A commercial hub of Gujarat State and 6th largest city in India, Ahmedabad prides itself for being the heartbeat of Western India and remains important among various eras. A bustling town with rich Mughal inheritance, Ahmedabad blends well with Modern and Ancient times and hence been awarded as India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City. Although it is not familiar among overseas travellers as they use Ahmedabad mostly as a stop-over destination, it certainly offers some amazing monuments, delicious food and warm hospitality, thus offering a quick getaway.
So here are some of the best places in Ahmedabad that offers you in a day.
Manek Chowk :
The most important square, situated in the heart of old Ahmedabad. The bustling Manek Chowk is surrounded by many historical structures hence making an actual start for the day. If you want to taste the local street food then paying a visit at night is ideal.
JUMA MASJID ( MOSQUE ) :
Built by Ahmed Shah in 1423 was perhaps the largest mosque of that period. The magnificent architecture is surrounded by a massive open courtyard with marble flooring. The structure was built using yellow sandstones with detailed intricate carvings. The main prayer hall stands on 260 pillars supporting 15 domes of various elevations. The interiors of the mosque are illuminated by natural light that penetrates through pierced stone screens creating a beautiful play of light & shadows. Altogether it is one of the most popular sights to be visited.
Sidi Saiyyed Mosque :
Located centrally between the busy roads of Ahmedabad, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is one of the most photographed monuments as its unique for its exquisite screens. The mosque is famous for its latticework twin stone jalis, carved in the design of intertwined tree branches and hence called as Sidi Saiyyed Jali. These delicate carvings are really appreciable and something one should not afford to miss.
Teen Darwaza :
Located on the east of Bhadra Fort, Teen Darwaza was built in 1415 for the entrance to the courtyard of the palace of Maidan Shah. The three-arched gate structure was once a royal passage for kings and other leaders into the fort.
Located on the banks of river Sabarmati, it was one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi also known as Mahatma Gandhi.
The Ashram was built in 1917 and initially named as “Satyagraha Ashram” but later changed to “Sabarmati Ashram”. Gandhiji wanted to live here and do farming, cattle breeding, Khadi etc. The famous “Dandi March” was launched by Gandhiji from this ashram and hence holds an importance of this place during his freedom struggle for Independence. The place is well maintained by authorities and one can still see Gandhiji’s personal items and books.
Adalaj Step Well (Rudabai Stepwell) :
Located 20kms apart from the centre of the city lies Adalaj Stepwell in the village of Adalaj. Build in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, the stepwell solved the purpose for parched pilgrims and caravans along trade route during that period. The ‘vav’ as it said in the local language, is finely carved and is as deep as five storeys. The octagonally shaped well have steps that take you underground showcasing the beautiful platforms and galleries of detailed carved figurines. This underground marvel is one of the must visit.
These are some of the most important places which you can easily cover in a day and get the real taste of this Heritage City.
Important Tip :
While paying a homage to this heritage town, one should not miss the delicious Gujarati Thali or Gujarati Mezze platter. You will find plenty of restaurants offering unlimited Gujarati platter with a reasonable amount.
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