Monuments in AhmedabadThere is always an instance when you listen to the name of a city and the thing you associate with it the most strikes your mind. You associate Jaipur for its Dal Bati, Kolkata for its Roshogulla, Chennai for its Dosa or Hyderabad for its Biryani. Ultimately when it comes to travel, cuisine is taken over by the monuments. The Dal Bati of Jaipur gets taken over by the Hawa Mahal, Roshogulla is overtaken by the Writers Building and Hyderabadi Biryani by Char Minar and so on. A city is always associated with its monuments, and a similar case is with Ahmedabad as well.
If you were under the impression that Ahmedabad is limited only to its cuisine and shopping destinations, think again. The monuments in Ahmedabad are equally delightful as its cuisine and shopping. You cannot afford to miss these monuments if you really wish to have a ‘complete’ trip of Ahmedabad:
Dada Hari VavComplicated structures were the order of the day during those times. Dada Hari Vav, this 15th century structure is a stepped well and is considered to be the most complicated structure of Ahmedabad. This well, built during the reign of Mehmud Begda was intended to provide the travelers from far off areas, a place for relaxation coupled with cool drinking water.
Teen DarwazaSultan Ahmed Shah’s creation of the early 15th century is an excellent success on the counts of architectural designs. The monument has three beautifully constructed arches and domes which were meant to serve as an entrance to the royal Mughal family of Jehangir. It was from this place that Jehangir and his wife Nur Jahan witnessed the processions during Muharram.
Bhadra FortSultan Ahmed Shah could well be considered as the pioneer of the historic monuments of Ahmedabad. The Bhadra fort is one more addition to the list of all the monuments built by him. Legend goes on to say that the name is adopted from the nearby temple of goddess Bhadrakali. Another theory also mentions that the name was named after the ancient Rajput citadel after the state of Baroda. This is one more monument worthy of your visit.
Jhulta MinarNo! Jhulta Minar not a spoof of the historic structure of Qutub Minar in Delhi, but it possesses an identity of its own. A part of the Siddi Bashir Mosque, it is also known as the swaying minaret. The name is such as because on application of a little force on the upper arch, the minar sways. This has worked wonders as a place to visit, especially for the kids due to the swaying aspect.
Modhera Sun TempleThis 11th century epic depicts all the events of the historical epics, the sculptures, and the traditional erotic sculptures. This is an example of the traditional architectural style of the Solanki dynasty, who ruled during that era. It also has a pond known as the Surya Kund, which contains shrines dedicated to over 100 deities and it is also surrounded on three sides by the idols of Lord Ganesha and
Vishnu. A classical dance festival is held at the temple every year which is hosted by the Government of Gujarat.
It is these monuments that not only reflect the historic significance of the city of Ahmedabad, but also are a proof of the architectural geniuses present during those times. Visit these places to marvel at their talent and learning about history and our culture, so well kept!