The Tin Darwaza or Triple Gateway at Ahmadabad, in Gujarat is located on MG Road near Jamu Masjid. It was constructed during the period of Sultan Ahmad Shah (r.1411-42) as the principle gateway to the Royal Square of the Palace complex. The three arches are 24 feet in height and 13 feet in width. The piers supporting this structure are 38 feet in height and 8 feet thick.
This Mosque was built by Sidi Saiyyad in 1572. It is well known for the carved widows design of intertwined trees and foliage. This intricately carved stone window is cut and carved from a single piece of stone.
The step well in Ahmedabad (north near Gandhinagar) was built by Ruda, wife of the Vaghela chief, Virsinh is an amazing stone architectural wonder built with interlocking stone and no cement. The “Vavas” or step wells have seven stories. Step wells were the air conditioned malls of their day. It was the place gather, lodge and hang out and escape the heat. These step wells would store water for times of drought.
The Adalaj step-well is a popular tourist attraction of the city and is situated 18 km. north of Ahmedabad. The well was built in 1499 A.D. by Queen Rudabai. The step well or Vav, as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is five stories deep. The carvings on its walls and pillars include, leaves, flowers and birds. This step well was frequented by travellers and caravans as stopovers along ancient trade routes.
Gandhiji , the Father of our nation lived in this Ashram on the banks of river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad. You can get a glimpse of one of the greatest men in history in the adjoining ashram museum. You will need atleast three hours to do justice to this amazing place.
One of the finest Jain temples you will ever find.It is situated right in the heart of Ahmedabad City in Gujarat. The rock carvings are so intricate that you will be left speechless. The Jain religion is one of the most ancient religions of the world .Jains worship the twenty-four 'Thirthankars' or apostles.
11th Century Sun Temple was built by King Bhimdev, and designed so that the early morning sun would shine down on the image of Surya, the Sun God, during the equinoxes. Inside are erotic sculptures. The outside of the temple has intricate carvings.
Set in front of the temple is a huge, sunken rectangular baoli, that contains about 100 shrines.
A three day dance festival is held each January at this complex.
For anyone interested in architecture, as I am, there are some world famous buildings by Kahn and Le Corbusier in Ahmedabad.
The Indian Institute of Management Building (1962-74) is a perfect blend of traditional Islamic architecture with modern pure geometric shapes.It faces on to a wide grass lined square.The large rounded window shapes are very effective, and draw the eye.
The Millers Association Building (1956) has concrete framework on both sides,is 3 stories high and its geometric design incorporates good use of light and shadow. It blends well with traditional Indian architecture.
Sanskar Kendra Museum(1957) This spiral-shaped structure stands on pillars surrounding a grassy courtyard.It has a ramp which lead upwards towards the second floor. The lines of the building are clean and crisp.
Having had a lifelong interest in the great man, it was amazing to visit this Ashram & museum. It is set in a peaceful grove on the banks of the river, and has been so well preserved that if Gandhi himself had appeared, I would not have been surpised. We saw his room, with his spinning wheel, bed & sandals...where he ate & where he slept ( he stayed here mainly from 1939 onwards) And this is the place that he set out from on his famous Salt March. The grounds of the ashram are filled with trees & birds , and very peaceful.
The city of Ahmadabad lies in the state of Gujarat. As such it is wll connected to both the political centre, Delhi and the Business centre, Bombay.
This may well have been some of the thinking behind Gandhi's decision to base his 'Ashram' here. As explained during a similar project in South Africa, the world only means community/village but it could stand for the world. The creation of this community was central to him developing his idea on Indian Independence.
It was from here that he set out on the famous 'Salt Marches' in the 1930's that began to bring the campaign for Home rule to a world audience. The events are faithfully re-created in the film 'Gandhi' by Richard Attenborough.
His decision to site his ashram both by a calming river and within earshot of a prison used by the British to lock up dissenters was an inspired choice.
The various displays and exhibitions are well laid out, and many orginal arefacts of the great man remain.
I don't think it is possible to understand the country without a deeper understanding of this character, even if modern India is now has ideals far removed from the Mahatmas thoughts.
As Albert Einstein said "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a man as this, did in flesh and blood, walk on this earth"
Meeting Amrit-ji was amazing because he was able to tell us what he saw Gandhi-ji do on day to day basis. I've read alot about what Gandhi-ji did, but getting a first hand account of some of the jokes he said and the way hi talked to people in general was cool.
Amrit-ji is now leading a youth group that works with rural villages in Gujarat.
Manav Sadhna a NGO that works with under privledged children works at the Gandhi Ashram and you can meet people that have been inspired by Gandhi-ji at any time of the day.
there are lots of places to see for architects. i would advice going to the school of architecture, CEPT university which is in the university area. you could get directions to various places from there.
must see would include- IIM by Louis Kahn; ATMA/Millowners Association (Ashram Road), Sanskar Kendra Museum (Paldi), Sarabhai House (Shahibaug) and Shodhan house (Ellis bridge) by Le Corbusier. it is difficult to get permission to get into the houses. contact people at CEPT for this. Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya (Gandhi Ashram) by charles correa, Sangath (Drive in), Museum of indology (University), Doshi-hussein ni gufa (university), Gandhi Labour Institute (drive-in) etc. by doshi, Centre for Environmental Education CEE (Near Jodhpur tekra) by Neelkanth chhaya.
there are many more, these are just a few that i can think off hand.
there are 2 step wells ('vav's) that you should not miss while in ahmedabad. they are the adalaj step well which is on the sarkhej gandhinagar highway and the dada harir ni vav which is in the city. it is good to see these places in the afternoon as it can get quite dark in the evenings.
(Ahmedabad) Ahmedabad Calico Museum (Ahmedabad) Dada Hari Vav (Ahmedabad) Gandhi Ashram (Ahmedabad)
Hatheesing Jain Temple (Ahmedabad) Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad) Jama Masjid (Ahmedabad) Kankaria Lake (Ahmedabad) Little Rann Of Kutch (Around Ahmedabad)
Lothal (Around Ahmedabad) Modhera (Around Ahmedabad) Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary ( Ahmedabad) NC Mehta Museum of Miniatures (Ahmedabad) Patan (Around Ahmedabad)
Pols (Ahmedabad) Raj Babri Mosque (Ahmedabad) Rani Rupmati's Mosque (Ahmedabad) Rani Sipiri Mosque (Ahmedabad) Sarkhej (Ahmedabad)
Sarkhej Roza (Ahmedabad) Sidi Bashir Mosque & Shaking Minarets (Ahmedabad) Sidi Saiyad Mosque (Ahmedabad) Teen Darwaza (Ahmedabad) Tombs of Ahmed Shah & his Queens (Ahmedabad ].u will come across shopping places when u visit this places.
The ruins of the 11th century Sun Temple at Modhera in North Gujarat, are an impressive sight. It stands on a knoll in the village of Modhera, eighteen miles south of Anhilvad, the former Hindu capital of Gujarat. Modhera was evidently a site of great importance at one time.
The style in which the temple was built bears a strong resemblance to that of the Jain temples at Mount Abu. The outer walls of the temple are covered with sculptures in which figures of Lord Surya are naturally prominent
The idea that inspired the festival is to present classical dance forms in an atmosphere similar to that in which these were originally presented. So successful was the presentation, that a decision was taken to make it an annual event.
The Dance Festival is scheduled to be held during the third week of January every year, after the festival of Uttarayan.