On the ancient site of Ashaval and Karnavati, Ahmedabad was found on 1411. The City of Ahmedabad has some of the finest India, Islamic monuments and exquisite Hindu and Jain temples. Its carved wooden houses are another unique architectural tradition.
A special feature of Ahmedabad is the plan of the old city comprising numerous pols, self-contained neighborhoods, sheltering large numbers of peoples. Some of these virtually small villages, traversed by narrow streets, usually terminating in square with community wells and chabutaras for feeding birds, gates, Cul-de-sacs and secret passages. To experience the glory of Ahmedabad, it is necessary to walk through an old quarter and truly observe the nature of its architecture, its art, religious places, its culture and traditions.
With the purpose of unveiling the city to the tourists and the citizens themselves, Akshar Travels Pvt. Ltd. has arranged this HERITAGE WALK OF AHMEDABAD.
A special slide show and guided tour are available. During the walk the guide explains the historical background and important of the places covered under the route. The tour commences at Siddi Saiyad Mosque, Lal Darwaja 8.45 p.m. daily and terminates at Manek Chowk at 11.30 p.m.
1. Indian Citizen Rs.200 Per Person (Inclusive Taxes)
2. Foreign Citizen Rs.300 Per Person (Inclusive Taxes)
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The Mandir is a sacred house of God and a place of daily worship. To preserve its sanctity and spiritual ambience, a strict dress code should be observed within the complex.
Upper Wear: Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms
Lower Wear: Must be at least below knee-length.
Ahmedabad Hearitage Walk Palaces
Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque built in 1573 is one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad. It was built by Sidi Saeed or Sidi Saiyyed, an Abyssinian in the retinue of Bilal Jhajar Khan, general in the army of the last Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate. The mosque was built in the last year of the existence of Sultanate of Gujarat. The mosque is entirely actuated and is famous for beautifully carved ten stone latticework windows (jalis) on the side and rear arches. The delicate “tree of life” motif has become the distinguishing symbol of Ahmedabad. The central window arch of the mosque, where one would expect to see another intricate jali, is instead walled with stone. This is possibly because the mosque was not completed according to plan before the Mughals invaded Gujarat.
G. T. S. Standard Benchmark
A G.T.S. (Great Trigonometrical Survey) benchmark is a permanently fixed reference survey station (or point), having known elevation with respect to a standard datum (mean sea level). These are established all over India by Survey of India department with greater precision.
Bhadra Fort is situated in the walled city area of Ahmedabad, India. It was built by Ahmad Shah I in 1411. With its well carved royal palaces, mosques, gates and open spaces, it was renovated in 2014 by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a cultural centre for the city. Bhadra Fort housed royal palaces and the beautiful Nagina Baugh and the royal Ahmed Shah`s Mosque on the west side and an open area known as Maidan-Shah on the east side. It had a fortified city wall with 14 towers, eight gates and two large openings covering an area of 43 acres. The eastern wall on the river bank can still be seen. The fort complex was used as a royal court during his reign.
The Bhadrakali Temple in Ahmedabad was believed to be built by the Marathas in the medieval India. Goddess Bhadrakali is worshiped by its devotee to acquire prosperity and wealth. Being one of the cogent deity in Hindu pantheon, the Bhadrakali Temple at Ahmedabad is visited by hordes of devout from across the country throughout the year. The goddess is worshiped during famous Navaratri Festival which is also the main festival celebrated here with nine days of roars, cheers, dances and colorful outfits. This song and dance festival is the best time to visit this temple as you can dance to the tunes of traditional music, eat hearty food and enjoy to your fullest. Ahmedabad Bhadrakali Temple is worth visiting during this festival of song and dance. You will enjoy by dancing to the tunes of traditional music or eat hearty food if you visit the Bhadrakali Temple during this time.
Statue of Chinubhai Baronet
Sir Chinubhai Baronet was the first Hindu Baronet of British India, textile mill owner and philanthropist from Ahmedabad. Mahatma Gandhi on 21 September 1933; unveiled a statue of Sir Chinubhai near Bhadrakali temple in Ahmadabad, in function presided by his son Girjaprasad, the Sir Chinubhai Madhowlal Ranchhodlal, 2nd Baronet and many noted citizen, government officers and Indian leaders.
Bhadra Street Market
A bustling area in the old city, Bhadra Market is the most crowded yet most popular street shopping hub in Ahmedabad. With winding lanes that lead you to unknown treasures, you are bound to come back for more once you step foot here. Put on your bargaining hats while you’re here and indulge in an authentic Amdavadi shopping spree.
Teen Darwaja is a historical gateway on the east of Bhadra Fort, Ahmedabad, India. Completed in 1415, it is associated with historical as well as legendary events. The gates are featured in the logo of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
Maratha governor Chimnaji Raghunath decreed and inscribed Farman on Teen Darwaja in 1812 declaring equal right to women in inheritance of ancestral property. Raghunath had appealed to Hindu and Muslims both. This plaque engraved in Devnagari script and dated 10 October 1812.
Years ago, Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth, came to the gate of Bhadra Fort to leave the city in the night. Watchman Siddique Kotwal stopped her and identified her. He asked her not to leave fort until he obtained permission from the king. He beheaded himself in order to keep Laxmi in the city. It resulted in the prosperity of the city.
There is a tomb near Bhadra Gate dedicated to Siddique Kotwal and a temple to Bhadra Kali, representing Laxmi. A lamp in one of the hole in Teen Darwaja is lit continuously for more than six hundred years by a Muslim family is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi.
Oldest Market of City
Lal Darwaja is one of the most popular and busiest shopping market in Ahmedabad. You can buy sarees, gents garments, children garments, shoes, chaniya choli, wallets, old books, belts and a lot more. Lal Darwaja is favorite market of a lot of people staying in Ahmedabad City. You can do a lot bargaining with the vendors and shopkeepers at Lal Darwaja Market.
The Jama Masjid of Ahmedabad was probably the largest mosque in the Indian subcontinent built in this period. Designed as part of a major plan desired by the Emperor Sultan Ahmed Shah, the mosque is located south of the processional axis that runs from the Maidan-i Shah at the door with three arches, Teen Darwaja.
The inscription on the mihrab commemorates the inauguration of the mosque on January 4, 1424 by Sultan Ahmad Shah I. The mosque was originally intended only for private use of the sultans. Made by using yellow sandstones, the architecture of this mosque is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styling. Supported by 260 pillars, the Jama Masjid of Ahmedabad consists of 15 domes. Jama Masjid lies in the heart of the old city. The main entrance is framed by two columns, the remains of two minarets (the shaking minarets) which were destroyed by the earthquakes of 1819.
Ahmed Shah’s Tomb, locally known as Badshah no Hajiro or Raja no Hajiro, is a medieval mosque and the group of tombs in Ahmedabad, India. Ahmed Shah’s mosque is situated close to Jama Mosque and Manek Chowk.
Burial places assume special religious significance amid Muslims and some of their burial places are today among the hotspot tourist destinations in the country largely due to their exotic locations and exquisite architecture. At Badshah no Hajiro, which was built in the year 1446, rest the mortal remains of the founder of Ahmedabad, Ahmed Shah I. The place is located to the western side of Manek Chowk, just outside the eastern gate of Jama Masjid. This is where the male members of the royal family were buried. Women are not allowed to enter, and men must wear something to cover their heads before entering. There are also a few ministers’ tombs laid out across the road. It lies to the west of Manek Chowk.
Rani no Hajiro was built in the 15 century by the great sultan Ahmed Shah. The Hajiro is a vault for graves and served as the last resting place for queens of this empire. Subsequent rulers of the area also continued this tradition. Walls surrounding these graves from the outside are magnificently carved out of stones. The burial place is in the centre and demarcated by a cloister (veranda).
The art of Brocade, which is as old as the history of Gujarat itself, was introduced in the reign of Ahmed Shah. This beautifully hand woven Zari cloth was used to cover the graves of the queens. It is believed that the uncharacteristic construction of an open air design of the courtyard was built according to the desire of Ahmad Shah’s queen. It was unusual because before her request, the design was a large dome covering the grave and enclosed into an ambulatory.
Old Stock Exchange Building
Ahmedabad Stock Exchange was established in 1894. It is the oldest stock exchange after Bombay Stock Exchange in India. ASE functioned here till 1996 and it is 93 years old heritage building and an example of British architecture.
Opposite to the Old stock Exchange building is a Pol Called Muharat Pol. Muharat meaning an auspicious time to start something new. Here the word probably applies to the first pol being established in the city of Ahmedabad. Hence the name Muharat pol – the first residential area built in the city. The pol contains many residential buildings built in Gujarati Vernacular architecture.
It is named after saint Maneknath who interrupted and helped Ahmed Shah I built Bhadra Fort in 1411.Manek Chowk is a notable city square in Old Ahmedabad, India. It is surrounded by historical structures. It is a vegetable market in the morning, a jewelers market in the noon and the street food market at night.
Manek baba’s Mandir
Baba Maneknath was 15th century legendary Hindu saint who lived on the banks of Sabarmati River near present city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It is names after saint Maneknath who helped the king to locate the site from where the construction of fort started. Under his advice the architect of city walls Ahmed Khattu changed the layout of city. He was buried alive or took Samadhi on the river island when Sabarmati River was passing through the city under Fernandez Bridge. The first quarter of the city, Manek Chowk named after him and the memorial temple is situated there. The first bastion of the fort named after him, called Manek Burj, situated at the east end of Ellis Bridge.