Sightseeing in Ahmedabad.
Touring Mosques, Tombs and Temples in the old city area of Ahmedabad. About wandering round the streets looking at markets and old buildings clustered near Bhadra Fort within the old part of the city.
Bhadra Fort Ahmedabad. This indian fort is located quite close to the river in the heart of Ahmedabad's
Old City area and has several very large and busy markets around it. Bhadra Fort was built during 1411 A.D. under the auspices of Sultan Ahmad Shah. Currently the fort is used by a variety of Government departments and so the internal areas are not normally open to visitors however if you ask at the entrance door then you can often be allowed to go up onto the roof which you do by means
of a narrow winding staircase. Up on the roof there are good views of the markets and buildings below as well as the fort's battlements - also looking down you can see the terraced living quarters. There is no entrance fee but you are expected to throw a 50 or so Rupee note to the doorman as a thank you.
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Ahmedabad old building
Cow and cart?
Christ Church Mirzapur
Triple Arch Gate
Ahmed Shah's Mosque - Ahmedabad - Ahmed Shah 1 was the founder of Ahmedabad and this mosque was built in 1414. It is quite a small mosque set in enclosed gardens and has seats around the central tank so ideal for a quiet sit. The mosque was originally the Royal Household's private place of worship.
Jami Masjid (Mosque) in Ahmedabad Old City. The Mosque is located just beyond Three Arch Gate. Built in 1424 it is a typically beautiful mosque of those times with an enormous courtyard, covered walkways and a central tank. The mosque's 256 pillars are covered with Hindu carvings and these pillars support the 15 domes of the prayer hall (Qibla) - natural light is filtered through latticed screens.
Sidi Sayyid's Mosque at Ahmedabad. Sidi Sayyids Mosque was built in 1573 and is situated on a busy road junction east of Nuhru Bridge. The mosque has tanks just inside the gate and shoes must be left there - women are not allowed to go any further into the courtyard which is an annoyance since one of the main features of the mosque are the latticed screens which can only just be seen from this point. There are ten beautiful lattice work Jali the best of which are the two high semi-circular ones on the western wall. One of these lattices has a
carving showing the Tree of Life. The stonework shows Hindu myths carved by Hindu and Jain craftsmen which is a typical feature in many early Islamic buildings.
Mosque and Tomb of Rani Sipri in Ahmedabad. This mosque is also known as Masjid-e-Nagina (Jewel of the Crown). This lovely mosque was built in 1514 on the orders of Queen Rani Sabrai. This is a small mosque which shows a huge Hindu influence with it's elegantly proportioned and slender carved minarets. The Queen's grave is sheltered by a pillared mausoleum which is set within small grounds.
Sidi Saiyyad Mosque
Tree of Life
Sidi Saiyyad Mosque
Rani Sipri Minarets
Rani Sipri Mosque
Rani Rupmati Mosque at Ahmedabad. Rani Rupmati's Mosque constructed in the mid 15th century and dedicated to the Sultan's Hindu wife. The mosque contains elements of both Hindu and Islamic design and there are perforated stone screens which provide privacy for women. Entrance is via steps and a gate which is set in a small garden (which has seating by the water tank).
Qutbuddin's Mosque in Ahmedabad Old City. Qutbuddins Mosque - also known as Pattharwali Masjid - was constructed during the reign of Sultan Muhammed Shah II in 1449 A.D.. The mosque has five large domes and ten smaller domes and there are five arched entrances - the central dome has two moulded minars. The mosque has quite a "fort" look about it perhaps because the builder was Mukhtass Ul Mulk who was a commander in the army.
Rani Rupavati Mosque
and shaking minarets
Bai Harir Mosque
Bibiji Mosque. Built by Makhdu-ma-i-Jahan who was Sultan Qutbuddin's mother - the mosque looks like a fortified building and the entrance has two minarets one of which is damaged. There is a sign which says "do not shake the minarets"
Alif Shah's Mosque at Ahmedabad.
(right). Alif Shahs is a fairly small mosque and somewhat hidden away amongst the markets and general chaos which exists around Bhadra Fort and Three Arch Gate. Unusual
compared to the many mosques situated around Ahmedabad's Old City which are generally quite dull looking the exterior of Alif Shah's mosque has been painted in white with green trimmings.
Most of the mosques have been built from sandstone - although initially yellowish and soft so easily carved the sandstone gradually gets harder and much darker due to exposure to the elements and of course
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Hatheesing Temple are two particularly beautiful temple complexes to look at in Ahmedabad. One of the interesting things is how different the bright colourful temples shown below are in contrast to the heavy dull look of Ahmedabad's fort-like mosques.
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: This very colourful Swaminarayan Sampraday (Hindu sect) Temple is located in Ahmedabad's Old City at Dariapur. Built in 1822 the temple looks as though it's constructed from white marble - it has many beautiful teak carvings and the variety of arches and brackets are all brightly coloured.
The Hatheesing Temple in the Old City at Ahmedabad.: This beautiful temple is located close to Delhi Gate in Ahmedabad's Old City and is open daily between 0900 and 1700 although it is closed from 13-1400hrs for lunch. The temple was constructed in 1850 A.D. by a wealthy Jain merchant called Seth Hatheesing and is dedicated to Lord Dharmanath (the 15th Jain Tirthankara) although curiously the temple is actually named after the merchant rather than the
Tirthankara himself. Constructed from brilliant white marble the temple is adorned with quite a few intricate carvings.
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