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AHEMDABAD

Making of Manja in Ahemdabad Ahmedabad, the home to Gujratis and the capital of Gujarat, has an ancient heritage of Indo-Islamic architecture and has a vibrant present-day city landscape too. Home to the Mahatma, the father of the nation, for a good 15 years, it also embodies an eventful past in its rich kaleidoscope of history, art and culture.

It was Sultan Ahmed Shah on whom the city got its name. Known for its textile industry, earning itself the nickname 'the Manchester of the East,' the city was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement.

Characteristically, the city is divided into two parts, the Old city and the new city demarcated by river Sabarmati. And may be because of this divide, there are clearly two divergent cities cohabiting together - one quality old and traditional, the other new, bustling with modern constructions, swank offices and a huge center for education. The city's splendor came back to its original glory despite the devastating earthquake in 200. It was clearly the resilience of the people that brought back the grandeur within one year of catastrophe.

PLACES OF INTEREST
Jama Masjid - Ahemdabad Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid of Ahmedabad, standing to the east of Teen Darwaja besides Mahatma Gandhi road, was built in AD 1423 by Ahmad Shah. Depicting the Indo-Saracenic style, the mosque's roof is supported by 260. The dome illuminates with by the natural light reflected into it by the external roofs. The beautiful craftmanship of the Muluk-Khana or the Royal Gallery, a platform standing on pillars is one of the most striking feature of the mosque.
Shaking Minarets - AhemdabadShaking Minarets
The Sidi Bashir Mosque is placed outside the Sarangpur Gate. The fact that if one of the minarets is shaken, all of them begins to vibrate gives it the famous name of Jhulta Minar or the Shaking Minaret,.remaining a mystery till today the mechanism is believed to protect against the damage caused by the earthquakes.
Calico Textile Museum - Ahemdabad Calico Textile Museum
Starting in 1949, the Calico museum of fabric, yarn and textiles today displays designs, print and blocks from all over the world. The Museum is in the Sarabhai House, a former haveli (bungalow)located in the Shahi Bagh Gardens locality. The paintings on cloth called kalamkari, and designs from Rajasthan, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and the North Eastern states of India are very popular among visitors. The museum also houses a collection of marble, sandstone and bronze icons and busts.
Sidi Sayid Mosque - Ahemdabad Sidi Sayid's Mosque
Built in AD 1573. Ahmad Shah's slave, by Sidi Sayid, the mosque is is located near the Lal Darwaza (Red Gateway). Standing close to the river end of the Relief Road, the mosque is famous for stone tracery and the motifs of the banyan tree on the windows.
Hathee Singh Jain Temple - Ahemdabad Hathi Singh Temple
Built in 1848 in the honour of the fifteenth Jina or Jain apostle Dharmanath, the temple is a two-storeyed structure in pure white marble. Located outside the Delhi Gate, the temple has 52 shrines, each with an image of a Jain Tirthankara. The temple was named after its builder Sheth Hathi Singh.
Step-Wells - Ahemdabad Step-Wells
Locally known as wavs or baolis, the step-wells are structure unique to North India. The Dada Hari Wav, built in 1501, is supposed to be one of the best wells. A series of steps lead down to the lowest platform revealing a small octagonal well.. The well is a fascinating place to visit, as even on the hottest day the interiors remain nice and cool.
Sabarmati Ashram - Ahemdabad Sabarmati Ashram
On a quiet stretch of the river Sabarmati, 7 kms north of the city is the famous ashram set up by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915. The Sabarmati Ashram was the first Satyagraha Ashram set up by Gandhi. Popularly known as the Sabarmati Ashram, it still makes spinning wheels, handicrafts and handmade paper . Hridaya Kunj, Mahatma Gandhi's cottage, is preserved as it was during his lifetime. The Gandhi Ashram also houses a small memorial. Special sound and light spectacle are also organized for visitors on three days every week.
Church of the scared heart of Jesus - Pondicherry Vishala/Veechar(Utensils Museum)
Located in the compounds of the Vishala restaurant is the Utensils Museum. The museum showcases a unique collection of locks, nutcrackers and utensils. The restaurant serves traditional Gujarati food in a very ethnic village surroundings.

General Information

By Air : Ahmedabad (7 km)
By Rail : Ahmedabad (2 km)
By Road : Udaipur (262 km), Jaipur ( 657 km) Delhi (915 km)
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