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Published for AIR ASIA, 05 Feb 2020, 05:46 PM
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Once the capital of Gujarat, part of Ahmedabad was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
One of the largest cities in Gujarat, India, Ahmedabad has a rich architectural heritage dating all the way back to the 15th century Sultanate period. It boasts magnificent monuments like temples, mosques, and museums that portray the city's unique multicultural character.
Take a look at some of the gorgeous places in Ahmedabad:
1. Adalaj Stepwell
Stepwells, also called <i>vav</i> in Gujarati, were built between the 5th and 19th centuries, and functioned as the primary water source for villagers. The wells also served as venues for colourful festivals and sacred rituals.
The Adalaj stepwell was built in 1499 to curb the water crisis in the Adalaj village. This octagonal stepwell is five stories deep, and its floors, platforms, and galleries depict ornate carvings of Hindu mythology and geometrical motifs.
Location: Adalaj Rd, Adalaj, Gujarat 382421
Opening hours: 8am-6pm
Entry fee: Free
2. Swaminarayan Akshardham
<i>Akshardham</i> means the divine abode of God, and Swaminarayan Akshardham portrays the essence of Hindu mythology in its majestic architecture. Just a 40-minute drive away from Ahmedabad, it features well-tended gardens, a musical fountain, and a stepwell styled courtyard.
Location: Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092
Opening hours: 9.30am-6.30pm (except Mondays)
Entry fee: Free (excluding the Exhibition and Musical Fountain fees)
3. Amdavad ni Gufa
<u></u>Amdavad ni Gufa is a cool underground art gallery with a roof made of multiple interconnected domes that are inspired by soap bubbles and tortoise shells. The gallery space below resembles a mysterious underground cave, and is divided by irregular tree-like columns and metal human figures. The cave walls are brilliantly painted to resemble ancient cave paintings in a contemporary context. <b><u><br></br></u></b><br></br><b>Location:</b> Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus Opp Gujarat University campus, CEPT campus, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009<br></br><b>Opening hours:</b> 4pm-8pm (excluding Mondays and public holidays)<br></br><b>Entry fee:</b> Free</p> <p>
4. Kankaria Lake
Kankaria Lake is the second largest lake in Ahmedabad. Equipped with family-friendly activities like tethered balloon rides, toy trains, zoo, water park, a mini-golf course, and an amusement park, this lake area will provide an entertaining day out for the entire family. You can also unwind by having a picnic or taking a leisurely stroll around the peaceful park.
Location: Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujerat
Opening hours: 9am-10pm
Entry: Rs. 10 (adults), Rs. 5 (children)
5. Sarkhej Roza
Dubbed the 'Acropolis of Ahmedabad', Sarkhej Roza is a tomb and mosque complex featuring Islamic architectural elements interlaced with ornamental Hindu motifs. Sarkhej Roza was built around an artificial water body known as Sarkhej Lake, and was once a prominent centre of Sufi culture.
Location: Post Jeevraj Park, Sarkhej Makarba Rd, Makarba, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380051
Opening hours: 9am-6pm
Entry fee: Free
6. Dada Harir Stepwell
Built in 1499, the Dada Harir Stepwell has spiral staircases around its octagonal sidewalls that descend to multiple platform levels. It's five stories deep, and each floor is spacious enough for a large crowd to assemble. What's unique about this <i>vav</i> is that it also contains a mosque, a tomb, and a square pool at the bottom of the shaft.
Location: Hanumansingh Rd, Haripura, Asarwa, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380016
Opening hours: 9am-5pm
Entry fee: Free
7. Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
This beautiful mosque was built in 1573 during the last year of the Gujarat Sultanate, and is one of the most popular mosques in Ahmedabad. The architectural grandeur and flawless craftsmanship of this structure have attracted history buffs, art lovers, and photographers from all over the world. This mosque is known for its iconic latticework on yellow sandstone, which depicts intertwined trees and palm foliage.
Location: Bhadra Rd, Opposite Electricity House, Old City, Gheekanta, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001
Opening hours: 7am-6pm
8. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah I in 1424. The elegant design of the mosque represents a fusion of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, and its yellow sandstone was once part of some Hindu and Jain temples.
Location: Manek Chowk, Gandhi Rd, Danapidth, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001
Opening hours: 6am-8pm (closed during Namaz)
9. Parimal Garden
Parimal Garden features charming landscapes complete with a pond and fountain, kids playground, stone benches, and jogging trails. It provides a relaxing escape to those who wish to enjoy some fresh air and be immersed in nature.
Location: Parimal Cross Road, Panchavati Society, Ambawadi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380006
Opening hours: 8am-10pm
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