Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The largest city in the state, Ahmedabad has played a significant role in the history of Gujarat over the years. Sitting on the banks of the River Sabarmati, the rich history of Ahmedabad continues to influence the way the city is shaping itself today.
For lovers of history, there is a lot to see in and around the city. Here are a few significant sights one should make time for during their time in Ahmedabad.
Book a hotel in Ahmedabad and use it as a base to go visit the Somnath Temple. It is famous for having been resurrected 17 times since it was first built. Home to one of the 12 Jyotirlings of India, it is believed that the original temple was built by the moon god and was made entirely of gold. After having been razed to the ground, Ravana rebuilt it in silver and then Krishna rebuilt it in wood. In 1026 AD, it was looted for the first time by Mahmud Ghazni, followed by Afzal Khan and then Aurangzeb. The temple has been looted and destroyed a total 17 times.
The Sabarmati River and Ashram
Sabarmati Ashram is a minimalistic place which every tourist coming to Ahmedabad must visit. Also known as Gandhi Ashram or Satyagraha Ashram, this was one of the former residences of Mahatma Gandhi. Having spent about 12 years at the ashram, with his wife Kasturba, it is from here that he led the Dandi March. It was one of the most notable revolutions of our country, which eventually contributed to India winning its independence from the British Raj. Today, the government has established this ashram as a national monument. You can easily get directions to the ashram from your hotel in Ahmedabad.
Literally translated to Ruby Bastion, this is the foundation bastion of the Bhadra Fort. Named after the 15th century Hindu saint Maneknath, Manek Burj was laid down back in 1411 by Ahmed Shah. 53 feet high, it once contained a stepwell, also known as Manek Kuva, which was 77 feet around.
An integral part of the history of old Ahmedabad, this mosque is one of the largest in the Indian subcontinent. Built by Ahmed Shah, the inscription on the Mihrab of the mosque commemorates its inauguration that took place on January 4th, 1424. This place of worship was originally built only for the private use of the sultans.
The Gates of Ahmedabad were built at different time periods and were designed to act as entrances to the walled city. Today, the areas around these gates have adopted the name of the gate as its locality. With gorgeous carvings, calligraphy and exquisite balconies, Even though the city walls have been long demolished, the gates are protected as monuments, enriched with gorgeous carvings, calligraphy and exquisite balconies.
Book a hotel in Ahmedabad and venture on a historical journey of this enchanting city in the state of Gujarat.