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The major tourist attractions in Ahmedabad are the Gandhi Ashram, Sidi Bashir mosque, Kankaria Lake, Sidi Saiyad mosque, Hathee Singh Jain Temple, Calico Museum of Textiles and Jama Masjid.

Gandhi Ashram
Gandhi Ashram, also known as the Sabarmati ashram is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, about 7 kms north of Ahmedabad. This ashram is one of the important tourist attraction and the beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad. This Ashram was set up by the Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 and one of the most moving memorial. This ashram was the Mahatma Gandhi's headquarters during the struggle for India's independence. His ashram still makes handicraft, handmade paper and spinning wheels. His living quarter is still preserved as a small museum and there is a library and a memorial centre.

Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad

Sidi Bashir Mosque
Sidi Bashir Mosque is known for its two shaking minarets, one of an architectural wonder. These two tall towers are connected by a bridge which was once the entrance to the old mosque. This was destroyed by the Marathas in 1753 and has now been replaced by a modern one. When one minaret is shaken, the others also get shake in sympathy. This was done so due to the protection against earthquakes. These two shaking minarets lost half their height in the great earthquake of 1819, and in 1957 these minarets were completely destroyed. 260 columns support the roof of the mosque.

Hathee Singh Jain Temple
Hathee Singh Jain Temple is located just outside the Delhi Gate in the north of the old city. This Jain temple was built in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant and is one of the Ahmedabad's best ornated Jain temple. This temple is dedicated to Dharamanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar. This temple is built of pure white marble and profusely decorated with rich carvings.

Sidi Saiyad Mosque
Sidi Saiyad mosque was built by Sidi Saiyad, a general of Abysinian origin in the 1573. This mosque

Hathee Singh Jain Temple, Ahmedabad

is located close to he river and was once part of the old citadel wall. This mosque is one of the  Ahmedabad's most stunning building and best known for its intricate perforated stone work and has beautiful carved stone windows which depict the intricate intervening of the branches of the kalpa tree.

Calico Museum of Textiles
Today, the Calico Museum of Textiles is widely regarded as one of the finest textiles museums in the world. This museum was started in Calico Textile Mill. The museum is housed inside one of Gujarat's famous carved wooden haveli in Shahi Bagh Gardens. This museum was inaugurated by Pandit Nehru in 1948, and is now managed by the Sarabhai foundation. Calico Museum of Textiles has excellent collection of antique and modern textiles including heavy brocades, fine embroideries, sarees, carpets, turbans, rare tapestries, wall hangings, Maharaja's costumes, old weaving machines and royal Mughal tents. It also houses an excellent collection of Jain manuscripts.

Kankaria Lake
Kankaria Lake is located in the south-east of Ahmedabad. This lake is a polygonal artificial lake which has 34 sides and was constructed in 1451 by the Sultan Qutb-ud-din Aibak. In the centre of the lake an island summer palace is situated which is known as Nagina Wadi. This lake was frequently visited by the Mughal emperor Jahangir and his empress Noor Jahan. Now, this lake is a popular picnic spot and is surrounded by a children park,

Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad

zoo, boat club, garden and natural history museum. The Ghattamendal pavilion in the center houses an aquarium.

Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid was built in 1423 by Ahmed Shah and described as one of the most beautiful mosque in India. This mosque is believed to have been built by using the salvaged items from the demolished Hindu and Jain temples. This mosque is built of yellow sandstone and combines the best of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Inside

Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad
the mosque the large black slab by the main arch is the base of a Jain idol, that is buried upside down for the Muslims to tread on.

Triple Gateway
Immediately to the west of the entrance to Ahmed Shah's mosque is the triumphal archway known as Tin Darwaza or Triple Gateway, which once led to the outer court of the royal citadel. At a later period it was surrounded by the tamarind and palm trees, but is now crowded by shops, considerably diminishing its effect. Although it is on a comparatively small scale, being only 12 m high, Percy Brown compares it to a Roman triple archways built by Constantine in the 4th century. He particularly draws attention to the fineness of the pointed arches, the best in India.

Ahmed Shah's Mosque
The Ahmed Shah's Mosque is situated southwest of the Bhadra Fort and dating from 1414. The Ahmed Shah's Mosque was once of the city's earliest mosques. It has an elaborately carved ceiling with a circular symmetry reminding of the Hindu and Jain temples and beautiful pillars and jalis.

Tomb of Ahmed Shah
The tomb of Ahmed Shah was constructed after his death in 1442 by his son Muhammad Shah in the square Ahmed Shah had designed for the purpose.

Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Ahmedabad

This tomb stands outside the Jama Masjid's east gate and includes the cenotaphs of his son and grandson. The central tomb is square with porticos on each side, a central dome, a coloured marble floor and stone jali screens. Women are allowed to go into the central chamber. Across the street is his queen's tomb, now a market and in poor shape. There are eight large marble tombs and some smaller tombs on a platform inside a rectangular courtyard surrounded by a cloister.

Rani Sipri's Mosque
The Rani Sipri's Mosque is situated to the southeast of the centre of the Ahmedabad city. This small mosque is also known as the Masjid-e-Nagira or Jewel of the Mosque due to its graceful construction, with slender minarets-again a blend of styles. It is said to have been commissioned in 1514 by the Rani Asni, wife of Sultan Mahmud Begara. She is also buried here. The square tomb with jali screens stands in front of the mosque.

Rani Rupmati's Mosque

Rani Rupmati's Mosque is situated to the south of the Delhi Gate. This mosque was built between 1430 and 1440 and was named after the Hindu wife of the Sultan. This mosque incorporates Hindu and Islamic design. Rani Rupmati was the princess of Dhar and the Hindu wife of Sultan. It has a high central arch and two minarets which were damaged in the great earthquake of 1819. The roof carries three domes, each above an entrance. The carvings in the gallery and the mihrabs are particularly attractive. The dome is elevated to allow light in around its base. The Rani Rupmati's tomb lies to the north-east. The tombs are decorated with Hindu motifs.

Swaminarayan Temple
Swaminarayan Temple is situated in the old Ahmedabad city. This glorious, multicoloured, woodcarved temple looks like a grand haveli dating from 1850, enclosed in a large courtyard.

Excursions from Ahmedabad
Vishala, Utensils Museum, Sarkhej, Adalaj, Dada Hari Wav, Mata Bhavani's Well, Gujarat Science City, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary. More....


Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad




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