Ahmedabad in pictures


Ahmedabad by night
Ahmedabad presents a unique blend of the past and the present. Situated along the banks of the Sabarmati River, this city is single-handedly responsible for 25 per cent of India's total textile output, earning it the moniker of being the 'Manchester of the East'. Founded in 1411 and named after its founder Sultan Ahmed Shah, Ahmedabad rose to importance as a trade and business hub after the British took over and set up textile mills. Today, this mini-metropolis is Gujarat's major city. A beautifully restored old world replete with beauty, museums and fine food.

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
The Sidi Sayed mosque in Ahmedabad is one of the most prominent in the country. Located close to Lal Darwaza, the mosque was constructed back in 1573. It was established by Sidi Sayed, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah. The structure comprises of ten semi circular windows, which are accentuated by a mesh popularly referred to as jali. Skilfully carved and splendid in its appearance, this monument has gained global recognition and is admired the world over for its delicate work and beautiful aesthetics. Most importantly, it is known for its stone tracery. 

jama Masjid
Located opposite Mahatma Gandhi Road, to the east of Teen Darwaza, Jama Masjid is the other stunning mosque in the city of Ahmedabad. Built in 1423 A.D, the Ahmedabad Jama Masjid was established by Sultan Ahmed Shah, who also founded the city. The entire structure has been built from yellow sandstone, and mirrors both Hindu and Muslim styles of design and architecture. Built with the remains of demolished Hindu and Jain temples, it is supported by 260 pillars and 15 domes, and is quite literally the heart of the city. 

Badhshah Hajira
Badshah Hajira is the mausoleum of King Ahmed Shah who once ruled Ahmedabad in the 15th century. He is also the founder after whom the city takes its name. Located amidst the hustle and bustle of Manek Chowk, just beside jama Masjid in the old city, it is a tribute to a great man. Constructed in a square shape with stone windows, precise and delicately carved craftsmanship, domes and soaring minarets, it is an exquisite work of art. 

Swaminarayan Temple
This is the first of the Swaminarayan sect temples to have been built. In 1822, the British government allotted land, and Swaminarayan himself entrusted the responsibility for the construction of the temple to Ananandanand Swami. The temple has been carved in Burmese teak, and every arch and bracket has been painted with bright colours, which is a defining characteristic of all Swaminarayan temples. There are several idols installed within, as well as a display of some of Swaminarayan's personal items and sculptures. The adjoining haveli houses quarters for pilgrims of the sect, and a special section for women which includes an area for ceremonies and teaching sessions to be held. Located near Kalupur in the eastern part of the old city, the Swaminarayan Temple juxtaposes the city's dull grey with a vibrant splash of colour. 

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