8 Architectural Wonders In Ahmedabad

8 Architectural Wonders In Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is a city of rich historical trajectory. It was founded in the 15th century by Sultan Ahmed Shah of the Muzaffarid dynasty, and since then has had a significant influence on the economic, social, and cultural aspects of the country. Being ruled by the Mughals, Marathas, and other dynasties, there are a number of architectural wonders in Ahmedabad. Each of the rulers has contributed to the architectural landscape of the city. All of these places are a testimony to Ahmedabad’s rich past and present. If you're going to be touring Ahmedabad, you must visit these architectural wonders for yourself.

8 Architectural Wonders In Ahmedabad

  1. Jama Masjid
  2. Bhadra Fort
  3. Jhulta Minar
  4. Swaminarayan Temple
  5. Sarkhej Roza
  6. Hutheesing Jain Temple
  7. Dada Harir Vav
  8. Calico Textile Museum

1. Jama Masjid

The first architectural wonder in Ahmedabad to check out from the list has to be Jama Masjid. Among the most interesting features of the monument are its 260 pillars that are delicately carved out of yellowstone. This mosque is as majestic as it is peaceful and calming. Jama Masjid was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1424. At that time, it was the biggest mosque in the country and was influenced by both the Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Hundreds of people gather here every Friday to pray, along with ample tourists who visit this place to admire its beauty.

You’ll be surprised at the sight of the lotus-like carvings of this mosque. There is a huge courtyard in Jama Masjid, which has the most beautiful view of the entire mosque. You can admire the beauty of the mosque from here and soak in its majestic yet elegant aura. The graves of Sultan Ahmed, his son, and his grandson are next to this mosque and also add to the architectural beauty of the place.

Address: Manek Chowk, Gandhi Road, Danapidth, Khadia 380001

Timings: Every day from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free

Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad

2. Bhadra Fort

One of the more unique and historically significant places in Ahmedabad is the Bhadra Fort. This fort gets its name from the Bhadrakali Fort Temple that lies in its walls. The goddess of this temple is worshiped by many and gets a number of visitors on a daily basis. The majestic fort is known for the shrines, temples, pillars, and towers that are built within the four walls of the structure.

Bhadra Fort was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411. Since then, this fort was captured by the Marathas who established a shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhadra Kali and the Britishers installed a clock tower. One unique thing about this fort is that you get a bird’s eye view of the old city from here, and it's absolutely mesmerizing. It's definitely one of the most interesting architectural wonders in Ahmedabad that should be on your list.

Address: Court Road, Old City, Bhadra 380001

Timings: Every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free

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3. Jhulta Minar

Jhulta Minar is a very unique architectural wonder in Ahmedabad. This place has two minarets (towers) at the entrance. If you shake one of those minarets by applying a little force, the other starts vibrating within a few seconds. That’s a very unique feature of Jhulta Minar that many experts have tried to find answers to, but failed. It's because of this uniqueness that Jhulta Minar is also known as Shaking Minarets among the locals. 

This mystery of Jhulta Minar is worth checking out for yourself. But that's not all; the architectural design of Jhulta Minar is extremely intricate and interesting. This structure has not been in very good shape but regardless of that, the carving on the walls and pillars is worth your attention and time.

Address: Jhulta Minar, Bibiji Masjid, 5, Jhulta Minar Road, Manhar Nagar Society, Rajpur Hirpur, Gomtipur 380038

Timings: Every day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free

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4. Swaminarayan Temple

A place of peace, calm, and tranquility, the Swaminarayan Temple is a must-visit. The architecture of this place is very simple yet elegant and complex at the same time. It has multi-colored embellishments, intricate and delicate carvings, and portrays the architectural status of the 19th century. The deities in the temple are decorated with delicate fabric and ornaments. Overall, Swaminarayan Temple is an amalgam of local, Marathi, Rajasthani, and British styles of design mixed with Mughal architectural designs as well. 

This temple is a shrine dedicated to Narayan Dev and is also popularly known as Akshardham Temple. It was built under the supervision and instruction of Swaminarayan, the founder of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism. Built in 1822, this temple is one of the architectural marvels of the period. If you're a history buff, you’ll surely be intrigued by the history and architectural importance of Swaminarayan Temple.

Address: Swaminarayan Mandir Road, Old City, Kalupur 380001

Timings: Every day from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free

Dada harir vav in Ahmedabad

5. Sarkhej Roza

Sarkhej Roza is an architectural wonder, a mosque, and also a popular destination visited by hundreds of tourists every year. It is well known for its portrayal of intricate Islamic architecture. Sarkhej Roza comprises a number of pillars, brackets, and tombs that are intricately carved and showcase the beautiful yet complex architectural designs of the time. 

What's so special about the architectural design you ask? Sarkhej Roza has intricate latticework, delicate carvings, ornamental motifs, and astonishing brackets. All of these pieces combined make it one of the most stunning architectural masterpieces in Ahmedabad. Interestingly, this is also a place of historical importance. Talking more about its history, Sarkhej Roza is a palace and tomb dedicated to Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh, Ahmed Shah I’s spiritual advisor. This stunning beauty was built in the 15th century and was used as a resting place by many rulers when traveling from region to region. The complex history and architecture make Sarkhej Roza stand out among the rest of the wonders in the city.

Address: Post Jeevraj Park, Sarkhej Makarba Road, Makarba, Ahmedabad 380051

Timings: Every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free

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6. Hutheesing Jain Temple

Dedicated to the 15th Tirthankar, Lord Dharmanatha, Hutheesing Jain Temple is an important and well-known Jain shrine in the city of Ahmedabad. This temple has 52 other smaller shrines that are dedicated to other Jain Tirthankars. The Lord Dharmanatha’s shrine and the other 52 shrines are carved from large rocks and each of them has an intricate carving. Some of the larger pieces of rocks have carved portraits of the Tirthankaras and also tell a story.

Hutheesing Jain Temple was built by an affluent trader of the Hutheesing family in Ahmedabad. After his death, his wife took over the responsibilities of building this place. As you guessed, the temple was named after their family and was completed in 1848. Since then, it has remained to be of importance to Jain pilgrims. 

Address: Hutheesing Jain Temple, Camp Road, Bardolpura, Madhupura 380004

Timings: Every day from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free

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7. Dada Harir Vav (Dada Harir Stepwell)

Dada Harir Vav is a stepwell that's known for its delicate carvings on all of its walls. There are two small wells that are located deep inside, and as you walk towards them, you step down five levels. Because the walls of  Dada Harir Vav are carved from large pieces of sandstone, it gets cooler as you move deeper inside. The entire monument has Sanskrit and Persian inscriptions that narrate the history of the monument. 

Dada Harir Vav was built in 1499 under the supervision of a royal midwife from Sultan Begada’s harem. Even though the wells remain dry all year long now, the place is visited by many tourists and locals alike. Dada Harir Vav is more of an offbeat location, but even then, it's pretty much crowded during the weekends. The Solanki architectural style peeks through as you glance over all of the pillars and walls of this architectural wonder in Ahemdabad.  

Address: Bai Harir Vav (Stepwell), Hanumansingh Road, Haripura, Asarwa 380016

Timings: Every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free

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Hutheesing Temple in Ahmedabad

8. Calico Textile Museum

Calico Textile Museum is one of the oldest museums in Ahmedabad. It is unique as it's housed in an old wooden Haveli. Interestingly, the textile industry has been influential in shaping the history of the city and this museum is an ode to that. There are dozens of different collections within this museum. There are miniature paintings, Jain art, South Indian bronze artifacts, and Vaishnava picchavais.

What Calico Textile Museum is mainly known for is the extensive collection of carpets, Kashmiri shawls, rare costumes, and exquisite silk weaves. They also have a big collection of rare court textiles that were worn by some of the rulers dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. Once you step inside the Calico Textile Museum, you’ll be astonished at how all of the artifacts and textiles are placed. It's as if they tell you a story as you move along the way. So, if you're fascinated by textiles and their history along with a knack for architecture, Calico Textile Museum has to be a place to visit.

Address: The Calico Museum of Textiles, Opposite Underbridge, Jain Colony, Shahibag 380004

Timings: Every day from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm but closed on Wednesdays

Entry Fee: Pre-registration four weeks prior to the visit needs to be done on their official website or phone number. Limited seats are available for a single tour and entry is free.

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Summing Up

The rich architectural heritage of Ahmedabad is pretty scattered across the city. As you have seen above, all of the forts, mosques, temples, and other monuments are standing testimonies of the same. So, if you want to explore the architectural wonders in Ahmedabad, make sure to check out at least a few of the ones mentioned above if not all!

FAQs

Which Architecture Of Ahmedabad Is Famous?

Ahmedabad is known for its rich architecture in the form of various monuments. Some of the popular architectural monuments in Ahmedabad are Bhadra Fort, Sarkhej Roza, Jhulta Minar, and Hutheesing Jain Temple. 

Which Architectural Wonder Of Ahmedabad Is World Famous For Its Intricate Carving?

Ahmedabad is home to plenty of stepwells. These stepwells are made from sandstones and are known for their intricately carved designs. Some of the most well-known ones are Adalaj Vav and the Dada Harir Vav. 

Why Is Sidi Saiyad Ni Jali Famous?

Sidi Saiyad Mosque is one of the architectural wonders in Ahmedabad. The intricate carvings on the windows of this mosque are as fine as a spider web. These designs are so complex yet elegant, and give an illusion of the intertwining branches of the 'tree of life'.

How Many Pillars Are There In Sarkhej Roza?

Sarkhej Roza has a few tombs, pavilions, and mausoleums that are flat-roofed. But all of these are supported with pillars and there are about 120 pillars in Sarkhej Roza.

Is Ahmedabad A World Heritage City?

Yes, Ahmedabad was inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage City list of 2017. It's the first Indian city to make it to that list.

Which Main Jain Temples Are Located In Gujarat?

Remarkable architecture, fine textiles, and rich culture are all things that Gujarat is known for. One of the other things it is famous for is the Jain temples. Shree Girnar Tirth, Mahudi Jain Temple, Songadh Tirtha, and Hutheesing Jain Temple are some of the main Jain temples located in Gujarat.

What Is Bhadra Fort Famous For?

Bhadra Fort is located in Ahmedabad and is known for its towers, royal palaces, mosques, temples, and open spaces. It's a popular tourist destination as well.

Who Made Jhulta Minar In Ahmedabad?

The famous Jhulta Minar in Ahmedabad was built by Sidi Bashir in 1452 AD. He was a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah.