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INTRODUCTION

The city of Ahmedabad, situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River, is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. It has been a magnificent medieval capital, a centre of trade and commerce, a city visited by

many medieval travelers, an early modern industrial centre, and an important site on the map of India's struggle for independence.
Today, it is a city known for its great institutions of learning, and the many monuments that dot its landscape. Ahmedabad is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage City.

HISTORY

Due to its strategic location on a trade route which crossed the port-cities of Khambayat (Cambay), Surat, and Bharucha, and its proximity to the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad was sought after by many kings and dynasties. It was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411. Since then, it has expanded westward beyond the walled city to areas across the Sabarmati River, forming the newer part of Ahmedabad

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CITY TALES

The foundation of Ahmedabad was laid at the Manek Burj, which today lies in the heart of the walled city. Take a look at the map and you will notice that most of the older structures lie to the east of the Sabarmati, while the newer institutions that make up this city can be found on the western bank. The site of Sarkhej, on the west bank, is an exception, and was considered to be on the outskirts of medieval Ahmedabad.

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KEY

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Built Heritage

Streets and Bazaars

Living Traditions

Natural Heritage

People/Personalities/Institutions

 

×BHADRA FORT

This fort complex was among the first structures to be constructed in Ahmedabad.

 

×JAMA MASJID

It is said that this mosque was once the largest mosque of its time.

 

×BADSHAH NO HAJIRO

This white marble structure is the resting place of the Founder of Ahmedabad.

 

×RANI NO HAJIRO

The walls of this tomb complex are adorned with an element that is considered unique to Ahmedabad’s craft tradition.

 

×RANI RUPMATI MASJID

This beautiful mosque was built in the memory of a Queen of Ahmedabad.

 

×RANI SIPRI’S MOSQUE AND TOMB

Historians and medieval travellers have given this elegant mosque and tomb complex an equally elegant title.

 

×SIDI SAIYYED'S MOSQUE AND TOMB

This mosque has played many roles in the five centuries that it has existed.

 

×HOUSE OF MG

This traditional Ahmedabadi mansion that is a familiar spot for many Ahmedabadis, now functions as a heritage hotel.

 

×JHULTA MINAR

These specially-designed minarets have enthralled visitors to the city for centuries.

 

×DUTCH AND ARMENIAN TOMBS

These unassuming tombs are a reminder of the city's links to a European trade power.

 

×GUJARI BAZAAR

This weekly market from the reign of Sultan Ahmed Shah I, has seen many resurrections over the centuries.

 

×IIM - AHMEDABAD

This is one of the country’s leading educational institutions - its beautiful campus is the result of an interesting collaboration.

 

×KITE MUSEUM

This Kite Museum houses collections that feature prominently in one of Gujarat's most renowned festivals.

 

×MANEK CHOWK

The bustling centre of the walled city is named after a legendary Saint.

 

×SABARMATI RIVER

The Sabarmati River originates in the Aravali Hills and flows through Ahmedabad on its way to the Arabian Sea.

 

×TEEN DARWAZA

A royal ceremony at this grand and imposing gateway once attracted a Mughal emperor to it.

 

×ANASUYA SARABHAI

This trade union leader and social activist, known around Ahmedabad as ‘Motaben’ or Elder Sister, is one of the city’s most notable personalities.

 

×ATMA HOUSE

This building was designed by an architect who is famous for having designed Chandigarh - the capital of the northern states of Punjab and Haryana.

 

×CALICO MUSEUM OF TEXTILES

This museum tells the story of an industry that is central to Ahmedabad’s heritage, one that has earned it the title of the 'Manchester of the East’.

 

×CHINTAMANI PARSVNATH TEMPLE

This 18th century Jain Temple was once the scene of political tension the 17th century

 

×DALPATRAM

This intersection in the walled city is named after the first modern Gujarati playwright, who is today considered a pioneer in the world of Gujarati literature.

 

×ELLIS BRIDGE

This historic bridge changed the map of Ahmedabad in the 19th century.

 

×HUTHEESING JAIN TEMPLE

The design of this Jain Temple is a combination of architectural beauty, and scientific planning.

 

×KAGAZI BAZAAR

The Kagazi- or paper-bazaar sells a very specific inventory.

 

×KANKARIA LAKE

This man-made lake from the 15th century is the site of many legends.

 

×MAHATMA GANDHI

Mahatma Gandhi, the beloved ‘Father of the Nation’ lived in Ahmedabad from 1915 to 1930.

 

×MATA BHAVANI VAV

This stepwell marks an important site in the history of Ahmedabad.

 

×MATA NI PACHEDI

A centuries-old cultural tradition is practiced by a certain community, by the banks of the Sabarmati in Ahmedabad.

 

×MUHARAT POL

This is the first neighbourhood of the walled city.

 

×SABARMATI ASHRAM

This plain, utilitarian riverside ashram was the site of many endeavours that ultimately culminated in the Indian Independence Movement.

 

×SHREE SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE

This is the first temple of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism.

 

×STOCK EXCHANGE OF AHMEDABAD

This British-era monument was once one of the most powerful institutions in Ahmedabad’s financial landscape. It changed the way business dealings were conducted in the city.

 

×DR. VIKRAM SARABHAI

Ahmedabad was the birthplace of the scientist who is considered the Father of the Indian Space Programme.

 

×ASHAVALI SAREES

 An opulent textile was born in the environs of the old town of Ashaval and was considered luxurious enough to adorn both royalty and their palaces.

 

×DABGARWAD

This area is named after a community that migrated to Ahmedabad in the 15th century, to provide a very specialised service.

 

×SHAH-E-ALAM ROZA

The Sufi legacy of Ahmedabad is on display at this complex on the outskirts of the walled city.

 

×SARKHEJ ROZA

This complex was once called the ‘Acropolis of Ahmedabad’, by one of its most notable admirers- the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.

Glimpses of Ahmedabad