The State of Gujarat in the North West corner of India appears to have been jutting out into the Arabian Sea. With an area around 2 lakh sq.km. and population over 40 million, this prosperous State is believed to have been the home of vegetarian delights and Industrious people. Its Capital is Gandhinagar and the best season to visit this land of Gandhi and Patel is between Octobers to March. This State dominates in textile industry and making big strides in other fields such as chemicals, petro-chemicals, fertilizers. drugs, pharmaceuticals, dye-stuffs and engineering goods. There is a Gujarati saying which says that Gujarat’s wealth hangs on three threads silk, gold and cotton. There are hiany places evoking tourist’s interest. Some of them have been described below
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If modern times call it ‘the Manchester of India’, Sir Thomas Roe, the British Ambassador in Jahangir’s Court had described it in the following way about 400 years ago. “It is a goodly city as large as London; it is the handsomest town in Hindustan, perhaps in the wor1d although not as beautiful, the city shows the judious blend of the various faiths prospering in the land. The places worth visiting in the city are:
Sidi Saiyed Mosque
A fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture, it was built by Sidi Saiyed, a slave of Ahmad Shah in 1572. Its most striking feature is the pierced marble windows with fine workmanships.
Ahmad Shah Mosque
It is the earliest mosque of the city built by Ahmad-Shah in 1414. It has been built and embellished with stones, pillars and sculpture of a Hindu or jain Temple.
Rani Roopmati Mosque
An excellent example of the Indo Islamic architecture, it was built in 1430 and named after Sultan’s Hindu Queen Rupmati. Its towering minarets were partially pulled down by the 1819 earthquake.
Rani Sipri Mosque
Built one of the Rani of Mahmud Bagharra in 1514, it is also called Masjid-e-Nagina’ because of its super workmanship and design.
Situated outside the Sarangpur Gate, they are part of the Sidi Bashir Mosque. When any one of these shaking minarets is shaken by applying a little force, the other also begin to shake.
A Jam temple built in 1848 by Kesarising and Hatheesing, the shrine is dedicated to Dharamnath, the 15th Teerthankar. The complex reminds the visitors of the lain Temples in Dilwara at Mt. Abu.
This step well was built in 1489 by Queen Radabai, a queen of Waghela Dynasty. A series of steps leads down to the water. Its walls and pillars are richly decorated with carvings of leaves, flowers, birds, fish and other ornate designs. It is a five storey structure meant for providing cool and secluded chambers during hot summer months.
It is one of the most fascinating architectural edifices that Ahmedabad has. Built in 1445 this monument is famous for its huge central dome and finely carved brass lattices.
This artificial polygonal lake built in 1451 by Sultan Quth-ud-din was once graced by the frequent visits of Emperor Jahangir and his Chief Begum Nur Jahan. Now it is a popular picnic spot and has a zoo, a library, mirror house and a children’s park.
The Cathedral of Friday Mosque, built in 1423 by Ahmad Shah, is one of the finest and biggest mosques of India.
Shah Alam Mausoleum
This another beautiful monument dedicated to the Saint Shah Alam of Betwa, was built by Sultan Mehmood Bagharra. St. Shah Alain was a spiritual teacher and guide of Bagharra. It is said that its dome was set with jewels and gold by the brother of Nurjehan.
This main gate in the east wall- known as Teen Darwaja or triple archway has been a silent witness to Ahmedahad’s past glory and military achievement. Its strong bastions and finely carved designs are beautiful.
The modern temple of the greatest man of our time, Mahatma Gandhi, is situated on the serene west bank of the river Sabarmati. It was here that Gandhiji lived from 1918 to 1930. The little cottage where Mahatmaji lived Hridaya Kunj is now a national monument and preserved as it was during Bapu’s time.
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