On Saturday, the 606-year-old walled city of Ahmedabad was declared a World Heritage City by the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO in a meeting in Poland’s Krakwo.
The walled city situated on the banks of Sabarmati River represents a rich architectural heritage dating back to the sultanate period, most significantly the Bhadra citadel, the gates and walls of the fort city, and numerous tombs and mosques, and the wonderful Temples constructed in the later periods. There are around 2600 heritage sites and around two dozen ASI protected monuments and sites in the Ahmedabad that makes it a buff for history lovers, and an intriguing highlight for many travelers.
So, as the 606-year-old city joined the club of heritage cities like Paris, Edinburg, Cairo, Bhaktpur (Nepal) and Galle (Sri Lanka), here is our dig at the top five attractions of the city you must explore on your trip to this UNESCO World Heritage City.
Let’s take a look:
Also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or Satyagraha Ashram, the Sabarmati Ashram is situated in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati suburb. It served as one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), who lived here with his wife Kasturba Gandhi for about 12 years. The Sabarmati Ashram also served as a base for the Dandi March, also known as the Salt Satyagraha in the 1930 on 12th March. Owing to the ashram’s significant influence on the Indian independence movement, it has been established as a national monument by the Indian government. The ashram also houses the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya – museum which focuses on the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
Formerly Hauz e Qutub, the Kankaria Lake is the second largest lake in the city of Ahmedabad, located in the Maninagar area. The Lake was initially built in the 15th century by Sultan Qutubuddin and was used by the kings for bathing during those times. A lakefront featuring a zoo, toy train, kid’s city, tethered balloon ride, water park, food stalls, and many other entertainment options has been built around the lake, which makes it one of the famous attractions of the city. The Nagina Wadi is another famous highlight of the Kankaria lake. It is basically an island situated at the center of the lake, with a small summer palace that can be accessed by a straight tree lined walkway. Also, a musical fountain with multicolored laser lights are displayed here during night. The Kankaria Carnival held during December is an important highlight of the lake which ensures week-long fun and fervor to the visitors
Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad
Also known as Jami or Jumma Mosque, the Jama Masjid was built in 1424 and is one of the greatest mosques of its times in Indian Subcontinent. It was originally built by the sultans for their private use. Made using yellow sandstone, the Jama masjid was built on a large rectangular courtyard and features three entrances. A perfect exemplar of the Islamic architectural style, the mosque is a National Monument of Importance and one of the most popular attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Ahmedabad.
The Manek Chowk is a notable city square in Old Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Named after saint Maneknath, the Chowk transforms from a vegetable market in the morning to a bullion market in the noon and to one of the best street food markets at night. It is one of the few food streets to be open till midnight and loved for its bhajipau, local sandwiches, dosa, and many Gujarati cuisines. Some of the most famous historical structures and attractions located within vicinity to the Manek Chowk are Baba Maneknath Temple, Badshah no Hajiro, Rani no Hajiro, Mahurat Pol and the Ahmedabad Stock Exchange Building.
One of the most significant architectural wonders of the city, the Adalaj Vav is a seven-storied structure in the shape of a well. A popular excursion spots in Ahmedabad, the Adalaj or the stepwells of Adalaj are situated at a distance of 19 km from the city of Ahmedabad. One of the most famous attractions of the city, the Adalaj Vav is 75. 3 meters in length, features 16 pillars and comprises four shrines, door, windows and balconies. Constructed by Queen Rudabai, the Adalaj Vav also features an inscription in Sanskrit, which depicts the entire history of the monument.
Intrigued? Well! then what else are you waiting for, plan your trip to this newly declared UNESCO World Heritage City and enjoy a trip like never before with Gujarat Tourism.