Rani no HajiroIn the hustle and bustle of the Manek Chowk, which brims with people as a market by day and some more people as the foodie’s heaven by night, lies a place undisturbed for the members of the erstwhile royal family who lay there in their tombs. Located right opposite the Badshah no Hajiro (Raja no Hajiro), it is located in the narrow lanes, surrounded by shops that sell goods meant for the temple and worship.
Rani-no-Hajiro or the Queen’s mausoleum hosts the tombs of all the ladies of the royal family of Sultan Ahmed Shah. It is believed to have been built in 1445 AD by Sultan Ahmed Shah, the founder of Ahmedabad and is said to have eight tombs including the tomb of Bibi Mughali, who was the wife of ruler Ahmed Shah; Mirki Bibi, the sister of Bibi Mughali and; Haazra Bibi, who was the wife of Sayed Ali Mira Datar, a saint and a martyr.
The Rani no Hajiro is an open courtyard that is surrounded by a circular arcade. The pillars of the monument bear intricately carved patterns, bringing out amazing designs and textures. The carved windows create a beautiful effect of light-play as the sunlight penetrates through them. You will also find stray graffiti made by visitors on the tomb walls, damaging heritage structures.
In the centre of the mausoleum, directly under the sun light lies the tomb of the queen along with other women from the royal family and her relatives. Also her cook, pets and other servants are out to rest in the mausoleum. One can enjoy the visual treat of the inlay work of mother of pearl and metal carvings, beautifully enhancing the edifice. The tombs are made of marble stones and are covered by colorful silk cloth and flowers. Initially the tombs were decorated with precious metals and stones, embedded on them. These were however stolen during various invasions on the territory.
Rani no Hajiro, has a calm and serene ambiance that remains undisturbed by the ever busy old city area outside its walls. You should definitely make a pit stop here, to revel in the beautiful architecture of the mausoleum and the intricate carvings adorning the walls. The care taker will be more than happy to give you a little story about the monument and a glimpse of the long gone royal era. Of course not all of these stories are authentic, and are most likely hear-say, but they are surely entertaining. A very important tip for the traveler: Managing to find a parking space is a difficult task in the old city; you may consider public transport, rickshaws or taxis.
Location: Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad
Open Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM
Entry fees: no charges
How to reach Rani no Hajiro:
By Rail: The main railway station is located in Kalupur area and is connected to all major cities of India.
By Air: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport, Ahmedabad is an international airport with direct flights to most international hubs. The Domestic airport connects all major Indian cities too.