1 Day Ahmedabad - Architecture
Day – 1 – Ahmedabad
Arrive at Ahmedabad in the morning around 0700 Hrs by Flight/Train.
Upon arrival, meet English speaking guide and proceed for Heritage Walk of old city of Ahmedabad (Swaminarayan Temple, Pols, Havelis, Jain Temples, Jamma Masjid and Teen Darwaja etc.)
(During Heritage Walk of old city of Ahmedabad, we will be visiting many temples/mosque so guests needs to follow dress code for entering the temple. Dressing in Full Sleeveless and pants or skirts up to ankle, skirts and shorts are not allowed).
Siddi Sayed Mosque: The classic religious site was built by Siddi Sayed in 1572 with the help of 45 skilled artisans. Sidi Sayed, is famous for its exquisite stone window tracery – a superb & peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree.
Have Gujarat Thali for lunch at the House of MG.
After Lunch, visit Sanskar Kendra Museum: Sanskar Kendra museums is designed by the architect Le Corbusier. It is a city museum depicting history, art, culture and architecture of Ahmedabad. It was named Museum of Knowledge during designing. It was originally a part of a large complex of Cultural Centre of Ahmedabad which had separate pavilions and areas for different subjects like anthropology, natural history, archaeology, monumental sculptures, workshops and depots, folklores in open air.
Visit Sarkhej Roza: Sarkhej comprises one of the most elegant architectural complexes of Ahmedabad. Grouped around a great stepped tank is the tomb to the saint, Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh (1451),Sarkhej Roza is an example of the early Islamic architectural culture of the region, which fused Islamic stylistic influences from Persia with indigenous Hindu and Jain features to form a composite “Indo-Sarcenic” architectural style.
Adalaj Stepwell: It was built in 1498 in the memory of Rana Veer Singh, by his wife Queen Rudadevi. It is a fine example of Indian architecture work. The history of the Adalaj step-well is established by an inscription in Sanskrit found on a marble slab positioned in a recess on the first floor, from the eastern entry to the well. Later drive to Hotel.
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Day – 2 – Ahmedabad
Morning after breakfast visit Gandhi Ashram: On a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati River, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve center of India’s freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived, is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma’s life-time.
Calico Museum (Calico Museum: visit is subject to availability of booking, closed on Wednesday and Public Holidays. Restricted to 20 Pax Maximum): The Calico Museum of Textiles, under the aegis of the Sarabhai Foundation, is India’s premier textile museum. Its collection of Indian textiles is considered by many to be the finest and most comprehensive in the world.
Guests will have to fill the form online and submit their details to obtain permission for visit of Calico Museum.
If not getting permission for visit of Calico Museum.
Hutheesingh Jain Temple: An affluent Jain trader Sheth Hutheesing Kesarisinh planned to build a sacred Jain Temple. Construction of the famed temple was completed in 1848 AD. Sompura artisans are well known artisans famed for their craftsmanship skills in stone carvings and sculpting and are especially involved in making sculptures in Hindu and Jain temples. Legends state that there is a 170 years old lamp that is still lighting beneath the sanctum sanctorum.
Proceed to visit Rani Rupamati Mosque: The mosque was built by Mahmud Begada probably in the latter years (1430-1440) of Ahmad Shah I’s reign. It is named after Rani Rupamati whom Mahmud Begada married after death of Qutubuddin. Attractions of the site include the intricately designed windows decorated with floral designs. The amazing mosque features the lamp of knowledge reflecting Hindu & Jain style of architecture.
Later proceed for Veg. lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch visit Dada Hari Step Well: Built around 500 years ago by Sultan Bai Harir, this stepwell is like others around Gujarat, with elaborate craftsmanship and construction built underground to provide access to a permanent source of water. For many years’ step wells like this one provided most of the water for the city during the long dry seasons.
At an appropriate time drive to Airport/Railway Station to catch your Flight/Train. Departure will be late evening.