I have passed through this Metro city many a times in jiffy and never noticed what this city has to offer.Being Gujarati and living just four hours away from Ahmedabad, I always wanted to visit this city enriched with heritage and colors. Earlier the city used to be the capital of Gujarat and declared UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017, there are no dearths of places to visit in this city. I was here during my staycation at HolidayInn express wherein I explored the city for two days and visited Top Places of ahmedabad from touristy to offbeat ones.
Imagine – passing through old lanes of walled city with rich architecture, historical monuments,buzzing colorful markets, old bridges that connects the old and new city, old textile markets, handicrafts and having traditional Gujarati cuisines – All these could be delight to traveler and photographer inside you. Ahmedabad is the city for every type of traveler whether foodie or photographer.
There are so many old historical Places which are most popular Places to visit in Ahmedabad. But here is list of Top Places to visit in Ahmedabad and that too you can cover in 2 days easily.
Here is my 2 days itinerary for Ahmedabad. Start your Day-1 by exploring old walled city and few far off places.
Bhadra fort was established by the founder of Ahmedabad – King Ahmed Shah in 1411 AD and it houses palace with decorated balconies and arches.The fort houses Bhadrakali temple devoted to goddess Lakshmi. Nowadays the place has lush green garden and bustling market outside the fort. Also, many stories are associated with the fort and naming this city ‘Ahmedabad’ by Ahmed shah.
Like any other old cities of India, Ahmedabad was also built around gate system. Teen Darwaza is the oldest gateway of the city built by king Ahmed Shah. It is close to Bhadra Fort and one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architectural designs. Presently, the place is popularly known for its roadside market known as Teen Darwaza market. It is bustling with local street side shoppers all day. You can buy traditional Gujarati dresses,footwear and jewelry etc. at cheapest rate here.
Siddi saiyad mosque popularly known as Siddi Saiyad ni Jali is one of the smallest and most famous mosque of Ahmedabad. Located near busy traffic junction in northwest of Bhadra fort, it doesn’t draw attention at first place.
As you enter in the mosque complex, you will notice the exquisite stone windows upfront which is superb example of delicate carvings that transforms yellow sandstone into intricate lattice. You can describe this masterwork as ‘lace on the stone’. There are four sets of Jalis on the wall and one needs to look up back walls of the mosque.
The mosque was built by Siddi Saiyyad in 1572-73 AD who was from Yemen and named after sultan ahmed shah. The mosque has been build with minarets and eight arched windows which are adorned by these stone carved intricate jalis. The jali has two interwoven trees-Banyan tree (kalpvriksha) and palm tree with lofty branches and detailed carvings of flora in background. Kalpvriksha is an ancient design idiom in hindu mythology known as wishing tree and palm tree is famous for Arabic connection; making this mosque the best example of Indi Saracenic architecture.
The ‘tree of life‘ is most intricate lattice pattern of siddi saiyad ki jali becoming an inspiration, that the Indian Institute of management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) derived its logo from it. Looking at its such unique artwork, one should not miss this place in your itinerary.
Located in old ahmedabad city, Rani Rupmati Mosque was build by King Muhmad beguda for his wife Rupmati. The mosque’s stands with impressive structure with tall minarets and carved galleries. The mosque also has three domes supported by Pillars.
The mosque is best example of blending Hindu and Muslim style architecture.The prayer hall and ceilings have exquisite carvings. It is also made in yellow sandstone like other monuments of Gujarat. But looking to the history of all monuments, it reminds the rich past of Ahmadabad.
There were many step wells built in Gujarat during solanki dynasty and the architecture of step wells remained more or less in this style during Mughal era too. It is said that dada harir step well was built by lady Bai Harir Sultani during reign of Muhmad Beguda. She was household lady of the king and superintendent of royal harem. Initially the step well was named after her, modified later as ‘Dada Harir’.
The step well is 5 floors deep and has octagonal opening at top ; built on intricately carved pillars. It was dug deep to access ground water at that level to provide permanent access to water at ground level. As you descend, you will find the motifs of flowers and graphics of Islamic architecture that blend very well with the symbols of Hindu and Jain gods carved at various levels of the step well. It is one of the finest piece of architecture in Ahmedabad.
There is a Mosque in the step well complex, just opposite to the entrance. The mosque is known as Hazarat Harir Mosque where it is said that Bai Harir has been rested.
This place is near astodia gate in old walled city. Rani (queen) Sipri was the wife of Ahmad Shah Beguda. She was the daughter of Hindu chief of that time.The mosque is one of the finest specimen of its kind in Ahmedabad. The mosque is harmoniously balanced,its tall minarets are in perfect harmony with its prayer hall.The carvings on pillars are showing feminine grace. The mosque has tomb of Rani Sipri and with a separate prayer hall for women to worship.
Julta Minar or popularly known as ‘shacking Minarets’ are full of mystery, which still remains wonder for engineers. What they cannot unravel is when one minaret is shaken the other begins to vibrate, though the connecting passage between the two remains vibration-free; what causes this vibration is unknown.
There are two well-known pairs of Shaking Minarets in Ahmedabad – one located opposite the Sarangpur Darwaja and the other near the Kalupur Railway Station Area.
The one near Sarangpur Darwaja is within the vicinity of the Sidi Bashir Mosque, built by Siddi Bashir in the reign of Ahmed Shah.They are three storey’s tall with carved balconies where visitors were once allowed to climb all the way up. The other set of minarets near the Railway Station is taller in height but they are now not in good condition.The shacking minarets are classic example of superb craftsmanship.
After venturing into the walled city, head towards Adalaj stepwell which lies to northwest of the city. The step well is located at small and quiet village – Adalaj near Gandhinagar .It was built to supply water for the area.
The stepwell is five stories deep both vertically and horizontally.The step well is interactively carved with octagonal opening,built on intricately carved large number of pillars .If you look at the carvings of pillars, you will need few hours to admire all the details on it!!
The top floors has more carvings than the lower ones which you will notice as you descend. As one descends towards the well, the temperature starts dropping making one feel cooler than the upper part of the well. Each floor has a large number of rooms that are well ventilated. The unique part of the stepwell architecture is the fact that the sunlight does not touch the flights of steps or landing.