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Popular  Ahmedabad Attractions

Mosque of Sidi Saiyed
Famous Sidi Saiyed JaliThe Mosque of Sidi Saiyad, near Lal Darwaja has earned worldwide fame for its magnificent stone tracery. The tracery is acclaimed for it's splendid Jali screen, framed, in ten semi-circular windows. This is a unique site where the lathic work and exquisite carvings in stone has been a source of inspiration to all those who love art. The manifold designs of Banyan tree carvings all over window has been adopted by the Ahmedabad Philatelic Bureau as the constellation mark which is a superb and peerless example of delicate carving that transforms atones into filigree. It is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture and its models in miniature are best known souvenirs of the city.

Jama Masjid
Jama MasjidBuild by Ahmad Shah in 1423 itís the principal mosque of the islamic era, situated in the centre of the city near Three Gates (Tran Darwaja). The Mosque was built in indo- Saracenic architectural time and is said to be the most beautiful mosque in the East. The mosque has 260 pillars supporting 15 domes arranged symmetrically. Pleasant illumination without glare is achieved from the light reflected from external roof into the dome and admitted through clerestory windows. A special feature of the mosque is the Muluk-Khana, or the Royal Gallery, which is a platform standing on pillars and enclosed upto the roof with beautiful stone work.

Dada Hari-ni-Vav & Adalj -ni-vav
Dada Hari ni VavThe stepwell is a masterpiece in water architecture. It is situated 17 kms. north of Ahmedabad. The stepwell at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of this magnificent architectural form. Adalaj Vav is richly carved, every pillar and wall surface covered with leaves and flowers, birds and fishes and friezes of ornamental designs. The five storeyed Octagonal shaft - wonderful sculptures of a king seated on a stool beneath a parasol with two bearers, gods, goddesses, dancing maidens, musicians, birds, animals, leaves one spellbound. From the steps of the well one can literary fell the presence of the royal ladies peeping outside the intricalely carved Jharukhas. An ideal retreat from the scorching heat in summers.

Kankaria LakeKakaria Lake
It is a circular lake constructed in 1451 by Sultan Qutubub-Din. In the center of the lake is an island garden with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi. The lake is a popular recreation center, surrounded by parks, 'Bal Vatika', an aquarium, a boat club, a natural historical museum and a zoo.

Siddi Bashir Mosque
Known as Shaking Minaret or Jhulta Minar. When one minarets is shaken the other one begins to vibrate. The mosque was obviously built by master craftsmen and the crucial mechanism that causes the vibration is still a mystery.

Rani Rupmati's Mosque
Named after the Hindu wife of Sultan Mohmed Beghara, Rani Rupmati's Masjid in Mirzapur was built between 1430 to 1440 A. D. It has three domes supported by pillars with the central dome slightly elevated so as to allow natural light into the mosque. The mosque has richly carved minarets, balcony windows and perforated stone lattices. Its three domes are linked together by a flat roof. However, the mosque and tomb of Rani Sipri at Astodia surpasses it for its planning, structural arrangement richly carved minarets. Popularly known as Masjid-e-Nagina, this mosque is the most exquisite gem of Ahmedabad.

Shah Alam Rauja
Shah Alam RaujaThe complex containing the tomb and tank of Shah Alam, the son of Qutb-i-Alam of Vatva, was executed in 1532.The tomb building is of double-screen type and the internal construction is entirely tribute. The mosque by contrast is entirely an arcade. At the two ends of the prayer hall are tall minarets, set forward about three meters from the facade, bearing four galleries supported on heavy corbel brackets. There is a large vaulted reservoir beneath the floor of the courtyard.

Kutbi Mozar
The recently constructed Kutbi Mozar is a colossal monument raised to the hallowed memory of Sayeed Qutub-ud-din Shaheed, 32nd in the line of succession, who suffered martyrdom. Near Anil Starch factory, it is a near replica of Taj Mahal.

Bhadra Fort
The Fort of Bhadra named after the famous temple of Bhadrakali laid its foundation in 1411 and it once enclosed the royal palaces and gardens. The wall, which fortified the city, has mere than ten entrance gates. Each Gate is unique in its self and has a little history behind it like the Gate facing Delhi is named Delhi Gate.

Three GatesThree Gates
The tripple-arched gateway was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the royal entrance to the Maidan Shah or the Royal Square.

 Gandhi Ashram
On a quiet stretch of the Sabarmati river is the Gandhi Ashram set up in 1917. During the lifetime of Mahatma Gandhi it was known as Satyagraha Ashram and was the center of India's freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that the Mahatma began his famous "Dandi March" to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. 'Hridaya Kunj', the simple cottage where he lived, is preserved as a National Monument. A Gandhi Memorial Center, a Library and a Sound-and-Light spectacle offer an interesting display of the Mahatma's life and work.

Calico Museum
The Calico Museum of Textiles, widely regarded as one of the finest textile museums in the world was constructed in 1949. The Museum has no less than five centuries of the finest fabrics spun, woven, printed and painted in different parts of India. It also has a collection of marble, sandstone and bronze icons and busts split in two thematic sections-gallery for religious textiles and historical textiles.

Hatheesign Jain Temples
Hatheesigh Jain TempleOf the Jain temples, the oldest is the temple dedicated to SAMBHAVNATH at ZAVERI VAD. Constructed in 1600 AD it houses a magnificent idol. A flight of steps leads to an underground temple of the same size as that above ground but the most magnificent is Sheth Hatheesing's Jain Temple outside Delhi Gate, built by Sheth Hatheesing, a rich Jain merchant, in 1848 AD. Built of pure white marble, it has a paved courtyard surrounded by an imposing row of cloisters containing 52 shrines, each with an image of a tirthankara, profusely decorated with rich carvings, one containing the marble image of the 15th tirthankar. The temple is a two storied structure with elaborate porches on three sides and front porch crowned by a large dome. It was designed by Premchand Salat and is dedicated to Dharmanath, the fifteenth Jina or Jain apposite. It was built at a cost of Rs 10 Lacs, a sum unimaginable in those days.

DHANDHUKA
Important commercial centre and a junction on Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar meter-gauge section, the taluka headquarter is famous as the birth place of Hemchandrachrya Suri, an eminent Jain perceptor in whose honour king Kumarpal had raised a temple here. The town has an ancient step-well too.

Akshardham
The Swaminarayan Akshardham temple of gandhinagar is a modern complex,built in traditional Indian architectural style from 6000 metric tons of long lasting pink sandstone,from Rajasthan and carved by expert artisans from Bansipahahadpur.The first floor galleries has a museum.The galleries outside,here a state-of-the-art exhibition using chez Integrovision shows,audio-visuals,mutimedia,dioramas of the life of lord swaminarayan and from the Hindu epics,etc.to introduce readers to the concepts of the Akshardham movement.

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