Ahmedabad - a city founded in the 15th century during the reign of Moghuls. At one time known as the Manchester of India, a city rich in history and known for its traditions of hospitality and entertainment.

For the business traveller, Ahmedabad also known as the "Textile City" has been an important centre of commerce and industry since the days of the Raj, which is fast converting into a business hub. It sits in the heart of an Economic Development Zone that draws business all year round. Plus, with the convenience of being well connected to all major cities in india, it is no wonder that Ahmedabad is rapidly becoming the destination of choice among savvy business travellers of the world.
Places of Interest
Sabarmati Ashram:
Sabarmati Ashram (Gujarati: સાબરમતી આશ્રમ also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or Satyagraha Ashram) is located in the Ahmedabad suburb of Sabarmati and on the western banks of the Sabarmati River. This was one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It was from there that he started the Dandi March in 1930.
The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque:
The Sidi Saiyyed mosque, built in 1573, is one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad. The mosque was built by Sidi Saiyyed, who was a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah.

The mosque was built in the last year of the Sultanate of Gujarat. The mosque is entirely arcuated. The mosque has ten screen windows (jalis) on the side and rear arches. The rear wall is filled with square stone pierced panels in geometrical designs. The two bays flanking the central aisle have reticulated stone slabs carved in designs of intertwined trees and foliage and a palm motif. This intricately carved stone window is called the Sidi Saiyyed Jali.
Jumma Masjid:
Jumma Masjid of Ahmedabad is one of the most beautiful mosques in India. It was built in the year 1423 by the founder of the city, Sultan Ahmed Shah, and is located in the old city. Built in yellow sandstone, this monument is capable of outshining any other monument of Ahmedabad. Jama Masjid is a fine example of Indo Saracenic architecture, with the special touch of the Sultan himself. It presents an extraordinary blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.

The historians refer to it as the most beautiful mosque of the east. It is an imposing structure in the center of the old city and rests on 260 pillars, supporting fifteen domes. The splendid mosque took approximately 13 years to get fully constructed. It is indeed a master piece of the Ahmedabadi eclectic style. Mesmerized by its beauty, Sir John Marshal classified it as a classic example of architecture of its time in the entire world.

Jumma Masjid has a white marble courtyard, with a pool in the center. There is a huge archway in the front. The mosque is dotted by a number of striking pillars, adorned with intricate carvings. These pillars form exact quadrangles for kneeling during Namaz (prayer ceremony) on Fridays. The domes and the mesh on the windows have been carefully carved to provide enough illumination in the main prayer hall, without direct sunlight.
The Shaking Minarets:
The Shaking Minarets, Ahmedabad or the Jhulta Minar is one of the most unique monuments in Ahmedabad. Located in Siddi Bashir’s Mosque near the Sarangpur gate this is one of the beautiful tourist places in the city. Sultan Siddi Bashir constructed the Siddi Bashir’s Mosque and the minarets in the year 1461. Though there a number of myths surrounding the Jhulta Minar or the Shaking Minarets, Ahmedabad yet according to popular belief it was done to avoid the earthquakes. It is said that a European Sanskrit scholar, Monier M Williams noticed that the minarets are shaking. So this led to the name of Shaking Minarets or Jhulta Minar.
Hatheesing Jain Temple:
A rich Jain merchant built this temple outside Delhi Gate in 1850. It is built of pure white marble and profusely decorated with rich carvings, dedicated to Dharamnath, the 15th Jina or Jain apostle.

Built outside Delhi Gate by Sheth Hatheesing, this is the best known of Ahmedabad's many ornate Jain Temples. Built of pure white marble, it has a paved courtyard surrounded by an imposing row of cloisters containing 52 shrines, each with an image of a tirthankara, profusely decorated with rich carvings, one containing the marble image of the 15th tirthankar. The temple is a two-storied structure with elaborate porches on three sides and front porch crowned by a large dome. It was designed by Premchand Salat and is dedicated to Dharmanath, the fifteenth Jina or Jain apostle. It was built at a cost of Rs 10 Lakhs, a sum unimaginable in those days.
Kankariya Lake:
Kankaria is the biggest lake of the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. With an approximate circumference of 1.4 miles, it represents the regale history of Ahmedabad. It is located in the southern part of the city in Maninagar area, which is the most densely populated suburb of the city, mostly consisting of middle class people. Kankaria was built by sultan Ahmed Shah whose name accounts for the name of Ahmedabad City. At one point of the circular lake, there opens a walkway which later merges into a garden called Nagina Wadi (means beautiful garden in Urdu) that is located in the center of the lake.
Sarkhej Roza:

Sarkhej Roza comprises one of the most elegant and unique architectural complexes of Ahmedabad. In its architecture, Sarkhej Roza is an example of the early Islamic architectural culture of the region, which fused Islamic stylistic influences from Persia with indigenous Hindu and Jain features to form a composite “Indo-Saracenic” architectural style. The architectural style of Sarkhej Roza is a precursor to the Mughal period in a true amalgamation of Hindu, Jain and Islamic styles. Hindu craftsmanship and construction know-how was overlaid on Islamic sense of geometry and scale. The Roza Complex at Sarkhej was built at the advent of Sultanate era.

Akshardham - Gandhinagar:
Akshardham, the highlight of Gandhinagar houses a beautiful Swaminarayan temple, with a theme park containing tableaux of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The village Pethapur outside Gandhinagar is known for its woodcarving and traditional textile block printing. It is a unique cultural complex. Inspired by H. D. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Akshardham is a miracle worked by the service and devotion of thousands of volunteers. The entire monument was built without the use of steel. Besides a 7 feet gold leafed idol of Lord Swaminarayan and his holy relics, there are three exhibitions on Indian Culture with light and sound shows, a multimedia show and an animatronics show. Games, rides and food refreshments are other attractions of Akshardham.
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