2 Days Ahmedabad - Patan - Modhera - Architecture
Ahmedabad – Modhera – Patan – Ahmedabad
Day – 1 – Ahmedabad – Modhera – Patan – Ahmedabad
Arrive at Ahmedabad in the morning around 0700 Hrs to 0800 Hrs by Flight/Train.
Upon arrival, meet English speaking guide and drive to drive to Modhera and visit Sun Temple: Sun Temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God (Surya). It was built in 1026 AD by king Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. The temple comprises three separate, axially and integrated elements. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund. The tank has a series of the carved steps leading to the bottom. The temple was so designed that the first rays of the sun fell on the image of Surya, the Sun God, at the time equinoxes.
Veg. lunch at local restaurant.
Drive to Patan visit Rani Ki Vav: Rani Ki Vav is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. This Vav was constructed by Udaymati, the queen of Bhimdev and represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture. Sahastralinga Talav, an artificial tank was built by the Siddhraj Jai Singh in Gujarat. The architecture of this tank integrated the great sense of water management and sanctity of water in Hindu religion.
Visit Salvi Family, one of them has continued this traditional art. The weaver makes the special Patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials.
Drive back to Ahmedabad and if time permits visit 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.
O/N – Ahmedabad
Day – 2 – Ahmedabad
Today after breakfast 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.
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.
Lunch at the House of MG-Gujarati Thali
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.
Dada Hari Ki Vav: 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.
Hutheesing 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.
At an appropriate time drive to Airport/Railway Station to catch your Flight/Train. Departure will be late evening.