The vibrant and colourful Gujarati people and their love for fun, music and food makes this city a beautiful, enchanting and lively city. Ahmedabad, also known as Amdavad, is considered as the 7th largest city in the country. The city is located on the banks of the river Sabarmati, and was recently given the tag of the World Heritage City, which also makes it the first in India.
The place is a perfect mixture of modern culture and a glorious historical past. The walled city has many beautiful lanes, where one can find detailed carved wooden havelis. Located at the heart of Gujarat, the city has numerous buildings that exhibit their finery in the Indo-Saracenic style.
Ahmedabad is also known as the Manchester of the East due to its large number of industries, mostly which produce textile. The city arrests its visitors with its diversity in places, religious and ethnic communities. It is interesting to find out how the town has a mixture of Indian atmosphere and also influences of colonial British.
01. Best Time To Visit:
The city can be visited throughout the year, although the summer months tend to get extremely hot and dry. The monsoons come and cool down the place with heavy rainfall, and then comes the winters which have a pleasant climate, making it one of the best seasons to visit the place.
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02. How To Reach:
By Air: The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is the major airport which connects the city to some of the major domestic and international locations in the world. The airport is located at a distance of 14 km from the city centre.
By Train: The Ahmedabad Railway Station is also known as the Kalupur Station and is located around 6 km from the city centre. The railway station has various trains from here connecting most of the major towns and cities from across the country and state.
By Road: Ahmedabad is well connected by roads, and has excellent connectivity by buses which operate to various cities and towns across the state and country. One can get buses which ply regularly from Gandhinagar, Surat, Shirdi, Mumbai, Pune, etc.
Sights To See In The Heritage City:
1. Swaminarayan Temple
The temple is located in the Kalupur area. The temple was constructed on the instructions given by Swaminarayan who was the founder of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism. The main deity here is Narayan Dev. The shrine is a perfect blend of local, regional and Victorian styles of architecture and sculpture.
The shrine is constructed with Burma teak wood along with colourful arches and brackets, which is a common feature in all of the other Swaminarayan temples across the state and country. The well-known Aksharadham temple in New Delhi also belongs to the Swaminarayan sect.
2. Sabarmati Ashram
The residence of Gandhi and his wife Kasturba is one of the major attractions that is located in the suburbs of the city. The ashram is located on the peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati River. The ashram is also known as the Satyagraha Ashram, as Gandhiji began the well-known Dandi march from here.
The ashram is now a museum and has personal letters of Gandhi along with several photographs on display here. The ashram gets its name from the river Sabarmati on whose banks the structure sits. The ashram's museum is known as Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, which was initially located at the very hut which Gandhiji stayed, but moved into the present structure in the year 1963.
3. Dada Hari Vav
The Dada Hari Vav is a stepwell built by a woman from Sultan Begara's harem in the year 1499 AD. The stepwells served the purpose of being a summer retreat during the hot summers. The stepwell gets filled with rain water and no matter what the weather condition is, the stepwell always remains cool inside.
The ancient structure is a perfect example of the architectural marvel of the bygone era. There are steps which take you down to the depths of the well, which is filled with beautiful carvings that throws out its true beauty when the sunlight hits on them.
4. Bhadra Fort
Built in the year 1411 AD, during the reign of the Marathas, this fort was established by Sultan Ahmad Shah who was the founder of Ahmedabad city. The fort consists of a vast palace along with a lush green garden, which adds on to the charm of the fort that is unbeatable. The fort is well known for the Bhadrakali Temple that is built in its compound, which is dedicated to the Bhadra form of the Mother Goddess.
5. Sidi Saiyed Mosque
Well known as Sidi Saiyed Ni Jaali, it was constructed in the year 1573 and is one of the most popular mosques in Ahmedabad. The mosque is one amongst the last mosques to be built under the Mughal rule. The mosque was built by Sidi Saiyyed, who was a general in the army of the last Sultan, Shams Ud Din Muzaffar Shah III.
The structure is well known for its ten stone lattice-work windows known as Jalis on one side and arches at the other. The stone slabs here are with designs of intertwined trees and foliage with a palm motif.