Hello everyone! We hope you all are enjoying the monsoon with your cup of tea! Well, it has finally started raining in Ahmedabad and we are more than happy. The rainy season is best for traveling to nearby places. At this time, we love visiting our Majestic Historical Monuments. As we all know, Ahmedabad (Amdavad) has been recently announced as India’s First World Heritage City by UNESCO, We take you to the ‘City Tour’ with us.
The Historical Monuments In Ahmedabad are mostly very simple yet detailed. You might find a Minar (pillar) very common, but if you understand the history behind it, you would totally admire it. Heritage Of Ahmedabad is very rich and pure. To explore the Best Historical Sites In Ahmedabad, you must visit at least the following places. These places have peace, art, history, and serenity. You can visit these historical places with your friends, family or colleagues or even alone.
11 Must Visit Places in Ahmedabad – India’s First World Heritage City by UNESCO
Bhadra Fort is one of the most visited and loved Historical Monument Of Ahmedabad. It was built by Ahmed Shah in 1411, which has beautiful Mosques, Palaces, and Gate. It has the temple of "Bhadrakali" nearby. The fort is surrounded by greenery and houses. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visited this place and blessed the city to be prosperous forever! Isn't that interesting?
The Sabarmati Ashram needs no introduction. It is already very popular among Indians as well as foreigners. The Sabarmati Ashram is situated at western banks of Sabarmati River, from where Gandhiji started his "Dandi March". The Ashram was established by Gandhiji in 1915. The atmosphere at The Sabarmati Ashram is very serene, peaceful and worth of observation. You would find many simple Handicraft objects there, one of them being "Charkha" which was used for weaving "khadi" by Gandhiji.
Shaking Minarets are the part of Sidi Bashir Mosque. It was built during 1452. After the war in 1753, the main body was destroyed, but there remained Two Arched Minarets named as Jhulta Minar or Shaking Minarets. When one Minaret shakes a bit, the other one follows the same after a few seconds. They are the tallest Minarets in Ahmedabad and still have beautiful construction visible.
Tomb of Ahmad Shah is generally known as "Badshah No Hajiro" which is a Medieval Mosque. This tomb is situated close to the Jama Masjid. This mosque has the Tomb of Ahmad Shah I, buried in the center. His son, Muhammad Shah II, is buried on the left of him and Qutb-Ud-Din Ahmad Shah (grandson of Ahmad Shah) is buried on the right side of him. This Tomb has a square structure with a large Dome in the center. The Tombs are situated at the center and the corners are lit with the beautifully carved stone screens.
Sarkhej Roza is situated in a village named Makarba, Ahmedabad. It is a Mosque and Tomb with the beautiful construction of Pillars and Domes. There are many Rozas in Gujarat but Sarkhej has been the prominent center of Sufi Culture as the Saint Shaikh Ahmad Ganj Baksh lived there. The architecture of Sarkhej Roza is a beautiful fusion of Indian and Non-Indian principles of construction style. Must visit this peaceful place once!
Juma Masjid, popularly known as Jama Masjid is one of the largest Mosques of India. The Mosque was built in 1421. The Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad is most beautiful one with the Islamic and Persian style of construction. It has wide Pillars with Intricate designs and carvings. The mosque earlier was intended to be used by Sultan and their families, as per the inscriptions. The Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad contains the Tombs of Muslim Emperor and his family.
Sidi Saiyyed's Mosque or "Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jali" was built in 1572 AD. The spectacular architectural style of Muslim Indo-Saracenic shows the incredible Latticework. If you look at the windows, closely, you will find the precise Intertwined Trees, Foliage and Stone Carvings with mesmerizing motifs. The Sidi Sayyed's Mosque was built while the final years of great Sultanate Rule. It is located near Lal Darwaza, Ahmedabad.
Adalaj Ni Vav was built in the year 1428 by Rana Veer Singh, who belonged to Vaghela Dynasty. The Adalaj Ni Vav is located in the small village named "Adalaj". In the Gujarati language, "Vav" means "Stepwell", which is used for obtaining drinking, washing and bathing water. The Stepwell is 5 stories big with several levels. It has Solanki Architectural style and beautiful sandstone finish. The pillars are intricately carved with marvelous designs. You will find the beautiful motifs of Islamic designs blending with the symbols of Hindu and Jain Gods. The plan (top view) of the Adalaj Ni Vav is an octagonal shape, which is a really majestic view.
Rani No Hajiro is located at the east of "Badshah No Hajiro" near Manek Chowk. It is the tomb of the queens of Ahmad Shah I. The main courtyard of the tomb surrounded by a trellised cloister. The trellised cloisters are pressed with carved stone screens. The main central tomb belongs to the wife of Ahmad Shah I, Mughalai BiBi. The tomb is beautifully carved with white shiny marble. The black marble tomb just adjacent to the white one, belong s to Murki BiBi. The entire tomb is worth capturing! The surrounding area of the tomb has been converted into a huge jewelry and garment shopping market for women.
This mosque was built on the order of "Rani Sipri" the Hindu wife of Sultan Mahmud Begada. This mosque is also known as "Rani Sipri Ni Masjid" or "Masjid-e-Nagina", which means jewel of mosques. It was named so, because of its brilliant "intricate Jali" work. The work includes the pattern of leaves and flowers and there are pretty carvings on the walls with stone screens. After the queen died, she was buried in the same mosque.
The Rani Roopmati mosque, which is also known as the Rani Rupavati Mosque was built by Sultan Mahmud Begada during 1430-40. The mosque is the perfect example of the incredible blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It showcases the speechless beauty of domes, galleries, and minarets standing tall. It has indeed a marvelous construction- 105 feet long, forty-six broad, and thirty-two high. Isn't it huge? Now, after several natural calamities it has lost its one pillar, but yet it manages to look phenomenal!
Ahmedabad is the heart of Gujarat. It has most amazing and rich Heritage places to visit and capture and that is the reason why It has been announced as India’s First World Heritage City by UNESCO.
Do You Know? There were 6 other cities in competition to get selected for India’s First Heritage City. Do you know why they chose Ahmedabad? UNESCO chose Ahmedabad because it is the only City in India, where people still live in Heritage Places. Yes, these Heritage Places are part of Ahmedabad Locals and some of them are homes of those families living in Ahmedabad.
The motifs, carvings, designs, and architecture will leave you speechless. These all the Historical Monuments were mostly built during the reign of Ahmed Shah, on whose name, the city has been named. In order to understand and live a part of History of Ahmedabad, you must visit these Historical places!
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