinagar, which will be located about 25kms in Ahmedabad. The temple is dedicated to Swaminarayan and is the best example of modern architecture and style. Akshardham is regarded as a place of schooling, enlightment and at a manner amusement. Over 2 million people are estimated to go to the temple every year. The significant attractions of the temple are its 10 story tall golden idol of Swaminarayan; Mystic India, a film on an unbelievable journey of an 11-year old child yogi called Neelkanth; the music and light show called Sat Chit Anand Watershow and audio animatronic shows.

Step wells are quite notable in Gujarat as they were the only supply of water from the arctic regions. Thus, the people of Gujarat chose to decorate and ornament these giant structures too. There are innumerable step wells or vavs in Gujarat and Ahmedabad has among the finest of all. Called Adlaj Vav; this measure well was constructed in 1499 by Rudabai, the wife of a local chieftain. The measure well is adorned with amazing galleries and platforms. The shafts of the well are profusely adorned with floral and geometric motifs, interspersed with a range of figurines. The carved pillars that support the pavilions are bombarded with diffused light and supply perfect resting places. This beautiful Vav is certainly one of the finest places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Around 75kms from Ahmedabad, Lothal offers the stays of a respectable city of the Indus Valley Civilization that existed 4500 years ago. The website reveals the base of a well-planned town with paved drains, stations, wells, public baths and block of houses. Bead accessories, earthen pots, birds and animal themes, seal and weighting tools were also found here. So, if you’re somebody who enjoys browsing history, Lothal can be an enthralling destination for you.Also Read

Manek Chowk
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Manek is a notable city square in Ahmedabad. Located in the old town, this area is over a chaotic square. Manek chowk is surrounded by many historic buildings and contains a bustling multi-purpose market. It’s ideal to visit Manek Chowk in the night time when it converts into a food lovers’ paradise, where one can relish the flavor of authentic Gujrati street food. Baba Maneknath Temple, Badshah no more Hajiro, Rani no Hajiro, Ahmedabad Stock Exchange Building and Mahurat Pol are within the Area of Manek Chowk.

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