Sidi Saiyyed Mosque Ahmedabad – Ahmedabad, also known as Amdavad is the biggest and former capital of Indian state Gujarat. The city itself lies upon the river Sabarmati.
Visiting this city, you will experience the old and the modern, a bit of chaos and a bit of peacefulness. This city will serve for all of your senses with its diversity, as it is an industrial center, but is also full of historic building and old times the charm in the old part of the town.
It is full of nature, but at the same time, it’s pretty busy, with all of its inhabitants roaming around and getting their daily chores done. So surely, there are many things to see and experience in Ahmedabad, such a: Jhulta Minar – One of the world wonders
Jhulta Minar or also known as the Shaking Minarets is a famous tourist attraction. It’s placed among 9 need to see the list of Ahmedabad.
It’s a part of a former Muslim mosque Sidi Bashir, which was constructed somewhere along 1452 either by Sidi Bashir, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah or by Malik Sarang, a noble in the court of Mahmud Begada, also a Sultan of Gujarat.
The building was destroyed in 1753 in a war between the Marathas and the Khan of Gujarat Sultanate, and only the two minarets and an arched central gateway connecting the minarets remained. Jhulta Minar is constructed in Gothic Muslim style with Rajputana influence.
These minarets are the tallest in Ahmedabad, 34 meters long, and even though the stairs leading to the minaret top suffered a great deal of damage over the time, they are still in use.
A bit of shaking of one minaret results in shaking of the other minaret over the time of few seconds, but the arched connection remains still.
Jhulta Minar is stationed very near to a railway station, and even though the time has left its toll on the building, they are still able to withstand all the fast trains passing by on a daily basis.
These building has been intriguing the world more than 500 years, making many people and scientist wonder what is the architecture behind the minarets.
One Englishman almost had the whole building down, just to try to learn the way minarets are made, and what exactly made the minarets shake whilst their connection seems to stay still.
Jhulta Minar has no entry fee, it takes about one to two hours to soak in all of its beauty. The minarets are open for public visitors from 5:30 AM to 9:00 PM.
Sidi Saiyyed Mosque – a quiet and beautiful place of worship
This mosque was ranked on the 8th place among the places to visit in Ahmedabad, it has no entry fee, and is open for public from 7:00 AM till 6:00 PM. It takes about two hours to see all the details and beauty of this mosque.
The mosque was built in 1572-73 AD, in the last years of Gujarat Sultanate, and it stands for one of the most popular and beautiful mosques of Ahmedabad. Locally, it’s known as Sidi Saiyyid ni Jali.
Which was the constructor of the mosque in the retinue of Bilal Jhajar Khan, a general in an army of the last Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate.
The architecture is very detailed, it’s completely actuated with ten detailed carved latticework windows on the rear and side arches.
The rear wall of the Sidi Saizzed mosque is filled with square stone pierced panels in geometrical shapes, whilst the two bays flanking the central aisle have reticulated stone slabs carved in the design of intertwined trees and foliage and a palm motif.
This intricate window is an unofficial symbol of the city of Ahmedabad. This is a place of worship for Muslims, one of the most stunning buildings in Ahmedabad and it is surely a place worth visiting for its impressive architecture.
It also has a great religious value. It’s in the central part of the city which has great transportation, so you don’t have to worry about getting there or from the mosque.
It’s also near to the busiest street in the city, so you can also very easily catch a bite or two on your way. With a garden on the side of the mosque and a little pond right in front of it, it will be a nice and calm experience.
Hathisingh Jain Temple – a peaceful religious oasis
Hathisingh Jain Temple is the most famous Jain temple in Ahmedabad. The construction of the temple was originally planned by Shet Hathisinh Kesarisinn, who was a very wealthy merchant in Ahmedabad, but as he died at the age of 49, his wife Shethani Harkunvar completed the construction.
It was built in 1848 AD at an estimated cost of 10 lakh rupees temple itself is dedicated to Dharmanatha, the fifteenth Jain Tirthankar. Hathi Singh Jain Temple was built during a huge famine in Gujarat, and the construction of the temple employed hundreds of skilled artisans.
The architect of the temple was Premchand Salat, the main building has two stories. The beauty of the building lies in the white marble, from which the building is made of.
It is located outside Delhi Gate, and it is spread over a big courtyard, a mandapa surmounted by a large ridged dome, supported by 12 ornate pillars. The courtyard is encircled with a row of pergolas with 52 shrines, each one of them carved in unique and fine carvings.
Every one of the shrines paints a picture of ‘Tirthankar’, and one of the shrines has a marble replica of the 15th Tirthankar, Dharamnath.
The temple is surrounded by porches from each and every side, and every porch is carefully and intricately carved marble stones. Visiting hours are from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM every day, including weekends, it has no entrance fees, and it takes about one and a half hour to see all you need.
This temple was ranked seven among the places to see I Ahmedabad. I’m sure a walk through the Hathsingh temple will surely be a delightful experience and it will show you a beautiful, religious, peaceful and cultural side of Ahmedabad.
World Vintage Car Museum – For vintage cars adorers
This museum is ranked among the four places you need to visit while you stay at Ahmedabad. It’s open for visitors every weekday from 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM and the entrance fee is 50 INR per person for adults.
When it comes to time, it takes an average of 2 hours to browse throughout the museum. According to their guide there are 104 cars in the museum, and if you want to drive the car for the fixed distance you can pay a fee of 500 INR for four persons, and you will experience the charm of driving a vintage car.
They also charge taking a photo of the cars a fee of 50 INR. Vintage car museum is a huge part of the most important collection of antique vehicles, motorcycles, and cars. It was built by the family of Shri Pranlal Bhogilal over the last century.
It showcases vehicles from the old times when they weren’t just a mean of transportation, but when they represented luxury, power and wealth. This museum is located at the outskirts of the city, has a great vintage vehicles collection and also they have few rides for the kids.
So your little ones will also enjoy. They offer a brilliant collection of vintage cars in a sprawling place including the best from Rolls Royce, Bentley, Cadillac, Austin and many more. Everyone who has a love for cars and especially appreciates vintage cars will have a blast in this museum.
And believe us, it’s worth the price, you will surely have fun and enjoy. As a part of the museum, they offer you an auditorium, souvenir shop to get some memories for you and a coffee shop if you just want to take a break and soak up all the charm and loveliness you have witnessed.
Shopping in Ahmedabad – Where can you spend all the money?
Even though you probably wouldn’t expect much shopping, but actually Ahmedabad is quite a shopping paradise. As Ahmedabad is best known as the Manchester of the East it’s associated with textiles and fabrics. Even though it’s full of markets and shops there are few of them that are worth your time and energy.
Rani No Hajiro Ahmedabad Cloth Market is opened every day from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM and it’s and is located near the historic tombs of Ahmed Shah’s Queens. Where you can buy costume jewelry, clothes and apparel good enough for queens themselves. La Darwaza Market, as the name itself, says, this market is located near Lal Darwaza and is open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Here, you will witness the bargaining skills of the shoppers from all over the world, and indeed in this market, you can find almost everything you can think of, and it will be very cheap.
Sindhi Market is located at the Revdi Bazar and is open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, this market is also very cheap and since it has a diverse assortment, from traditional clothes to modern one, it will satisfy your every need. Manek Chowk.
This market is opened from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and this is a market where all Ahmedabad shops and the locals adore this place. It offers designer clothes and well as the cheap ones, besides clothes you can also buy food, vegetables all beside each other.
So, if you are in for the shopping spree, Ahmedabad is the place for you. It’s diverse, inexpensive and colorful and if you have good bargaining skills you are sure in for the treat.